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COVID-19 death spike continues

COVID-19 death spike continues

Niël Terblanché


AN employee of State House, Sakaria Iikela, who was in his 50s, is among the 24 people who were recorded as COVID-19 related deaths since the start of the week.


Alfredo Hengari, the Namibian Presidency’s Press Secretary, confirmed that Iikela passed away on Sunday.


He added that Iikela served as an administration officer in State House’s transport department up until his death.


The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, while providing the latest COVID-19 statistics reported the deaths of 16 more people on Monday.


Dr. Shangula said six of the deaths were recorded in Windhoek, four in Rehobth, two in Tsumeb and one each in Grootfontein, Otjiwarongo, Walvis Bay, Oshakati.


He added that the vaccination status of ten of the deceased person could not be confirmed while the remaining six were not vaccinated.


The 16 new fatalities ascribed to COVID-19 increased the cumulative death toll in Namibia to 936.


At the same time, 722 new cases were recorded in Namibia over the past 24 hours.


At 395, the Khomas Region accounted for 55% of the new cases while the Omaheke Region recorded 66 new cases.


He said that 64 new cases were recorded in the Karas Region, 47 in the Hardap Region, 33 each in the Oshana and Kavango East regions, 28 in the Erongo Region, 22 in the Ohangwena Region, 16 in the Omusati Region, seven in the Otjozondjupa Region, four each in the Oshikoto and Kunene regions while the Zambezi Region recorded three new cases.


The health minister also announced the recovery of 256 patients and added that the number of active cases increased to 6 221.


“Of the more than 6 000 active cases 324 have been hospitalized and of that number 64 patients are receiving critical care in the various intensive care units of hospitals across Namibia,” he said.


“Infections in Namibia are increasing and so is the number of people in need of critical care,” he said.


He again urged all Namibians to practice infection prevention and comply to control measures.


The health minister said people should get vaccinated, wear face masks, observe social distancing, frequently sanitize their hands, and avoid unnecessary travel and social gatherings.


The daily statistics provided by the health ministry showed that the vaccination campaign picked up some speed again after the weekend.


Dr. Shangula said that 78 397 people have now received the first dose of the vaccine and that 12 321 people have been fully vaccinated.


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