by Charmaine Ngatjiheue
Another four people diagnosed with the novel coronavirus in Namibia have died, bringing the country’s Covid-19 death toll to 46.
The country has also recorded 311 newly confirmed coronavirus infections since Friday, deputy health minister Esther Muinjangue announced on Saturday.
Two of the deaths are from Walvis Bay, one is from Swakopmund and one from Eenhana.
The Eenhana case is that of a 49-year-old woman who had no pre-existing conditions.
The Swakopmund case is that of a 60-year-old woman with pre-existing health conditions.
The deaths from Walvis Bay are those of a 74-year-old woman and a 37-year-old man who both had underlying conditions.
Out of the 311 newly confirmed coronavirus infections, 19 are healthcare workers, with 16 being from Windhoek, Muinjangue said.
Windhoek reported the highest number of new infections with 171, and 67 were recorded at Walvis Bay, 19 at Swakopmund, nine at Onandjokwe and also nine at Engela, six at Keetmanshoop, five at Rundu, four at Oshakati and also at Tsumeb and Grootfontein, two at Oshikuku and also at Okahandja and Mariental, and one each at Eenhana, Omuthiya, Katima Mulilo, Otjiwarongo, Okakarara, Gobabis and Rehoboth.
Muinjangue said 11 people diagnosed with Covid-19 are in a severe condition while four are in a critical condition, in the Khomas and Erongo regions.
Meanwhile, three people diagnosed with the virus at Katima Mulilo have recovered.
The country now has 5 538 confirmed coronavirus cases, 46 deaths linked to Covid-19, 2 460 recoveries from the virus and 3 032 active cases.