Category: General

What Covid-19 has taken from us

by Shelleygan Petersen

Namibia’s Covid-19 death toll passed the 1 000 mark this week. The Namibian spoke to relatives of some of the people who died due to the disease, and pays tribute to the lives the country has lost.


Werner Jeffery

(1 December 1957 – 12 June 2021)

Jeffery’s wife, Liwie, describes the 64-year-old as a people’s person who knew love and peace. He was the University of Namibia and the Tertiary Institutes Sports Association of Namibia’s sport administrator. She says his love for sport has overflowed to players, who became like his children. 

“He loved his community – especially

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[LIVE] 34th Covid-19 Update…

President Hage Geingob this morning said Namibia’s Covid-19 death rate has declined by 85% over the last month.

The president is addressing the nation on the country’s Covid situation.

Geingob said the Omaheke region remains a concern as recorded cases are high.

“We must walk together to suppress further transmission,” he said.

During the third wave, Namibia’s daily confirmed Covid-19 deaths per million people stood at 20,07.

President Hage Geingob has said 9% of the Namibian population has been fully vaccinated, with 15,1% having received their first doses. Geingob said this is a long way from the requisite 60% target

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33rd Covid-19 Update…

President Hage Geingob says Namibia’s novel coronavirus curve is showing a downward trend. “The positivity ratio has declined significantly. This shows we can turn the tide,” he says.

Namibia’s vaccination coverage has increased from 1,8% to 2,7% currently, Geingob says.
“We are falling behind in our herd immunity target. This target will not be realised without the participation of the whole nation,” he says.

President Hage Geingob has announced adjusted Covid-19 pandemic regulations effective from Sunday, 15 August, to Tuesday, 14 September:

Up to 100 people allowed at public gatherings.

Curfew remains in force from 22h00 to 04h00.

Schools and

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32nd Covid-19 Update

Covid-19 update: President Hage Geingob says this is the most sombre moment in Namibia’s history with the past few weeks being the toughest.

Speaking at the 32nd Covid-19 update, Geingob says deaths related to the deadly disease are unprecedented.

He adds that today the pain of loss continues countrywide. “I am aware that many of you are carrying the heavy burden of loss, but you are not alone,” Geingob notes.

President Geingob further notes that the country has been confronting a deadly third pandemic wave, however, there has been some relief with noticeable reduction in the number of positive cases.

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COVID-19 CRISIS

by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced that 810 newly confirmed coronavirus infections, 51 deaths linked to Covid-19 and 849 new recoveries from the novel coronavirus were recorded in Namibia on Saturday.

The country’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 116 603
Deaths: 2 811
Active cases: 20 902
Recoveries: 92 879

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COVID-19 CRISIS … The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced that 784 newly confirmed coronavirus infections, 46 deaths linked to Covid-19 and 1 269 new recoveries from the novel coronavirus were recorded in Namibia on Friday.

The country’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 115 793
Deaths: 2 760
Active cases: 20 992
Recoveries: 92 030

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COVID-19 CRISIS:

by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced that 609 newly confirmed coronavirus infections, 49 deaths linked to Covid-19 and 283 new recoveries from the novel coronavirus were recorded in Namibia on Thursday.

The country’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 115 009
Deaths: 2 714
Active cases: 21 523
Recoveries: 90 761

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COVID-19 CRISIS

by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced that 495 newly confirmed coronavirus infections, 45 deaths linked to Covid-19 and 289 new recoveries from the novel coronavirus were recorded in Namibia on Wednesday.

The country’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 114 400
Deaths: 2 665
Active cases: 21 236
Recoveries: 90 448

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COVID-19 CRISIS

by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced that 467 newly confirmed coronavirus infections, 63 deaths linked to Covid-19 and 1 189 new recoveries from the novel coronavirus were recorded in Namibia on Tuesday.

Rehoboth recorded the highest number of deaths with 14 deaths in total, followed by Oshakati with 13 deaths, Engela with eight, Outapi with seven, and Tsandi, Windhoek and Swakopmund with three deaths each, while fewer deaths were recorded at other locations.

The country’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 113 905
Deaths: 2 620
Active cases: 21 075
Recoveries: 90 199

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COVID-19 CRISIS:

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced that 614 newly confirmed coronavirus infections, 25 deaths linked to Covid-19 and 1 232 new recoveries from the novel coronavirus were recorded in Namibia on Monday.

The country’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 113 438
Deaths: 2 557
Active cases: 21 860
Recoveries: 89 010

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COVID-19 CRISIS …

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced that 664 newly confirmed coronavirus infections, 26 deaths linked to Covid-19 and 465 new recoveries from the novel coronavirus were recorded in Namibia on Sunday.

The country’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 112 824
Deaths: 2 532
Active cases: 22 503
Recoveries: 87 778

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COVID-19 CRISIS …

by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced 571 newly confirmed coronavirus infections, 30 deaths linked to the virus, and 1 984 new recoveries on Wednesday.

The age range is from three days to 108-years-old.

The  Khomas region (Windhoek) reported highest number of cases (180) accounting for 32% of the confirmed cases.Other towns which reported a high number of new infections are Oshakati (67), Otjiwarongo (65), Lüderitz (63) and Rundu (37).

“Among the confirmed cases are 32 pupils, four teachers and six students from different institutions. We also have seven health care workers from different health

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[LIVE ended] 31st Covid-19 Public Briefing

President Hage Geingob this morning warned that the positivity ratio remains high at 42%.

“Avoid unnecessary movement and stay at home,” he said. The president said this during the 39th Covid-19 public briefing currently underway at State House.

Geingob said 1,3% of the population has been vaccinated so far and the country is still far from its target of herd immunity of 60%-80%.

He said 29% of facilities are in Khomas,  followed by Omaheke and Erongo.

REGULATIONS

Geingob said the current regulations will stay in place for 16 days until 31 July.

“We anticipate interruptions in the supply chains between

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COVID-19 CRISIS …

by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services announced 150 deaths linked to the coronavirus, 1 941 new infections, and 1 513 new recoveries on Tuesday.

The age range is from nine months to 101-years-old.

“This is the highest number of deaths announced in a single day. However, it should be noted that they are distributed over a specific period as follows: 12 died during the reporting period (24 hours); 93 died between 1-11 July, while 45 died in June,” the ministry noted.

Gobabis recorded the highest number of fatalities with 34 deaths in total. This is followed

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COVID-19 CRISIS …

by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced 71 deaths linked to the coronavirus in Namibia on Monday, 1 176 new infections, and 329 new recoveries.

Windhoek recorded the highest number of deaths (24), followed by Rundu with 19, Gobabis with 10, Katima Mulilo with four, Swakopmund and Onandjokwe with three deaths each, Nyangana, Okahao and Outapi with two each, and Okahandja and Tsandi with one each.

Of these deaths, only one person has received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The rest have not been vaccinated, or their vaccination status could not be established,

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COVID-19 CRISIS:

by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced 1 284 new Covid-19 infections in Namibia on Sunday, 28 deaths, and 622 new recoveries.

The ages of the newly infected range from three days to 93 years old.

The Khomas region (Windhoek) reported the highest number of new cases, with 317.

This is followed by the Erongo region with 165 new cases, of which 97 are at Walvis Bay, 47 at Swakopmund, 17 at Usakos, and four at Omaruru.

Other towns which recorded a high number of new cases include Tsumeb (98), Rundu (91), Katima Mulilo (65),

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COVID-19 CRISIS …

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced another 71 deaths linked to Covid-19 in Namibia, 1 372 newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections and 252 new recoveries from the virus.

The deaths occurred between 20 June and 7 July.

Windhoek recorded the highest number of deaths (24), followed by Keetmanshoop with 23 deaths, Swakopmund with six deaths, Walvis Bay with five, Eenhana with four, Mariental and Otjiwarongo with three deaths each, Katima Mulilo with two deaths and Onandjokwe with one death.

Of these deaths, two are of people reported to have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine,

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COVID-19 CRISIS:

by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced another 70 deaths linked to Covid-19 in Namibia, 1 193 newly confirmed coronavirus infections and 3 578 new recoveries from the virus.

According to the ministry, 36 of the deaths recorded on Wednesday occurred in June.

“The late announcement of these deaths was occasioned by late audit and verification. The ministry has recruited few staff to reinforce the audit and verification team,” the ministry noted.

Windhoek recorded the highest number of deaths with 26 deaths, followed by Rundu with 12 deaths, Tsumeb with eight, Grootfontein and Oshikuku with

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COVID-19 CRISIS …

by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced that 52 deaths linked to Covid-19 were recorded in Namibia on Tuesday, together with 1 286 newly confirmed coronavirus infections and 3 754 recoveries from the virus.

The Khomas and Erongo regions recorded the highest number of new infections with 209 new cases in Khomas and 202 new cases in Erongo.

Towns which also recorded a high number of new infections are Engela (116), Katima Mulilo (110), Tsumeb (76), Grootfontein (66) and Lüderitz (64).

The age range of new infections is from one month to 104 years old.

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COVID-19 CRISIS …

by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced that 1 435 newly confirmed coronavirus infections were recorded in Namibia on Monday, as well as 28 deaths linked to Covid-19 and 745 new recoveries from the coronavirus.

Out of 3 939 Covid-19 test results received over a 24-hour period to Monday, the newly confirmed infections represent a 36% positivity rate, the ministry noted.

The Oshana region had the highest number of new infections, with 258 infections recorded at Oshakati, followed by the Erongo region with 255, of which 93 were from Swakopmund, 80 from Omaruru and 65

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COVID-19 CRISIS …

by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced that 1 384 newly confirmed coronavirus infections were recorded in Namibia on Sunday, together with 13 deaths linked to Covid-19 and 390 new recoveries from the coronavirus.

Out of the 2 840 Covid-19 test results received over a 24-hour period up to Sunday, the newly confirmed infections represent a 49% positivity ratio, the ministry noted.

The Khomas region (Windhoek) recorded 268 new infections, followed by the Erongo region with 252, of which 156 are from Walvis Bay, 69 from Swakopmund, 16 from Usakos and 11 from Omaruru.

