The Covid-19 pandemic situation in Windhoek is becoming “increasingly worrisome”, with an exponential increase in recent infections, health minister Kalumbi Shangula has warned.

The country has recorded 50 new Covid-19 cases and 65 recoveries, Shangula said on Saturday.

He said of the new confirmed cases, Windhoek recorded the highest number with 32, while Walvis Bay recorded 10, Swakopmund six and Otjiwarongo and Okakarara one each.

“The [health] ministry wishes to record that the situation in Windhoek is becoming increasingly worrisome, as the number of positive cases is growing exponentially. The public is once again urged and cautioned to comply with the regulations,” Shangula said.

Of the 32 cases reported from Windhoek on Saturday, four are health workers. Twenty are men and twelve are women. They come from different parts of the city.

Shangula said 13 of the new infections in Windhoek had contact with confirmed cases, while 14 indicated no known contact. Among those with contact to confirmed cases, seven presented with symptoms related to Covid-19.

“The 14 cases from Windhoek who indicated no known contact to confirmed cases presented with symptoms consistent with Covid-19,” he said.

Thirty of the people newly infected with the novel coronavirus are men and 20 are women. Their ages range from five to 66 years.

Out of the 65 people who have recovered from an infection with the novel coronavirus over the last day, 52 are from Walvis Bay and 13 from Windhoek.

Namibia has now recorded 2 852 confirmed novel coronavirus infections, 640 recoveries and 16 deaths.

The total number of samples tested has reached 33 151 and there are 1 743 people in quarantine.

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