‘Comply with Covid regulations’ – Nangombe

19 May 2021 | Health

The Ministry of Health and Social Services advised members of the public to continue adhering to Covid-19 preventative measures following an increase in Covid-19 cases.

Namibia has witnessed a spike in the numbers of new infections reported countrywide with new cases being reported in all 14 regions daily.

To date, more than 51 000 Covid-19 confirmed cases have been recorded, with more than 730 persons that have died due to Covid complications.

According to the executive director of health, Ben Nangombe, of concern is the fact that more severe cases, higher number of hospitalisations and deaths have been recorded.

“Increased hospitalisations have exerted pressure on the available capacity of intensive care treatment, both in the public and private sectors.”

Nangombe said that in this context and the observed lax compliance with Covid-19 Public Health Regulations, the ministry urges Namibians to strictly comply with all regulations to suppress and prevent the further spread of the virus.

“We can prevent infections and deaths due to Covid-19 by exercising discipline and by being vaccinated. We also need to practice the correct wearing of face masks, observe social distancing and frequently wash your hands with soap and clean water or sanitize with alcohol-based hand rub. We have no other choice.”

He further called on community, traditional and religious as well as law enforcement agencies to support all efforts aimed at promoting compliance with Public Health Regulations, stating that this is particularly important with the winter season approaching.

New variants

Nangombe said that the Covid-19 situation around the world and in the country continues to evolve.

“Several countries are experiencing new Covid waves which are more severe than the initial outbreaks. New variants, some more virulent in nature, have also been recorded.”

Nangombe emphasised that Namibia is not immune to these developments, saying that according to the latest genome sequencing results conducted by the University of Namibia, the variants of concern initially identified in South Africa and the United Kingdom are now present in the country.

“The ministry is concerned about new variants which were initially identified in India and have now been reported to be circulating in other parts of the world. We are currently monitoring if these variants are present in Namibia.”

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