Covid claims Swakopmunder’s life

Windhoek cause for concern

10 December 2020 | Health

Dr Kalumbi Shangula; Health minister; “We call on the public to comply with these measures.”

A 26-year-old woman from Swakopmund has passed away due to Covid-19, health minister Kalumbi Shangula. The deceased is known to have suffered from co-morbidities.

In Windhoek, a 38-year-old male who had known co-morbidities, also passed away from the disease at his home.

The minister also announced 174 new Covid-19 cases which were identified from 1 444 tested samples. This represents a 12% positivity rate.

Windhoek remains a matter of concern for the minister, with 115 new cases recorded in the capital.

“This represents 66% of the total number of confirmed cases. It is a serious development which calls for additional measures to combat the further spread of the disease,” the minister said.

The //Kharas region recorded 14 new cases; twelve from Lüderitz and two from Karasburg. Otjiwarongo accounts for the Otjzondjupa region’s 13 new cases, with Erongo having the same number of new cases. Swakopmund had seven new cases, Walvis Bay five and Usakos one. The remaining 19 cases are distributed between Oshana (6), Kunene (4), Hardap (3), Omaheke (2), Omusati (2), Kavango East (1) and Oshikoto (1) regions.

The total of recoveries, however, outweigh new infections, with 191 recoveries announced. Hardap led the way with 45% of the new recoveries, while Erongo region reported 40 new recoveries – just under half of the 86 recoveries in Hardap. The //Kharas region reported 35 new recoveries and the Khomas region reported 30.

The minister expressed great concern for the laxity of the public in Covid-19 preventative measures.

“I wish to remind the public that wearing of masks, observing the numbers of people with regard to public gatherings and social distancing are mandatory. We call on the public to voluntarily comply with these measures.”

He warned that non-compliance would attracts penalties.

“Government will not allow this situation to continue and we may be compelled to consider imposing stricter measures to contain the spread of infection. This is not route we would like to take. We came a long way and made substantive progress in the containment of Covid-19. Let us all work towards the same goal of preventing Covid-19 to become entrenched in Namibia.”

Status:
Cumulative confirmed cases: 15 472
Newly confirmed: 174
Recoveries: 14 195
Active cases: 1 119
Covid-19 deaths: 118
Covid-19 related deaths: 37
Total deaths: 155
Active contacts: 3 208
Total samples tested: 168 805
Cumulative number of people quarantined: 21 076
Number of quarantined people discharged: 20 439
Number of people in quarantine: 637

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