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COVID-19: Namibia records 302 new cases and three deaths

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The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Kalumbi Shangula, on Saturday announced that the country recorded 302 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths.The deaths were reported in the Otjiwarongo, Katima Mulilo and Windhoek districts. The deceased per…

The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Kalumbi Shangula, on Saturday announced that the country recorded 302 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths.

The deaths were reported in the Otjiwarongo, Katima Mulilo and Windhoek districts. The deceased persons’ ages range between 37 and 50.

Shangula said the new cases were identified from 2 073 sample results received from the laboratories in the last 24 hours and have a gender distribution of 187 males and 115 females, with the youngest person being two years old and the oldest, 90 years.

Oshikoto recorded the highest number of cases at 105 followed by Omusati at 53, Kavango East 41 and Khomas with 35.

Oshana recorded 14 cases, Hardap 12, Kavango West 10, Ohangwena, Zambezi, Otjozondjupa each recorded seven cases, ||Kharas four, Kunene three while Omaheke and Erongo each recorded two cases.

Shangula noted that more positive cases are still being reported among learners, adding that of the new cases 190 are learners with 90 reported from Ekulo Senior Secondary School in Omuthiya district, 28 from Haudano Senior Secondary School in Oshikuku district, 18 from Leevi Hakusembe Senior Secondary School in Rundu district and the rest are from different schools.

“We note with great concern that a big number of learners tested positive especially in Oshikoto, Omusati and Kavango East. We encourage all sectors to continue with good collaboration in order to stop the transmission in the schools. We urge that learners from affected schools should remain in hostels until the situation is controlled,” Shangula said.

He reported that 13 cases were recorded among teachers from different schools and five among healthcare workers.

The minister reported 148 new recoveries, bringing the total active cases to 1 850 of which 128 are hospitalised including nine cases in intensive care.

The total number of deaths stood at 402 on Saturday night.

Source: Namibia Press Agency