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COVID-19 recovery rate increases significantly

COVID-19 recovery rate increases significantly

Niël Terblanché

THE cumulative number of people that have recovered from COVID-19 now outnumbers the active case with more than 2 000 after 913 more people were declared recovered.


Since the COVID-19 pandemic moved onto Namibian shores, a cumulative number of 9 604 people tested positive for infection.


Of that number, 5 811 people have made full recoveries, which means the active cases decreased significantly while simultaneously relieving the pressure on healthcare officials.


The Deputy Minister of Health and social Service, Dr. Esther Muinjangue, while announcing the latest statistics, said 498 people in the Erongo Region made full recoveries, 363 people from the Khomas Region, five from the Omaheke Region, three each from the Hardap and Karas regions, and the two from the Oshana Region have received a clean bill of health.


No COVID-19 related deaths were reported for a third time this week.


Dr. Muinjangue indicated that 167 new cases were registered in Namibia over the past 24 hours.


Although Windhoek registered the majority of new cases, the 114 registered over the past 24 hours is much lower than what it was a week ago.


Nine people from Karasburg tested positive, eight in Okahandja, five in Rehoboth, four each in Walvis Bay, Otjiwarongo, Rundu, and Swakopmund, three each in Okongo and Oshakati, two each in Lüderitz, Onandjokwe, and Tsumeb, and one each in Mariental, Engela and Outapi also tested positive.


Dr. Muinjangue said the gender distribution of the new cases is 90 males and 77 females, of which the youngest is a four-month-old baby and the oldest is a 71-year-old pensioner.


Although no COVID-19 related fatalities were announced by the deputy health minister, Dr. Muinjangue did report that the number of severely sick and critical patients has increased to 24.


She said seven patients in high care are on the severe list, while 17 critical patients are in Intensive Care Units in hospitals in the Khomas, Erongo and Oshana regions.


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