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Schools urged to sharpen preventative measures

Schools urged to sharpen preventative measures

Niël Terblanché

A SENIOR secondary school in Onandjokwe has become Namibia’s focal point of new COVID-19 cases after 48 people involved with the institution received positive test results.


The school was the site of another cluster transmission where 11 and then ten people over a period of two days tested positive for COVID-19 about a week ago.


The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, said the 48 new cases are all contacts of previously confirmed cases at the same school.


“We are also observing sporadic instances of clusters from different schools countrywide, which indicate active transmissions. Hence strict measures are encouraged in schools to limit the spread among learners,” he said.


The 48 new cases registered at the school in Onandjokwe are part of the 115 new cases registered countrywide over the past 24 hours.


Dr. Shangula said that apart from the school, 37 people in Windhoek, 13 in Swakopmund, five in Otjiwarongo, three in Okahandja, two each in Okakarara, Mariental, and Rundu, and one each in Omaruru, Rehoboth, and Katima Mulilo all received positive results from a test batch of 920 specimens that were analysed.


He said the gender distribution of the new cases is 59 males and 56 females of which the youngest patient is a two-month-old baby and the oldest is a 75-year-old pensioner.


The health minister also announced the recovery of 27 people. He said that nine people from the Hardap Region, eight from the Khomas Region, six from the Zambezi Region, three from the Karas Region, and one from the Omaheke Region all received a clean bill of health.


Dr. Shangula did not announce any new fatalities ascribed to the COVID-19 pandemic which means that the death toll in Namibia remained at 120.


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