At least eight schools in central Namibia have been closed due a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases, Namibian media reported on Tuesday.
According to a report from local newspaper Informanté, Executive director of the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture Sanet Steenkamp said the number of closed schools was expected to rise in coming days to control the further spread of the coronavirus.
Steenkamp said that in the past 10 days about 165 teachers had tested positive and were sent home to isolate themselves. Many pupils have also been infected with Covid-19, forcing many schools in the Khomas Region alone to go into complete lockdown.
It was not clear whether face-to-face classes in all Namibian schools will be suspended.
Daily newspaper The Namibian reported that the government was facing a critical shortage of lifesaving oxygen at state hospitals due to the collapse of the oxygen-generating systems at health facilities countrywide.
According to the daily, the problem started last year with the spread of Covid-19, but the situation has gone from bad to worse in recent weeks, coinciding with a spike in Covid-19-related deaths among patients at state facilities.
The oxygen shortage has affected most public health-care facilities.
Namibia recorded the highest number of daily Covid-19 cases at 717 on June 3.
The country has registered 59,092 cases, 920 deaths and 52,390 recoveries and has administered 87,457 vaccine doses.
(With input from agencies)