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COVID cases hit a new record

COVID cases hit a new record

Niël Terblanché


THE 363 new COVID-19 cases registered in Namibia over the past 24 hours is the highest number ever recorded since the advent of the pandemic in Namibia.


Not only is it a new record but is the second consecutive day that the positivity ratio stands at 20%. The 363 new cases were identified from a sample batch of 1 844.


The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula announce the latest statistics and said that the country s currently at a dangerous precipice with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic.


“We are at the edge of the COVID-19 pandemic precipice and it is everyone’s responsibility to make sure that our families, friends, relatives, neighbours, workmates, communities, and our country is safe,” he said.


The health minister announced that 178 of the active cases are currently hospitalised and that 26 of the hospitalised patients are currently receiving treatment in various intensive care units of the country’s hospitals.


He said the gender distribution of the new cases is 199 women and 164 men of which the youngest patient is a two-year-old child and the oldest is an 80-year-old pensioner.


The Windhoek health district registered 218 new cases, while Rehoboth registered 27, Lüderitz 24, Oshakati 16, Keetmanshoop 15, Karasburg 11, Okahandja ten, Otjiwarongo nine, Andara seven, Usakos six, Walvis Bay and Tsumeb five each, Swakopmund four, Omaruru three, Khorixas two, and Gobabis recorded one new case.


Amongst the record number of new cases are 25 healthcare workers. Ten of these are from Windhoek while the remaining 15 are spread over the country.


The high number of new cases from the south is made up of grape farm workers from Aussenkher and trial awaiting prisoners in the Keetmanshoop police cells amongst others.


Dr. Shangula also announced the recovery of 215 patents countrywide.


No new fatalities ascribed to COVID-19 were announced which means that the death toll in Namibia remained at 164.


“We urge our fellow citizens to adhere to Health and Hygiene Protocols recommended for our protection including the new regulations announced this morning by President Hage Geingob.


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