Other

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COVID-19 CRISIS …

by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced 1 656 new Covid-19 infections, 23 deaths related to the virus, and 711 new recoveries in Namibia on Saturday.

Out of the 3 609 Covid-19 test results received over 24 hours, the newly confirmed infections represent a 46% positivity ratio, the ministry noted.

The age range is from five days to 96 years old.

Windhoek recorded 568 new infections, followed by Rundu with 151, Oshakati with 131, Keetmanshoop with 121, Karasburg and Gobabis with 102 each, Lüderitz with 84, and Opuwo with 62.

“Among the cases are 235

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COVID-19 CRISIS

by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced 1 178 new coronavirus infections, 40 deaths related to the virus and 962 recoveries in Namibia on Friday.

Out of the 3 214 Covid-19 test results received over 24 hours, the newly confirmed infections represent a 37% positivity ratio, the ministry noted.

The age range is from six months to 86-years-old.

The Erongo region reported the highest number of new infections (333), accounting for 28% of the new cases.

Of these, 192 are from Swakopmund, 131 from Walvis Bay, six from Usakos, and four from Omaruru. This is

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COVID-19 CRISIS:

by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced 1 661 new coronavirus infections, 30 deaths related to the virus and 939 recoveries in Namibia on Thursday.

Out of the 3 626 Covid-19 test results received over 24 hours, the newly confirmed infections represent a 46% positivity ratio, the ministry noted.

The age range is from 26 days to 100 years old.Windhoek reported the most new infections (556), accounting for 34% of the newly confirmed cases.

This was followed by the Hardap region with 206 new infections, of which 132 are from Mariental, 73 are from Rehoboth

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COVID-19 CRISIS:

by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services announced 1 291 new Covid-19 cases, 35 deaths related to the virus and 450 recoveries in Namibia on Wednesday.

Out of the 3 372 Covid-19 test results received over the past 24 hours, the newly confirmed infections represent a 38% positivity ratio, the ministry said.

The age of newly infected people range from 21 days to 95 years old.

Windhoek reported the most new infections, with 418, accounting for 32% of new cases.

This is followed by Oshakati with 140, Okahandja with 92, Rehoboth with 80 and Otjiwarongo with 60

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[LIVE ended] 30th Covid-19 Public Briefing

President Hage Geingob has complimented all frontline workers, saying that they are leading the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We have reached a critical moment in this fight [against Covid-19],” he said.

Geingob was speaking at the national Covid-19 briefing at State House on Wednesday afternoon.

This comes as the country recorded 32 741 new infections and 613 deaths between 1 and 29 June 2021.

Geingob said the number of new cases have tripled from 507 to 1 798 per day, with a positivity rate over 40%.

“This means four out of every 10 people that you interact with are

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COVID-19 CRISIS …

by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced 1 364 new Covid-19 infections in Namibia on Tuesday, 54 deaths linked to the virus, and 433 new recoveries.

Out of the 3 166 Covid-19 test results received over the past 24 hours, the newly confirmed infections represent a 43% positivity ratio, the ministry said.

The Khomas region (Windhoek) recorded 382 new infections, which is among the lowest number of cases reported in a day over recent weeks in the region.

This is followed by the Erongo region with 268 new cases, of which 135 were at Walvis

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COVID-19 CRISIS

by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced 1 904 newly confirmed coronavirus infections in Namibia on Monday, 22 deaths linked to the virus and 1 997 new recoveries.

Out of the 4 436, Covid-19 test results received over the past 24 hours, the newly confirmed infections represent a 43% positivity ratio, the ministry noted.

Windhoek recorded 741 of the newly confirmed infections.

This is followed by Gobabis with 174 new infections, Swakopmund with 128, and Walvis Bay with 108.

The age range of new infections is from two months to 91-years-old.

“Among the confirmed cases

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COVID-19 CRISIS:

by Arlana Shikongo

THE Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced 1 944 new Covid-19 infections in Namibia on Sunday, 45 deaths linked to the virus, and 968 new recoveries.

Out of the 4 220 Covid-19 test results received over the past 24 hours, the new infections represent a 46% positivity ratio, the ministry said.

Windhoek recorded 299 new cases, but towns in the Erongo and Otjozondjupa regions cumulatively recorded a higher number of infections.

The Erongo region recorded 315 new infections, of which 174 were at Swakopmund, 111 at Walvis Bay and 30 at Usakos.

The Otjozondjupa region

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COVID-19 CRISIS:

by Arlana Shikongo

THE Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced 1 007 new Covid-19 infections in Namibia yesterday, 55 deaths linked to the virus, and 575 recoveries.

Out of the 3 342 test results received over the past 24 hours, new infections represent a 30% positivity ratio, the ministry said.

Windhoek recorded 477 new infections, followed by Gobabis with 96, Oshakati with 69, Lüderitz with 68, Walvis Bay with 46, Katima Mulilo with 43, and Swakopmund with 38.

The ages of the infected range from three days to 91 years old.

“Among the confirmed cases are 103 pupils,

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COVID-19 CRISIS:

by Arlana Shikongo

THE Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced 2 428 newly confirmed coronavirus infections in the country, 40 deaths linked to Covid-19 and 1 097 recoveries from the virus yesterday.

Out of the 4 350 Covid-19 test results received over the past 24 hours, the newly confirmed infections represent a 56% positivity rate, the ministry noted.

The age range is from three days to 101 years old.

Once again, Windhoek reported the most new infections (1 244), accounting for 51% of the newly confirmed cases.

This is followed by Gobabis, which recorded 201 new infections, Rundu

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COVID-19 CRISIS:

by Arlana Shikongo

THE Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced that a record 2 547 newly confirmed coronavirus infections were recorded in Namibia yesterday.

“We have recorded the highest number ever of new Covid-19 positive cases. This is a matter of grave concern,” health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said in a statement released on Friday.

“There is active transmission taking place in the community on a massive scale when half of the sample tested turns out positive,” Shangula remarked.

“It is even worse in Khomas where six out of ten people tested are positive. The result

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COVID-19 CRISIS:

by Arlana Shikongo

THE Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced a new one-day record of 55 deaths linked to Covid-19 in Namibia.

The deaths, announced in an update on Namibia’s Covid-19 pandemic situation on Thursday, were recorded between 14 and 23 June.

Of the 55 deaths, 52 people died at a health facility while three died at home.

“Among the deaths announced today is one maternal death and three home deaths. The importance of seeking early medical assistance cannot be overemphasised,” the ministry stated.

It also noted that none of the people who died had been fully vaccinated

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Spreading Covid-19 lies could cost you

by Frederico Links

IT appears many people need reminding that under the health regulations in place to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, people can be criminally charged and fined for spreading pandemic-related falsehoods.

A short video of provocative figure Michael Amushelelo making all sorts of false claims about the Covid-19 vaccines and in which he clearly discourages people from going to get vaccinated has been circulating virally in WhatsApp groups lately.

Amushelelo is not the only prominent personality that has been making false claims about the Covid-19 pandemic or vaccines on social media recently, as even media personalities and media

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Rehoboth hospital cancels visits due to Covid

by Ellen Albertz

THE Rehoboth State Hospital has cancelled daily visits and has urged the public not to visit the hospital unless critically ill.

The hospital has furthermore dispensed three months’ treatment to patients on chronic medication to decongest the hospital premises.

The Hardap region currently has the fourth highest number of Covid-19 infections, with Rehoboth as the epicentre.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic in March last year, 90 Rehoboth residents have succumbed to the virus, with 75 healthcare workers infected.

Last week, the region reported 444 new infections, of which 364 were from Rehoboth alone, accounting for more

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COVID-19 CRISIS …

by Arlana Shikongo

Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula announced a one-day record of 45 deaths linked to Covid-19 in Namibia on Wednesday morning.

“This is the highest number ever announced in a single day,” Shangula stated. “However, the deaths did not occur within 24 hours. There has been delays in audit and verification of some of the deaths,” he noted.

Of the 45 deaths announced, 24 were recorded in Windhoek, five at Oshakati, four at Walvis Bay, three each at Swakopmund and Engela, two at Rundu, and one at Grootfontein, Otjiwarongo, Khorixas and Onandjokwe, respectively.

Shangula also announced

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What to do when pregnant during the pandemic

by David Emvula

PREGNANCY is a special time full of joy and anticipation.

Unfortunately, for many expectant mothers, the Covid-19 pandemic has clouded this period with fear, anxiety and uncertainty.

Pregnant women do not appear more likely to contract Covid-19 infection when compared to the general population.

However, pregnancy puts you at higher risk of severe illness compared to women who are not pregnant. Pregnant women and have higher rates of intensive care unit (ICU) admission – particularly in the third trimester.

Emerging evidence suggests that pregnant women who have tested positive for Covid-19 at the time of birth had

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Erongo back in Covid-emergency mode

by Adam Hartman

DUE to the increase in Covid-19 infections and deaths in the region, Erongo governor Neville Andre yesterday announced the restart of emergency operation centre meetings during which key stakeholders discuss the status quo of the pandemic in the region.

There are currently 891 active cases in the region, mostly at Swakopmund, with 143 deaths due to the virus.

A total of 125 positive cases are currently hospitalised, with eight in intensive care units across the region.

“These figures may seem low, but the pressure it puts on our healthcare facilities is immense. All indications are that the

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Covid-19: Churches struggle to rake in offerings

by Hileni Nembwaya

THE Covid-19 pandemic has severely hampered church donations, resulting in congregations being cash-strapped.

Church attendance has rapidly decreased due to the fear of contracting the virus and health regulations prohibiting large public gatherings.

Many smaller congregations especially are said to be hard hit.

Reverend Thomas Uushona, the information coordinator of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (Elcin), says many Elcin congregations countrywide are currently struggling financially.

“The pastors are complaining they are not doing well financially, and only receive offerings during gatherings such as weddings and burials.

“Many congregation members are also struggling to pay their tithes

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COVID-19 CRISIS:

by Arlana Shikongo

THE Ministry of Health and Social Services announced 1 084 newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections in Namibia, 15 deaths linked to Covid-19 and 808 recoveries from the coronavirus on Monday evening.

