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Vaccination target group adjusted, 22 deaths reported

Vaccination target group adjusted, 22 deaths reported

Staff Reporter

IN the latest Covid-19 reporting cycle, 22 deaths from seven districts were reported and none of the deceased were vaccinated.

The target group for vaccination for 18 years and above has been adjusted from 1 501 041 to 1 471 973, based on the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) population census 2021 median level estimates.

A three-day-old baby is among the latest new cases.

This was announced by the Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Kalumbi Shangula, in the daily Covid-19 national status update.

From 1 815 results, 346 new cases were reported which represents a 19.1% positivity ratio. Of these, 321 are new cases and 25 are re-infections. The ages range from three days to 109 years.

Erongo recorded the highest number(72) of which 11 are re-infections, constituting 20.8% of the total cases, followed by Khomas with 68 which seven are re-infections, accounting for 19.7%.

Among the confirmed cases are 30 learners, 11 healthcare workers, two students and one teacher.

Seven cases have received one dose of the vaccine, 32 fully vaccinated of which two have received a booster dose, and six of the vaccinated cases did not specify the number of doses received.

Of the total confirmed cases, 301 are not vaccinated, accounting for 87.0%.

“We are reporting 130 new recoveries from seven regions,” the Minister said.

“The active cases stand at 10 612 and 314 are hospitalized. Six have received one dose of the vaccine, 29 are fully vaccinated, while 279 are not vaccinated, constituting 88.6% of all hospitalized cases. There are 26 cases in ICUs, of which one is fully vaccinated and 25 are not vaccinated, representing 96.2% of all cases in ICUs,” Dr Shangula said.

Of the 22 deaths reported, five cases from Oshikuku died at home.

By 12 January, 348 860 adults have completed their vaccination, translating to 23.7% of the target population, while 8 816 people have received a booster dose.

Dr Shangula said vaccines reduce the chances of an infected person developing severe Covid-19 outcomes such as hospitalization and death.

“Let us be proactive in protecting our lives and the lives of those around us. A healthy nation is a productive nation. Do not procrastinate. Get vaccinated now!”

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