COVID-19: Namibia records 1 372 new cases and 71 deaths

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Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Kalumbi Shangula has announced that Namibia on Thursday recorded 1 372 new COVID-19 cases and 71 deaths.

The deaths were reported in the Windhoek, Keetmanshoop, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Eenhana, Mariental, Otjiwarongo, Katima Mulilo and Onandjokwe districts.

The new cases had a gender distribution of 728 females and 644 males, ranging in age from two weeks to 101 years old.

Erongo recorded the highest number of cases at 248, followed by Khomas with 235, while Otjozondjupa recorded 199 cases and Omusati, 165 cases.

Kavango East recorded 118 cases, ||Kharas 104, Oshikoto 101, Ohangwena 59, Omaheke 43, Hardap 41, Oshana 25, Kunene 21, Zambezi nine and Kavango West, four cases.

“Among the confirmed cases are 186 learners, 25 teachers and 15 students. We are also reporting 36 health care workers from different health care facilities,” Shangula said.

The minister in addition reported 252 new recoveries. Active cases stood at 24 377 of which 582 people were hospitalised, with 113 patients in intensive care units.

By Thursday, a cumulative 128 298 first vaccine doses and 28 393 second doses had been administered.

“We continue to report more than 1 000 confirmed COVID-19 cases daily. It is alarming considering that transmission is widespread. We therefore urge all members of the public to desist from unnecessary travel, avoid attending gatherings such as funerals and weddings and to strictly observe the set COVID-19 regulations. Getting vaccinated is everyone’s responsibility,” Shangula said.

He added that the ministry is also concerned about the high number of patients who die at home and called on the public to present themselves to hospitals once they experience symptoms consistent with Covid-19.

Source: Namibia Press Agency