OUT of mind but not completely out of sight, COVID-19 cases are continuing on an upward trend, with a total 79 new cases confirmed today from a total 2,147 lab results.
The gender distribution of the reported cases is 45 females and 34 males, while the youngest case is 2-year-old and the oldest 77-year-old.
This was announced by health minister Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, who further explained that of the 79 recorded cases, a total 38 cases are from Windhoek.
Dr. Shangula noted that the Windhoek district cases include 6 learners and 1 teacher from different schools, while 5 learners from other regions tested positive.
The rest of the cases are distributed sporadically within the district.
Of all the reported cases, 42% are contacts of confirmed cases and 76% are symptomatic.
Dr. Shangula further added that of concern, are 9 healthcare workers who tested positive for Covid-19, of which 7 are from the Oshakati district, 1 each from the Engela district and the Lüderitz district.
The Lüderitz district cases include 5 employees from the fishing industries.
Of all the reported cases from other regions, 59% are contacts of confirmed cases and 57% are symptomatic.
“It is worrisome that we continue reporting increasing cases of healthcare workers across the country. We urge all HCWs to adequately utilise their personal protective equipment (PPE) as per the protocols and observe all Covid-19 prevention measures to avoid infection by the virus.
Dr. Shangula also urged the public to continue taking precautions to protected the healthcare workers and loved ones from the virus.
He noted that 55 new recoveries were reported today, bringing the total number of active cases to 1138.
Of the active case, 9 are in severe to critical conditions, of which 8 are in Khomas Region and 1 is in the Erongo Region.
Four of the Khomas cases are currently in critical care.