by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced 1 661 new coronavirus infections, 30 deaths related to the virus and 939 recoveries in Namibia on Thursday.

Out of the 3 626 Covid-19 test results received over 24 hours, the newly confirmed infections represent a 46% positivity ratio, the ministry noted.

The age range is from 26 days to 100 years old.Windhoek reported the most new infections (556), accounting for 34% of the newly confirmed cases.

This was followed by the Hardap region with 206 new infections, of which 132 are from Mariental, 73 are from Rehoboth and one from Aranos.

Erongo region recorded 185 new infections (88 from Walvis Bay, 76 from Swakopmund, 14 from Usakos and seven from Omaruru), followed by Otjozondjupa region with 145 new infections (59 from Otjiwarongo, 42 from Okakarara, 39 from Okahandja and five from Grootfontein), Kavango East region with 138 new infections (127 from Rundu and 11 from Andara) and Oshana region with 99 (all from Oshakati).

“Among the confirmed cases are 193 pupils, 38 teachers and 17 students all from different institutions. We also have 38 health care workers from different health care facilities,” the ministry noted.

Windhoek and Swakopmund recorded the highest number of deaths, with nine each. Okahandja and Tsumeb reported three deaths each, Rundu and Opuwo reported two deaths each, and Onandjokwe and Walvis Bay reported one death each.

“All deaths reported occurred at health facilities and none of the deaths were vaccinated,” the ministry said.

Thus far, 25 422 people have been fully inoculated against the virus, while 122 381 people have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The country’s hospitals now have 531 Covid-19 patients admitted for treatment, with 88 in intensive care units (ICUs).

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases:  92 869
Active cases: 22 564
Recoveries: 68 710
Deaths: 1 586

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