The Otjozondjupa region recorded the highest number of new infections (265), of which 114 were at Okahandja, 86 at Otjiwarongo, 45 at Grootfontein and 20 at Okakarara.

The Hardap region recorded 261 new coronavirus infections, of which 168 are at Rehoboth and 78 at Mariental, followed by the Khomas region with 216 and the Erongo region with 154, which include 81 infections at Omaruru.

Of the

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Health update….

by Werner Menges

COVID-19 CRISIS: The Ministry of Health and Social Services announced today that 1 518 newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections were recorded in Namibia on Sunday, together with three deaths linked to Covid-19 and 427 recoveries from the coronavirus.

The newly confirmed infections represent a positivity ratio of 40% out of 3 794 test results.

The Khomas region is still reporting the largest share of new infections, with 927 of the latest positive test results, followed by the Erongo region with 256 infections.

Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula noted in the ministry’s statement that only 17

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Health update…

by Arlana Shikongo

COVID-19 CRISIS: The Ministry of Health and Social Services announced 1 403 newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections in Namibia, 27 deaths linked to Covid-19 and 279 recoveries from the virus on Saturday.

The age range of people with newly confirmed infections is from seven months to 121 years, according to the ministry.

The Khomas region is still reporting the largest share of new infections, with 40% (568 people), followed by the Erongo region with 12% (164 people), the health ministry said.

At Oshakati, 102 new infections were recorded, while 86 were recorded at Walvis Bay.

Out of

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Health update..

by Arlana Shikongo

COVID-19 CRISIS: The Ministry of Health and Social Services recorded 1 649 newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections in Namibia, 27 deaths linked to Covid-19 and 1 254 recoveries from the virus on Friday.

The age range of new infections is from four months to 96 years.

The Khomas region is still reporting most new infections, with 48% of the newly confirmed cases from Khomas, the health ministry stated in an announcement released on Saturday.

Windhoek recorded the highest number of new infections (785), followed by Swakopmund with 190 and Oshakati with 163.

Out of the 27 new

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JUST IN: Ovaherero Traditional Authority chief dies

OVAHERERO Traditional Authority chief Vekuii Rukoro has died.

He was 66. Rukoro died in the early morning hours of Friday.

This was confirmed by the traditional authority’s secretary general Mutjinde Katjiua.

On Wednesday, the Ovaherero Traditional Authority announced that Rukoro had tested positive for Covid-19.

*This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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COVID-19 CRISIS:

by Arlana Shikongo

Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula on Thursday evening announced 1 016 newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections in Namibia, and 34 deaths linked to the virus.

Out of the 3 080 novel coronavirus test results received over the past 24 hours, the newly confirmed infections represent a 33% positivity ratio, Shangula said.

The majority of new infections (317) are in Windhoek in the Khomas region, followed by the Erongo region with 131, Oshana with 102 and the //Kharas region with 100.

The majority of deaths were reported at Rehoboth (10), followed by Windhoek (5), three each

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COVID-19 CRISIS:

by Werner Menges

Namibia recorded another one-day record number of newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections and deaths linked to Covid-19 on Wednesday.

The Ministry of Health and Social Services announced on Thursday that out of 5 823 test results received over the last day, 2 075 were positive, which is a positivity ratio of 36%. It also announced another 33 deaths linked to Covid-19.

Of the new infections, 1 128 were recorded in Windhoek, where 11 of the deaths also took place. Twelve of the deaths took place at Gobabis, where 119 newly confirmed infections were recorded.

Four hundred people

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[LIVE ended] 29th Covid-19 Briefing

President Hage Geingob this evening said he and his wife have experienced the devastating effects of Covid-19.

This comes as Namibia is experiencing its third wave of the virus.

“Each household and family has been touched by the enemy,” he said.

NEW REGULATIONS

Geingob said the Covid-19 situation has taken a turn for the worse as new infections and deaths increase.

“We must take steps to stop this worrying trend,” he said.

He expressed disappointment in the youth who are disregarding the regulations, adding they are selfish.

The president therefore announced the following new Covid-19 regulations effective from 16 to

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COVID-19 CRISIS:

by Werner Menges

Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula announced 884 newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections in Namibia and another two deaths linked to Covid-19 on Sunday evening.

A one-month-old baby who tested positive for the novel coronavirus is included among the newly confirmed infections.

One of the deaths and 292 of the newly confirmed infections were recorded in Windhoek, and 103 infections were recorded at Rehoboth.

Out of the 2 468 novel coronavirus test results received over the past 24 hours, 884 were positive, which is a positivity ratio of 36%, Shangula stated.

The country’s hospitals now have

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COVID-19 CRISIS:

by Werner Menges

Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula announced 1 399 newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections in Namibia and another 20 deaths linked to Covid-19 on Saturday evening.

Twelve of the deaths and 664 of the newly confirmed infections were recorded in Windhoek.

The announcement follows a day after a one-day record of 1 432 new coronavirus infections in Namibia were announced on Friday evening.

Out of the 3 973 novel coronavirus test results received over the past 24 hours, 1 399 were positive, which is a positivity ratio of 35%, Shangula stated.

The country’s hospitals now have

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COVID-19 CRISIS:

by Werner Menges

The surge in novel coronavirus infections in Namibia is continuing, with newly confirmed coronavirus infections reaching a new one-day record of 1 045 cases on Thursday.

Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula announced this evening that out of 3 178 novel coronavirus test results received over the past 24 hours, 1 045 were positive, which is a positivity ratio of 33%.

The Khomas region recorded 619 of the newly confirmed infections.

Shangula also announced that another 18 deaths linked to Covid-19 have been recorded in Namibia.

The country’s hospitals now have 369 patients with Covid-19 admitted

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//Kharas elderly fear dying before Covid jab

by Ellen Albertz

Elderly residents of the //Kharas region say they fear for their lives as they have not yet been vaccinated against Covid-19.

Ernst Jacobs (82) of Berseba, about 70 kilometres north-west of Keetmanshoop, feels they are the vulnerable members of the community and should be made a priority in receiving the vaccine.

Berseba constituency is home to about 9 000 people and comprises Tses village, Vaalgras, Gainachas, and Bethanie, among others.

Jacobs said they live with young adults who are constantly exposing themselves to the virus as they go out to socialise. He said this scares them as the

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Covid-19: Union proposes that schools close for June and July

by Mercy Karuuombe

THE Teachers Union of Namibia (TUN) has proposed that all schools close for the rest of June and July.

TUN secretary general Mahongora Kavihuha said this in a letter addressed to education executive director Sanet Steenkamp.

He said that the proposal was driven by the alarming increase in Covid-19 cases among pupils and teachers.

Kavihuha also proposed that the health ministry allow vulnerable teachers with underlying health conditions and pregnant educators to work from home immediately.

He said that schools should be provided with personal protective equipment as it has been observed that they are running out

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COVID-19 UPDATE:

by Shelleygan Petersen

Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula announced 722 newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections in Namibia – including 395 in Windhoek – this evening (Tuesday).

The country has also recorded another 16 deaths linked to Covid-19, bringing Namibia’s novel coronavirus death toll to 936.

Shangula said 324 people are hospitalised with Covid-19 currently, with 61 of the patients in intensive care units.

Namibia’s latest coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 59 814
Deaths: 936
Active cases: 6 221
Recoveries: 52 646

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Update on genocide talks with Germany

Vice president Nangolo Mbumba on Friday said Namibia has been on the road to get Germany to account for the genocide since the start of independence. Mbumba is addressing the nation from State House on the negotiations on the 1904-1908 genocide.

Vice president Nangolo Mbumba

Mbumba said the duty of Namibia’s special envoy Zed Ngavirue was to negotiate with the German government and be the focal person during this process.

“Namibia’s negotiating strategy are (a) Cabinet appointed a special committee chaired by the country’s vice president along with a technical committee composed of experts and affected communities (b) the special

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COVID-19 UPDATE:

Namibia reported a record 24 Covid-19-related deaths today, as well as 263 newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula has announced.

Shangula also said 280 people are hospitalised with Covid-19 currently, with 47 of the patients in intensive care units.

Over the past 14 days, Namibia has announced 121 deaths linked to Covid-19, showing a spike in deaths due to novel coronavirus infections.

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 55 812
Recoveries: 50 948
Active cases: 3 999
Deaths: 854

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[LIVE ended] 28th Covid-19 Public Briefing on National Response Measures

NON-COMPLIANCE … Health minister Kalumbi Shangula this morning stressed that the country’s new Covid-19 cases are as a result of the non-compliance with public gathering regulations.

He is speaking during the national Covid-19 briefing.

“The increased cases put immense pressure of the country’s health systems,” he said.

Journalist Arlana Shikongo receives the Sinopharm vaccine at Windhoek Central Hospital. Photo: Shelleygan Petersen

Shangula said vaccination efforts will be not successful if Namibians continue to disregard Covid-19 regulations.

“Currently new infections, hospitalisations and deaths are reported in almost all regions daily,” he said.

In the past 27 days, Namibian has reported over

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55 Covid-19 deaths in eight days

by Shelleygan Petersen and Charmaine Ngatjiheue

THE coronavirus disease (Covid-19) has caused the death of 53 people in the last seven days, as more patients are admitted into hospitals countrywide.

Since the beginning of May, Namibia has recorded 116 Covid-19 deaths, bringing the death tally to 765. This represents an average 38 deaths per week since the beginning of this month. Last month, the Ministry of Health and Social Services recorded 115 Covid-19 deaths in 30 days.



This comes after The Namibian last week reported that Windhoek is facing a crisis in the intensive care units (ICUs) for Covid-19 patients,

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Swartbooi claims education has been tribalised

by Sakeus Iikela

LANDLESS People’s Movement (LPM) leader Bernadus Swartbooi on Saturday said Namibia’s education system has been destroyed to the point that it now drives a tribal agenda.

Swartbooi said this agenda can be applied to the “falsified glamorous performance” by rural schools in national examinations.

He said it does not make sense that a school in a rural area “that doesn’t have a full supply of electricity”, by far outperforms established and well-equipped schools in urban areas.

