by Okeri Ngutjinazo
THE capital recorded 105 new cases on Thursday with the majority coming from schools, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said this afternoon.
The country recorded 149 cases in total of which 79 are females and 70 males, the youngest of which is two months old and the oldest is 75 years of age.
Lüderitz recorded 38 new cases, Swakopmund three, Otjiwarongo, Tsumeb and Katima Mulilo one each.
Shangula said among the 105 cases from Windhoek district, 73 are pupils from different schools who are all contacts to confirmed cases, with 58% of them showing symptoms for Covid-19.
He added that 68 cases are from St Joseph High School, of which 65 are pupils and three staff members.
The cases from Lüderitz district are mainly from the fishing industry. The district conducted expanded targeted testing following an increase in the number of confirmed cases, which resulted in the current high yield.
“For the past 40 days, we had been reporting less than 100 cases per day with a daily average of 40 cases. This is quite worrisome, more especially that we are approaching the festive and holiday season, and people will start visiting relatives in different areas of the country,” he said.
The minister urged the public to adhere to the prevention measures to reduce transmission of the virus.
Namibia recorded two new deaths of males from Windhoek – a 32-year-old and a 68-year-old.
Meanwhile 16 new recoveries were recorded, nine in Erongo, three from Oshana, two from Khomas and Omaheke. This brings the total number of recoveries to 13 355.
The total number of active cases currently stands at 650. Of the active cases, four are in severe to critically sick conditions.
The country now has 14 155 confirmed cases and 147 deaths.