COVID-19 pandemic in Namibia

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COVID-19 pandemic in Namibia
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Cumulative COVID-19 cases per region as of 21 August.
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Cumulative COVID-19 deaths per region as of 21 August.
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationNamibia
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China (suspected)
30°35′14″N 114°17′17″E / 30.58722°N 114.28806°E / 30.58722; 114.28806
Index caseWindhoek, Khomas Region
Arrival date11 March 2020
(1 year, 3 months and 4 days)
Confirmed cases6,160 (as of 25 August)
Active cases3,371 (as of 25 August)
Recovered2,732 (as of 25 August)
Deaths
57 (as of 25 August)
Fatality rate0.9%

The COVID-19 pandemic in Namibia is part of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

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.

On 17 March 2020, President Hage Geingob declared a state of emergency which caused the closure of all borders, suspension of gatherings and economic related resolutions.[1]

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.

Timeline[change | change source]

  • March 2020: 11 confirmed cases, nine of which still active at the end of the month. No COVID-19 deaths were recorded.[2]
  • April 2020: 5 new cases bringing the total number to 16. Half of them were active at the end of the month. No COVID-19 deaths were recorded.[3]
  • May 2020: 8 new cases bringing the total number to 24. Ten of them were active at the end of the month. No COVID-19 deaths were recorded.[4]
  • June 2020: 181 new cases bringing the total number to 205, of which 181 were active at the end of the month. No COVID-19 deaths were recorded.[5]
  • July 2020: 1,924 new cases bringing the total number to 2,129, of which 1,953 were active at the end of the month. Ten COVID-19 deaths were recorded.[6]
  • August 2020: 5,421 new cases bringing the total number to 7,550, of which 4,148 were active at the end of the month. 65 new COVID-19 deaths were recorded.[7]
  • September 2020: 3,590 new cases bringing the total number to 11,140, of which 2,130 were active at the end of the month. 46 new COVID-19 deaths were recorded.[8]
  • October 2020: 1,848 new cases bringing the total number to 12,988, of which 1,766 were active at the end of the month. Twelve new COVID-19 deaths were recorded.[9]
  • November 2020: 1,357 new cases bringing the total number to 14,345, of which 694 were active at the end of the month. 18 new COVID-19 deaths were recorded.[10]
  • December 2020: 9,596 new cases raising the total number to 23,941 of which 3,660 were active at the end of the month. 54 new COVID-19 deaths were recorded.[11]
  • January 2021: 10,003 new cases raising the total number to 33,944 of which 1,214 were active at the end of the month. 147 new COVID-19 deaths were recorded.[12]
  • February 2021: 4,901 new cases taking the total number to 38,845 of which 2,160 were active at the end of the month. 72 new COVID-19 deaths were recorded.[13]
  • March 2021: 5,294 new cases taking the total number to 44,139 of which 1,768 were active at the end of the month. 99 new COVID-19 deaths were recorded.[14]
  • April 2021: 4,515 new cases taking the total number to 48,654 of which 1,688 were active at the end of the month. 119 new COVID-19 deaths were recorded.[15]
  • May 2021: 6,895 new cases taking the total number to 55,549 of which 4,044 were active at the end of the month. 187 new COVID-19 deaths were recorded.[16]

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.

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.[17]

Vaccination campaign[change | change source]

Vaccinations started on 19 March 2021, initially with 100,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine donated by China and 24,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine purchased through COVAX.[18]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Namibia declares State of Emergency due to COVID-19 | United Nations in Namibia". namibia.un.org. Retrieved 2020-06-15.
  2. "Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation report 72" (PDF). World Health Organization. 1 April 2020. p. 8. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  3. "Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation report 102" (PDF). World Health Organization. 1 May 2020. p. 6. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  4. "Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation report 133" (PDF). World Health Organization. 1 June 2020. p. 8. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  5. "Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation report 163" (PDF). World Health Organization. 1 July 2020. p. 7. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  6. "Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation report 194" (PDF). World Health Organization. 1 August 2020. p. 5. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  7. "Outbreak brief 33: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic" (PDF). Africa CDC. 1 September 2020. p. 4. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  8. "COVID-19 situation update for the WHO African Region. External situation report 31" (PDF). World Health Organization. 30 September 2020. p. 4. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  9. "Outbreak brief 42: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic". Africa CDC. 3 November 2020. p. 4. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  10. "Outbreak brief 46: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic". Africa CDC. 1 December 2020. p. 4. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  11. Diallo, Oumy (1 January 2021). "Coronavirus en Afrique : quels sont les pays impactés ?". TV5MONDE (in French). Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  12. "Outbreak brief 55: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic". Africa CDC. 2 February 2021. p. 4. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  13. "Outbreak brief 59: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic". Africa CDC. 2 March 2021. p. 4. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  14. "Coronavirus - Namibia: COVID-19 update (31 March 2021)". APO Group. 1 April 2021. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  15. "Weekly epidemiological update on COVID-19 - 4 May 2021". World Health Organization. 4 May 2021. p. 15. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  16. "Sub-Saharan Africa: COVID-19 transmission continues across the region in June /update 27". Crisis24. 2 June 2021. Retrieved 7 June 2021.
  17. "Ministry of Health and Social Services-Namibia". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2020-08-07.
  18. Nakale, Albertina (1 April 2021). "Namibia's Covid vaccine hunt… country sets new vaccination target of 80%". The New Era. Retrieved 29 May 2021.