The Ministry of Health and Social Services, Embassy of Japan and World Health Organisation have renewed efforts to contain the Hepatitis E Virus which was declared an outbreak in December 2017. Nampa reports that to this end, the ‘Improving the national preparedness and response capacity to contain infectious disease outbreaks and other drought-related public health events in Namibia’ project was launched by the ministry, the embassy and WHO at the COVID-19 Communication Centre in Windhoek. According to a statement on Tuesday the project, worth nearly N$ 4 million, will be implemented in the Khomas, Erongo, Omusati, Ohangwena, Kavango East and Kavango West regions by the WHO in partnership with the ministry for a duration of 12 months. It further noted that as of 28 June 2020, over 7 000 Hepatitis E Virus cases were reported, with the majority still from informal settlements in Windhoek (62 per cent) and Swakopmund (21 per cent). Sixty-five deaths have been reported so far.