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Political rallies could be the cause of the second wave

Political rallies could be the cause of the second wave

Zorena Jantze

 

FEARS of a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic hitting Namibia is starting to morph into a reality as the country recorded 324 new COVID-19 cases, the highest number since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

In addition, two COVID-19 deaths have also been recorded in the country. A 38-year-old man from Karasburg and a 79-year -old woman from Khorixas died in hospital earlier this week.

 

The number on the day before was also high with 301 new cases which means that more than 600 Namibians tested positive in just two days.

 

While announcing the latest COVID-19 statistics, the Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula said that political rallies and other public gatherings like funerals, weddings, street demonstrations, and religious gatherings are the main drivers of the sharp spike in new infections. He added that such events are characterized by the absence of social distancing and failure to wear masks or to wear them properly.

 

He said that the country has never before recorded such a high number of new Covid-19 positive cases in a period of 24 hours.

 

Dr. Shangula further stated that from the record number of 324 new cases, 223 are from the Windhoek district only, which constitutes 69% of the total number of confirmed cases.

 

Among the cases reported from the Khomas Region, 13 are learners, and seven are teachers from different schools, nine are students from different institutions of higher learning of which five are from UNAM. He said the rest of the identified cases are sporadically distributed across Windhoek.

 

Dr. Shangula expressed that this observation is a matter of grave concern.

 

“We are observing an increasing trend in the number of cases coming from various regions across the country, with particular concern for the Erongo and Otjozondjupa regions whose numbers are almost double the number reported yesterday. We recorded 19 cases from the mining industries of which 16 are from Otjiwarongo district, three from Swakopmund district,” he said.

 

Dr. Shangula said 11 employees from the fishing industry in Walvis Bay district are also among the reported cases.

 

“We continue to record the infection of health care workers with four from the Erongo Region, two from the Omaruru district, and one each from Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. Six learners from different schools across the districts also tested positive. “ Dr. Shangula summarised.

 

Furthermore, a total of 114 new recoveries were reported today, with the Khomas Region reporting the highest number of recoveries.

 

This brings the total number of recoveries to 14 332.

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