by Shelleygan Petersen

EXECUTIVE director of health and social services Ben Nangombe on Wednesday afternoon announced that 16 people in the country have tested positive for the South African variant of Covid-19.

This comes after the government sent a specified number of stored samples of positive Covid-19 tests to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases in South Africa for genomic sequencing.

Nangombe said conducting genomic sequencing is important to investigate outbreak dynamics, changes in the growth of the epidemic over time, the spread of the virus, and its transmission routes.

“Virus genome sequencing is helpful in disease surveillance and the selection of vaccines that are effective against identified variants,” he said.

On Tuesday, minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula confirmed the presence of the SA variant in Namibia to The Namibian.

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