Tujoromajo Kasuto

Namibia’s Covid-19 death toll has reached an alarming 3000 and continues to grow at a gradual pace, with the country recording over 1500 deaths in July only.

Since the outbreak of the virus up to June 30, Namibia had recorded a total of 1521 deaths. The country has now exceeded the 3000 COVID-19 death mark, based on the latest figures from the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS), with a total of 3064 recorded deaths. With 1543 of them only in July.

On 14 July the highest number of deaths of 150 were recorded in one day in 21 districts. Most from Windhoek, Oshakati, Rundu, Swakopmund and Gobabis districts.

Meanwhile, yesterday 157 new Covid-19 confirmed cases from 1 075 results in the last 24 hours were recorded with seven deaths from three districts. Windhoek reported the highest number of deaths with four, followed by Tsandi with two and Nankudu with one. All seven reported deaths occurred in July.

Namibia’s cumulative confirmed Covid-19 cases currently stand at 119 442 with 20 148 active cases and 214 059 people have been administered with doses of both AstraZeneca and Sinopharm vaccines acquired through the Covax facility as donations. Consequently only 8.5 percent of the population has been inoculated, about 51.5 percent short of the targeted 60 percent the country needs to reach herd immunity for the country return to normalcy.

The country is expected to obtain 501,333 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Government procured 333 333 doses from the Africa Union Platform, to be delivered in a staggered fashion from August to December. The remaining 168 000 doses are donated to the country by the United States of America (USA) through the Covax Facility, and are expected in the country between July and September 2021.