This can only be possible through a strategy to falsify facts allegedly being implemented by teachers who mark examinations papers at

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Tackling issues affecting teenagers

• PINEHAS NAKAZIKO

HILDE Shindondola (18), a Grade 11 pupil at Okahandja Secondary School, has established Hildes’ Women and Youth Empowerment, an initiative to tackle issues and challenges facing young people in the Okahandja community.
She started the organisation in February, which is licensed by the Ministry of Health and Social Services.


“We are determined to become the number one NGO (non-governmental organisation) countrywide, to empower women and youth through skills development and mind education,” says the young and ambitious Shindondola.
The organisation also aims at addressing issues that teenagers face, which, over the years, have led to a high

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Swartbooi says LPM is targeted

by Sakeus Iikela

LANDLESS People’s Movement (LPM) leader Bernadus Swartbooi this weekend said there appears to be a well-coordinated agenda to paint his party as being tribalist.

This, he said, is because people have now realised the party wants to affect change.

Swartbooi made these remarks on Saturday at an LPM youth workshop in Windhoek.

Swartbooi said this agenda is perpetuated by the media and other political players to weaken his party.

As a result, the LPM leader said, even people whose interests resonate with his party’s agenda are discouraged from joining, “because they are told this is not your

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Windhoek faces Covid-19 ICU crisis

by Charmain Ngatjiheue, Shelleygan Petersen and Charlotte Nambadja

THE increasing hospitalisation of people with Covid-19 has led to a shortage of beds in the intensive care units (ICU) of Windhoek’s hospitals, especially private facilities.

As of Wednesday, the number of Covid-19 patients who have been admitted to ICUs in Namibia stood at 54. This is out of a total of 200 people hospitalised countrywide with Covid-19.

Of the patients in ICU, 35 are in Windhoek, particularly in private hospitals, which are facing a shortage of beds.

In addition to a shortage of ICU beds, some hospitals are experiencing a lack

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Shangula makes first visit to Walvis after lockdown

by Ester Mbathera

MINISTER of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula on Friday made his way to Walvis Bay for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out in Namibia.

“I could not come last year during the lockdown, because of a Cabinet decision that members of the executive should remain in Windhoek due to meetings on almost a daily basis,” he said.

Without formal operating procedures, the region navigated the virus mainly through the intervention of the Erongo Covid Care initiative and the assistance of security forces.

The team behind the initiative was able to mobilise financial resources

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Spike in Covid-19 ICU cases worries Shangula

CHARMAINE NGATJIHEUE and SHELLEYGAN PETERSEN

MINISTER of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula says the increasing number of intensive care unit (ICU) Covid-19 patients and hospitalisations is worrying for Namibia, indicating that Namibians have stopped being cautious.

The number of people hospitalised and in ICU after contracting the virus has been on the rise with intensive care unit (ICU) patients hovering around 40 from 1 May to 45 on 8 May, a situation Shangula described as worrying.

In an interview with The Namibian yesterday, Shangula said the spike in ICU cases actually started on 23 April, which recorded the highest

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SA reports cases of devastating Indian Covid-19 variant

South Africa’s health ministry over the weekend said four cases of a coronavirus variant fuelling a devastating surge of Covid-19 in India had been recorded in the country.

The four cases of B.1.617.2 have been detected in (the provinces of Gauteng (2) and KwaZulu-Natal (2) and all have a history of recent arrival from India,” health minister Zweli Mkhize said in a statement late Saturday.

Eleven cases of another variant first detected in the United Kingdom and known as B.1.1.7 have also been found, the statement added, noting that community transmission of that variant had “already set in”.

South Africa

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Sinopharm gets WHO green light

by Shelleygan Petersen

THE Chinese-manufactured Covid-19 vaccine Sinopharm has received clearance for emergency use from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

China donated 100 000 doses of the vaccine to Namibia earlier this year.

The Sinopharm vaccine is produced by the Beijing Bio-Institute of Biological Products.

Vaccines undergo WHO emergency use listing (EUL) assessment to evaluate their quality, safety and efficacy, risk management plans and programme suitability, including factors such as cold-chain requirements.

In the case of the Sinopharm vaccine, the WHO assessment included on-site inspection of the production facility. 

Sinopharm is said to be 79,8% effective.

The WHO recommends the

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US Govt donates more Covid-19 equipment

by John-Colin Namene

THE United States government recently donated equipment to the Erongo health directorate to support the national response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Through its embassy, the US donated 70 blood pressure machines and 41 patient monitors to strengthen the Ministry of Health’s ability to provide quality patient care, monitoring and required support.

The equipment, valued to be just over N$462 000, was handed over in February.

The US government ensured that the equipment was handed over for immediate use in order for the public to benefit from it as soon as possible. On a recent site visit in

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US embassy establishes testing sites at Gobabis, Omaruru

by John-Colin Namene and Mercy Karuuombe

THE United States embassy in partnership with the Namibian Correctional Service, has opened two HIV testing sites at the Gobabis and Omaruru Correctional Facilities.

The embassy in a media statement said the initiative aimed to increase all Namibians’ access to HIV services.

“These testing sites will make it easier for inmates to voluntarily test for HIV. Previously, inmates needed to go to a local clinic for HIV testing,” the statement read.

Additionally, embassy spokesperson Walter Parrs said the establishment of the facilities would reduce delays in testing and HIV prevention and treatment services.

“Through

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No crowds for Nujoma’s birthday

by Hileni Nembwaya

THERE will be no public gathering to celebrate founding president Sam Nujoma’s 92nd birthday on 12 May.

Nujoma’s senior special assistant Paul Shipale said this was in line with the Covid-19 regulations issued by the government, and the fact that the elderly are in the vulnerable category of those susceptible to easily contracting the disease.

All well-wishers with congratulatory messages are encouraged to send them to Nujoma’s office.

Last year’s birthday celebrations were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nujoma was born on 12 May 1929 at Ongandjera in northern Namibia.

He was the country’s president from

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Health ministry secretive on Sputnik V doses

by Shelleygan Petersen

HEALTH executive director Ben Nangombe has refused to divulge the amount of Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine doses the country has ordered and also declined to comment on 34 health workers who have reportedly not been paid since the beginning of the year.

The media have been speculating that the government is procuring about 60 000 vials of the Russian vaccine.

Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula shoved the question on Sputnik V procurement to Nangombe during a Covid-19 briefing at State House yesterday.

Shangula confirmed to Windhoek Observer that Namibia will import the Sputnik V vaccine

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Rampant lies cloud vaccine acceptance

by Frederico Links

COVID-19 vaccines continue to swirl at the epicentre of anti-vaccine propaganda as Namibia’s vaccine roll-out gathers pace.

Of late it has become clear that many Namibians have been exposed to and been sharing a lot of anti-vaccine propaganda via social media platforms and more traditional media.

CLAIM: Covid-19 vaccines are ‘experimental’

This claim has three strains: Firstly, it is suggested that the techniques and technologies used are new and thus not to be trusted.

Secondly, the vaccines have not undergone or are not undergoing animal trials, which could indicate a substandard process, and, thirdly, some vaccines have

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27th Covid-19 Public Briefing

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula says Namibia has at least 383 Covid-19 vaccination sites, while 20 315 people have received their jab so far.

Shangula further clarified that no eligible person should be turned away from the vaccination sites. If someone does not have their identity document (ID), they can be vouched for by a friend or family member with an ID card. They can also provide their birth date.

The minister said president Hage Geingob is currently out of town and therefore could not attend the briefing.

Shangula has warned that the number of new Covid-19 infections remain high, and

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Covid-19 vaccination in full swing

by John-Colin Namene

THE Covid-19 vaccination rollout went into full gear in Windhoek when the Lady Pohamba Private Hospital, constructed a vaccination centre under the guidance of the Ministry of Health and Social Services on Monday.

This comes after the Katutura Intermediate Hospital, the Windhoek Central Hospital and the Rhino Park Private Hospital had already established their vaccination centres and started administering vaccines.

General manager of the Lady Pohamba hospital, Hannelie Botha, on Wednesday urged members of the public to get vaccinated against Covid-19 as a starts to the fight against the virus.

The vaccination at the centre started on

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Covid-19 Update …

Namibia has recorded 134 new coronavirus infections, four deaths linked to Covid-19 and 160 recoveries from the novel coronavirus over the past day, minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula announced on Thursday.

There are currently 119 people hospitalised due to Covid-19, with 33 of them in intensive care units in hospital.

Furthermore, 350 Covid-19 vaccine doses were administered yesterday, bringing the total number of doses administered to 3 587.

The country’s current Covid-19 figures are:
Confirmed cases: 46 185
Recoveries: 44 322
Active cases: 1 256
Deaths: 596
Vaccinated: 3 587

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Covid-19 Update …

Namibia has recorded 102 new coronavirus infections, six deaths linked to Covid-19 and 178 recoveries from the novel coronavirus over the past day, minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula announced on Wednesday.

There are currently 129 people hospitalised in Namibia due to the virus, with 35 of them in intensive care units in hospital.

Furthermore, 160 doses of vaccine against Covid-19 were administered in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of vaccine doses administered in Namibia to 3 282.

The country’s current Covid-19 figures are:
Confirmed cases: 46 051
Recoveries: 44 162
Active cases: 1 286

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Covid-19 Update …

Namibia has recorded 11 deaths linked to the novel coronavirus, 162 new Covid-19 cases, and 263 recoveries, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Tuesday.

In the last 24 hours, 247 Covid-19 vaccine doses were administered, of which 228 in Khomas and 19 in Erongo region.

Cumulatively, a total of 3 122 vaccine doses have been administered since the roll-out.

The minister said among the confirmed cases, 122 people are hospitalised, and 53 of them are in intensive care.

“In recent days, we have observed more severe cases, as reflected by the number of people admitted in critical

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Covid-19 Update …

Namibia has recorded 260 new coronavirus infections, another five deaths linked to Covid-19 and 81 recoveries from the novel coronavirus, minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula said on Monday.

Of the new infections, 120 are school pupils, with the majority of them from Rehoboth High School, Shangula said.

The country’s current Covid-19 figures are as follows:

Confirmed cases: 45 787

Recoveries: 43 721

Active cases: 1 480

Deaths: 575

Vaccination doses administered: 2 875

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Health Update:

NAMIBIA has recorded 96 new Covid-19 infections, 12 recoveries from the virus, and one death, minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula said on Monday.

