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Fewer COVID-19 cases is a positive development

Fewer COVID-19 cases is a positive development

Niël Terblanché

NEW confirmed cases of COVID-19 are still declining while and the development has been met by optimism from the Namibian Government.


The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula announced the latest COVID-9 statistics and said that the decrease in positive cases and an increase in recoveries is a positive development.


The health minister said only 48 people country-wide received positive test results from a specimen batch of 889.


He said that 25 people in Windhoek, six each in Oshakati and Onandjokwe, three in Swakopmund, two each in Andara and Rundu, and one person each from Okahandja, Engela, and Katima Mulilo had positive results.


According to Dr. Shangula, 19 people from the Khomas Region were declared recovered which increased the number of people that made full recoveries since the start of the pandemic in Namibia, to 9 778.


He said the number of active cases increased slightly to 1 924 of which six patients are in a critical clinical condition and receiving treatment in Intensive Care Units of various hospitals in the Erongo and Khomas regions.


Dr. Shangula did not report any deaths ascribed to COVID-19 which means that the death toll remained at 127.


“We are entering the weekend and I urge people to spend the time in a responsible manner,” he said.


The health minister beseeched people to remember social distancing, wear their masks correctly, to wash their hands frequently, to sanitise whenever possible, and to avoid public gatherings.


“Prevention is better than cure. Remember that COVID-19 is transmitted from person to person,” he concluded.


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