Covid-19 cases remain at 25

03 June 2020 | Health

OGONE TLHAGE

WINDHOEK



The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Namibia has remained steady at 25, according to deputy health minister Esther Muinjangue, who gave an update on the pandemic yesterday.

Namibia has to date tested 4 005 people for the virus, while 409 contacts are being monitored.

A further 2 139 people have been quarantined, of which 1 540 have since been discharged, while 596 are still in quarantine facilities.

No new infections have been reported since Monday.

Namibia's first cases were confirmed in March when a Romanian couple, who had travelled to the country, tested positive.

No coronavirus-related deaths have so far been recorded.



Testing ambitions

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula had previously indicated plans to test approximately 60 000 people for the coronavirus.

Shangula said he believes Namibia is firmly in control of the outbreak.

He added the next step is to determine whether any community transmissions have occurred, and this can only be done by testing 100 people per day.

“But if we come to test number 60 000 and we are satisfied that no community transmission took place, then we will stop the testing,” he said at the time.



Walvis at stage one

While the rest of the country has moved to stage three of the coronavirus state of emergency and seen several regulations relaxed, Walvis Bay remains at stage one, at least until 8 June.

Under stage one, alcohol sales are prohibited, and schools will have to start a week later than anticipated.

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