Another Covid-19 death, 150 new cases

2 211 active cases

07 August 2020 | Health

One death, a record number of 150 new positive Covid-19 cases, and 12 new recoveries (seven from Walvis Bay and five from Windhoek) were announced by the minister of health and social services Dr. Kalumbi Shangula today.

“The patient that passed away was a female (84) who had multiple known co-morbidities. She was admitted to a local hospital in Windhoek for a surgical condition. She also presented with symptoms consistent with Covid-19 and was tested on 1 August 2020. Her clinical condition deteriorated on 2 August, and she passed on. Her Covid-19 result returned positive last night, 6 August 2020. She had been in Windhoek for about four months,” said the minister.

The minister said that the ministry received 1 197 results from NIP, Pathcare and NAMDEB laboratories over the past 24 hours.
Of these, 150 samples (100 males and 50 females aged between 7 and 84-years) tested positive, of which 62 are from Walvis Bay, 40 from Swakopmund, 42 from Windhoek, two from Gobabis and one each from Eenhana, Okahandja, Oshakati and Rehoboth.

The minister explained that the country’s testing capacity has increased significantly.

“We will endeavour to release the results within a relatively short period of time. The Namibia Institute of Pathology (NIP) has expanded its capacity and has test sites in Windhoek, Oshakati, Keetmanshoop and Walvis Bay. Other laboratories that came on board are Pathcare, NAMDEB and UNAM that are already doing the tests. Two more other laboratories are being prepared to be able to do Covid-19 tests.”

Of the 42 cases reported from Windhoek, 28 are female and 14 are males, with ages ranging from 10 to 84-years.

Of the 42, 22 are contacts to confirmed cases while 20 indicated no known contact.

Among those who had contacts to confirmed cases, twelve presented with Covid-19 related symptoms.

Of 20 cases reported from Windhoek with no known contact to confirmed cases, 15 presented with symptoms consistent with Covid-19.

Four cases with no contacts were tested as a precautionary measure prior to surgical procedures while one case who reported no contact, travelled from Walvis Bay on 29 July 2020.

Four of the Windhoek-based cases are healthcare workers and two are teachers.

The cases were reported in different locations in Windhoek: Four cases were recorded in Goreagab and three cases each in Otjomuise, Dorado Park, Khomasdal and Wanaheda, with two cases each in Cimbabasia, Golgota, Grysblock and Hakahana.
Single cases were recorded in Ausspanplantz, Donkerhoek, Elisenheim, Freedom Square, Greenwell, Havana, Okuryangava, Rocky Crest, Wambo location, Windhoek North, Pioneerspark and Windhoek Correctional Facility.

The residential addresses of five of the cases were not indicated.

The minister also announced the first Covid-19 cases in the Omaheke region today. This means that all 14 regions of the country have now recorded positive Covid-19 cases. The two cases from Omaheke region are both males (aged 26 and 35-years) and contacts of confirmed cases.

One came into contact with a deceased who died due to Covid-19. He was traced as a contact and was quarantined in Gobabis on 30 July 2020. He was then tested on 31 July 2020 and the result returned positive on 6 August 2020.

The second case involves a UNAM student who was identified as a contact of a confirmed case. They attended a church event together.

He was also traced and found in the Gobabis area by that time. He was quarantined on 30 July 2020 and was tested on 31 July 2020. The result returned positive on the 6 August 2020.

The case in Okahandja involves a female (47) who is a contact to a confirmed case. She was tested on 3 August 2020.

The case from Rehoboth involves man (44) who is a resident of Rehoboth and works in Windhoek. He presented to the screening centre on 4 August 2020 because he was a contact of a confirmed case at his workplace.

The case from Eenhana, involves a boy (7) who is a contact to a confirmed case who had been in quarantine. His initial result was negative however the repeat test prior his discharge returned positive.

The case from the Oshana region involves a male (32) who is an Angolan national residing in Soweto, Windhoek. He travelled from Windhoek on 17 July 2020, heading to Oshikango and was intercepted by the law enforcement officers just after Ondangwa where he was quarantined on 19 July 2020. He was tested on the 31 July 2020.

Covid-19 case numbers in Namibia:
Cumulative confirmed cases - 2 802
Newly confirmed - 150
Recoveries - 575
Active cases – 2 211
Deaths - 16
Total samples tested - 32 369
Active contacts - 3 644
Cumulative number of people quarantined - 6 815 Number of quarantined people discharged - 5 049 Number of people in quarantine - 1 766

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