Harare (New Ziana) – Two unidentified Members of Parliament have tested positive for Coronavirus, Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda announced on Monday.
Mudenda said the two were part of a Parliamentary portfolio committee which was conducting field visits across the country as part of its oversight role.
A journalist and a driver who were part of the team also tested positive.
“It is with a heavy heart that Parliament announces the suspension of most of its business due to exposure of some members of parliament to Covid-19. As at this morning, only two members of Parliament had been confirmed positive. A driver from one of our service providers and a journalist who were part of the team also tested positive,” he said.
“The members were part of a team that had been on field visits around the country. Everyone who was part of that team is now in self quarantine. Consequently tomorrow’s (Tuesday) sitting of the national assembly will be done with very limited numbers for the sole purpose of adjourning to a future date. This will allow for the deep cleaning and disinfection of the Parliament building and contact tracing and testing of those who came into contact with the affected members of Parliament.”
Meanwhile, 78 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded on Sunday.
These, the Ministry of Health and Child Care said, included 74 local cases and four returnees from South Africa.
The new infections take the cumulative number of cases to 2 512 including 518 recoveries and 34 deaths.