All 12 recoveries were recorded in the //Kharas region, Shangula said.

He said 161 people diagnosed with Covid-19 are currently hospitalised.

Of these, 37 patients are in intensive care units.

The country’s current Covid-19 figures are as follows:
Confirmed cases: 44 886
Recoveries: 42 358
Active cases: 1 980
Deaths: 538
Vaccinated: 2 094

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Covid-19 Update …

Namibia has recorded another three deaths linked to Covid-19, 207 new coronavirus infections and 211 recoveries from the virus, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Friday.

Shangula also announced that the number of people vaccinated against Covid-19 in Namibia now stands at 2 094. Of that, 237 vaccine doses were administered since Thursday.

He said 150 people diagnosed with Covid-19 are hospitalised currently. Of those, 32 are in intensive care units. “All regions, except Kavango East, have hospitalised patients due to Covid-19,” he said.

The country’s current novel coronavirus figures are:
Confirmed cases: 44 581
Recoveries: 42

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Covid-19 Update …

NAMIBIA has recorded five deaths linked to the novel coronavirus, 235 new Covid-19 cases, and 62 recoveries, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the total number of people vaccinated stands at 1 857, of which 356 vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours.

The minister said among the confirmed cases, 152 people are hospitalised, 33 of them in the intensive care unit.

Shangula warned people avoid unnecessary travel and gatherings.

“As we are approaching the Easter holidays, we urge all citizens to exercise extreme caution to prevent infection and further spread of the

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26th Covid-19 Public Briefing

President Hage Geingob this afternoon announced that as of midnight tonight the following will come into effect:

▩ The curfew will remain as is (22h00 to 04h00);
▩ Public gatherings will increase to 100 people for all indoor and outdoor events
▩ Restaurants, bars and shebeen can sell liquor until 22h00 from Monday to Saturday


SURGE … Health minister Kalumbi Shangula said Covid-19 remains a threat despite all the successes Namibia has had to curb the spread of the virus.

The country is currently experiencing an upsurge in new infections and deaths, he said.

Shangula said the current measures are

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Covid-19 Update …

Namibia has recorded another seven deaths linked to Covid-19, 128 new coronavirus infections and 221 recoveries from the virus, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the total number of people vaccinated against Covid-19 has risen to 1 215. In the last 24 hours, 334 vaccine doses were administered.

Shangula said 162 of the people currently infected with the virus are hospitalised, and of those, 34 are in intensive care units.

Namibia’s current coronavirus figures are:
Confirmed cases: 44 051
Recoveries: 41 676
Active cases: 1 845
Deaths: 520
Vaccinated: 1 215

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Covid-19 Update … 50 Namibians vaccinated so far

NAMIBIA has recorded 176 new Covid-19 infections, 154 recoveries and two deaths linked to the virus, minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula said on Monday.

The recovery rate for Namibia currently stands at 93%.

Shangula said 158 people are hospitalised with Covid-19 currently, with 26 of these patients in intensive care units.

The 176 new cases include 41 pupils, 20 inmates from the Omaruru Correctional Facility, and eight healthcare workers from different health facilities.

Since Friday 50 Namibians have been vaccinated against Covid-19, comprising 30 from the Khomas region and 20 from the Erongo region.

Shangula said no

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Covid-19 Update …

NAMIBIA has recorded 274 new coronavirus infections, 68 recoveries from the virus and no deaths linked to Covid-19 over the past day, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Sunday.

The country’s recovery rate from novel coronavirus infections now stands at 93%.

Shangula also said 156 people are hospitalised with Covid-19 currently, with 23 of the patients in intensive care units.

The 274 people with newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections include 58 school pupils, 16 students, 11 healthcare workers and nine teachers from different schools.

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 42 477
Recoveries: 39 350

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Covid-19 Update:

Namibia has recorded 281 new coronavirus infections, another three deaths linked to Covid-19 and 116 recoveries from the novel coronavirus, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Friday.

Shangula also said 162 people are hospitalised with Covid-19 currently, with 24 of the patients in intensive care units.

The 281 people with newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections include 65 school pupils, 14 healthcare workers, 15 teachers from different schools, six employees in the mining industry and three students.

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 41 965
Recoveries: 39 221
Active cases: 2 249
Deaths: 486

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Covid-19 Update:

Namibia has recorded another six deaths linked to Covid-19, 138 new coronavirus infections and 163 recoveries from the virus, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Thursday.

Shangula also said 173 people are hospitalised with Covid-19 currently, with 23 of the patients in intensive care units.

The 138 people with newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections include 29 school pupils, four healthcare workers and three students.

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 41 684
Recoveries: 39 105
Active cases: 2 087
Deaths: 483

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Covid-19 Update …

Namibia has recorded three deaths linked to Covid-19, 80 new coronavirus infections and 149 recoveries from the virus, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Wednesday.

Of the confirmed infections, 179 people are hospitalised, with 26 in intensive care units.

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 41 546
Recoveries: 38 942
Active cases: 2 118
Deaths: 477

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11 Swakop pupils test positive for Covid-19

by Adam Hartman

AT least 11 pupils from the three different high schools at Swakopmund tested positive for Covid-19 over the weekend.

What complicates the issue is that all the infected children are boarders at the Namib High School hostel, which serves as a collective boarding facility for pupils from different high schools at the coastal town.

While the health ministry on Sunday confirmed that Swakopmund had 23 new infections, and that 11 of these were from Namib High School, Erongo education director Erenfriede Stephanus told The Namibian yesterday that this is not entirely correct as the 11 are accommodated

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Covid vaccine coming today

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue, Shelleygan Petersen and Tutaleni Pinehas

NAMIBIA will receive its first doses of Covid-19 vaccine from China this afternoon.

Deputy prime minister and international relations minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah will receive the vaccines at Hosea Kutako International Airport, together with China’s ambassador to Namibia, Zhang Yiming, and health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula.

Zhang said last month that China would donate 100 000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine to Namibia.

Namibia is one of three out of nine countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) that have not received vaccines yet.

Zambia is also yet to receive vaccines,

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Covid-19 Update …

NAMIBIA has recorded another seven deaths linked to Covid-19, 224 new coronavirus infections and 44 recoveries from the virus over the past day, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Monday.

Shangula also said 187 people are hospitalised with Covid-19 currently, with 25 of the patients in intensive care units.

The 224 people with newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections include 78 school pupils, nine healthcare workers, eight teachers and nine students Shangula said.

Namibia’s seven most recent deaths linked to Covid-19 include a 44-year-old man who died at Otjiwarongo and did not have comorbidities, and a 90-year-old woman

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SA Covid variant confirmed in Namibia

by Shelleygan Petersen

A FEW days before the anniversary of Namibia’s first coronavirus cases, the country has confirmed the presence of the South African variant while the Namibia Medical Regulatory Council (NMRC) approved the use of the Covid-19 vaccine.

This was confirmed by health minister Kalumbi Shangula yesterday.

“Yes, the results are out and we have some cases of the variant that is found in South Africa. Secondly, Covishield vaccine has been registered in Namibia,” he said.

Namibia announced it had started testing for the South African Covid-19 variant in early January while the country was experiencing its second wave

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AstraZeneca vaccine still safe to use – WHO

by Sakeus Iikela

WORLD Health Organisation representative to Namibia Charles Sagoe-Moses says the Covid-19 vaccine produced by AstraZeneca is still scientifically safe to use in Namibia despite the country recording various cases of the new variant.

The ministry of health yesterday announced that Namibia has recorded 16 cases of the Covid-19 Variant of Concern (VoC), which was reported in South Africa late last year.

The AstraZeneca vaccine, which Namibia has ordered in large quantities, has not been effective against this variant, as reported in South Africa.

To date, the government has paid at least N$29 million or 15% of the

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Covid-19 Update …

NAMIBIA has recorded two deaths linked to the novel coronavirus infection, 331 recoveries and 80 new infections.

Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula on Wednesday said 147 people are hospitalised with 18 of them under intensive care.

He further said 30 of the new cases are pupils from different schools, 17 are employees from the mining industry, four are health care workers and three are teachers at different schools.

Confirmed cases: 37 976
Recoveries: 35 750
Active cases: 1 805
Deaths: 413

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16 cases of SA’s virus variant confirmed in Nam

by Shelleygan Petersen

EXECUTIVE director of health and social services Ben Nangombe on Wednesday afternoon announced that 16 people in the country have tested positive for the South African variant of Covid-19.

This comes after the government sent a specified number of stored samples of positive Covid-19 tests to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases in South Africa for genomic sequencing.

Nangombe said conducting genomic sequencing is important to investigate outbreak dynamics, changes in the growth of the epidemic over time, the spread of the virus, and its transmission routes.

“Virus genome sequencing is helpful in disease surveillance and the

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Covid-19 Update …

NAMIBIA has recorded 315 recoveries from coronavirus, five deaths linked to the virus and 150 new infections, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Tuesday.

Shangula also said 159 people are admitted in hospital with Covid-19 currently, and 28 of these patients under intensive care.

The 150 people with newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections include 87 pupils, six teachers and seven prison inmates.

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:

Confirmed cases: 40 337
Recoveries: 37 893
Active cases: 1 992
Deaths: 444

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Covid-19 Update …

Namibia has recorded 157 new coronavirus infections, 58 recoveries from the virus and one death linked to the virus, Health and Social Services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Monday.

Shangula also said 152 people are admitted to the hospital with Covid-19, with 24 of them under intensive care.

Of the 157 people diagnosed with novel coronavirus infections, 62 are school children and 12 are health care workers.

Namibia’s current coronavirus figures are:

Confirmed cases: 40 187
Recoveries: 37 578
Active cases: 2 162
Deaths: 439

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‘Prioritise fishermen for Covid-19 vaccine’

by Esther Mbathera

THE Confederation of Namibian Fishing Associations (CNFA) wants fishermen to be prioritised for receiving Covid-19 vaccines once they become available in Namibia.

Chairperson Matti Amukwa tabled this proposal last week at the fishing industry consultative meeting with minister of fisheries and marine resources Albert Kawana at Swakopmund.

