by Okeri Ngutjinazo

THE country has recorded another six deaths related to Covid-19.

Namibia has also reported 142 newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections and 52 new recoveries from the virus.

This was announced by the minister of health and social services, Kalumbi Shangula, on Tuesday afternoon.

Shangula said two of the six people who died after contracting the coronavirus are male and four are female, with their ages ranging from 43 to 88 years. Three of the people died at Rehoboth, two in Windhoek and one – an 88-year-old man – at Walvis Bay.

The minister said 94 of the newly confirmed coronavirus infections were recorded in Windhoek, with 10 at Walvis Bay, seven each at Grootfontein and Rehoboth, four each at Rundu, Otjiwarongo and Keetmanshoop, two each at Nankudu in the Kavango West region, Katima Mulilo, Okahandja and Gobabis, and one each at Swakopmund, Omuthiya, Lüderitz and Karasburg.

The youngest person among the new cases is six years old, while the oldest is 74.

Of the new cases reported, 67 (47%) were in contact with previously confirmed cases.

“As of 1 September, we record cumulatively a total number of 10 229 people who were admitted in quarantine facilities of which 8 498 were discharged while 1 731 are still in quarantine,” Shangula said.

He further noted that during August, the number of people in quarantine facilities increased drastically from 6 539 to 10 229 – an increase of 3 690 within one month – while the number of confirmed coronavirus infections grew by 5 467.

Among a sample of 3 218 people in quarantine who were tested, 112 (3,5%) tested positive, Shangula said. “Quarantining contacts of cases plays an essential role in preventing the spread of Covid-19 among populations,” he said.

Shangula also announced that another 52 people who had contracted the virus have now recovered. Twenty-four of them are from Khomas, 18 from Hardap and 10 from Ohangwena.

Namibia now has a total of 4 232 active Covid-19 cases. Of the active cases, 29 people are in a severe to critically sick condition.

The country recorded a total of 7 692 confirmed novel coronavirus infections, 81 deaths and 3 379 recoveries.

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