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 with 152, Swakopmund with 123, Rehoboth with 107 and Oshakati with 101 new confirmed infections.

Among the newly confirmed cases are 341 pupils from different schools, 36 students from different institutions of high learning, 21 teachers and 32 healthcare workers.

The ministry announced 40 deaths linked to Covid-19, from nine districts. Twelve of the deaths were recorded in Windhoek, nine at Oshakati, six at Swakopmund, four at Mariental, three at Okakarara, two each at Okahao and Oshikuku and one each at Rehoboth and Okahandja.

“Only one received the first dose of Sinopharm. The rest have not been vaccinated,” the ministry noted.

Thus far, 23 075 people have been fully inoculated against the virus, while 115 947 people have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The country’s hospitals now have 528 patients with Covid-19 admitted for treatment, with 81 patients in intensive care units (ICUs).

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 83 698
Deaths: 1 345
Active cases: 18 985
Recoveries: 63 357.

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