THE huge backlog in COVID-19 test results has been eliminated due to the expansion of capacity which gave laboratory technicians a well-deserved break over the past two weekends.
The Minister of Health and Social Service, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula announced that only 26 people from a specimen batch of 600 tested positive since Sunday.
“The laboratories are testing lower numbers on weekends especially on Sundays which explains the low number of new cases registered in Namibia,” he said.
According to Dr. Shangula, 12 people from Windhoek, six from Oshakati, four from Mariental and one each from Karasbaurg, Okahandja, and Rundu received positive test results.
He said the gender distribution of the new cases is 18 females and ten males of which the youngest patient is an 11-year-old child and the oldest is a 71-year-old pensioner.
“The low number should not give us the wrong message that COVID-19 is over. We encourage people to get tested so that when we do report a low number of new cases, we know that we have really tested all that requires to be tested. This will inform the decisions being taken and will help us with tracking the trend of COVID-19 situation in the country,” he said.
Dr. Shangula announced the recovery of 22 people. At 18 the majority are from the Hardap region while two people each from the Omusati and Ohangwena all received negative follow-up test results.
He said eight patients are either severely sick or in a critical condition.
Only one patient from the Erongo Region currently requires critical care while six patients in the Khomas Region are currently in the Intensive Care Units of various hospitals. Only one patient from the Khomas Region is currently deemed to be severely sick and receiving high care in the hospital.
Dr. Shangula announced that two women from Windhoek, a 52-year-old and a 58-year-old passed away while admitted to a hospital. Both had known co-morbidities and both passed away on Saturday.
The two fatalities increased the COVID-19 death toll in Namibia to 125.