by Arlana Shikongo

COVID-19 CRISIS: The Ministry of Health and Social Services recorded 1 649 newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections in Namibia, 27 deaths linked to Covid-19 and 1 254 recoveries from the virus on Friday.

The age range of new infections is from four months to 96 years.

The Khomas region is still reporting most new infections, with 48% of the newly confirmed cases from Khomas, the health ministry stated in an announcement released on Saturday.

Windhoek recorded the highest number of new infections (785), followed by Swakopmund with 190 and Oshakati with 163.

Out of the 27 new deaths announced, nine were from Rehoboth, eight from Windhoek, three from Keetmanshoop, two from Walvis Bay and one each from Karasburg, Tsumeb, Engela, Katima Mulilo and Swakopmund.

The country’s hospitals now have 478 patients with Covid-19 admitted for treatment, with 81 patients in intensive care units (ICUs).

In the statement, health minister Kalumbi Shangula noted that close to 102 000 people have now received vaccinations against the novel coronavirus in Namibia, with long queues of people observed at vaccination sites during the past week.

“This is a good sign that many Namibians are now believing in the benefits of vaccination,” he remarked. “Those who are against vaccination will be put to shame. To us, the lives of Namibians are paramount. We shall forge ahead to protect them.”

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 71 761
Deaths: 1 134
Active cases: 11 646
Recoveries: 58 970.

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