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Recoveries again outnumber new cases

Recoveries again outnumber new cases

Niël Terblanché

THE number of people who have been declared recovered from COVID-19 in Namibia has outnumbered the new cases recorded for a third consecutive day after 150 people received a clean bill of health.


The number of active cases decreased to 3 023 after 2 887 people recovered from COVID-19 since last Monday.


The cumulative number of recoveries increased to 6 693 and now represents more than two thirds of the cumulative number of confirmed cases, which currently stands at 9 818.


The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, announced the latest statistics and said of the 150 recovered patients, 130 are from the Erongo Region, 12 from the Karas Region, six from the Hardap Region and one each from the Omaheke and Oshana regions.


The health minister announced that only 99 new COVID-19 cases were registered in Namibia since Sunday.


He said that 60 people from Windhoek tested positive, while six people in Oshakati, five in Rehoboth, four each in Walvis Bay and Onandjokwe, three each in Engela and Keetmanshoop, two each in Eenhana, Okakarara, and Outapi, and one each in Usakos, Omuthiya, Karasburg, Lüderitz, Okahandja, Otjiwarongo, Rundu, and Gobabis were also diagnosed with COVID-19.


According to Dr. Shangula, the gender distribution of the new cases is 49 males and 50 females, of which the youngest patient is a seven-month-old baby and the oldest is an 83-year-old pensioner.


With regard to the resumption of face-to-face teaching of lower grades, Dr. Shangula said learners and teachers should protect themselves at all times and that the health ministry is monitoring the situation in schools and other educational institutions.


Dr. Shangula also announced the COVID-19 related deaths of two men, ages 57 and 67.


Both the deceased persons passed away while admitted in hospitals in Windhoek and both had known co-morbidities.


The number of deaths ascribed to COVID-19 in Namibia now stands at 103.


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