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Public urged to seek early medical care

Public urged to seek early medical care

Ashley Nyambe

TWENTY Covid-19 deaths were recorded in the last 24-hour reporting cycle and nine of the deaths occurred at home, Health Minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula announced in the national update, urging people to seek early medical care.

“The high number of deaths is attributed to people lying sick at home and eventually succumbing to the disease without medical care,” the Minister said.

“In addition, we have a delayed health-seeking behaviour. By the time the patient arrives at the hospital, it is too late to save him or her. Seek early medical care,” Dr Shangula urged.

In the latest cycle, 151 positive cases of which 141 are new infections and 10 are re-infections were reported. This was recorded from 1 737 test results and represents an 8,9% positivity ratio.

Of the 151 cases, 134 are unvaccinated.

Among the confirmed cases are 31 learners from different schools, five teachers, two students and two healthcare workers. The youngest is a five-month-old baby and the oldest is 109.

The Otjozondjupa region recorded the highest number of new cases (17), followed by the Oshikoto region (15). This accounts for 12% and 10% of the new cases respectively.

In total there are 9 403 active cases in the country, of which 260 are hospitalised across all regions while 22 are in Intensive Care Units (ICUs). None of the ICU patients have been vaccinated and 237 of the other hospitalised cases are also unvaccinated.

By 18 January 2022, a total of 412 571 adults and 3 016 children (aged 12 to 17) have received one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and 352 635 adults and 645 children (aged 12 to 17) have been fully vaccinated. The cumulative number of people that are fully vaccinated is 353 280, translating to 19,9% of the target population.

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