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 new cases.

Among the confirmed cases are 153 pupils, 37 students and 44 teachers from different schools.

Forty healthcare workers from different healthcare facilities also tested positive.

“Despite the closure of schools, the number of teachers and pupils persists to be high,” the ministry said.

Seven deaths occurred at Walvis Bay, four each at Windhoek, Katima Mulilo, Rundu, Swakopmund and Tsumeb, three at Onandjokwe, two at Okahao and one each at Nankudu, Engela and Omuthiya.

“None of those whose deaths were reported had been vaccinated,” the ministry said.

The ministry’s data indicates that the vaccination status of 11 people who died is unknown.

Thus far 24 862 people have been fully vaccinated against the virus, while 121 095 people have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The country’s hospitals currently have 563 Covid-19 patients admitted, with 102 in intensive care units.

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:

Confirmed cases: 91 208
Active cases: 21 861
Recoveries: 67 780
Deaths: 1 556

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