by Okeri Ngutjinazo

Namibia has recorded 247 new Covid-19 cases this evening, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said.

The minister said this is the highest number of cases reported in a single day.

Of these cases, the Khomas region reported 136, Erongo 71, Oshana nine, Oshikoto five, Otjozondjupa seven, //Kharas seven, Hardap seven, Omaheke two, Omusati two and Kavango East one.

Shangula said the number of cases in the Oshana and Oshikoto regions are increasing with many linked to Walvis Bay, but increasingly linked to Windhoek through travelling and contacts.

He said cases at Okahandja have also been increasing. Most of these have been in contact with confirmed cases.

Grootfontein reported its first case today.

“In the //Kharas region, cases are also on the increase, mainly due to travellers from South Africa, but of late, we have also noted cases among residents,” he said.

The minister said initial cases reported in the Hardap region were mainly travellers who were quarantined there, followed by cases from Walvis Bay.

“However, with the increased number of cases in Windhoek, we are also seeing a growing number of cases at Rehoboth. We know that a number of people commute from Rehoboth to work in Windhoek on a daily basis,” he said.

Most of the Omaheke cases are also linked to Windhoek cases.

Of the Omusati cases one travelled from Walvis Bay while the other had no known contact with a confirmed case.

The country now has 4 154 confirmed Covid-19 cases, 35 deaths and 2 370 recoveries.

A total of 41 146 tests have been conducted and 1 556 people are currently in quarantine.

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