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Windhoek remains the COVID-19 epicentre

Windhoek remains the COVID-19 epicentre

Niël Terblanché

THE majority of new COVID-19 cases in Namibia are still registered in Windhoek despite the numbers going down significantly.


Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, the Minister of Health and Social Services, announced that 77 new cases were registered over the past 24 hours.


He also announced that 51 people were declared recovered and that two people who were diagnosed with COVID-19 passed away.


He said that 40 people from the Khomas Region, eight from the Oshikoto Region, and three people from the Omaheke Region were all declared recovered.


According to Dr. Shangula, 50 people in Windhoek, six in Karasburg, five each in Okahandja and Rehoboth, four in Oshakati, two in Omarauru, and one each in Keetmanshoop, Mariental, Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, and Tsumeb out of a test batch of 1 041 specimens, received positive results.


He said the gender distribution of the new cases is 37 males and 40 females, of which the youngest patient is a two-year-old toddler and the oldest is an 86-year-old pensioner.


The two fatalities announced by the health minister occurred as a direct result of COVID-19, although the patients, a 54-year-old man from Windhoek and a 47-year-old man from Okahandja, had known co-morbidities at the time of their passing.


According to Dr. Shangula, both patients were admitted to a hospital at the time of their death.


The two COVID-19 fatalities increased the death toll in Namibia to 119.


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