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

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

Nobel laureate Stiglitz calls for further debt restructuring

“Now that it’s lasted a year, a standstill is not enough. What needs to be done with debt is comprehensive and quick restructuring. We don’t want to fall into the trap of doing too little too late.”

via The Namibian

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

Namibia pays N$29m for vaccine

“Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula says Namibia has settled the 15%, or roughly N$29 million, meant to show its commitment to accessing the novel coronavirus vaccine through the Covax facility. With the vaccine, the country targets 20% of the population, which are mainly healthcare workers and vulnerable Namibians.”

via The Namibian

Namibia: Gov’t in deeper debt ditch

“The review was not an additional or new budget, but a reconsideration of spending priorities and a reallocation of funds to speak to current needs following the tabling of the government’s budget for the 2020/21 financial year in May. Shiimi said the N$72,8-billion budget as presented in May was tabled amid extreme uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic and when its full effect on the economy and public finances was still unknown.”

via The Namibian

Virus infections pass 11,000 mark (Namibia)

“Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula announced 115 new confirmed coronavirus infections, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the country to 11,033. The country also recorded 27 more recoveries of people who had contracted the virus, he announced.”

via The Namibian

Namibia’s borders open, conditional to neighbours

“As the six-month long COVID-19 state of emergency lapses, Namibia’s borders are once again open but travel might still be limited as some other countries remain locked down.”

via The Namibian