Namibia reports record number of daily COVID-19 deaths

People wait for COVID-19 testing at a mobile facility in Windhoek, capital of Namibia, Aug. 24, 2020. (Xinhua/Jacobina Mouton)

Namibia on Wednesday recorded its highest daily number of COVID-19 deaths after the Ministry of Health and Social Services reported 45 fatalities taking the nationwide death toll to 1,224.

The ministry, however, pointed out that the deaths did not occur within 24 hours and there had been delays in the auditing and verification of some of the deaths.

FILE PHOTO: People wait for COVID-19 testing at a mobile facility in Windhoek, capital of Namibia. (Xinhua/Jacobina Mouton)

Meanwhile, 1,567 new cases were reported taking the total to 77,333. With the new cases being reported from 3,725 samples, the nation’s positivity rate remained at 42 percent for a second consecutive day.

Namibian President Hage Geingob had suggested that the current winter season may be a factor in fueling the spread of the virus during this third wave.

53 health workers and 284 students were among those who tested positive as all 14 regions reported confirmed cases. Additionally, 33 people (two percent) who tested positive for COVID-19 had been recorded as having received a first dose of vaccine.

A regional official for Hardap, which has one of the highest COVID-19 infection numbers, noted that the infection rates among health workers was posing a serious challenge by affecting the number of staff who are available to help.

The number of recoveries in the country rose by 727 to stand at 61,211.

Regional authorities in the country have taken up various measures to cope with the pressures of the pandemic.

They have also appealed to the public to exercise extra caution and strictly adhere to the health regulations to avoid the spread of the virus.

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