by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced 71 deaths linked to the coronavirus in Namibia on Monday, 1 176 new infections, and 329 new recoveries.

Windhoek recorded the highest number of deaths (24), followed by Rundu with 19, Gobabis with 10, Katima Mulilo with four, Swakopmund and Onandjokwe with three deaths each, Nyangana, Okahao and Outapi with two each, and Okahandja and Tsandi with one each.

Of these deaths, only one person has received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The rest have not been vaccinated, or their vaccination status could not be established, the ministry said.

The Erongo region reported the highest number of cases (208), accounting for approximately 18% of the newly confirmed cases.

Of these, 103 are at Swakopmund, 94 at Walvis Bay, 10 at Usakos and one at Omaruru.

This is followed by the Omusati region, with 169 new cases.

Other towns with a high number of new cases are Rundu (150), Oshakati (117), Windhoek (93), Katima Mulilo (71), Grootfontein (54) and Eenhana (53).

“Among the confirmed cases are 108 pupils, 20 teachers, and 30 students from different institutions. We are also reporting 35 healthcare workers from different healthcare facilities, five inmates, eight employees from the fishing industry and three from the mining industry,” the ministry said.

The ages of newly infected people range from four months to 97 years old.

Of all the confirmed cases, 31 reported to have received one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, of which seven are fully vaccinated, the ministry said.

The country’s hospitals on Monday had 552 Covid-19 patients hospitalised, with 102 in intensive care units.

Thus far, 30 964 people have been fully vaccinated against the virus, while 131 677 people have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 108 055
Active cases: 27 046
Recoveries: 78 908
Deaths: 2 090

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