THE number of people that recovered from COVID-19 was more than double the number of new cases registered in Namibia for the first time in weeks.
According to the Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula 1 232 people received certification declaring them recovered from COVID-9 as opposed to the 614 new cases registered in Namibia.
“We now have 21 860 active cases of which 598 have been hospitalised. Of that number 112 are receiving critical care in the various intensive care units of hospitals,” he said.
Of the 614 cases, 118 were registered in the Oshikoto Region, 99 in the Omusati Region, 85 in the Kavango East Region, 81 in the Erongo Region, 59 in the Ohangwena Region, 45 in the Oshana Region, 40 in the Khomas Region, 25 in the Hardap Region, 24 in the Otjozondjupa Region, 19 in the Kunene Region, 12 in the Karas Region, five in the Zambezi Region, while two people from the Kavango West Region received positive test results.
The 614 new cases were derived from a test batch of 1 652 which is indicative of a rise in the positivity ratio.
The health minister also announced the deaths of 25 people.
He said that seven fatalities ascribed to COVID-19 occurred in the Oshakati health district, five in the Onandjokwe health district, four in the Swakopmund health district, three each in the health districts of Windhoek and Tsandi, two in the Okahandja health district, and one in the health district of Okakarara.
Dr. Shangula said that three of the fatalities occurred while people were receiving care at home.
The 25 newly registered deaths caused the cumulative number recorded in Namibia to increase to 2557.
The health minister added that the number of people that received the first jab of the antigen, increased to 136 599 while the number of fully vaccinated people increased to 35 135.
Dr. Shangula expressed dismay at reports that people are still not complying with health regulations.
“It is quite disheartening that there are still reports of nonconformity to the public health measures. These measures are not meant to serve as punishment but these are efforts that have been proven to have a great impact on curbing transmission. We all want to go back to normalcy, and adherence to public health measures is one way to reach there,” he concluded.