Parliament has, with immediate effect, suspended business after two legislators, a journalist and a driver tested positive for Covid-19.

Speaker of Parliament Kennedy Chokuda, in a statement, said Parliament would adjourn indefinitely from Tuesday to allow for “deep-cleaning and disinfection of the Parliament building and contact tracing and testing of those who came into contact with the affected Member of Parliament.”

“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. Our thoughts and prayers are with the affected and their families,” Chokuda announced.

Chokuda said the two MPs were part of a group of lawmakers who were recently “on field visits around the country,” without stating the nature of the programme.

He added that everyone who was part of that team is now in self-quarantine in line with the ministry of health and child care guidelines.

Chokuda said members of parliament will be duly advised of the date of resumption of the business of parliament.