by ESTER MBATHERA
ERONGO region governor Neville Andre is concerned about the high number of young people between the age of 24 and 40 contracting Covid-19 at Walvis Bay.
Although the governor could not explain the reason why young people are the ones contracting the virus, he urged the youth to minimise their movement, which he believes could help protect elderly members in the communities from contracting Covid-19.
“The statistics show that more young people are contracting the virus at Walvis Bay. This is worrisome as we know that most young people in Kuisebmond live with elderly people. Young people should be extra cautious and minimise their movements and not put the lives of innocent elderly and children at risk,” said Andre.
In an interview with The Namibian on Sunday, he urged the public to change their behaviour and embrace the personal protection guidelines promoted by the health authorities and other leaders.
“What the authorities are advising is for personal protection. Where you can, please avoid large gatherings, minimise your movement, wash your hands often and wear a mask when in public,” he said.
The oldest person confirmed to have contracted Covid-19 at Walvis Bay is 82 years old, while the youngest is five years old. They are all suspected to be living in overcrowded yards sharing a tap and a toilet with up to 30 other people.