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Speaker Muturi Gives Update On MPs Who Tested Positive For Covid-19

Clinton KE

Jun. 30, 2020

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi on Tuesday, June 30, refuted media reports that six MPs have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Muturi said only two MPs have been confirmed to be suffering from the Covid19 disease that is caused by the coronavirus.
“I wish to note that, as of today, June 30, 20120, far from the speculations reported in the media and elsewhere, information available to the Office of Speaker indicate that, we have two cases of the virus that have been reported among Members of Parliament,” he said in a statement.
The speaker said one of the MPs had been discharged from hospital and was recovering at home while the second one is still admitted in hospital. Muturi did not reveal the identities of the MPs.
On Tuesday, there was widespread media reports of panic in the National Assembly after one of the senior leaders was tested positive for the disease having interacted with several of his colleagues.
Reports indicated that one of the six positive MPs is admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
The six are said to have been interacting freely with their colleagues at the August House leading a majority of MPs to seek emergency tests to ascertain their well-being.
However, on Tuesday, Speaker Muturi was categorical that media should desist from sensationalising the coronavirus cases in Parliament.
He revealed that the other MP who is yet to be discharged from hospital has also been attended to and is now in stable condition in general ward care.
“I have deliberately given this information to reassure the public and dissuade the ongoing speculation. Whilst the need for information is critical to the public, the media should in the first instance note that the medical details of individuals, including Members of Parliament, are confidential and ought to be treated as such,” he said.
Speaker Muturi further reiterated that Parliament has taken several steps to combat spread of the virus including limitation of the number of MPs accessing the chamber; designation of holding-areas for MPs; adoption of virtual sittings for committees where applicable as well as working-from-home measures for members of staff.
“We have also held several voluntary testing sessions within Parliament including in April and the one that is currently ongoing here in Parliament being undertaken by the Ministry of Health,” he added.
On Tuesday, Kenya reported that 176 more people had tested positive for coronavirus bringing the total number of cases in the country to 6,366.
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