A TOTAL 446 positive cases have been reported in the country over the last 24-hour reporting cycle.
Giving the daily Covid-19 update, the Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula said the positive cases for 8 December came from 2 697 samples tested.
This brings the total number of active cases in the country to 1 480.
The age range for those infected is from six months to 93 years.
He further said that the number of new cases being reported has increased by 60% when compared to the figure reported during the preceding reporting cycle.
He added that this exponential increase calls for action by all to suppress transmission.
Dr. Shangula further said that the ministry is reporting cases from 12 out of 14 regions, with the Khomas Region reporting the highest number of new cases, amounting to 342 and making up 76.7% of the total confirmed cases.
The Khomas Region is followed by the Otjozondjupa Region, which has recorded 50 new infections or 11.2% of all infected.
Dr. Shangula explained that the cases in the Otjozondjupa Region have increased by three-fold in the last 24 hours.
Of the confirmed cases are 31 learners from different schools, 21 students from different tertiary institutions, 17 healthcare workers and four four teachers.
The number of vaccinated people testing positive has also peaked, with 53 positive cases having received one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and 73 fully vaccinated.
In his message on the growing number of infections, Dr. Shangula said: “We have noted with concern that persons swabbed for Covid-19 embark on journeys, and travel, before they receive their results. Some people also embark on journeys and travel after receiving positive Covid-19 results. This is a violation of the Public Health Regulations, which require persons suspected of Covid-19 infection to self-isolate. The aim is to suppress the spread on new infections among the population and prevent putting more people at risk. We should refrain from doing so.”
Dr. Shangula further noted that the low level of compliance with public health measures at present is a source of serious concern and encouraged people to wear face masks correctly, to practice physical distancing, and to practice hand hygiene.
“Our reinforcement system to ensure adherence to the preventive measures will be enhanced,” Dr. Shangula concluded.