Covid related death worrisome

31 July 2021 | Government

Namibia recorded 1 414 Covid-19 related deaths within 28 days.

“This is troubling. It is critical that we do everything in our power to reduce the alarming rate of deaths that we are experiencing,” president Hage Geingob emphasised in his 32nd Covid-19 public briefing on national response measures to the pandemic.

Geingob said there is some degree of relief due to the last 14-day observance period.

“Namibia witnessed a welcome respite. There has been a noticeable reduction in the positivity rate, from the high figure of more than 40% at the beginning of July, to an average of 28% in the last two weeks. The number of new infections have reduced, concomitant with a lower number of hospitalizations.”

However, the president cautioned that although the Incidence Curve has plateaued and started on a downward slope over the last 14 days, this is no cause for celebration.

“We are not out of the woods yet. The nature of this disease has forced us to adopt new ways of interaction and we must continue to adhere to the interventions that we have put in place.”

Geingob urged Namibians not to throw caution to the wind or abandon Health and Safety Protocols, which have been designed for their protection.

“That will be disastrous for our country. Let us not grow weary of doing what is right. Social and physical distancing, the wearing of face masks, safe hand hygiene and vaccination are the best and proven methods to defeat Covid-19. We must continue to marshal our resolve and resources towards total suppression of this virus in order to move towards a semblance of normalcy.”

The president said that more isolation and ICU beds are becoming available at state and private sector health facilities.

Cumulative infections now stand at 117 896 since the Index Case in March 2020. The national recovery rate stands at 80%, while the fatality rate stands at 2.5%.

There has also been a considerable reduction in new infections across all regions. However, there has been a notable rise in deaths in the Kavango West, Oshana, Omusati and Hardap regions.

Omaheke has the highest fatality rate at 6.5% - almost three times the national average of 2.5%.

“In this regard, we must maintain absolute vigilance as a means to reduce new infections and get more people vaccinated to prevent severe Covid-19 illness and death. We should continue adhering to the Public Health Regulations, by minimizing personal movement and travel, and very importantly, being vaccinated,” Geingob said.

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