THE cumulative number of deaths registered in Namibia since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic has increased past the 250 mark.
The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula announced the death of six more people which means that the death toll currently stands at 251.
He said a 60-year-old woman from Karasburg, a 61-year-old woman from Keetmanshoop, a 68-year-old woman from Uskaos, a 62-year-old man, and an 83-year-old man, both from Okakarara, and a 47-year-old man from Katima Mulilo passed away.
Dr. Shangula also announced that 468 people from a specimen batch of 2 742 had positive test results.
The gender distribution of the new cases is 257 women and 211 men of which the youngest patient is a three-day-old baby and the oldest is an 80-year-old pensioner.
At 126, the Windhoek health district registered the majority of new cases while Oshakati had 35, Swakopmund 29, Onandjokwe 28, Omaruru 25, Lüderitz 24, Okahandja 21, Karasburg 20, Gobabis 19, Outapi and Rehoboth 17 each, Grootfontein and Rundu 15 each, Usakos and Walvis Bay 12 each, Keetmasnhoop nine, Omuthiya eight, Tsumeb seven, Outjo and Otjiwarongo six each, Mariental four, Eenhana and Andara three each, Okakarara and Okahao, and Opuwo two each, and Nyangana in the Kavango East had one new case.
The health minister said that he emphasized the importance of a good diet to boost the ability of people to withstand Covid-19 infection earlier in the week.
“Other important factors to consider are our physical activeness. It is important to integrate physical activities into our daily schedule. In addition, it is important that we maintain good environmental sanitation and improved housing conditions to boost that ability even further,” he said.
He pointed out that 3 554 Namibians are currently deemed as active cases and that 305 of them have been hospitalised. Of that number 36 patients have been admitted to intensive care units of the various hospitals.
Dr. Shangula also announced the recovery of 735 people. He added that the recovery rate has increased slightly to 86%.