THE Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced a sharp spike in COVID-19 cases with a record number of 149 new positive cases.
Of the 149 cases, a total of 105 cases are from Windhoek. In addition, the ministry also announced two COVID-19 deaths.
The two deaths recorded include a 32-year-old man who passed away on 22 November 2020, and a 68-year-old elderly man who passed away at the hospital on 24 November.
This was announced by Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, Minister of Health and Social Services.
“For the past 40 days, we had been reporting less than 100 cases per day with a daily average of 40 cases. This is quite worrisome, more especially because we are approaching the festive and holiday season, and people will start moving to visit relatives in different areas of the country. We continue to urge members of the public to adhere to COVID-19 prevention measures in order to reduce transmission of the virus.” Dr. Shangula said.
The new cases are distributed as follows: Khomas, (105), Luderitz (37), Swakopmund (3), Otjiwarango (1), Tsumeb (1), and Zambezi (1).
Among the 105 cases from the Windhoek district, 73 are learners from different schools who are all contacts to confirmed cases, with 58% of them showing symptoms for COVID-19. Of these, 68 cases are from St Joseph High School, of which three are staff members. The cases from the Lüderitz district are mainly from the fishing industry.
The district conducted expanded targeted testing following an increase in the number of confirmed cases, which resulted in the current high yield.
The total number of active cases currently stands at 650. Of the active cases, four are in severe to critically sick conditions.