TUJOROMAJO KASUTO

OMAHEKE region has reported a surge in Covid-19 cases over the past few weeks with 230 recorded last week.

According Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Kalumbi Shangula, the region recorded most cases, with 62 recorded yesterday, representing 34 percent of all confirmed cases, 90 percent thereof pupils. Shangula says the majority of cases in the Omaheke region were from the Rietquelle High School, in Gobabis District, where more cases were also reported since last week.

“It is a transfer from the community to the school, as it only requires one case from home to come infect the whole school. The school has been closed and they are taking public health measures, such as isolating, fumigation,” he says.

Namibia yesterday reported 184 new COVID-19 confirmed cases from 1 345 results in a 24 hours reporting cycle, with the ages ranging from two to 94 years. For the first time after 131 days, there was no death reported. The last time the country did not have a death in the daily reports was on 19 April 2021.

Nineteen cases were reported from Otjituuo Primary School in Grootfontein District in the Otjozongupa region. Ten teachers and five health care workers also tested positive with only one having received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and three two doses.

Shangula also informs that the 20 000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine donated to Namibia by Zimbabwe arrived today (Monday) morning. Namibia’s cumulative confirmed Covid-19 cases currently stand at 124 900 with 2 678 active cases and 322 641 people have been administered with doses of AstraZeneca and Sinopharm vaccines. Consequently only 8,5 percent of the population has been inoculated, about 51,5 percent short of the targeted 60 percent the country needs to reach the targeted herd immunity.