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Namibia Witnesses Highest COVID-19 Death Rate Since Outbreak.

By Amanda Xoagus – Windhoek, Namibia, Wednesday, August 26, 2020. 

Dr. Kalumbi Shangula – Health and Social Services Minister.

Namibia has witnessed its highest COVID-19-related deaths since the outbreak after at least 46 people died due the virus between 1 and 24 August, 2020, Health and Social Services Minister, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, said, Monday 24 August.

Shangula who expressed his concern over the increasing COVID-19 deaths said that at least two people die per day on average in the country with a population of 2.5 million people.

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“We lost 56 people in total since the outbreak of the virus hence, 46 in the last three weeks is very worrisome. It is important to note that of these deaths, 47 had known comorbidities. Therefore, is it critical that we really observe the precautionary measure, to protect our vulnerable population,” the Minister said.

The country in total is dealing with 6,431 positive cases, while 2,734 people have recovered already.

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At least 207 health care workers in Namibia also tested positive for COVID-19. 

According to Shangula, 136 of the health care workers who tested positive are from the capital city Windhoek, while 45 are from the Erongo region.

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