80 percent hike in COVID-19 cases in seven days

Staff Reporter

Namibia has recorded 119 positive Covid-19 case between 9 and 10 January 2023 which is an 80 percent hike from 66 cases the previous week and three deaths linked to the virus.

According to the update by Minister of health and Social Services Kalumbi Shangula 36 cases are from Khomas region , 23 Omusati, 22 Kavango East, 10 Oshikoto, nine Ohangwena, eight Oshana and two from Hardap region.

Karas, Otjozondjupa and Erongo each recorded three cases.

Of the 119 positive cases, 14 were healthcare workers, five students, five pupils and four teachers.

Deputy minister of the ministry Esther Muinjangue said people need to adhere to Covid- 19 regulations and take personal responsibility to avoid the hike in positive cases.

“We have all the covid protocols in place, it is now more on personal responsibility and people need to take responsibility. It was festive season and many people were travelling so I am sure a lot of them were also going to get tested as they were traveling. People still need to practice all the hygiene practices like sanitizing and washing their hands.
We don’t need laws for people to realize that they need to protect themselves and it should be a human instinct,” she said.

Last month the ministry alerted the regions to increase Covid-19 testing due to an increase in the number of cases.

By Observer