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Zimbabwe’s parliament suspended as MPs contract virus

2 lawmakers test positive for coronavirus, says parliament clerk

Zimbabwe’s parliament suspended as MPs contract virus


Zimbabwe has suspended most parliamentary activities as two lawmakers tested positive for the novel coronavirus, local media reported Monday.

“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,” The New Zimbabwe local website quoted parliament clerk Kennedy Chokuda as saying on Monday.

“As at this morning (Monday), only two Members of Parliament had been confirmed positive.” he confirmed.

“A driver from one of our service providers and a journalist who were part of the team also tested positive,” he said.

“Consequently, tomorrow’s sitting for the National Assembly will be done with very limited numbers for the sole purpose of adjourning to a future date”.

The total number of coronavirus cases in the country reached 2,512, including 34 deaths and 518 recoveries, according to data compiled by the US-based Johns Hopkins University.

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