by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced 1 656 new Covid-19 infections, 23 deaths related to the virus, and 711 new recoveries in Namibia on Saturday.

Out of the 3 609 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 five days to 96 years old.

Windhoek recorded 568 new infections, followed by Rundu with 151, Oshakati with 131, Keetmanshoop with 121, Karasburg and Gobabis with 102 each, Lüderitz with 84, and Opuwo with 62.

“Among the cases are 235 pupils, one teacher, and one student. Three healthcare workers from different healthcare facilities have [also] tested positive,” the ministry noted.

Furthermore, the ministry said of all the confirmed cases, two are reported to have received one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Regarding deaths, Swakopmund recorded the highest number with seven deaths in total, followed by Okakarara with six, Oshikuku with four, Lüderitz with three, Windhoek with two and Outapi with one death.

None of those who died were fully vaccinated, the ministry said.

Thus far, 26 168 people have been fully vaccinated against the virus, while 124 154 have received a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The country’s hospitals are currently accommodating 562 Covid-19 patients, with 106 patients in intensive care units.

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 95 703
Active cases: 23 660
Recoveries: 70 383
Deaths: 1 649

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