War against Covid far from over – President Geingob

15 September 2021 | Government

Covid-19 continues to be a grave public health threat and still poses a considerable risk.

“Despite some reprieve, we cannot afford to let our collective and individual guard down. I am aware that many people are relaxing their safety practices and returning to old routines. To let down our guard at this juncture will prove costly. Let us be weary of ‘Caution Fatigue’ and not fall into a false sense of security,” cautioned president Hage Geingob in his 34th update on national Covid-19 response measures.

According to the president, the last 31 days have offered the country and communities some respite.

“The country has now recorded a cumulative number 126 341 confirmed Covid-19 cases. Of these, 96% have recovered and 2.7 percent of cases lost their lives. During the period under review, the death rate declined by 85% nationally. However, the case fatality ratio in Omaheke remains high at 6.3%, which is twice the national case fatality rate.”

Geingob highlighted that the aforementioned numbers represent the lives of fellow Namibians.

“Our country has lost some of its best brains, productive citizens and nation-builders. We have also lost and continue to lose a generation of elders. A vacuum has been left by Covid-19 which we must all now endeavour to fill.”

On a positive note, Geingob pointed out that the positivity ratio has declined from 24% to 10%.

“The regions that recorded the highest reduction in new infections are Kavango East (91%), Zambezi (87%), Khomas (82%) and Erongo (78%).”

He emphasised that this notable decline on the incidence curve must remain everyone’s priority and responsibility.

“We must all work together in order to suppress further transmission of the virus in our country.”

Testing

The president said that testing continues to be an important and effective pillar in the national response, enabling the early detection of clusters and community transmission and appropriate measures to limit exposure.

“Namibia’s testing coverage remains high, with a ratio of 266 persons tested per 100 000 people in the country.”

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