COVID-19 pandemic in Namibia
|COVID-19 pandemic in Namibia|
Cumulative COVID-19 cases per region as of 21 August.
Cumulative COVID-19 deaths per region as of 21 August.
|First outbreak||Wuhan, Hubei, China (suspected)|
|Index case||Windhoek, Khomas Region|
|Arrival date||11 March 2020|
(5 months and 3 weeks)
|Confirmed cases||6,160 (as of 25 August)|
|Active cases||3,371 (as of 25 August)|
|Recovered||2,732 (as of 25 August)|
|57 (as of 25 August)|
Early cases[change | change source]
The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, announced on 14 March 2020 that the virus had reached Namibia. A Romanian couple constituted the two first cases and recovered after 79 days after their initial diagnosis.
No infections were reported from 6 April 2020 to 20 May 2020, however there was a notable increase in cases after this period - possibly due to local transmission.
Quarantine[change | change source]
On 31 July, the Health Minister announced a small end in quarantine protocols that would account for faster recovery rates. Patients with a positive COVID-19 result will automatically be regarded as recovered 10 days after their infection, given that they do not display symptoms anymore.
Cases total[change | change source]
As of August 2020, Namibia was within the top 20 number of countries with the most COVID-19 cases reported in Africa.
A total of 166 health care workers tested positive for the virus, increasing the pressure on the health system given that a shortage of health care workers existed even before the pandemic.
References[change | change source]
- "Namibia declares State of Emergency due to COVID-19 | United Nations in Namibia". namibia.un.org. Retrieved 2020-06-15.
- "Ministry of Health and Social Services-Namibia". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2020-08-07.