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Almost 3 000 recover from COVID-19 in a week

Almost 3 000 recover from COVID-19 in a week

Niël Terblanché

NAMIBIA is making significant strides in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic after the country recorded the recovery of 2 737 people in less than seven days.


The past week also saw a sharp decline in the number of new cases and COVID-19 related fatalities recorded in Namibia.


The significant increase in recoveries from COVID-19 is ascribed to the increase in testing capacity, which enables the various laboratories in the country to process the large number of samples faster, as well as the adherence of people to health protocols.


The Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Esther Muinjangue, announced the latest COVID-19 statistics and said that 732 people were declared recovered from COVID-19 after their follow-up test results proved negative.


According to Dr. Muinjangue, 618 people from the Khomas Region, 58 from the Kavango East Region, 27 from the Hardap Region, 14 from the Ohangwena Region, eight from the Oshana Region, four from the Karas Region, and three from the Kavango West Region received a clean bill of health.


Those that were admitted to health facilities were discharged and allowed to go home.


Dr. Muinjangue announced that 115 new cases were recorded in Namibia since Saturday.


Only 60 new cases were recorded in Windhoek, 19 in Rehoboth, seven in Usakos, five each in Mariental and Keetmanshoop, four in Walvis Bay, three each in Okahandja and Outapi, two each in Otjiwarongo and Rundu, and one each in Swakopmund, Okakarara, Tsumeb, Gobabis, and Katima Mulilo.


She said the gender distribution of the new cases is 62 males and 53 females, of which the youngest is a 17-day-old baby and the oldest is a 69-year-old pensioner.


Dr. Muinjangue said that only seven people in Namibia are severely sick and in high care wards of various hospitals in the Khomas and Erongo regions, and added that 14 people are critically ill and receiving treatment in the Intensive Care Units of hospitals in The Khomas, Erongo and Oshana regions.


The deputy health minister also announced the deaths of a 50-year-old man from Windhoek, a 37-year-old woman from Rundu, and an 83-year-old man from Otjiwarongo.


She said all deceased persons had known co-morbidities and all passed away while being admitted to various hospitals.


The three latest fatalities increased the death toll ascribed to COVID-19 in Namibia to 101.


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