Namibia records highest daily spike in COVID-19 cases

Source: Xinhua| 2020-12-11 22:24:00|Editor: huaxia

WINDHOEK, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- Namibia recorded a total of 324 COVID-19 positive cases on Friday, the highest number of confirmed cases reported within 24 hours since the COVID-19 outbreak started in the country.

Namibia's Minister of Health Kalumbi Shangula in a daily update said 223 of these cases are from Windhoek district, which accounts for 69 percent of the total number of confirmed cases.

"We are observing an increasing trend in the number of cases coming from various regions across the country, with particular concern for Erongo and Otjozondjupa whose numbers are almost double the number reported yesterday," he added.

According to Shangula, Namibia has never before recorded such a big number of new COVID-19 positive cases in a period of 24 hours since the beginning of the pandemic.

"The main contributing factors to the observed high numbers of new positive cases are public gatherings like election rallies, funerals, weddings, street demonstrations and religious gatherings. Such events are characterized by absence of social distancing and failure to wear masks or to wear them properly," he added.

Meanwhile, Shangula urged citizens to abide by the recommended health practices.

To date, Namibia has recorded 16,097 cumulative cases, 14,332 recoveries and 160 deaths. Enditem