Another Covid-19 death recorded

1344 cases nationwide

20 July 2020 | Health

A fourth Covid-19-related death was announced by the minister of health Dr Kalumbi Shangula today.

He said that the patient (a fisheries observer agency employee) was managed by a private hospital.

Matthias Braune, CEO of Welwitschia Private Hospital in Walvis Bay, said that the hospital had looked after a number of Covid-19 patients who were (and are) very sick and require ventilation or oxygen therapy in the last two weeks.

“This morning, sadly, one of our very sick patients passed on. It is a shock and a sad day for his family and us. I wish we could help everyone and send all our patients back home in good health, but that is unfortunately not to be. We will, however, continue to do our best.”

Braune said that a second critically ill patient is now showing small steps towards recovery and has been weaned off the ventilator.

According to the minister, 13 cases in the care of the ministry are critically ill.

“They are either in a high care unit or in ICU and need oxygen support.”

The minister also announced 97 new Covid-19 cases.

“Ninety of the newly announced cases are from Walvis Bay, with three from Swakopmund, two from Engela, one from Outapi, and one from Katima Mulilo. Among the cases in Walvis Bay, there are also three health care workers.”

Shangula said that the cases from Engela involve a 9-year old child and an adult (42) who are both contacts of a confirmed case in the same district.

“They have been at home since their source case was confirmed. Neither have symptoms consistent with Covid-19.”

The case from Outapi involves a man (29) who travelled from Walvis Bay on 12 July 2020 and arrived in Outapi on 13 July 2020.

“He reported himself and was quarantined. This is a good practice and it is being encouraged.”

The minister said his ministry was still in the process of establishing the details for the case in Katima Mulilo.

“Of the 97 new cases, 81 are male and 16 are female. The youngest patient is three years old and the oldest, 66. Contact tracing is ongoing.”

The minister also announced seven recoveries who were subsequently discharged. They are cases 89, 103,143, 166, 169,179 and 244.


Status update
Cumulative confirmed cases - 1 344
Newly confirmed- 97
Recoveries - 42
Active cases - 1 298
Deaths – 4
Total samples tested - 17 994
Active contacts - 1 881
Cumulative number of people quarantined - 4 701
Number of quarantined people discharged - 4 050
Number of people in quarantine - 651

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