Covid-19: 558 healthcare workers tested positive

Of the 558 healthcare workers who tested positive, 370 were from state hospitals, 185 from private hospitals and three from non-governmental organisations.

03 December 2020 | Health

ELLANIE SMIT







WINDHOEK

Of the more than 14 000 confirmed Covid-19 cases in Namibia, 558 have been healthcare workers.

This is according to the latest coronavirus situation report for the country, issued by the World Health Organisation.

By 30 November, Namibia recorded a total of 14 416 confirmed cases, which represented 0.6% of the population.

According to the report, more male cases (7 877) were recorded than female cases (6 539).

Of the 558 healthcare workers who tested positive, 370 were from state hospitals, 185 from private hospitals and three from non-governmental organisations.

Khomas tops list

Meanwhile, the Khomas Region recorded the highest number of confirmed cases among healthcare workers, totalling 342.

A total of 530 healthcare workers have recovered, while three deaths were recorded.

The report noted that all 14 regions in the country have recorded confirmed cases, with Khomas and Erongo reporting the highest number at 6 483 and 4 057 by the end of November.

“The cases continue to flare up among school premises and hostels,” it said.

Of the total confirmed cases, 10 012 (69.5%) are in the 20 to 49 age group, which constitutes the majority of the recorded cases, while 13.4% of the cases are among the five to 19 years group.

The under-five group makes up 2.4% of the total cases, whereas the over-60 group accounts for 4.7%.

Lack of isolation facilities

Expanded targeted testing is being conducted at institutions that have confirmed positive cases, while public measures on coronavirus prevention are ongoing.

The report further highlighted the lack of isolation units and facilities in the country for special cases in closed settings such as police holding cells and prisons as a challenge in combatting the virus.

It recommends that fully equipped isolation units and facilities be established for identified special cases throughout the country.

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