COVID-19 UPDATE: President Hage Geingob says the fact that Namibia has succeeded in managing Covid-19 infections is testimony of the efforts by frontline health workers.
Speaking at a Covid-19 briefing today, Geingob says vaccination still remains one of the best measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. He says this shows in the number of hospitalised Covid-19 patients, who are mostly unvaccinated.

No new measures:
Geingob says current measures to curb Covid-19 remain unchanged until 15 May.
He says Namibia should continue with the drive to encourage vaccination and for the country to reach herd immunity while curbing the spread of Covid-19.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula says since the last briefing, the country has recorded seven Covid-19 deaths, bringing the total number of deaths to 4 021. He says the number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care units has dropped from four a month ago to zero as of yesterday.

Namibia is also testing for the new Omicron variant discovered in Botswana and South Africa, Shangula says. So far 37 samples have been sent to laboratories for testing.

Shangula says by 10 April more than 465 000 Namibians have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. He encourages more people to intensify their protection against the virus by getting vaccination booster doses.

Measures:
Shangula says while current measures aimed at curbing Covid-19 remain unchanged, people are encouraged to observe public health and social measures such as wearing masks in closed settings to avoid cluster transmissions.

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