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Prevention measures decrease COVID transmission further

Prevention measures decrease COVID transmission further

Niël Terblanché

THE number of active COVID-19 cases in Namibia decreased even further to 2 437 after 665 more people were declared recovered.


At 7 358 the cumulative number of recoveries now forms almost 75% of the 9 901 cases confirmed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in Namibia.


The Executive Director of the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Ben Nangombe, announced the latest COVID-19 statistics and said that at 478, the vast majority of the recoveries comes from the Erongo Region while 155 people in the Khomas Region, 12 in the Hardap Region, seven in the Zambezi Region, five in the Omaheke Region, three each in the Ohangwena and Oshana Regions, and two in the Karas Region all received a clean bill of health.


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


Nangombe also announced that only 83 people tested positive for infection with SARS-CoV2 over the past 24 hours.


He said that 41 people in Windhoek, seven in Rehoboth, six in Walvis Bay, five in Onandjokwe, four in Swakopmund, three each in Okahandja, Oshakati, and Eenhana, two each in Tsumeb and Rundu, and one each in Omaruru, Usakos, Okakarara, Grootfontein, Lüderitz, Katima Mulilo, and Gobabis were registered as new cases in Namibia.


He said the gender distribution of the new cases is 44 males and 39 females of which the youngest patient is a one-year-old baby and the oldest is a 71-year-old pensioner.


“The figures are quite encouraging these days. This should really motivate us to keep adhering to the prevention measures,” Nangombe said.


He said that countries, where measures were relaxed when the situation seemed to be improving, in many instances, saw a huge resurgence in new cases and he urged Namibians to remain vigilant.


Nangombe also announced the COVID-19 related deaths of three more people.


He said a 59-year-old man and 69-year-old woman from Windhoek and a 30 man from Walvis Bay passed away while admitted to various hospitals. Nangombe added that all of the patients had known co-morbidities at the time of their passing.


The three fatalities caused the CIVID-19 death toll in Namibia to increase to 106.


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