by Arlana Shikongo

THE Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced that a record 2 547 newly confirmed coronavirus infections were recorded in Namibia yesterday.

“We have recorded the highest number ever of new Covid-19 positive cases. This is a matter of grave concern,” health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said in a statement released on Friday.

“There is active transmission taking place in the community on a massive scale when half of the sample tested turns out positive,” Shangula remarked.

“It is even worse in Khomas where six out of ten people tested are positive. The result of this situation is the overwhelming of health facilities.”

Windhoek reported more than half of the newly confirmed cases, with the 1 493 new infections recorded in the city accounting for 59% of the country’s newly confirmed cases.

Out of 5 349 Covid-19 test results received over the past 24 hours, the newly confirmed infections represent a 48% positivity rate, the health ministry noted.

The age range is from three days to 91 years old.

The ministry also announced 26 deaths linked to Covid-19, from nine districts. Ten were from Windhoek, three each from Okahandja, Mariental and Tsumeb, two from Grootfontein and also from Okakarara, and one each from Swakopmund, Keetmanshoop and Omaruru.

“None of the deceased persons has been vaccinated,” Shangula stated. “It follows therefore that the deaths are not caused by vaccination as is being claimed by anti-vaccination lobbyists.”

The vaccination status of two people who died is reflected as unknown.

The country’s hospitals now have 537 patients with Covid-19 admitted for treatment, with 91 patients in intensive care units (ICUs).

Thus far, 22 285 people have been fully inoculated against the virus, while 112 773 people have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The ministry announced 234 new recoveries, which is ten times less than the number of new infections.

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 81 270
Deaths: 1 305
Active cases: 17 694
Recoveries: 62 260.

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