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COVID cases still increasing in prisons

COVID cases still increasing in prisons

Niël Terblanché

MORE than half of the 82 new COVID-19 Cases reported in Windhoek are prisoners at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility.


The Executive Director of the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Ben Nangombe announced the latest COVID-19 statistics and said that transmissions where people are forced together in confined spaces like prison cells, are much higher than in the community outside. He added that the same situation has been observed in Rundu and other towns as the week progressed.


Nangombe said that that 107 people out of a batch of 1 353 specimens had positive test results. The total number of tests performed by the various laboratories since the start of the pandemic in Namibia in March currently stands at 100 721.


According to Nangombe 82 people from Windhoek, seven from Rundu, six from Swakopmund, five from Walvis Bay, two from Okahandja, and one person each from Mariental, Rehoboth, Karasburg, Gobabis, and Katima Mulilo all had positive test results.


He said that the gender distribution of the new cases is 70 males and 28 females of which the youngest patient is a one-year-old baby and the oldest is a 72-year-old pensioner.


Nangombe also announced the recovery of 268 people. He said 260 are from the Khomas region, five are from the Erongo Region, two are from the Hardap Region and one is from the Ohangwena Region.


The high number of recoveries decreased the number of active cases currently being monitored by health officials to 2 006 while the number of recoveries increased to 9 351.


No new fatalities ascribed to COVID-19 were announced by Nangombe which means that the death toll in Namibia remains at 123.


Nangombe reminded Namibians that COVID-19 is still a reality in the country.


“We should not relax and forget the preventive measures. It should be everyone’s responsibility to adhere and comply with these basic measures: Wear face masks correctly, frequently wash your hands with soap and running water, disinfect your hands with alcohol-based sanitizer, keep social or physical distance, and avoid overcrowded places. Together we will defeat this invisible enemy, COVID-19,” Nangombe concluded.


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