Namibia has recorded 112 new coronavirus infections, one more death linked to Covid-19, and 31 recoveries from the virus, health minister Kalumbi Shangula announced on Friday.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula

Sixty-nine of the newly confirmed infections were recorded at Oshakati, 13 at Opuwo, eight in Windhoek, five at Omuthiya, three at Swakopmund, two each at Onandjokwe, Rundu and Walvis Bay, and one each at Eenhana, Engela, Rehoboth, Otjiwarongo, Okahandja, Mariental, Karasburg and Lüderitz. 

The Oshakati cases include 15 inmates from Oluno Correctional Facility who are all contacts of confirmed cases and 53 cases from Oshakati Senior Secondary School, Shangula said. The Opuwo cases include five inmates from the police holding cells at the town and six police officers.

The five cases at Omuthiya are also all inmates in the town’s police holding cells.

Shangula said the latest figures underscored the significance of enclosures in the transmission of the novel coronavirus.

The country’s latest death linked to Covid-19 is that of a 76-year-old woman from Gobabis who had multiple comorbidities. 

“She passed away on 12 October,” the minister said. “It is reported that she attended two funerals before she fell sick. We are once again reminded to avoid public gatherings, including funerals. I have said on more than one occasion that burials should not give rise to more burials.” 

He also announced that Khomas recorded 14 recoveries from the virus, Otjozondjupa 10, Erongo five and //Kharas two.

Namibia now has 1 724 active coronavirus infections, with one of those cases in a severe condition and four in critical condition.

The country has recorded 12 215 confirmed infections since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, 131 deaths linked to the coronavirus disease and 10 360 recoveries from the virus.

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