As many as 17 lawmakers in the East African country of Kenya have reportedly tested COVID-19 or coronavirus positive, prompting the Speaker to cancel holding of the special sitting of the parliament, local media reported on Tuesday.

“They are suspecting that 17 MPs have tested positive at random testing last week. The information is not clear but it is members and staff. So that is the reason why the House sitting has been canceled,” a lawmaker told the online newspaper The Star, requesting anonymity.

“We cannot reveal their identities because it is against the law to reveal someone’s health

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