by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced 1 178 new coronavirus infections, 40 deaths related to the virus and 962 recoveries in Namibia on Friday.

Out of the 3 214 Covid-19 test results received over 24 hours, the newly confirmed infections represent a 37% positivity ratio, the ministry noted.

The age range is from six months to 86-years-old.

The Erongo region reported the highest number of new infections (333), accounting for 28% of the new cases.

Of these, 192 are from Swakopmund, 131 from Walvis Bay, six from Usakos, and four from Omaruru. This is followed by Khomas region (Windhoek) with 235 new infections, Katima Mulilo with 108 and Oshana with 89.

“Among the confirmed cases are 176 pupils, 32 teachers and 25 students from different schools. We are have 28 health care workers from different health care facilities who have tested positive for Covid-19,” the ministry said.

Okahandja district recorded the highest number of deaths (11), followed by Rehoboth with 10, Swakopmund (eight), Rundu (four), Mariental (three), Engela with two and Windhoek and Tsandi with one death each.

“None of those who died were vaccinated,” the ministry added.

Thus far, 25 793 people have been fully inoculated against the virus, while 123 439 people have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The country’s hospitals now have 546 Covid-19 patients admitted for treatment, with 104 in intensive care units (ICUs).

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases:  94 047
Active cases: 22 738
Recoveries: 69 672
Deaths: 1 626

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