Amukwa said fishermen should be prioritised, because the fishing industry has under Covid-19 emergency regulations been classified as an essential industry.

“The nature of fishing requires that a number of people live and work in close contact on fishing vessels. Fishing is the first link in the value-creation chain of

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Covid-19 Update …

NAMIBIA has recorded 153 new coronavirus infections, 154 recoveries from the virus and one death linked to Covid-19 over the past day, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Sunday.

Shangula also said 147 people are hospitalised with Covid-19 currently, with 23 of the patients in intensive care units.

The 153 people with newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections include 62 school pupils, five teachers and ten healthcare workers along with seven pensioners.

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:

Confirmed cases: 40 030
Recoveries: 37 520
Active cases: 2 064
Deaths: 438

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Sinopharm vaccine awaits WHO approval

by Shelleygan Petersen

THE Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine, which the Chinese government promised to Namibia as a donation, has not received emergency use clearance from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

China will be donating 100 000 doses of the vaccine to Namibia.

WHO programme area manager on immunisation and vaccine development Dr Richard Mihigo confirmed yesterday that the Sinopharm vaccine has not yet been given the WHO emergency use listing (EUL) authorisation.

“The review of data is still ongoing and we are expecting a decision point by mid to end March,” he said.

This means the rollout of the Sinopharm vaccine

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Hesitancy, disinformation cloud Africa’s vaccine roll-outs

by Frederico Links

AS the global roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines is picking up steam, so too are attempts by disinformation peddlers to discredit the vaccines.

The International Fact-Checking Network’s (IFCN) CoronaVirusFacts alliance reported at the start of this month that Covid-19 vaccine-related disinformation “made up a third of fact checks submitted to the database since the start of 2021”.

According to the alliance, among the viral false claims have been attempts to cast the vaccination of prominent figures, such as the televised vaccination of South African president Cyril Ramaphosa, as stunts or hoaxes, false claims about the efficacy of various

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Covid-19 Update …

NAMIBIA has recorded 63 recoveries from the coronavirus, two deaths linked to the virus and 169 new infections, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Thursday.

The recovery rate for Namibia stands at 94%.

Shangula also said 153 people are hospitalised with Covid-19, with 21 of the patients in intensive care units.

The 169 newly confirmed cases include 91 pupils, six teachers, nine students and five health care workers.

Namibia’s total coronavirus pandemic figures are:

Confirmed cases: 39 466

Recoveries: 37 043

Active cases: 1 979

Deaths: 436

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Covid-19 Update … Over 100 currently hospitalised

Namibia has recorded two deaths linked to Covid-19, 149 new coronavirus infections and 163 recoveries from the virus, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Tuesday.

The latest two deaths linked to Covid-19 are of men aged 41 and 75, who died in Windhoek and Rehoboth, respectively. Neither of them had other health problems associated with an increased mortality rate following a novel coronavirus infection.

Shangula also said 151 people are hospitalised with Covid-19 currently, with 20 of the patients in intensive care units.

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 39 182
Recoveries: 36 498
Active

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Covid-19 Update:

NAMIBIA has recorded another four deaths linked to Covid-19, 188 new coronavirus infections and 74 recoveries from the virus, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Monday.

Currently, Namibia’s recovery rate from novel coronavirus infections stands at 93%.

Shangula also said 138 people are hospitalised with Covid-19 currently, with 22 of the patients being treated in intensive care units.

The 188 people with newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections include 71 school pupils, five teachers and one healthcare worker.

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:

Confirmed cases: 39 033
Recoveries: 36 335
Active cases: 2 262
Deaths: 428

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25th Covid-19 public briefing by president Hage Geingob

President Hage Geingob has said the new measures announced today will last for 36 days from 25 February to 31 March 2021.

Regarding the restriction of movement, Geingob said the curfew times are from 22h00 until 04h00.

Namibia has recorded 37 896 cumulative cases, 2058 active case and 411 deaths linked to Covid-19.

“We have seen a rising trend with the highest recorded in the Kavango East and West regions,” he said.

Geingob said he sympathises with those who have lost loved ones and said he understands those who want life to return to normal.

“I understand but we must

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NAMIBIA has recorded five deaths linked to coronavirus, 154 new infections and 146 recoveries from the virus, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Tuesday.

Shangula also said 146 people are admitted in hospital with Covid-19, with 15 of them under intensive care.

The 154 people with newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections include 69 pupils, 15 inmates at Etayi police holding cells, three teachers and four healthcare workers.

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:

Confirmed cases: 37 896
Recoveries: 35 419
Active cases: 2 058
Deaths: 411

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Namibia has recorded 188 new coronavirus infections and 55 recoveries from an infection with the virus since Saturday, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Sunday.

Shangula also said 128 people are hospitalised with Covid-19 currently, with nine of the patients in intensive care units.

The 188 people with newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections include 91 school pupils, eight teachers and three healthcare workers.

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 37 483
Recoveries: 35 090
Active cases: 1 983
Deaths: 402

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At least 190 school pupils have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Namibia in the last 24 hours.

The country recorded 302 new coronavirus infections since Friday, three deaths linked to the virus and 148 recoveries from an infection with the virus, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Saturday.

“More positive cases are still being reported from Ekulo Senior Secondary School in Omuthiya district, as today we have 90 new cases, 28 from Haudano Senior Secondary School in Oshikuku district, 18 from Leevi Hakusembe Senior Secondary School in Rundu district and the rest are from different schools,” Shangula said.

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NAMIBIA schools continue to be Covid-19 hotspots as 93 pupils have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours.

In total the country recorded 141 new coronavirus infections, three deaths linked to the virus and 102 recoveries from the virus since Monday, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Tuesday.

“Among the confirmed cases are 33 learners from Uukule Senior Secondary School in Onandjokwe district, 26 from Haudano Senior Secondary School in Oshikuku district and 14 from Gabriel Taapopi Senior Secondary School in Oshakati district. The rest of the learners are from 15 different schools.”

He added that

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NAMIBIA has recorded one more death linked to the novel coronavirus, 273 new cases and 120 recoveries, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Monday.

Meanwhile, 118 people are hospitalised, with 12 in the intensive care unit.

Among the new cases are 182 pupils, of which 101 are from Ekulo Senior Secondary School in Omuthiya district, and two health care workers.

“The Ministry of Health and Social Services is currently working in close collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture and stakeholders to urgently address the increase in cases among learners,” Shangula added.

Confirmed cases: 36 25
Recoveries: 34

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NAMIBIA has recorded 155 new novel coronavirus infections, two deaths linked to the virus and 42 recoveries, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Sunday.

“Number of cases reported from Kavango East and Kavango West regions are of learners from different boarding schools,” Shangula added.

Of the 1 416 active cases, 119 patients are hospitalised and 14 in intensive care.

Confirmed cases: 35 952
Recoveries: 34 141
Active cases: 1 416
Deaths: 388

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118 Covid-19 patients in hospital

NAMIBIA has recorded 243 new Covid-19 infections, two deaths and 97 recoveries, minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula announced on Saturday.

Of the 1 305 active cases, 118 patients are currently hospitalised and 12 are in the intensive care unit.

Confirmed cases: 35 797
Recoveries: 34 099
Active cases: 1 305
Deaths: 386

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NAMIBIA has recorded 201 new Covid-19 infections, two deaths linked to the virus and 52 recoveries, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Friday.

“Among the confirmed cases are 87 pupils from different schools accounting for 43% of newly confirmed cases,” he added.

Of the 1 161 active cases, 135 patients are hospitalised with 13 under intensive care.

Confirmed cases: 35 554
Recoveries: 34 002
Active cases: 1 161
Deaths: 384

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Covid-19 Update

NAMIBIA has recorded 111 new coronavirus infections, four deaths linked to the virus and 172 recoveries, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Thursday.

“Among the confirmed cases are four healthcare workers from different districts,” he added.

Of the 1 014 active cases, 120 are admitted in hospital and 12 are under intensive care.

Confirmed cases: 35 353
Recoveries: 33 950
Active cases: 1 014
Deaths: 382

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Namibia has recorded one new death linked to the novel coronavirus, 41 new cases and 103 recoveries, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, 111 people are hospitalised with 15 under intensive care.

Confirmed cases: 35 242
Recoveries: 33 778
Active: 1 079
Deaths: 378

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Covid-19 hits Karasburg old-age home

NAMIBIA has recorded 97 new novel coronavirus infections.No new deaths have been recorded, and 119 infected people have recovered from the virus.

Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula on Monday said among the newly reported cases are two healthcare workers, 39 pupils and one teacher – all from various parts of the country.

“We are also reporting four pensioners and two caregivers from an old-age home in the Karasburg district,” the minister said.

Meanwhile, 119 people are currently hospitalised for Covid-19, and 13 patients are in the intensive care unit.

Confirmed cases: 35 070
Recoveries: 33 573
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NAMIBIA has recorded 129 new coronavirus infections over the past day, four deaths linked to Covid-19 and 95 recoveries from the coronavirus, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Sunday.

“Among the confirmed cases are seven healthcare workers from different districts, 32 learners from different schools and five workers from the fishing industry,” Shangula said.

The number of people hospitalised with Covid-19 decreased from 141 on Saturday to 138 on Sunday, with 14 people being treated in intensive care units.

Namibia’s latest coronavirus figures are:
Confirmed cases: 34 973
Recoveries: 33 454
Active cases: 1 137
Deaths: 375

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NAMIBIA has recorded six deaths linked to the novel coronavirus, 96 new infections and 348 recoveries, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said Friday.

In the last five days, the country recorded 18 deaths.

Among the confirmed cases, four are health care workers, three pupils and two teachers from different schools as well as two students from institutions of higher learning.

Out of the 1 018 active cases, 146 patients are hospitalised 16 of them in the intensive care unit.

Shangula further noted the continued downward trend in the number of cases being reported across the regions.

Confirmed cases: 34 615
Recoveries:

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NAMIBIA has recorded 229 new coronavirus infections, from 13 regions of the country, over the past day.

Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula on Saturday said the Erongo region reported the highest number of newly confirmed infections with 76 cases, followed by the Khomas region, where 44 new infections were reported.

