High Namibia Covid deaths ‘straining health system’

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Namibia is experiencing high numbers of new coronavirus infections and deaths.

In the past week, 91 people have died from Covid, according to government figures.

With a population of 2.5 million, Namibia is experiencing the second highest per person death rate on the continent after Tunisia, according to the Our World in Data website.

Last week, the Namibian newspaper reported that state-run hospitals were running out of oxygen.

“The health system is close to collapse,” Namibian infectious disease specialist Dr Gordon Cupido told the BBC’s Newsday programme.

He said hospital wards were swamped by cases and there is not enough room for all the patients.