Namibia on Monday had a backlog of over 4 000 COVID-19 samples waiting to be tested. This, the Namibia Press Agency reports, is according to the Ministry of Health and Social Services Executive Director Ben Nangombe, who acknowledged that the figure was significantly more than the backlog of 2 000 reported by Health Minister Kalumbi Shangula in the last week of December. Nangombe said the backlog has however since increased as more people than before require testing. He said between 27 December 2020 and 02 January 2021, at least 3 485 people tested positive for COVID-19, adding that more contacts of positive cases were tested over this period. The executive director could however not say when the backlog will be cleared. In Namibia, six laboratories conduct COVID-19 testing, the Namibia Institute of Pathology (NIP), PathCare, the Central Veterinary Laboratory, and the laboratories of the University of Namibia, Namdeb, and Namib Poultry Industries.