News & Analysis: Namibia

Namibia: Hospitals Cancel Surgeries due to COVID-19 Surge

“The national state referral hospitals Windhoek Central Hospital and Katutura Intermediate Hospital will no longer perform any operations unless they are urgent, as the country continues to battle a third wave of COVID-19 infections.”

via The Namibian

Namibia: Three State House officials die of COVID-19

“Three statehouse employees have succumbed to COVID-19. This was confirmed by press secretary Alfredo Hengari on Wednesday morning.”

via The Namibian

Namibia’s president, first lady test positive for COVID-19

“Namibian President Hage Geingob and First Lady Monica Geingob have tested positive for COVID-19, the Namibian presidency said in a statement on Thursday. They were informed of their results on Wednesday evening.”

via News24

Windhoek faces COVID-19 ICU crisis

“The increasing hospitalization of people with COVID-19 has led to a shortage of beds in the intensive care units of Windhoek’s hospitals, especially private facilities.”

via The Namibian

Namibia: More than 800 ditch medical cover amid pandemic

“Purchasing power has diminished due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, some Namibians have decided to forego their medical cover in favour of other priorities.”

via The Namibian

Inequality warning: The pandemic’s impact on education

“Access to education has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Governments across southern Africa closed down educational institutions for the greater part of 2020. At the beginning of 2021, we are beginning to see some of the costs.”

via Daily Maverick

Namibia spent over $29 million on COVID-19 vaccines

“Namibia is to receive Johnson and Johnson, AstraZeneca and other vaccines through the global vaccine sharing scheme COVAX; it will also get vaccines donated by China.”

via CGTN

Namibia confirms presence of COVID-19 variant in genomic sequencing results

“The variant of concern, first identified in South Africa and known as 20H/501Y.V2 or B.1.351, was found in 16 out of 81 samples from ten regions in Namibia, which were isolated between October 2020 and February 2021.”

via CGTN

Namibia: Government to tighten COVID-19 rules

“President Hage Geingob is set to announce a new raft of regulations today to combat the spread of the coronavirus, but a lockdown is unlikely to be introduced. The pending presidential announcement today has left Namibians waiting to learn of the way forward in dealing with the country’s spiking COVID-19 cases.”

via The Namibian

Aspen to produce COVID-19 vaccine in Africa

“A deal struck by South Africa’s Aspen Pharmacare to manufacture COVID-19 vaccine in Port Elizabeth will bring technology transfer but may not increase the supply of vaccines to the continent.”

via African Business Magazine