by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced 1 364 new Covid-19 infections in Namibia on Tuesday, 54 deaths linked to the virus, and 433 new recoveries.

Out of the 3 166 Covid-19 test results received over the past 24 hours, the newly confirmed infections represent a 43% positivity ratio, the ministry said.

The Khomas region (Windhoek) recorded 382 new infections, which is among the lowest number of cases reported in a day over recent weeks in the region.

This is followed by the Erongo region with 268 new cases, of which 135 were at Walvis Bay, 130 at Swakopmund, two at Omaruru and one at Usakos.

Other towns which recorded a relatively high number of new infections include Oshakati with 125, and Outapi with 116.

The age of newly infected people ranges from four months to 95 years old.

“Among the confirmed cases are 219 pupils, 32 students, and 23 teachers from different schools. We are also reporting 20 healthcare workers who have contracted the virus,” the ministry said.

Windhoek recorded the highest number of deaths at 25, followed by Swakopmund with seven, Onandjokwe with five, Katima Mulilo with four, Outapi and Opuwo with two each and Omuthiya, Tsumeb, Khorixas, Walvis Bay, Gobabis and Okahandja with one each.

Only two of the deceased have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, while the vaccination status of 11 was unknown.

The country’s hospitals on Tuesday had 531 Covid-19 patients, with 91 patients in intensive care units.

Thus far, 24 242 people have been fully vaccinated against the virus, while 119 571 people have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 89 917
Active cases: 21 055
Recoveries: 67 330
Deaths: 1 521

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