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Decrease in new COVID-19 cases is very encouraging

Decrease in new COVID-19 cases is very encouraging

Niël Terblanché


THE numbers of daily positive COVID-19 test results are showing a steady decrease.


The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Kalumbi Shangula, while announcing the latest statistics the downward trend in the number of new cases is encouraging. He added that the number of severely sick people being admitted to hospitals has been observed to decline over the past few days.


“We are however still concerned about the relatively high number of people dying at home and we advise people to urgently seek help from health care facilities whenever they are not feeling well,” he said.


Dr Shangula announced the deaths of 56 people and said that 12 of the fatalities ascribed to COVID-19 occurred while people were receiving care home.


He said that 16 of the fatalities were registered in the Onandjokwe health district, 12 in Rundu, seven in Windhoek, five in Oshikuku, three each in the health districts of Opuwo, Okahao, and Tsumeb, Two each in the health districts of Engela and Tsandi, and one each in the health districts of Khorixas, Eenhana, and Nankudu.


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According to Dr Shangula, four of the fatalities occurred between 15 and 18 July, 47 between 19 and 25 July while five people passed away on the 26th of July.


He also announced that only 277 people had positive COVID-19 test results from a specimen batch of 1 155. The low number constitutes a positivity ratio of 24% which is almost half of what it was when the third wave was at its peak earlier during June and July.


The health minister said that it has been observed that areas especially those in the North are currently registering higher numbers of new infections than the Khoams Region.


He said that 117 people from the Oshana Region, 40 from the Khomas Region, 35 from the Oshikoto Region24 from the Zambezi Region, 22, from the Karas Region, 11 from the Kunene Region, nine each from the Otjozondjupa and Kavango East regions, five from the Hardap Region, two each from the Erongo and Ohangwena regions, and one person from the Omusati Region had positive test results.


At the same time, 423 people received certification that declared them recovered from COVID-19 which means that the number of active cases decreased slightly to 20 701.


At the moment 506 people are recovering in various hospitals while 79 patients are receiving critical care in the various intensive care units of different hospitals around Namibia.


Dr Shangula said since the vaccination campaign resumed almost two weeks ago, that the number of people that volunteered for the first shot of the vaccine increased to 154 350 while the number of people that are fully vaccinated increased to 46 344.


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