THE number of young people and the continuous infection of healthcare workers with COVID-19 remained a matter of concern for Namibian health authorities.
Of the 482 new cases registered in Namibia over the past 24 hours, 46% was in the age range of 20 to 39.
The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula also announced that 25 healthcare workers country had positive results.
Of the 482 new cases 227 is from Windhoek, 31 from Keetmanshoop, 23 from Walvis Bay, 20 from Okahandja, 18 each from Karasburg and Outjo, 16 each from Swakopmund and Rehoboth, 15 from Otjiwarongo, 14 each from Lüderitz and Usakos, 12 each from Oshakati and Gobabis, ten each from Omaruru and Khorixas, nine from Mariental, seven from Tsumeb, six from Rundu, three from Andara, and one from Grootfontein had positive test results.
He said the gender distribution of the new cases is 276women and 206 men of which the youngest patient is a month-old baby and the oldest is a 98-year-old pensioner.
He said that the new cases are derived from a specimen batch of 2 236 that was analysed by the various laboratories and represents a very high positivity rate of 23%.
According to Dr. Shangula, 38% of the new cases had contact with people that have already tested positive and 50% had symptoms associated with COVID-19 at the time of submitting specimens for testing.
He said the number of patients in need of hospitalisation decreased significantly to 196 while the number of people in need of intensive care remained at 36.
The health minister also announced the death of a 50-year-old man who passed away in hospital on 26 December. He said the patient had multiple co-morbidities.
The latest fatality ascribed to COVID-19 increased the death toll in Namibia to 196.
While the number of new cases for the past two and half weeks had been consistently high the time for high numbers of recoveries have also arrived.
Dr. Shangula while announcing the latest statistics said that 912 people were declared healthy over the past 24 hours. He said another positive trend is the fact that the recovery also increased to 86%.
“As we are nearing the sunset of 2020 and approaching the new year, it is everyone’s responsibility to make sure that our families, friends, relatives, neighbours, workmates, communities and our country is safe by adhering to Health and Hygiene Protocols recommended for our protection,” he implored.