by Arlana Shikongo

Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula announced a one-day record of 45 deaths linked to Covid-19 in Namibia on Wednesday morning.

“This is the highest number ever announced in a single day,” Shangula stated. “However, the deaths did not occur within 24 hours. There has been delays in audit and verification of some of the deaths,” he noted.

Of the 45 deaths announced, 24 were recorded in Windhoek, five at Oshakati, four at Walvis Bay, three each at Swakopmund and Engela, two at Rundu, and one at Grootfontein, Otjiwarongo, Khorixas and Onandjokwe, respectively.

Shangula also announced 1 567 newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections in Namibia and 727 new recoveries from the virus.

Out of the 3 725 novel coronavirus test results received over the past 24 hours, the newly confirmed infections represent a 42% positivity rate, he noted.

The age range is from one month to 91 years old.

The majority of new infections (620) are from Windhoek , followed by the Erongo region with 247, of which Swakopmund recorded 152, Walvis Bay 86 and Usakos recorded eight.

Oshakati follows with the third highest number of new infections (119), followed by Gobabis with 111 and Otjiwarongo with 89.

The country’s hospitals now have 553 patients with Covid-19 admitted for treatment, with 96 patients in intensive care units (ICUs).

Thus far, 20 999 people have been fully inoculated against the virus, while 107 611 people have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Of the 45 deaths, 26 had not been vaccinated, one person had been vaccinated with a first dose and the vaccination status of the remaining 18 people is unknown.

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 77 333
Deaths: 1 224
Active cases: 14 887
Recoveries: 61 211

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