DESPITE Namibia currently standing at a 90% recovery rate, daily cases are still rising, with the heath ministry recording 258 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours.
Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula also announced five recorded in Windhoek, Oshakati, Otjiwarongo and Walvis Bay.
Dr. Shangula stated that the gender distribution of the reported cases is 136 females and 122 males, while the age range is from four months to 92 years.
The Khomas Region remains the epicentre of the epidemic, representing a total 24% of infections, while the Oshana Region is second with 18% of infections.
The country also recorded 368 new recoveries, which bring the total number of recoveries to 28 226 – representing a recovery rate of 90%.
The total number of active cases currently stands at 2 721, with 257 people currently hospitalised, including 24 patients in Intensive Care Units (ICUs).
Dr. Shangula also announced with concern that Karas Region’s hospitalised confirmed cases has doubled in the last 24 hours.
The health minister said that as from 19 January 2021, negative COVID-19 results from the Namibia Institute of Pathology (NIP) will be communicated to clients via short message services (SMSs).