Namibia has recorded 277 new coronavirus infections, with another six deaths linked to Covid-19 and 118 recoveries from the virus, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Sunday.

Shangula said the Khomas and Erongo regions have contributed 35% (96 cases) and 32% (89 cases) respectively to the total number of newly confirmed infections.

“We are receiving reports of members of the public who are violating the set Covid-19 regulations deliberately,” he remarked. “We strongly condemn this attitude of laxity and advise the general public that the security force has been deployed to ensure compliance.”

Shangula also stated: “As the president indicated in his last Covid-19 briefing, stricter lockdown measures will be imposed once we observe an unprecedented increase in positive cases as a result of people failing to comply with the set Covid-19 prevention measures and regulations. This is not a route we would like to take. We therefore call on the public not to make this proposition unavoidable.”

Four of the most recent deaths linked to Covid-19 are of people who were in hospital in Windhoek: two men aged 42 and 59, and two women, aged 77 and 83. An 82-year-old man and a 77-year-old man also died at Outjo and Walvis Bay, respectively, of Covid-19, Shangula announced.

Five Covid-linked deaths were also announced on Friday, when the country reported a new record one-day total of 434 coronavirus infections, while two deaths – including that of a 25-year-old woman in Windhoek – were announced on Saturday.

Total confirmed cases: 18 714
Total recoveries: 15 967
Active cases: 2 567
Total deaths: 177

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