COVID-19 hits Namibia’s 20-40 age bracket hardest: WHO

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Namibia has recorded a high number of COVID-19 cases in its young populace representing 62 per cent of the total 69 096 confirmed cases, the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Namibia has indicated.

In a report availed here Tuesday, WHO said of the total 69 096 confirmed cases by 15 June 2021, 42 701 are in the 20-49 age bracket, which constitutes the majority of the recorded cases.

The report said 11 781 cases, representing 17 per cent of the confirmed cases, are in the five-19 year category, while the under-five-years group makes up 1 522 presenting two per cent.

It further indicated more female cases of 35 849 (52 per cent) were recorded compared to male cases at 33 247 (48 per cent).

WHO also reported that 2 874 health workers have tested positive for COVID-19, representing four per cent of total cases. It noted that 2 294 health workers were from State hospitals, 575 from private hospitals, and five from non-governmental organisations.

It also stated that all 14 regions have reported confirmed cases, with the Khomas and Erongo regions reporting the highest number with 26 773 (39 per cent) and 10 737 (16 per cent) respectively.

Meanwhile, by Tuesday 475 509 tests have been conducted by various approved testing laboratories in the country.

It equally indicated challenges of non-adherence to COVID-19 infections prevention and control measures by the general public and recommended that Government continues giving awareness on the importance of adhering to COVID-19 measures.

Source: Namibia Press Agency