Namibia has recorded 564 new Covid-19 infections, 466 recoveries and two deaths, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Tuesday.

Of the new cases, 234 are hospitalised patients and 43 are in intensive care units.

“Today we are reporting results from 13 regions, with the Khomas and Erongo regions representing 52% and 16% of all confirmed cases, respectively. The past week we have recorded an average of 460 confirmed cases per day,” the minister said.

Of the total new confirmed cases, 252 (45%) are contacts to confirmed cases and 381 (68%) are symptomatic.

“We urge all citizens to continue adhering to the Covid-19 prevention measures during the festive season. Clean and sanitise your hands regularly, avoid public gatherings, maintain a safe distance and wear your mask properly at all times,” Shangula added.

According to the minister, the country’s recovery rate is at 82%, but he added it is worrisome to note that there is a surge in deaths, with 31 (16%) being reported in the past two weeks alone.

Confirmed cases: 22 851
Recoveries: 18 743
Active cases: 3 910
Deaths: 195

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