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COVID recoveries increasing

COVID recoveries increasing

Niël Terblanché

THE number of recoveries has for a second time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in Namibia, outnumbered the number of new cases recorded in a single day.


The Executive Director of the Ministry of Health and Social Service, Ben Nangombe, announced the recovery of 175 people while only 118 new cases were registered in Namibia over the past 24 hours.


For a second time this week, no new COVID-19 related fatalities occurred.


With regard to the recovered patients, he said that 156 people from the Erongo Region, five each from the Khomas, Omaheke, and the Otjozondjupa regions and four from the Karas Region have been declared recovered. Those who were admitted to health facilities were discharged and allowed to go home.


He said that 81 of the 118 new cases were registered in Windhoek, eight in Rehoboth, six in Swakopmund, three each in Oshakati and Rundu, two each in Mariental, Omaruru, Omuthiya, and Oshikuku, and one each in Usakos, Tsumeb, Keetmanshoop, Lüderitz, Okahandja, Otjiwarongo, Eenhana, Engela, and Opuwo.


The gender distribution of the new cases is 65 males and 53 females of which the youngest is a four-month-old baby and the oldest is an 88-year-old pensioner.


Nangombe said that from the 29th of August the various laboratories in the country performed 15 036 tests with an average of 1 367 tests per day.


“Of these tests we have recorded 2 022 confirmed cases, with an average of 184 cases daily. The Khomas Region recorded the highest number of cases, totalling 1 334 followed by Erongo region with 201 new cases,” he said.


According to Nangombe, the introduction of Stage 3 of the State of Emergency caused the number of new cases recorded daily to go down by 4%.


“The reduction has been observed in Erongo, Khomas, Omaheke, Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto, and Zambezi. However, half of the regions have recorded a minimal increase in confirmed cases. We continue to urge everyone to continue adhering to precautionary measures, to interrupt further transmission and spread of the infection,” he said.


Namibia currently has 4 856 active cases and 9 510 active contacts under surveillance by health officials.


With no new COVID-19 related fatalities reported, the death toll remained at 91.


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