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Kagwe blames funerals for rise in Covid-19 infections

Health Cabinet Secretary (CS) Mutahi Kagwe says funerals are the fresh breeding ground for new Covid-19 infections in the country.

The vocal CS also appeared to suggest the government has successfully tamed political gatherings.

“Since we announced the cessation of public gatherings, I think you have noticed a change in that direction,” said Kagwe.

“Our (the government’s) problem continues to be funerals. This is where people are still gathering in large numbers and it is important for us not to do that because if it (the infections) come down we will be able to release the economy and people will be able to go to funerals because we would have contained the virus.”

Kagwe’s statement on taming political gatherings will come as a shock to Kenyans as senior politicians, led by Deputy President William Ruto and opposition leaders Raila Odinga and Musalia Mudavadi have been consistently addressing mass gatherings across the country.

Besides political gatherings, the government has maintained a blanket ban on fans attending matches at the stadium for more than a year.

The CS’s sentiments come amid a mass vaccination drive recently launched by the government targeting 12 million Kenyans.