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COVID-19 infections rose to 1,109 Thursday, after 80 new infections were confirmed.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said it is the largest number recorded on a single day, and has warned of an upward trajectory in new infections.

“I am pleading with you to take this matter seriously because as you can see the numbers are rising by the day,” he said.

Public health officials are projecting the peak for COVID-19 in August or September.

Dr Patrick Amoth, a Director-General of Health at the Ministry of Health, said the country will likely record up to 200 cases a day.

The 80 new cases announced on Thursday were spread in Mombasa (20), Nairobi (41), Siaya (7), Kwale (6), Garissa 3), and one in Taita Taveta.

Kagwe said the cases reported in Siaya were on mourners from Nairobi’s Kibera slum, who obtained a fake permit to attend a burial, only for all the seven to turn positive.

“The Siaya story is a sad one because the departure point of that case is in Kibera. Somebody in Kibera, without the authority to travel, signed a document that was respected by police all the way to Siaya. The mourners. themselves were positive,” he said.

Public health officials have commenced contact-tracing for the mourners, both in their journey origin in Kibera and Siaya where they were attending a burial.

Since Wednesday, Kagwe said 3,102 people had been tested, out of which 80 were confirmed to have the virus.

“The trend demonstrates that the larger the sample size, the more the cases,” he said.

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