Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi has confirmed that two Members of Parliament have been infected with Covid-19.
The speaker noted that one of the MPs has since been discharged from hospital and is currently on self-quarantine at home, with the other one being still in hospital receiving medical attention but in a stable condition.
Speaking in Parliament, Muturi said that the media has been reporting speculations about Coviod-19 infections without facts, adding that information to the office of the speaker indicates that there are two cases of the virus among Members of Parliament.
Stating that just like other Kenyans, the medical details of the MPs are confidential; the speaker asked the media to stop ‘sensationalizing the cases in parliament as though these cases were any different from the rest of the cases in Kenya.’
This comes a day after reports indicated that 6 MPs had contracted the deadly virus.
A local daily reported that one of the lawmakers was in the Intensive Care Unit(ICU) critically ill with Covid-19.
Several Members of Parliament who had interacted with those reportedly infected rushed to the hospital for a checkup after the news, which was spread in low tones owing to the sensitivity of the matter.
However, the clerk of the National Assembly Michael Sialai had denied knowing the health status of the MPs, saying that was a private matter unless the members agreed to disclose their statuses.
An MP told a local daily that one of those infected was a first time MP from Western Kenya with another coming from the Coastal region, who came into contact with a colleague in ICU.
Kenya has so far registered a total of 6,366 positive cases of coronavirus with 2,039 of the patients recovering and been discharged.
However, the virus has also claimed 148 lives so far
The virus has been reported in 41 counties so far with more males than females being infected.