Meanwhile, the death of a 79-year-old woman in Windhoek has brought the country’s death toll linked to Covid-19 to 371.

Shangula also said Namibia has recorded 139 new recoveries from an infection with the coronavirus, and that 141 people are hospitalised due to Covid-19, with 15 of those

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HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula says 11 pupils and three teachers from different schools have tested positive for the novel coronavirus a week after classes resumed.

In total, the country recorded 102 new coronavirus infections, four deaths linked to Covid-19 and 38 recoveries from the virus between Tuesday and Wednesday.

“We are reporting cases from 11 regions, with Khomas reporting the highest number of cases (62%), followed by Oshana and Zambezi regions,” Shangula announced on Wednesday evening.

The number of people hospitalised due to Covid-19 decreased from 146 on Tuesday to 144 a day later, with 13 people in intensive care

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LIVE (ended) … 24th Covid-19 Public Briefing

President Hage Geingob today said the pandemic has disturbed our social and behavioural norms. He asked Namibians to show solidarity and compassion towards one another.

He also said a majority of Namibians has shown solidarity this time despite those who circumvented regulations.

Geingob pointed out that there are public suspicions around the Covid-19 vaccines.

“Rest assured that the government will not put any citizens’ lives in danger,” he said.

The president promised not to lockdown Namibians again like last year during the first climax of pandemic.

The president extended the status quo to 24 February 2021.


Health minister Kalumbi Shangula
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NAMIBIA has recorded another two deaths linked to Covid-19, 175 recoveries from novel coronavirus infections and 102 new infections with the virus.

Thirty-two of the newly confirmed infections were recorded in the Kavango East region, followed by 21 in Erongo and also 21 in Omaheke.

Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Tuesday that 146 people are hospitalised with Covid-19 in Namibia, with 13 of those being treated in intensive care units.

Namibia’s coronavirus figures are now as follows:
Confirmed cases: 34 270
Recoveries: 32 739
Active cases: 1 169
Deaths: 355

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KAVANGO East recorded three-digit Covid-19 infections in 24 hours totalling 113.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula on Wednesday said 95 cases from the region are inmates at the Divundu correctional facility.

In total, the country recorded 308 new coronavirus infections, 778 recoveries and four more deaths linked to the virus.

Of the 1 717 active cases, 164 are hospitalised with 21 in intensive care.

Confirmed cases:  33 265
Recoveries: 31 210
Active cases: 1 717
Deaths: 332

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NAMIBIA has recorded 365 new novel coronavirus infections, six deaths linked to the virus and 260 recoveries from an infection with the virus since the previous day, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Saturday.

The number of people hospitalised with Covid-19 has increased from 197 on Friday to 199 on Saturday, with 29 of those patients in intensive care units.

“We urge the public to disinfect their dwellings and workplaces by wiping frequently used surfaces with disinfectants and letting them dry for not less than 10 minutes,” Shangula said.

Namibia’s current Covid-19 figures are as follows:

Confirmed cases: 32 213

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NAMIBIA recorded 225 new coronavirus infections, 250 recoveries and no new deaths linked to the virus, health minister Kalumbi Shangula announced on Monday.

Of the 2 055 active cases, 188 are hospitalised with 27 in intensive care, the minister said.

Confirmed cases: 32 650
Recoveries: 30 270
Active cases: 2 055
Deaths: 319

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Namibia recorded 212 new coronavirus infections, 189 recoveries and two more deaths linked to the virus on Sunday.

The country again recorded cases in all 14 regions.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula said the number of cases hospitalised remains at 197 while 29 patients are in intensive care.

Confirmed cases: 32 425
Recoveries: 30 020
Active cases: 2 080
Deaths: 319

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NAMIBIA has recorded 333 new novel coronavirus infections, one death linked to the virus and 341 recoveries.

“Today, we announce three hundred and thirty-three (333) new Covid-19 confirmed cases identified from two thousand seven hundred and sixty- nine (2 769) results received from the laboratories in the last twenty-four (24) hours,” health minister Kalumbi Shangula said Friday.

Meanwhile, the number of cases hospitalised continues to gradually decrease from 235 yesterday to 197, while 27 patients are in the intensive care unit.

Confirmed cases: 31 848
Recoveries: 29 571
Active cases: 1 960
Deaths: 311

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Namibia has another record 1 004 recoveries from the novel coronavirus, nine deaths linked to the virus and 262 new infections, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said Thursday.

Meanwhile, the number of cases hospitalised have decreased from 257 on Wednesday to 235, while 27 patients are in the intensive care unit.

Confirmed cases: 31 515
Recoveries: 29 230
Active cases: 1 968
Deaths: 310

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NAMIBIA recorded 258 new coronavirus infections, 368 recoveries and five more deaths linked to the virus on Wednesday.

Deputy health minister Ester Muinjangue said 257 patients are hospitalised, 24 of them in intensive care.

“//Karas region’s hospitalised confirmed cases has doubled in the last 24 hours,” the minister said.

Confirmed cases: 31 253
Recoveries: 28 226
Active cases: 2 721
Deaths: 301

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Namibia has recorded 242 new coronavirus infections, three more deaths linked to the virus and 365 recoveries from the virus, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the number of people hospitalised with Covid-19 decreased from 273 on Monday to 267 on Tuesday, with 27 people being treated in intensive care units.

Shangula discouraged Namibians from travelling without negative Covid-19 test results, saying it posed a risk to others and was worsening the country’s current situation.

“We urge all members of the public who have been swabbed and are waiting for their Covid-19 results to avoid travel until they

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NAMIBIA has recorded another eight deaths linked to the novel coronavirus, 390 new coronavirus infections and 562 recoveries from the virus, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Monday.

Meanwhile, 273 people infected with the virus are hospitalised, with 28 of those in intensive care units.

“Today we are reporting cases from all the 14 regions, with Khomas region reporting the highest number of cases followed by Oshana region, representing 44% and 23% of all confirmed cases respectively,” Shangula said.

Of the 390 newly confirmed coronavirus infections recorded in Namibia since Sunday, 170 were located in Khomas.

Confirmed

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NAMIBIA has recorded 312 new Covid-19 infections, seven deaths linked to the virus and 470 recoveries from the disease.

Meanwhile, 297 people are hospitalised with 33 of them in intensive care, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Wednesday.

“Today we are reporting cases from 13 (93%) regions, with Khomas region accounting for 23% of all confirmed cases followed by Omaheke (18%).

“Cases are increasing in the different regions as indicated by the continuous change in the top two regions,” the minister added.

Confirmed cases: 29 183
Recoveries: 25 408
Active cases: 3 499
Deaths: 271

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LIVE [Ended] … 23rd Covid-19 Response Public Briefing

Covid-19 Update … Health minister Kalumbi Shangula says the Covid-19 situation in Namibia has worsened since the previous public briefing and there is evidence that the current rate of infections has “far exceeded the previous wave”.

He said the situation is affecting and is being felt in most regions.

So far 1,350 healthcare workers have tested positive for the novel coronavirus and six have died.

Shangula added that both state and private hospitals are nearing full capacity, while other facilities are unable to accept new patients, especially in the intensive care units.

Shangula reiterated that there are strong suspicions which

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NAMIBIA has recorded 269 new Covid-19 infections, 476 recoveries and three deaths linked to the virus, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Tuesday.

The number of patients in hospital stands at 297 with 32 in intensive care, he said.

“Today we are reporting cases from all the 14 (100%) regions, with Khomas region accounting for 20% of all confirmed cases followed by //Kharas region with 15%,” the minister noted.

Shangula further encouraged those who have been exposed to the virus to quarantine to help curb the further spread of the virus. This is because one may be

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NAMIBIA has recorded 343 new Covid-19 infections, 170 recoveries and seven more deaths linked to the virus.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula announced on Monday that 273 patients are hospitalized due to the virus, a reduction from Sunday’s 303 cases.

Of those cases, 32 are under intensive care.

“Today we are once again reporting cases from 13 (93%) of the 14 regions, with the Khomas region accounting for 25% of all confirmed cases followed by Oshana region with16%,” Shangula added.

Confirmed cases: 28 602
Recoveries: 24 462
Active cases: 3 874
Deaths: 261

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NAMIBIA has recorded 536 new covid-19 infections, 380 recoveries and two new deaths, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula announced on Sunday.

He said 303 people are in hospital, with 33 of them in intensive care.

Today’s cases are from 13 (93%) of the 14 regions in the country.

“This is very worrisome as the cases are widespread and sporadically distributed in different districts across the country.

“The Erongo region is emerging as a new hotspot representing 21% of all confirmed cases closely followed by Khomas region (19,4%),” Shangula said.

Confirmed: 28 259
Recoveries: 24 292
Active cases: 3

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NAMIBIA has recorded 363 novel coronavirus infections, 466 recoveries and five new deaths linked to the virus.

This was announced by health minister Kalumbi Shangula on Thursday who said the number of patients hospitalised due to the virus now stands at 312 with 38 of them in the intensive care.

Of the new cases, 158 (44%) are contacts to confirmed cases and 218 (60%) are symptomatic.

Khomas and Erongo regions represent 29% and 28% of all confirmed cases respectively.

“It is concerning that Erongo is starting to come up again as a hotspot for Covid-19 infection, which could possibly be

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NAMIBIA has another record 13 deaths linked to the novel coronavirus, 432 new infections and 423 recoveries, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Wednesday.

The number of cases hospitalised increased from 268 yesterday to 289, with 38 people in intensive care.

Confirmed cases: 26 319
Recoveries: 22 200
Active cases: 3 881
Deaths: 235

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NAMIBIA has recorded 501 new Covid-19 infections, four new deaths linked to the virus and 610 recoveries, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the number of cases hospitalised increased from 255 yesterday to 268, with 36 people in intensive care.

Confirmed cases: 25 887
Recoveries: 21 777
Active cases: 3 885
Deaths: 222

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Namibia on Monday recorded 270 novel coronavirus infections, three deaths linked to the virus and 112 new recoveries, the health minister Kalumbi Shangula said.

Meanwhile, the country has 255 people hospitalised as a result of the virus, with 39 in the intensive care unit.

