by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula says Namibia has tested 362 specimens for the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

A nurse holds swabs and test tube to test people for COVID-19 at a drive through station set up in the parking lot of the Beaumont Hospital in Michigan, United State of America on Monday, March 16, 2020. Associated Press Photo/Paul Sancya

Speaking at the Covid-19 information centre this morning, Shangula said 206 of these specimens were submitted to the Namibia Institute of Pathology (NIP), while 156 were submitted to Pathcare, which sends its specimens to South Africa for testing.

“This means all samples were tested, both in Namibia and South Africa,” Shangula said.

Out of all the samples tested, Namibia has reported 16 confirmed Covid-19 cases.

The minister reminded Namibians to adhere to the set regulations in line with the declared state of emergency and lockdown to curb the further spread of the virus.

“The public is encouraged to avoid public places, wash hands with soap and running water, avoid touching faces, and to stay away from other people when sick. The main symptoms of Covid-19 are fever, cough, and difficulty breathing,” he said.

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