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, 16 teachers from different schools, 23 students from institutions of higher learning, and 36 healthcare workers,” the ministry said.

Gobabis recorded the highest number of deaths at 22.

This is followed by Windhoek with 12 deaths, eight at Swakopmund, seven at Rehoboth, four at Engela, and one each at Keetmanshoop and Katima Mulilo.

The ministry said an increasing number of people die at home.

They have urged the public to seek medical care immediately when experiencing symptoms.

“There is evidence of people using unproven home remedies. We urge the public to seek emergency medical care immediately when experiencing difficulties in breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, and an inability to wake up or stay awake. Do not wait until it is too late to be saved,” the mimistry said.

Some 529 patients with Covid-19 are currently hospitalised across the country, with 80 patients in intensive care units.

Thus far, 23 532 people have been fully vaccinated against the virus, while 117 632 people have received a first dose.

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:

Confirmed cases: 84 705
Active cases: 19 362
Recoveries: 63 932
Deaths: 1 400

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