Kenya’s lawmakers have been displaying their coronavirus test results on social media amid local media reports that some tested positive on Monday.
The country’s Daily Nation and The Star newspapers quoted sources as saying that some lawmakers tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday after being urged to go for voluntary testing within the precincts of the House over the weekend.
Already some MPs were under a mandatory quarantine after returning from international trips in early March.
Lancet Kenya, the laboratory service that conducted the tests in parliament, on Wednesday dismissed the media reports as “incorrect, misleading and should be disregarded”.
It said the list circulated of purported MPs who tested positive for Covid-19 was entirely false and urged media outlets to retract the stories and apologise.
But the reassurance came after lawmakers had already posted their test results on Twitter.
Last week, we were subjected to voluntary COVID 19 tests . The results were communicated directly and posted on email . I tested negative . Stay safe , wear a mask , wash your hands , sanitize, social distance and follow the MOH guidelines . This is a war of survival .— Sen Mutula KilonzoJR (@SenMutula) April 7, 2020
Please ignore any list doing rounds out there. May the Almighty God continue guiding us in the right path.🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/f3zEzGulOi— Benard O. Okoth-Imran (@ImranOkoth) April 8, 2020
#coronaviruske is not sexually transmitted.Dont be afraid of ur status,u can get innocently through an infected person— hon caleb amisi (@Honcalebamisi) April 7, 2020
.Plz go n test ,if positive inform #ministryofhealth avoid further transmission.I tested Negative n I will continue working hard to stop the #covid19 menace pic.twitter.com/ORVb5EeB2m
As a nation and a people we are in this together and must confront COVID-19 as an army. Fear of the virus should not be turned into stigma but into a resolve to fight the pandemic. Count me in the army. https://t.co/7LXj9OR8gc pic.twitter.com/yWe9PB9Gdp— James Orengo (@orengo_james) April 8, 2020