SOME of the laboratories that perform analysis of COVID-19 specimens did not send in their test results on time to be added to the daily statistics announced by the Minister of Health and Social Services which means that only 136 new cases were officially registered in Namibia on Boxing Day.
Dr. Kalumbia Shangula said during the latest announcement of COVID-19 statistics that only the results of 585 tests were received and that the positivity ratio is still very high at 23%.
“We should therefore not read any consolation into these numbers for now. The situation may change drastically tomorrow,” he warned.
He said 43 new cases were registered in Windhoek, 31 in Oshakati, ten in Opuwo, nine in Onandjokwe, seven in Eenhana, six in Walvis Bay, five in Otjiwarongo, four each in Engela, Oshikuku, and Keetmanshoop, three in Swakopmund, two each in Usakos and Tsumeb, Outapi, and Tsandi, and one each in Okahandja and Rehoboth..
The gender distribution of the new cases is 65 men and 71 women of which the youngest patient is a two-year-old toddler and the oldest is a 73-year-old pensioner.
According to Dr. Shangula, 54% of the new cases had contact with other confirmed cases while only 30% presented with COVID-19 symptoms at the time of submitting their specimens for testing.
The situation with hospitalised patients remained the same with 36 out of 224 people still in critical care in the various Intensive Care Units of hospitals in the Khomas and Erongo Regions.
No new deaths were reported by the health minister, which means that the death toll ascribed to COVID-19 in Namibia remained at 187 for a second consecutive day.
Dr. Shangula also announced the recovery of 249 patients. He indicated that it represents a recovery ratio of 83%.