MORE than 380 people in the Erongo Region were declared recovered from COVID-19 and allowed to go home after being discharged from healthcare facilities.
The Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Esther Muinjangue, announced the recoveries of 398 patients and said that 387 of them were registered in the Erongo Region.
The 11 other patients that were declared recovered from COVID-19 are all from the Omaheke Region.
Dr. Muinjangue also announced that 185 new cases of COVID-19 were registered in towns across Namibia.
She also announced the deaths of three more patients that passed away as a result of COVID-19.
At 113, the majority of new cases were registered in Windhoek, while 19 cases were registered in Swakopmund, 12 in Oshakati, ten in Walvis Bay, six in Keetmanshoop, five in Otjiwarongo, four in Mariental, three each in Omaruru, Onandjokwe, and Katima Mulilo, two in Gobabis and one each in Lüderitz, Okahandja, Rundu, Okahao, and Eenhana.
According to Dr. Muinjangue, the gender distribution of the new cases is 97 females and 88 males, of which the youngest is a five-month-old baby and the oldest, a 64-year-old person.
While addressing the issue of people who had contact with active cases, Dr. Muinjangue said that the number of active contacts is increasing along with the number of new cases.
“For each confirmed case in August 2020, an average of two contacts were identified,” she said, adding that on average 8.7% of the contacts also test positive.
The deputy minister said that it is important for individuals, families and institutions to keep the records of contacts.
She said that records helps with early detection and serves to interrupt the spread of COVID-19 in communities.
With regard to the three COVID-19 related fatalities, Dr. Muinjangue said that a 59-year-old woman from Swakopmund, a 57-year-old man from Nankudu, and a 45-year-old man from Otjiwarongo passed away over the past 24 hours.
All of the patients had multiple co-morbidities.
Dr. Muinjangue conveyed her condolences with the bereaved families of the departed.