MORE than 1 200 people received certification declaring them recovered from COVID-19 and caused the number of active cases to reduce significantly.
The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula said that 1 269 people were declared recovered. At the same time, he said that the health officials are now managing 20 992 active cases.
“Of that number, 555 people have been hospitalized and 119 are receiving critical care in the various intensive care units of hospitals across Namibia.
The health minister also announced that the number f people that received positive COVID-19 test results are on the increase again.
He said 27% of the test subjects or 784 people from a specimen batch of 2 908 tested positive for infection with SARS-CoV2.
According to Dr. Shangula, 123 people from the Oshana Region, 108 from the Erongo Region, 92 from the Oshikoto Region, 76 from the Khomas Region, 63 from the Otjozondjupa Region, 59 from the Ohangwena Region, 54 from the Kavango East Region, 52 from the Karas Region, 49 from the Omusati Region, 45 from the Zambezi Region, 30 from the Omaheke Region, 12 from the Kunene Region, 11 from the Hardap Region, and ten from the Kavango West Region were registered as positive cases from Thursday to Friday.
The health minister also announced the deaths of 46 people and said that nine of the fatalities occurred in the Oshakati health district, six each in the health districts of Windhoek and Mariental, four deaths each in the health districts of Luderitz and Keetmanshoop, three each in the health districts of Swakopmund and Katima Mulilo, two each in the health districts of Otjiwarongo, Tsumeb and Rundu, and one each in the health districts of Engela, Tsandi, Okongo, Grootfontein, and Walvis Bay.
He said that eight of the fatalities occurred at the homes of the deceased persons while a truck driver passed away in the sleeping cabin of his vehicle while he was parked in Luderitz.
Dr. Shangula indicated that 147 460 people have received the first dose of the vaccine while the number of fully vaccinated people increased to 43 825.
The health ministry also announced that the vaccination points in Windhoek will also be operating on Saturdays in order to assist more people to get the inoculation against COVID-19.