by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced that 1 384 newly confirmed coronavirus infections were recorded in Namibia on Sunday, together with 13 deaths linked to Covid-19 and 390 new recoveries from the coronavirus.

Out of the 2 840 Covid-19 test results received over a 24-hour period up to Sunday, the newly confirmed infections represent a 49% positivity ratio, the ministry noted.

The Khomas region (Windhoek) recorded 268 new infections, followed by the Erongo region with 252, of which 156 are from Walvis Bay, 69 from Swakopmund, 16 from Usakos and 11 from Omaruru.

Other towns which recorded a relatively high number of new infections include Oshakati with 166, Rundu with 142, Otjiwarongo with 97 and Eenhana with 94.

The age range of new infections is from nine days to 94 years old.

“Among the confirmed cases are 192 pupils, 28 teachers and eight students. Twenty-two healthcare workers from different healthcare facilities [also] tested positive,” the ministry stated.

Katima Mulilo recorded the highest number of deaths with six in total, followed by Windhoek with four deaths, Swakopmund with two deaths, and Tsandi district with one death.

None of the people who died was vaccinated, the ministry added.

The country’s hospitals on Sunday had 560 patients with Covid-19 admitted for treatment, with 106 patients in intensive care units (ICUs).

Thus far, 26 171 people have been fully inoculated against the virus, while 124 192 people have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 97 087
Deaths: 1 662
Active cases: 24 641
Recoveries: 70 773

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