by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Khomas regional governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua says the region continues to record shocking numbers of new Covid-19 cases.

Speaking at the region’s Covid-19 response briefing today, she said the region reported a staggering total of 736 cases in the past five days.

She said the region currently has 2 400 confirmed cases, with 2 033 active cases, 513 recoveries, and 24 deaths.

Only 109 people are still in isolation.

The governor said the region’s hotspots are Khomasdal, Otjomuise, Goreangab, Greenwell, Okuryangava, Olympia and Cimbebasia among others.

“As local residents, we must not take the situation lightly. We need to be stronger and understand more,” she said.

The governor said the region is working tirelessly to come up with a multisectoral response to the pandemic.

The region has also set up testing centres in the different constituencies, including Windhoek Rural at Groot Aub, and Tobias Hainyeko at a revamped building.

Other testing centres include the Ramatex building, and the Katutura and Otjomuise community halls.

McLeod-Katjirua said the regional council and the City of Windhoek are actively finalising ways to decongest the densely populated informal settlements.

“The region is hard at work and in constant consultation with relevant authorities to identify available mass houses as part of the decongestion plan,” she said.

Oponganda and Gammams cemeteries have been identified for all Covid-19-related deaths, the governor said.

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