Health minister disappointed in public behaviour

2 301 active cases

21 September 2020 | Health

Dr Kalumbi Shangula; Minister of health; “The Act makes provision for severe sanctions for non-compliance ...”

The minister of health and social services Dr Kalumbi Shangula announced 149 new Covid-19 cases, 79 recoveries and one death.

He said that 1 145 results were received from the laboratories. Of the new cases, 104 are male and 45 are female, with the youngest aged five months and the oldest 84-years-old.

The minister expressed his disappointment at the public and how they are managing Covid-19.

“I am disappointed to observe that, after the State of Emergency lapsed, the public started to behave as if Covid-19 is no more. The pandemic in Namibia is currently being controlled and managed under the Public and Environmental Health Act of 2015. The Act makes provision for severe sanctions for non-compliance with public health measures against an infectious disease and this act is already operational.”

Shangula urged the public to comply with the stipulated public health measures in the interest of the broader Namibian public.
The confirmed cases are distributed as follows: Windhoek (75), Swakopmund (10), Usakos (9), Walvis Bay (5), Omaruru (1), Eenhana (20), Onandjokwe (10), Tsumeb (2), Otjiwarongo (7), Okahandja (1), Oshakati (3), Rundu (3), Gobabis (1), Katima Mulilo (1) and Opuwo (1).

The said that 10 learners and one support staff member tested positive at a school on Sunday.

“Initially, one learner tested positive, but today we are announcing a further ten learners who tested positive at the same school.”

Classes were subsequently suspended to allow the school to be disinfected. Psychosocial support was also given to the learners and staff.

The positive cases have been placed in isolation and contacts have been placed in quarantine for further observation. Classes will resume once all public health measures have been completed.

“We wish to assure the nation that the situation at the particular school does not warrant alarm,” the minister said.

Shangula also announced 79 recoveries: 71 from //Kharas, 6 from Hardap and 2 from Omusati.

Of the active cases, 13 remain in a severe or critical condition. In Erongo, four cases are critical, while in Khomas four are in a serious condition and five are critical.

Shangula said the one Covid-19 death occurred in the capital.

Status
Cumulative confirmed cases - 10 526
Newly confirmed - 149
Recoveries - 8 112
Active cases - 2 301
Total Covid-19 deaths - 87
Total Covid-19 related deaths - 25
Total indeterminate deaths - 1
Total deaths - 113
Active contacts - 9 830
Total samples tested - 89 831
Cumulative number of people quarantined - 13 166
Number of quarantined people discharged - 12 326
Number of people in quarantine - 840

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