Namibia records 56% spike in COVID-19 cases …amidst Omicron variant outbreak worldwide

Tujoromajo Kasuto

Given the meteoric rise in the number of new infections of COVID-19 cases, the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) is calling for people to observe preventive measures more than before.

The MoHSS has today announced 184 new COVID-19 confirmed cases from 3 108 results in the last 24 hours reporting cycle representing a 56 percent increase compared to the 81 cases recorded yesterday. Khomas region reports the highest number of new cases totaling 140 making up 76 percent of the total confirmed cases. This is 40.2 percent increase from the 66 cases recorded yesterday.

The new confirmed cases represent a 5.9 percent positivity ratio. The sex distribution is 98 males and 86 females. The age ranges between nine months and 78 years. Of the confirmed cases there are, 19 students, 12 learners from different schools, 12 health care workers and two teachers. 13cases are tourists. Whilst 19 cases have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 32 cases are fully vaccinated.

The number of active cases is 417. This represent 32 percent increase compared to yesterday. Twenty people are hospitalised with one in Intensive Care Unit (ICU). One of those hospitalised cases has been fully vaccinated, whilst the one in ICU is not vaccinated.

The country today reported zero deaths. By Thursday, 2 December, 373 811 people have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, 85 364 of whom have received the Janssen vaccine, administered as one dose, while 229 535 had received two doses. Therefore, 314 899 have completed the vaccination.

“It is time again that we call on all of us to observe preventive measures, more than before. We must keep wearing face masks all the time, sanitise hands with alcohol based sanitizer regularly because you will never know where you can pick up the virus,” Health Minister, Dr Kalumbi Shangula, says

The Ministry strongly discourages companies against organising year end functions as these functions are enablers of transmission on a large scale. It further urges the public to avoid unnecessary gatherings, maintain safe distance and keep spaces well ventilated. In addition, the Ministry encourages clinicians to suspect Covid-19 infection in patients with flu-like sypmtoms and other respiratory ailment and to test them, as they are enforcing “track and test” regime.

Shangula appeals to all who are unvaccinated to get their jab as, “the time is now in order to protect themselves and those around them”.

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