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Sharp spike in new COVID cases

Sharp spike in new COVID cases

Niël Terblanché


TEN days after thousands of Namibians reported at polling stations to elect new regional and local authority councillors, COVID-9 cases showed a sudden increase in all the bigger urban areas.


The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula announced that 181 new COVID-19 confirmed cases were identified from 1 540 results received from the various laboratories.


For the first time since August, the positivity ratio rose above ten percent.


At 117 the majority of new cases were registered in Windhoek while the small town of Omaruru registered 17 new cases in a single day.


Walvis Bay had seven new cases, Karasburg six, Otjiwarongo, Swakopmund, and Lüderitz five, Omuthiya four, Oshakati and Mariental three, Outapi andOpuwo two, and one case each in Usakos, Keetmanshoop, Tusmeb, Nyangana, and Andara.


According to Dr. Shangula, 60% of the new cases have displayed symptoms of COVID-19 at the time that samples were collected. Most of the new cases are from schools.


Dr. Shangula also announced that 100 people were declared healthy.


He also announced that a 61-year-old woman from Windhoek, with multiple co-morbidities, passed away at home. He did not say when the woman was tested to confirm she was infected with SARS-CoV2.


The latest fatality ascribed to COVID-19 increased the total number to 152.


“The significant increase in the number of confirmed cases across the country is worrisome especially coming at the time when the President announced further relaxation of public health measures to combat Covid19. We do not wish to return to a situation when it becomes imperative to re-introduce restrictive measures,” he said.


Dr. Shangula stated that all Namibians have seen the hardships that restrictive measures cause to individuals, their livelihoods, and the country’s economy.


“I call on every Namibian to adhere to COVID-19 prevention measures,” he implored.


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