Executive director of health, Ben Nangombe, says confirmed local Covid-19 cases still stand at 16, with three recovered.

Ben Nangombe

Eleven cases are in the Khomas region, one in //Kharas and four in Erongo.

Nangombe says the groups that were quarantined at Greiters centre and in the Hardap region have been released.

He explained quarantine is for those who have travelled from affected countries but does not mean the person is a suspected case.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) country director Dr Eric Dziuban dispelled rumours that drinking alcohol, eating garlic or drinking hot water with lemon fights the virus.

“None of that is going to help. It will actually hurt you. The virus gets to your lungs and lives there. When you drink things, those liquids go down your throat and stomach, so in theory, even if those things are helpful outside the body, inside the body they are not reaching the virus and will not help,” he said

Dziuban said there is no evidence consuming hot foods affects the virus.

“There have been a lot of rumours that the virus wouldn’t come to hot countries like Namibia; that it would only spread in cold countries, but we can clearly see this not true. Very hot countries have had many cases,” he said.

Dziuban said it is possible the virus may spread better in colder weather, but this is not certain.

“The virus has shown its ability to get across the world,” he said.

Executive director of health, Ben Nangombe, dispelled rumours that items from China could be contaminated. This with regards to consignments from said country.

“It’s possible the virus may exist on a surface for a certain period of time, but it cannot live there forever. To say that an object from a particular place may be contaminated cannot be right,” he said.

Nangombe said discrimination of any kind is counterproductive. He said the virus knows no colour, boundaries or ethnicity.

Nangombe said PathCare has acquired the equipment to test locally, but is waiting for reagents. This is expected within the next two weeks.

He said health professionals have advised that the government extend the testing pool beyond those who fit the standard case definition.

“All this is done so we have better data to understand the epidemiology, the dynamics of transmission and particularly to identify whether we have local transmission or commute,” he said.

CDC country director Dr Eric Dziuban says there is no vaccine against Covid19 yet, but trials are being done in other countries.

“We don’t have a successful vaccine yet. When we do, people will know about it. You can imagine those companies and governments investing in vaccines will want everyone to know,” he says.

Scientists say at best a vaccine could be ready between 12 to 18 months, since the world only became aware of the virus in January.

Dziuban says there is no evidence Covid-19 is caused by 5G towers. He says there are two categories of myths: one comprises things people want to believe as it helps them make sense of an uncertain situation, and the second involves things that give us a sense of control.

Nangombe dismissed rumours that health officials are not telling the truth about the number and status of Covid-19 cases.

“We have a health system treating these people, three have recovered. This means at 48 hour intervals they have tested negative after testing positive, but we have cases that have tested positive and are still testing positive – meaning they have not recovered,” he said.

Nangombe urged the public not to listen to fake news.

Nangombe said food donations should be channeled through the Office of Prime Minister as they have the capacity to store and distribute these items.
Clinical supplies should be handed over to the ministry of health.

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