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New cases spike in Mariental

New cases spike in Mariental

Niël Terblanché

A SHARP spike in new COVID-19 cases that have occurred in Mariental is once again forcing the Health ministry’s attention on people who are living together in confined spaces.


The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, announced the latest COVID-9 statistics and said a significant increase has been observed in crowded facilities such as school hostels, correctional facilities, homes and holding cells at police stations.


“Crowded settings provide a conducive environment for transmission of any communicable disease and it is therefore essential that people in such environments are shielded from positive cases to prevent further spread of the virus,” he said.


Dr. Shangula, however, did not specify in which facility in Mariental the sharp spike in new cases occurred.


According to the health minister, 95 new cases were registered in Namibia.


Dr. Shangula said that 33 people in Windhoek, 29 people in Mariental, seven in Oshakati, six each in Rehoboth and Walvis Bay, three in Karasburg, two each in Omaruru, Onandjokwe, and Eenhana, one each in Lüderitz, Omuthiya, Okongo, Gobabis, and Katima Mulilo all received positive results.


The latest cases came from a batch of 1 021 specimens analysed in laboratories.


He said the gender distribution of the new cases is 59 males and 36 females, of which the youngest is a four-year-old child and the oldest is a 76-year-old pensioner.


The health minister also announced the recovery of 87 people and sad that 51 are from the Khomas Region, 28 are from the Hardap Region, seven are from the Karas Region and one is from the Omusati Region.


With no fatalities announced by Dr. Shangula today, the death toll ascribed to COVID-19 remained at 119.


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