HEALTH UPDATE … Deputy minister of health and social services Ester Muinjangue this morning said there are no new confirmed Covid-19 cases.

Deputy health minister Ester Muinjangue. Photo: MICT

The number of local cases stands at 32, with 17 recoveries and 15 active cases in a stable condition.

Muinjangue said case number 22 is showing signs of improvement. As of yesterday, the ministry has tested 5 849 people countrywide, and 546 contacts have been identified and are being monitored.

Today’s panellists at the Covid-19 communication centre will be discussing the adherence of Erongo residents to stage 1 lockdown regulations with Erongo governor Neville Itope, Nampol regional commander commissioner Andreas Nelumbu and health director Anna Jonas.

Itope said he has observed little movement at Arandis, while at Walvis Bay, street vendors are wearing masks and have hand sanitisers available.

The Erongo region lockdown will end on 22 June.

Jonas said they have identified quarantine facilities in the region, adding that confirmed cases are currently quarantined at Swakopmund and Walvis Bay.

She said they have identified bungalows, hostels, and hotels among others.

In terms of hospitalisation, each district has identified quarantine facilities.

At Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, 28 people can be accommodated, while Omaruru and Usakos can accommodate 10 people.

A facility at Walvis Bay is also being renovated.

Jonas said for a quarantine facility to be used, it needs to be checked by the Ministry of Health and Social Services.

She said a truck port is available for truck drivers.

Itope said truck ports at Omaruru and Usakos are planned.

Jonas said people are not tested before leaving the region, but residents are not moving unnecessarily, with the exception of medical emergencies.

The ministry said it is investigating the last two cases of local transmission in the region.

Itope said there was a misunderstanding initially about who could operate under the lockdown.

Street vendors are allowed to operate on strict conditions such as wearing masks, wrapping products in plastic to avoid contact, and using hand sanitiser.

He said open markets at Walvis Bay are closed for the time being.

Nelumbo said the Erongo region’s crime rate has dropped, but cases of residents contravening regulations are reported.

People are illegally smuggling alcohol into the region, he said.

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