Staff Writer

The unpredictable daily Covid-19 figures has seen Erongo region taking top spot with 64 cases and accounting for 23,4 percent of the 274 confirmed cases announced on Thursday.

Erongo replaced Oshana and Zambezi who were joint leaders the previous day when the country recorded 237 new cases, with each region registering 42 cases. The composition of Thursday’s cases is 141 females and 133 males with ages ranging from five months to 100 years. According to an update by the Minister of Health and Social Service, Dr Kalumbi Shangula, on Thursday, 5 August, Walvis Bay recorded 41 new cases (up from 14 the previous day), Swakopmund had 14, Omaruru five and Usakos four.

Erongo was followed by Khomas region with 44 new cases, all from Windhoek, which recorded 36 cases the previous day, while Oshana and Oshakati dropped to third on 34 cases. In Otjozondjupa, the three towns of Grootfontein with 17; Otjiwarongo (11) and Okakarara (1) contributed 29 cases to put the region in fourth position. Then came Oshikoto with 25 new cases from Omuthiya (10), Onandjokwe (9) and Tsumeb (6).

The //Kharas region contributed 18 cases ahead of Kunene with 16; Omusati 14; Hardap 11; Zambezi seven and Omaheke four. Of the 274 cases announced by Shangula, 38 are pupils, five teachers six students and ten health care workers. Among these cases, five are reported to have received one dose of Covid-19 vaccine and one two.

According to Shangula, the country recorded 1487 recoveries with the highest number of 1120 coming from the Khomas region. This leaves the country with 18948 active cases of which 359 are hospitalised of whom 68 are in intensive care.

The minister informed that Rundu had reported the highest number of deaths of seven followed by Katima Mulilo with four; Usakos two while Okahandja, Oshikuku and Tsandi recorded one death each. None of the reported death cases have been vaccinated against the virus, the minister revealed.

Shangula added that 171 499 people have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, while 51 828 had received two doses. The Khomas region had the highest number of 50 455 people vaccinated, with the first dose of either Sinopharm or Astrazeneca. The region with the lowest number of vaccinations is Zambezi with 3087 for the first dose. The minister appeals to parents to intensify efforts to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in learning institutions as children return to school for face-to-face learning.