COVID-19 CRISIS …

by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced that 1 435 newly confirmed coronavirus infections were recorded in Namibia on Monday, as well as 28 deaths linked to Covid-19 and 745 new recoveries from the coronavirus.

Out of 3 939 Covid-19 test results received over a 24-hour period to Monday, the newly confirmed infections represent a 36% positivity rate, the ministry noted.

The Oshana region had the highest number of new infections, with 258 infections recorded at Oshakati, followed by the Erongo region with 255, of which 93 were from Swakopmund, 80 from Omaruru and 65 from Walvis Bay.

Other towns which recorded a relatively high number of new infections include Windhoek with 228, Otjiwarongo with 111, Rundu with 92 and Gobabis with 89.

The age range of new infections is from one month to 95 years old.

Among the newly confirmed cases are 216 school pupils, 28 teachers, 17 students and also 50 healthcare workers, of whom 37 are from the Oshakati district, the ministry stated.

Windhoek recorded the highest number of deaths with 18 deaths in total, followed by Swakopmund with three deaths, Opuwo and Katima Mulilo with two deaths each, and Rehoboth, Onandjokwe and Okakarara with one death each.

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

The country’s hospitals on Monday had 506 patients with Covid-19 admitted for treatment, with 103 patients in intensive care units (ICUs).

Thus far, 26 325 people have been fully inoculated against the novel coronavirus in Namibia, while 124 586 people have received a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 98 522
Deaths: 1 690
Active cases: 25 303
Recoveries: 71 518

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