Of the total new confirmed cases, 107 (40%) are contacts to confirmed cases and 181 (67%) are symptomatic.

“Today, we report a Covid-19 death of a healthcare worker and this brings the total number of healthcare workers who succumbed to the disease to four,” the minister added.

Confirmed cases: 25 386
Recoveries: 21 167
Active cases:

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Namibia has recorded 462 new coronavirus infections, two deaths linked to the virus and 124 recoveries over the past day, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the country has 261 people hospitalised with Covid-19, with 41 of those patients being treated in intensive care units.

Of the total new confirmed cases, 177 (38%) are contacts to confirmed cases and 260 (56%) are symptomatic.

“Windhoek cases are sporadically located from all suburbs,” Shangula said. “We continue to observe a high number of cases from all the regions especially among the 20 to 49 years age group.

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Namibia has recorded 109 new coronavirus infections, five deaths linked to Covid-19 and 204 recoveries from the virus, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Saturday.

Shangula also said 241 people infected with the novel coronavirus are hospitalised, with 39 of those being treated in intensive care units.

Of the newly confirmed cases, 35 (32%) are contacts to confirmed cases and 73 (67%) are symptomatic.

“Today we are reporting low figures compared to the past days as some laboratories did not send the results. The figures may be extremely different tomorrow,” Shangula cautioned.

Namibia’s overall novel coronavirus figures

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Namibia has recorded 604 new coronavirus infections, three additional deaths linked to Covid-19 and 651 recoveries from the virus, health minister Kalumbi Shangula announced on Friday.

Meanwhile, 231 patients with Covid-19 are hospitalised, with 36 of them being treated in intensive care units.

Shangula said 42% of the newly confirmed infections were recorded in the Khomas region.

He said infections in Windhoek were sporadically located from all suburbs of the city, while the country continued to observe a high number of cases from all regions.

“In the [past] seven days we have recorded a total of 3 283 confirmed cases,”

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Namibia has reported a record number of 608 new novel coronavirus infections, 421 recoveries and nine deaths, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Thursday.

The country has also recorded the youngest death of a two-month-old baby girl with no underlying health conditions at Walvis Bay.

Namibia has also recorded 211 hospitalised cases, of which 37 are in intensive care units.

“We continue to experience an increased geographical spread and increased transmissibility, as today we report confirmed cases from 13 (93%) of the regions. Windhoek cases are sporadically located from all suburbs. Covid-19 cases are still increasing daily.

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Namibia has over the past day recorded 482 new coronavirus infections, 912 recoveries from the virus and one death linked to Covid-19, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Wednesday.

Shangula said 196 people confirmed to have been infected with the novel coronavirus are currently hospitalised, with 36 people being treated in intensive care units.

Of the newly confirmed cases, 185 (38%) are contacts to confirmed cases and 242 (50%) are symptomatic.

“The Khomas region represents 47% of all confirmed cases. Among the Windhoek district cases, there are eleven employees from Ocean Basket restaurant,” Shangula said. “Windhoek cases

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Namibia has recorded 564 new Covid-19 infections, 466 recoveries and two deaths, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Tuesday.

Of the new cases, 234 are hospitalised patients and 43 are in intensive care units.

“Today we are reporting results from 13 regions, with the Khomas and Erongo regions representing 52% and 16% of all confirmed cases, respectively. The past week we have recorded an average of 460 confirmed cases per day,” the minister said.

Of the total new confirmed cases, 252 (45%) are contacts to confirmed cases and 381 (68%) are symptomatic.

“We urge all citizens to

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Namibia has reported 364 novel coronavirus infections, 268 recoveries from the disease and two deaths, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Monday.

Meanwhile, of the confirmed cases, 248 are hospitalised and 44 are in the intensive care unit.

He said Khomas and Erongo regions contribute 41% and 25% respectively of all confirmed cases.

“Windhoek cases are sporadically distributed across the suburbs. We continue to record confirmed cases of learners who are on school holidays across different regions,” Shangula said.

Of the total new confirmed cases, 189 (51%) are contacts to confirmed cases and 263 (72%) are symptomatic.

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Namibia has reported 525 novel coronavirus infections, 188 recoveries with four deaths, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Sunday.

The minister added that today’s cases are all reported from across all the regions in the country, while Khomas region contributes 46 % of all confirmed cases.

Of the total new confirmed cases, 255 (49%) are contacts to confirmed cases and 358 (68%) are asymptomatic.

The country currently has 231 patients hospitalised with 35 in the intensive care unit.

Confirmed cases: 21 923
Recoveries: 18 039
Active cases: 3 690
Deaths: 191

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NAMIBIA has recorded 136 novel coronavirus infections, with 249 recoveries, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Saturday

Meanwhile, 224 people are hospitalised and 36 are in the intensive care unit.

According to the minister, the country is reporting low figures compared to the past days because some of the laboratories did not send the results on time.

“The situation may change drastically tomorrow. The Khomas region contributes 32% of all confirmed cases, sporadically distributed across different parts of Windhoek,” he added.

Total confirmed cases: 21 398
Recoveries: 17 851
Active cases: 3 357
Deaths: 187

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Namibia has reported the highest number ever recorded in 24 hours with 683 novel coronavirus infections recorded on Friday. Meanwhile, the country reported 404 recoveries, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said.

According to the minister, Khomas region contributed 57% of all confirmed cases, sporadically distributed across all suburbs in Windhoek.

Of the confirmed cases, 224 are hospitalised and 36 are in the intensive care unit.

Total confirmed cases: 21 262
Recoveries: 17 602
Active cases: 3 470
Deaths: 187

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Namibia has reported another record of 595 novel coronavirus infections with 306 recoveries and four deaths , health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Thursday.

He said this is a record number of confirmed cases from all the 14 regions and the highest number ever recorded in 24 hours in the country.

According to Shangula, 229 people are hospitalised with 36 in the intensive care unit.

Khomas contributes 43% to the total confirmed cases which are recorded in the last 24 hours. 2

“Of the total new confirmed cases, 530 (89%) are contacts to confirmed cases and 583

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Namibia has recorded 355 novel coronavirus infections, 575 recoveries and two deaths, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Wednesday.

Khomas region contributed 43% to the total confirmed cases.

Of the total new confirmed cases, 140 (39%) are contacts to confirmed cases and 222 (63%) are asymptomatic.

“The second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic is currently unravelling in the country. We urge the public to abide by the public health measures announced this morning on public gatherings, restriction of movement, sale of alcohol, compulsory and correct wearing of face masks in public places, including in vehicles and aircraft

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[Live Ended] Covid-19 Public Briefing by health minister

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula (centre), justice minister Yvonne Dausab (right) and attorney general Festus Mbandeka are about to address the nation on new regulations to curb the spread of the second Covid-19 wave in Namibia.

Speaking at State House, Shangula said president Hage Geingob introduced stricter measures to address the Covid-19 pandemic a week ago.

He said the number of people at gatherings were reduced, and citizens were told to wear their masks and adhere to regulations.

He said the measures were to last for 14 days.

In the past few days, the number of cases, however, reached records, hospitals

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Covid-19 Update:

Namibia has reported 330 new Covid-19 infections on Tuesday and one more death.

The country has also recorded 276 recoveries, minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula said.

“The Khomas region contributes 69% to the total from different institutions. Twelve cases involve pupils from different schools, six are healthcare workers and five are teachers from different schools,” he said.

A total of 155 of the new cases are contacts of confirmed cases, and 212 are symptomatic.

“We would like to inform the public that laboratories are experiencing a backlog in tests due to the increased demand for testing. Consequently,

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Covid-19 Update:

Namibia has recorded 277 new coronavirus infections, with another six deaths linked to Covid-19 and 118 recoveries from the virus, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Sunday.

Shangula said the Khomas and Erongo regions have contributed 35% (96 cases) and 32% (89 cases) respectively to the total number of newly confirmed infections.

“We are receiving reports of members of the public who are violating the set Covid-19 regulations deliberately,” he remarked. “We strongly condemn this attitude of laxity and advise the general public that the security force has been deployed to ensure compliance.”

Shangula also stated: “As

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Covid-19 Update:

Namibia has recorded a record number of 434 new coronavirus infections, with 253 recoveries from the virus and five deaths linked to Covid-19, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Friday.

Shangula said the country has recorded a 31% increase in the number of reported cases compared to those reported yesterday.

“Today 12 of the 14 regions in Namibia have recorded new Covid-19 positive cases. Khomas region alone has contributed 62% (271) to the total confirmed cases,” Shangula said.

Among the positive cases, 39 are healthcare workers, of which 24 are from Windhoek.

Shangula added that of the

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Covid-19 Update:

Namibia has recorded 331 new coronavirus infections and 177 recoveries from the virus, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula announced on Thursday.

Windhoek recorded the highest number of new cases, with 163 or 49% of the total number of newly confirmed infections.

Shangula said the country currently has 157 people hospitalised due to Covid-19, and 29 reportedly in intensive care units.

Total confirmed cases: 17 607
Total recoveries: 15 373
Active cases: 2 067
Total deaths: 164

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LIVE [Ended] … 21st Covid-19 briefing on national response measures

President Hage Geingob says 2020 has been an extraordinary and challenging year. He says since the Covid-19 outbreak in March, the government has been dealing with safeguarding lives while addressing economic growth.

He says since the last update in November, he expressed concerns that Namibians have become complacent. In 15 days, Namibia has recorded 13 Covid-19-related deaths alone, bringing total deaths to 164. The total number of infections increased to 16 913.

Geingob says it is evident the country is experiencing a second wave of infections and new measures need to be taken.

Public gatherings are being limited to 50

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Two Omusati voters in hot water after ballot pics

by Clemans Miyanicwe

THE Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) has opened cases against two voters who allegedly took pictures of their ballot papers while voting.

The two allegedly distributed the photographs on social media.

Commissioner Titus Shikongo, police commander in the Omusati region, confirmed the incident yesterday.

He said the two individuals violated section 179 of the Electoral Act, which prohibits voters from taking pictures or video clips while in voting booths.

“Criminal cases have been registered and investigations are ongoing,” he said.

Shikongo said one of the incidents took place at Eunda Combined School in the Onesi constituency, and

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