Covid-19 cases still increasing

1608 active cases

25 July 2020 | Health

The minister of health and social services Dr Kalumbi Shangula announced another 69 new Covid-19 positive cases toady.

The minister explained that 50 of the newly reported cases are from Walvis Bay with five from Swakopmund, five from Windhoek, three from Keetmanshoop, two from Oshakati, one from Onandjokwe, one from Opuwo and one from Katima Mulilo.

One case still needs to be accounted for. The ministry explained they are verifying the numbers.

The minister also reported that a total of 786 results were received over the past 24 hours of which 68 were positive and the rest were negative.

Of these patients 36 are males, 33 are females and their ages range from 7 months to 58 years.

The cases reported from Keetmanshoop involves cross border truck drivers who came from South Africa. One is a Namibian and the other is a South African national.

The cases in Windhoek involves a 21 year old who travelled from Walvis Bay and another who is a staff member at Windhoek Central Hospital.

“The 21 year old travelled from Walvis Bay on 21 July 2020 via public transport. She has been in quarantine since the 22 July 2020. A 56-year old female and a staff member at Windhoek Central Hospital was in contact with colleagues who were in contact with confirmed cases. She was last at work on 20 July 2020. She displayed symptoms consistent with Covid-19 which have since resolved. We are still following up on the other cases in Windhoek,” said the minister.

Shangula further explained that the cases in Oshakati and Katima Mulilo are contacts of confirmed cases in the same region and had been in quarantine.

“The case from Onandjokwe is a male (34), who went to the hospital and requested to be tested as he needed to return back to work in Walvis Bay. He left Walvis Bay in May 2020, had been in the north and did not display any Covid-19 related symptoms.”

The case in Opuwo involves a female (27) who visited the Opuwo clinic when she brought her baby for treatment on 20 July 2020.

“She was tested randomly as part of active case search. She has no travel history and no Covid-19 related symptoms.”

The minster also elaborated on the ten cases reported in Windhoek on Friday.

“Four are people in quarantine who recently travelled from abroad, one is caretaker at a quarantine facility who was also quarantined. Four are staff members at Windhoek Central hospital and one is a patient in a local private hospital with no travel history and no known contact to a confirmed case.”

The status of Covid-19 in Namibia is as follow:
Cumulative confirmed cases - 1 687
Newly confirmed - 69
Recoveries - 72
Active cases - 1 608
Deaths - 7
Total samples tested - 20 887
Active contacts - 2 520
Cumulative number of people quarantined - 4 959
Number of quarantined people discharged - 4 321
Number of people in quarantine - 638

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