by Arlana Shikongo
THE Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced 1 944 new Covid-19 infections in Namibia on Sunday, 45 deaths linked to the virus, and 968 new recoveries.
Out of the 4 220 Covid-19 test results received over the past 24 hours, the new infections represent a 46% positivity ratio, the ministry said.
Windhoek recorded 299 new cases, but towns in the Erongo and Otjozondjupa regions cumulatively recorded a higher number of infections.
The Erongo region recorded 315 new infections, of which 174 were at Swakopmund, 111 at Walvis Bay and 30 at Usakos.
The Otjozondjupa region recorded 305 new infections, of which 207 were at Okahandja, 69 at Okakarara, 28 at Otjiwarongo and one at Grootfontein.
Other towns recording a high number of infections include Rundu (204), Oshakati (191) and Rehoboth (150).
The age range is from two months to 92 years old.
“Among the confirmed cases are 317 pupils and 91 teachers from different schools, 55 students from institutions of higher learning, and 44 healthcare workers,” the ministry noted.
Furthermore, the ministry said of all the confirmed cases only 42, which represent 2%, is reported to have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, while none have been fully vaccinated.
Gobabis once again recorded the highest number of deaths at 24.
This is followed by Windhoek with seven deaths, five at Swakopmund, four at Okahandja, two at Otjiwarongo, and one each at Grootfontein, Omaruru and Katima Mulilo.
The country’s hospitals now have 555 Covid-19 patients, with 81 patients in intensive care units.
Thus far, 23 541 people have been fully vaccinated against the virus, while 117 668 people have received a first dose.
Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 86 649
Active cases: 20 293
Recoveries: 64 900
Deaths: 1 445