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High infection rate among healthcare workers

High infection rate among healthcare workers

Niël Terblanché


THE rate at which healthcare workers in Namibia are testing positive for COVID-19 is cause for concern.


Health authorities in Namibia registered 525 new cases over the past 24 hours and of this number 44 healthcare workers had positive test results.


The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbia Shangula announced that the 525 positive results came from a batch of 1 467 specimens that were analysed by the various laboratories in the country.


He said the majority of healthcare workers that had positive test results are from Windhoek.


“They are distributed as follows: 21 are from the Windhoek health district, five from the Swakopmund district, three each from the Okahandja, Opuwo and Onandjokwe districts, two each from the Gobabis and Khorixas districts, and one each from the Karasburg, Walvis bay, Outapi, Engela, and Oshakati districts.


With regards to the new cases he said that 242 are from Windhoek, 71 from Walvis Bay, 49 from Swakopmund, 17 from Opuwo, 16 from Onandjokwe, 14 from Gobabis, 13 from Karasburg, 12 from Oshakati, nine each from Otjiwarongo, Oshikuku, and Rehoboth, eight each from Grootfontein and Okahandja, seven from Outapi, six each from Outjo and Katima Mulilo, five from Usakos, three each from Khorixas, Okahao, Mariental, Eenhana, and Engela, two each from Tsumeb, Lüderitz, Keetmanshoop, and Rundu while one person from Nankandu all had positive test results.


According to Dr. Shangula, 49% of the new cases had contact with confirmed cases while 32% presented with COVID-19 symptoms when they presented for testing.


The health minister indicated that the number of people currently hospitalised has increased to 231 of which 35 are receiving high care in the various Intensive Care Units of hospitals in the Khomas and Erongo regions.


Dr. Shangula announced the deaths of a 77-year-old man and a 66-year-old man from Windhoek as well as two men, both aged 56, that passed away in Swakopmund.


The four new fatalities ascribed to COVID-19 caused the death toll in Namibia to increase to 191.


He announced that 188 people were declared recovered and added that the recovery rate is relatively high at 82%.


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