by Okeri Ngutjinazo
NAMIBIA has recorded 171 newly confirmed coronavirus infections, 143 new recoveries from the virus and two deaths linked to Covid-19.
This was announced by health ministry executive director Ben Nangombe on Sunday evening.
Nangombe said the youngest of the newly confirmed cases is one month old and the oldest is aged 79.
Windhoek recorded 120 new coronavirus infections over the past day, Swakopmund 15, Walvis Bay 12, Okahandja 7, Rehoboth 5, Grootfontein, Otjiwarongo, Mariental, Rundu and Katima Mulilo two each, and Andara and Okakarara one each.
Nangombe said the total number of samples tested since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in Namibia stands at 70 346.
A total of 42 628 (61%) tests were performed in the space of about one month from 3 August to 6 September. The number of tests received from laboratories is continuously increasing since the week of 3 August, Nangombe said.
“The increase in the number of tests performed is the result of strengthened partnership among the public sector, the private sector and academia, to increase the national testing capacity in response to the high demand for Covid-19 tests in all the regions,” he said.
He said all four of the country’s testing laboratories (NIP, PathCare, Unam and Namdeb) are functional and contribute to increased national testing output and a coverage rate of 28 per thousand, which is relatively high compared to other countries.
He also announced that Namibia has recorded 143 new recoveries from coronavirus infections, with 40 recoveries in the Oshana region, 38 in Hardap and also 38 in //Kharas, 18 in Oshikoto and nine in Erongo.
Namibia now has 4 810 novel coronavirus infections regarded as active cases.
Of the active cases, 20 people are in a severe to critically sick condition.
Meanwhile the two deaths were recorded from Windhoek and Karasburg.
Namibia now has 8 685 confirmed cases, 3 786 recoveries and 89 deaths.