NAMIBIANS from all walks of life will have to choose between having a good time during the Festive Season or being locked down under a State of Emergency afterward as the second wave of new COVID-19 infections is gaining momentum.
The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula said that the second wave in Namibia is predicted to be even worse than the first wave that started in March this year.
“As we are clearly in the second wave of COVID-19 infection which we are foreseeing to be far worse than the first wave if prevention measures are not fully implemented, we urge all citizens to adhere to all the infection containment strategies, washing of hands regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub, social distancing and consistent wearing of masks,” he said
The health minister announced the latest COVID-19 statistics and said 331 new cases were registered nationwide over the past 24 hours. The high number of cases comes from a test batch of 2 190 samples analysed by the various laboratories and represents a 15% positivity ratio.
The Windhoek health district registered 163 new cases while the main coastal towns also registered a sharp increase in new cases. Walvis Bay has 15 new cases, Swakopmund 31, and Lüderitz 17 while Otjiwarongo registered 24, Oshakati 16, Gobabis 13, Keetamnshoop 12 Opuwo nine, Outapi and Rehoboth seven each, Oshikuku four, Outjo and Usakos three each. Grootfontein, Okahandja, Tsandi, Okahao, Mariental, Katima Mulilo, and Tsumeb all registered one new case each.
The health minister said the gender distribution of the new cases is 179 women and 152 men of which the youngest patient is a day-old baby and the oldest is an 83-year-old pensioner.
According to Dr. Shangula, 53% of the new cases are contacts of confirmed cases and added that 45% of the new transmissions are displaying symptoms of COVID-19.
The health minister also announced the recovery of 177 patients over the past 24 hours and said that 29 patients from 157 people that are hospitalised are in a severe or critical clinical condition.
Dr. Shangula did not announce any new fatalities ascribed to COVID-19 which means that the death toll in the country remained at 164.