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One per cent of Namibia’s population infected with COVID-19: WHO

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Namibia recorded a total of 33 696 COVID-19 cases by 28 January 2021 representing one per cent of the population, the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Namibia has indicated.In a report issued on Monday, WHO said more male cases of 17 006 were record…

Namibia recorded a total of 33 696 COVID-19 cases by 28 January 2021 representing one per cent of the population, the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Namibia has indicated.

In a report issued on Monday, WHO said more male cases of 17 006 were recorded compared to the female cases of 16 690.

Meanwhile to date, 1 606 health workers have tested positive for COVID-19 representing five per cent of the total cases. WHO reported that 1 232 health workers were from State hospitals, 370 from private hospitals and four from non-governmental organisations.

Six health workers died of COVID-19 so far, it said.

“Of the total 342 fatalities in the country, 280 are COVID-19 deaths while 62 are COVID-19 related deaths,” the statement showed.

It also indicated that of the total confirmed cases, 23 146 representing 69 per cent are aged 20 to 49 years while 4 040, which represents 12 per cent, are ages of five to 19. Under-five years old are 785 - equivalent to two per cent.

The report further stated that 31 652 people recovered, representing a 98 per cent recovery rate.

To date, 260 458 tests including 11 224 re-tests have been conducted by the Namibia Institute of Pathology (NIP), University of Namibia (UNAM), Namib Poultry, PathCare and Namdeb laboratories.

“Mechanisms are underway on how to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine nationwide once it is made available. Public awareness on COVID-19 prevention measures is ongoing,” the international health agency said.

Source: Nampa