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COVID-19 related deaths soar

COVID-19 related deaths soar

Niël Terblanché

SLIGHTLY less than half of the 72 COVID-19 related deaths that occurred in Namibia were recorded over the past eight days.
The Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Esther Muinjangue said Namibia recorded 31 COVID-19 related deaths over the past eight days.


“This gives us an average of about four deaths per day. The highest number of deaths is recorded in the age group 40-49 years followed by age group of 60-69 years,” she said.


Dr. Muinjangue said that 249 new cases were registered on Sunday. She also announced the death of three more people and the recovery of 112 patients.


COVID-19 related deaths soar Namibia recorded eight days
Pictured: Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Esther Muinjangue. Photo: File


She said the gender distribution of the new cases is 136 females and 113 males of which the youngest is a one-month-old baby and the oldest an 81-year-old pensioner.


At 206 Windhoek registered the majority of new cases while 12 new cases were registered in Eenhana, eight in Walvis Bay, four each in Otjiwarongo and Okahandja, three in Oshakati, two each in Onandjokwe, Keetmanshoop and Rehoboth and one each in Grootfontein, Swakopmund, Tsumeb, Lüderitz, Nankudu and Katima Mulilo.


She said that 85 of the 112 new recoveries are from the Erongo Region while 26 people from the Khomas and one from the Oshana regions were discharged and allowed to return to their homes.
According to Dr. Muinjangue, 58% of all tests for COVID-19 were done in August.


“From March 2020 to August 2020 a total of 60 065 samples were tested, of these, 33 804 were performed in August alone. Out of the 33 804 tests performed in August, a total of 5 236 were confirmed as COVID-19 positive, which represents 71% of the cumulative number of confirmed cases. Cumulatively, we have now have 7 365 confirmed cases,” she said.


Dr. Muinjangue added that 16 patients out of the 4 364 active cases are in a severe to critical clinical condition and added that they are in high care facilities in the Kohomas and Erongo regions.


She announced the deaths of a 52-year-old woman from Keetmanshoop, a 49-year-old man from Windhoek, and that of a 59-year-old man from South Africa that passed away in a Windhoek hospital.


On Saturday the deputy Health Minister announced the deaths of four patients. Among them was a three-month-old baby boy from Windhoek.


The three remaining fatalities announced on Saturday are that of a 54-year-old, a 30-year-old man, and a 35-year-old woman. Al the patients passed away in Windhoek.


Dr. Muinjangue conveyed her condolences to bereaved families of the departed.


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