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.
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
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
(5 months and 3 weeks)
Confirmed cases6,160 (as of 25 August)
Active cases3,371 (as of 25 August)
Recovered2,732 (as of 25 August)
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.

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.[2]

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]

  1. "Namibia declares State of Emergency due to COVID-19 | United Nations in Namibia". Retrieved 2020-06-15.
  2. "Ministry of Health and Social Services-Namibia". Retrieved 2020-08-07.