by Arlana Shikongo

THE Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced a new one-day record of 55 deaths linked to Covid-19 in Namibia.

The deaths, announced in an update on Namibia’s Covid-19 pandemic situation on Thursday, were recorded between 14 and 23 June.

Of the 55 deaths, 52 people died at a health facility while three died at home.

“Among the deaths announced today is one maternal death and three home deaths. The importance of seeking early medical assistance cannot be overemphasised,” the ministry stated.

It also noted that none of the people who died had been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

A 70-year-old man with comorbidities who died on Tuesday had received a first vaccine dose. The vaccination status of four people who died was unknown.

The health ministry said it noted with disbelief claims by anti-vaccine lobbyists that many people were dying because of vaccination.

“When we announce the deaths, we always indicate the vaccination status of the deceased,” the ministry stated. “Today we have announced 55 deaths. None has been fully vaccinated. How can a person die of vaccination if he or she has not been vaccinated?

“We ask the anti-vaccine lobbyists to desist from misleading the nation.”

Of the 55 deaths announced, 15 are from Rehoboth, 11 from Swakopmund, five from Keetmanshoop, four from Mariental, three from Okahandja, two each from Windhoek, Omaruru, Rundu, Onandjokwe, Oshikuku and Okahao, and one each from Lüderitz, Usakos, Okakarara, Grootfontein and Katima Mulilo.

The ministry announced 1 390 newly confirmed coronavirus infections and 815 recoveries from the virus.

Out of the 3 653 Covid-19 test results received over the past 24 hours, the newly confirmed infections represent a 38% positivity rate, the ministry noted.

The age range is from three days to 79 years old.

The majority of new infections (561) are from Windhoek in the Khomas region, followed by the Hardap region with 143, of which 97 were recorded at Rehoboth and 37 at Mariental.

Other towns which recorded a high number of new infections include Rundu (89), Gobabis (75), Lüderitz (73), Swakopmund (65) and Oshakati (64).

The country’s hospitals now have 528 patients with Covid-19 admitted for treatment, with 94 patients in intensive care units (ICUs).

Thus far, 21 463 people have been fully inoculated against the virus in Namibia, while 110 597 people have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 78 723
Deaths: 1 279
Active cases: 15 407
Recoveries: 62 026.

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