by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced another 70 deaths linked to Covid-19 in Namibia, 1 193 newly confirmed coronavirus infections and 3 578 new recoveries from the virus.

According to the ministry, 36 of the deaths recorded on Wednesday occurred in June.

“The late announcement of these deaths was occasioned by late audit and verification. The ministry has recruited few staff to reinforce the audit and verification team,” the ministry noted.

Windhoek recorded the highest number of deaths with 26 deaths, followed by Rundu with 12 deaths, Tsumeb with eight, Grootfontein and Oshikuku with five deaths each, Oshakati with four deaths, Swakopmund with three deaths, Walvis Bay and Okakarara with two deaths each, and Okahandja, Outapi, and Outjo with one death each.

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

The Khomas region (Windhoek) recorded the highest number of new infections with 254 new cases reported.

This is followed by the Erongo region with 230 new cases, of which Swakopmund recorded 96 and Walvis Bay recorded 95.

Other towns which recorded a high number of new infections include Oshakati (228), Outapi (71), Grootfontein (60), Omuthiya (55), Otjiwarongo (45) and Nankudu (44).

The age range of new infections is from three days to 88 years old.

Among the newly confirmed infections are 125 pupils from different schools, 12 teachers and seven students. Seven healthcare workers also tested positive to Covid-19, the ministry stated.

Of all the newly confirmed cases, 14 are reported to have received the Covid-19 vaccine and three of these were fully vaccinated, the ministry noted.

The country’s hospitals on Wednesday had 554 patients with Covid-19 admitted for treatment, with 105 patients in intensive care units (ICUs).

Thus far, 27 539 people have been fully inoculated against the virus, while 127 220 people have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 101 001
Deaths: 1 812
Active cases: 23 328
Recoveries: 75 850

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