Covid-19: Former Erongo governor Mutjavikua dies

04 January 2021 | Health

STAFF REPORTER



WINDHOEK

Former governor of the Erongo Region, Cleophas Mutjavikua, died from Covid-19 complications yesterday.

He was in self-isolation after coming into contact with an infected person, a family friend told Namibian Sun.

He died yesterday afternoon in a Grootfontein hospital.

Mutjavikua was appointed as Erongo governor in 2010 by former president Hifikepunye Pohamba, replacing Samuel Nuuyoma.

Prior to that, he worked as the managing director of Labour Investment Holdings, an investment arm of the National Union of Namibian Workers.

Mutjavikua, who also served as MobiPay board chairman, was removed as Erongo governor this year and replaced by incumbent Neville Andre.

Second wave

As of Saturday, Namibia had 24 654 cumulative confirmed cases of Covid-19, spanning from March 2020 when the first two cases – involving a visiting Romanian couple – were confirmed.

The second wave of the virus emerged towards the end of 2020, killing people more rapidly than the first wave.

On Saturday, Namibia had 3 507 active cases with 241 hospitalised confirmed cases, of which 39 were in intensive care units.

Khomas represent 53% of all hospitalised confirmed cases, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said.

“Lately, we have observed an increase of confirmed cases among pensioners, especially in the northern regions.

“Once again, we urge the general public to take precautionary measures to protect our loved ones against Covid-19, particularly the vulnerable groups,” he said.

The minister also announced 204 new recoveries, bringing the number of recoveries to 20 931.

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