Namibia has recorded a record number of 434 new coronavirus infections, with 253 recoveries from the virus and five deaths linked to Covid-19, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Friday.

Shangula said the country has recorded a 31% increase in the number of reported cases compared to those reported yesterday.

“Today 12 of the 14 regions in Namibia have recorded new Covid-19 positive cases. Khomas region alone has contributed 62% (271) to the total confirmed cases,” Shangula said.

Among the positive cases, 39 are healthcare workers, of which 24 are from Windhoek.

Shangula added that of the recorded cases, 26% are symptomatic and 57% are contacts of confirmed cases.

He noted: “This situation calls for a complete mindshift towards Covid-19. Unfortunately, we still do not see a corresponding level of commitment towards control of the pandemic.”

Total confirmed cases: 18 041
Total recoveries: 15 626
Active cases: 2 243
Total deaths: 169

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