by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Khomas governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua says the region has now been declared a hotspot due to its increasing number of novel coronavirus infections.

She says the Khomas region’s confirmed cases stand at 1 482, with 1 208 active cases, 259 recoveries and 17 deaths linked to the novel coronavirus.

Speaking at the Covid-19 communication centre in Windhoek on Friday, she added that 115 people are in isolation facilities in Khomas and 200 people are quarantined.

McLeod-Katjirua said the region plans to acquire three new isolation facilities with a capacity to accommodate 68 people and also wants to acquire new facilities with place for more than 300 people.

For the informal settlements, a decongestion plan is under way as these areas are densely populated.

She further confirmed that the region has employed more healthcare workers to help deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

The region has received 50 000 masks aimed at benefiting vulnerable communities in its ten constituencies, McLeod-Katjirua said.

She added that it is disappointing that more violations of lockdown regulations are being reported despite the increase in coronavirus infections in the region. She said people are seen not wearing masks, people do not adhere to curfew regulations, social distancing rules are not being adhered to, people are using secret roads to leave restricted areas and the sale of alcohol is taking place during prohibited times.

She stated that the law enforcement agencies regularly ensure that the regulations are adhered to.

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