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COVID death toll increasing sharply

COVID death toll increasing sharply

Niël Terblanché


THE cumulative death ascribed to COVID-19 in Namibia has increased significantly after six more fatalities were registered.


This means that since last Sunday, 14 people have died as a result of being infected with SARS-CoV2.


The death toll currently stands at 177.


The Minister of Health and social services announced the death of six more people and added that 277 people had positive test results from a specimen batch of 903.


He said although the latest number is low compared to numbers of the past week, the positivity ratio of 30.6% is extremely high.


According to Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, all six of the fatalities occurred while the patients were hospitalised.


An 83-year-old woman, a 77-year-old woman, a 59-year-old man, and a 42-year-old man all passed away while admitted to a hospital in Windhoek.


The other fatalities are that of an 82-year-old man from Outjo and a 77-year-old man from Walvis Bay.


With regard to the new cases m, the health minister said 96 were registered in Windhoek, 39 in Swakopmund, 25 in Walvis Bay, 24 in Omaruru, 18 in Oshakati, 12 in Rehoboth, nine in Opuwo, eight each in Lüderitz, Omuthiya, and Engela, six each in Karasburg and Otjiwarongo, five in Gobabis, four in Okahandja, three in Onandjokwe, two each in Keetmanshoop and Outapi, while one person each in Usakos and Rundu had positive test results.


The gender distribution of the new cases is 154 women and 123 men, of which the youngest patient is a seven-month-old baby and the oldest is 78-year-old pensioner.


“We are receiving reports of members of the public who are violating the set COVID-19 regulations deliberately. We strongly condemn this attitude of laxity and advise the general public that the security forces have been deployed to ensure compliance. As the President indicated in his last COVID-19 briefing, stricter lockdown measures will be imposed once we observe an unprecedented increase in positive cases as a result of people failing to comply with the set prevention measures and regulations. This is not a route we would like to take. We therefore call on the public not to make this proposition unavoidable,” Dr. Shangula warned.


The health minister also announced the recovery of 118 patients.


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