by Okeri Ngutjinazo
More than 300 health workers in Namibia have contracted the novel coronavirus, health minister Kalumbi Shangula says.
Shangula said during the daily briefing on the Covid-19 pandemic on Wednesday that 333 health workers have been infected with the coronavirus, with 223 of these people employed in government health facilities, 109 working in the private health sector, and one attached to a non-governmental organisation.
“We noticed that the number of health workers infected is high in areas with a high burden of confirmed cases such as in Khomas (227) and Erongo region (51),” he said.
Shangula commended the contribution of front-line workers from all sectors in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and the sacrifices they are making.
During the briefing, Shangula announced that the country has recorded another death linked to Covid-19. This death – of a 60-year-old man in Windhoek on Monday – brings the number of people who have died in Namibia after contracting the coronavirus to 82.
He also said the number of people currently infected with the novel coronavirus in Namibia is standing at 4 308. Thirty of these people are in a severe to critically ill condition, Shangula said.
From Tuesday to Wednesday, 152 newly confirmed coronavirus infections were recorded in Namibia, Shangula added.
Ninety-seven of the new infections were recorded in Windhoek, 18 at Swakopmund, 13 at Oshakati, 10 at Keetmanshoop, four at Walvis Bay, three at Lüderitz, two at Engela in northern Namibia, and one each at Eenhana, Onandjokwe, Omaruru, Rehoboth and Mariental.
The youngest of the newly infected people is one year old, and the oldest is 77.
Shangula further announced that another 75 people who had contracted the coronavirus have recovered, bringing the number of recoveries in the country to 3 454.
Thirty-nine of the latest recoveries were in the //Kharas region, 26 at Oshakati, nine in the Hardap region and one in Oshikoto.
The country has now recorded a total of 7 844 confirmed coronavirus infections.