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COVID death toll concerning

COVID death toll concerning

Niël Terblanché


NAMIBIAN health authorities have expressed concern with the fact that 31 deaths ascribed to COVID-19 occurred in the past two weeks.


The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula while announcing the latest statistics said two more people died as a result of COVID-19.


He said a 64-year-old man from Windhoek and an 86-year-old woman from Swakopmund passed away. Both had known co-morbidities.


The two fatalities ascribed to COVID-19 increased the death toll in Namibia to 195. The fatalities over the past two weeks represent 16% of the cumulative number recorded in Namibia since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.


Dr. Shangula stated that 564 new cases were registered countrywide from a test batch of 2 238 specimens. He added that the positivity rate of 25% is very high.


The majority of new cases, 293, were once again registered in the Windhoek, 39 in Oshakati, 36 in Swakopmund, 26 in Omaruru, 24 in Lüderitz, 22 in Walvis Bay, 21 in Otjiwarongo, 18 in Tsumeb, 15 in Mariental, 14 in Rundu, nine in Outjo, six eachin Khorixas and Katima Mulilo, five each in Usakos and Grootfontein, four eachin Rehoboth and Gobabis, three each in Karasburg and Oshikuku, two each in Okakarara, Onandjokwe, Aranos, and Nankukdu, and one each in Okahandja, Andara, and Outapi.


He said the gender distribution of the new cases is 315 women and 249 men of which the youngest patient is a 13-day-old baby and the oldest is an 88-year-old pensioner.


Dr. Shangula said that 45% of the new cases had contact with other confirmed cases and that 68% of the latest batch presented with COVID-19 symptoms when the submitted specimens for testing.


According to the health minister, the new cases in the Khomas and Erongo regions have the most cases at 52% and 16% respectively.


He said the concerning trend of healthcare workers testing positive continued with 41 more countrywide that had positive test results over the past 24 hours.


Dr. Shangulaslo announced the recovery of 466 patients and added that the recovery rate is satisfactory at 82%.


“We urge all citizens to continue adhering to the COVID-19 prevention measures during the Festive Season. Clean and sanitize your hands regularly, avoid public gatherings, maintain a safe distance, and wear your mask properly at all times,” the health minister implored.


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