by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced that 52 deaths linked to Covid-19 were recorded in Namibia on Tuesday, together with 1 286 newly confirmed coronavirus infections and 3 754 recoveries from the virus.

The Khomas and Erongo regions recorded the highest number of new infections with 209 new cases in Khomas and 202 new cases in Erongo.

Towns which also recorded a high number of new infections are Engela (116), Katima Mulilo (110), Tsumeb (76), Grootfontein (66) and Lüderitz (64).

The age range of new infections is from one month to 104 years old.

The newly confirmed cases include 235 school pupils, 39 teachers, 30 healthcare workers, 11 prison inmates and 48 employees from the fishing industry, the ministry said.

The ministry pointed out that the people whose deaths linked to Covid-19 were announced on Tuesday did not all die in the previous day. “Twenty-six of them died in June and the rest in July,” the ministry noted.

Windhoek recorded the highest number of deaths with 29 in total, followed by Swakopmund and Rundu with six deaths each, Okahandja and Walvis Bay with three deaths each, Rehoboth and Katima Mulilo with two deaths each and Grootfontein with one death

Only one of the people who died had been vaccinated, with a first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, the ministry said.

The country’s hospitals on Tuesday had 559 patients with Covid-19 admitted for treatment, with 106 patients in intensive care units (ICUs).

Thus far, 26 937 people have been fully inoculated against the novel coronavirus, while 125 970 people have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 99 808
Deaths: 1 742
Active cases: 22 783
Recoveries: 75 272

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