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Recoveries again outnumber active cases

Recoveries again outnumber active cases

Niël Terblanché

THE cumulative number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 has outnumbered the active cases for a second time since the start of the pandemic in Namibia.


The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, while announcing the latest COVID-19 statistics, said that 659 people from across Namibia have been declared recovered.


The large number of recoveries has increased the cumulative number to 4 640.


The current number of active cases stands at 4 375.


Dr. Shangula also announced that 180 people tested positive for infection with SARS-CoV2.


He said their gender distribution is 91 males and 89 females, of which the youngest is a one-year-old baby and the oldest is an 89-year-old pensioner.


The bulk of the new cases were registered in Windhoek, where 99 people tested positive, while Walvis Bay registered 23 new cases after no new cases were reported at the harbour town the day before.


Swakopmund recorded 13 new cases, while nine people tested positive in Rundu, eight in Rehoboth, seven in Okahandja, four each in Keetmanshoop and Katima Mulilo, three each in Karasburg and Lüderitz, two in Goababis, and one each in Usakos, Mariental, Otjiwarongo, Oshakati, and Nankudu.


“Since the 5th of September, a total of 1 199 contacts were swabbed and 434 (36%) tested positive. This represents 55% of the total confirmed cases recorded in the last five days. Out of 434 contacts who tested positive, 303 (69%) did not present any symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Hence, we urge the public to exercise extra caution and those who tested positive to provide necessary information for effective contacts tracing,” Dr. Shangula said.


The health minister also announced that two COVID-19 related fatalities have been recorded.


He said a 76-year-old woman from Windhoek and a 48-year-old man from Keetmanshoop passed away while admitted to hospitals.


Both the patients had known co-morbidities.


The newly reported fatalities has increased the COVID-19 related death toll in Namibia to 93.


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