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COVID-19 goes to jail

COVID-19 goes to jail

Niël Terblanché

THE majority of new COVID-19 cases registered in Namibia over the past 24 hours have their origin in correctional facilities and police holding cells.


The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, announced the latest countrywide COVID-19 statistics and stated that most of the cases occurred in the confinement of jail cells.


“All the cases from Eenhana and Rundu are from police holding cells. Of the 34 new cases in the Khomas Region, 22 are inmates from the Central Correctional Facility. Out of seven cases from the Onandjokwe health district, four are learners from the Nehale Senior Secondary School,” he said.


Dr. Shangula said that 108 people from across Namibia had positive test results from a batch of 1 432 specimens that were analysed by the various laboratories in Namibia.


He said that 34 people from Windhoek, 25 from Eenhana, 17 from Rundu, ten from Oshakati, seven from Onandjokwe, five from Okahandja, four from Karasburg, three from Mariental, and one each from Otjiwarongo, Grootfontein and Rehoboth all had positive test results.


“All the cases from Oshakati are contacts of confirmed cases. Of the four cases from Karasburg, three are cross border truck drivers,” he said.


He added that the latest statistics indicate that COVID-19 transmission among communities is declining.


According to the health minister, the gender distribution of the latest COVID-19 cases is 91 males and 17 females, of which the youngest patient is a one-year-old baby and the oldest s a 72-year-old pensioner.


Dr. Shangula also announced the recovery of 69 people.


He said that 24 people from the Khomas Region, 20 from the Ohangwena Region, 11 from the Hardap Region, eight from the Oshana Region, and six from the Karas Region all received a clean bill of health.


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


The health minister announced the death of a 66-year-old man from Windhoek and that of a 60-year-old man from Walvis Bay.


Dr. Shangula said the patient from Windhoek passed away at home on 28 September, while the patient in Walvis Bay passed away on 30 September while admitted to a local hospital.


He added that both had known co-morbidities at the time of their deaths.


The two fatalities ascribed to COVID-19 increased the death toll in Namibia to 123.


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