Another life lost to Covid

2207 cases nationwide

03 August 2020 | Health

The minister of health and social services Dr Kalumbi Shangula announced another Covid-19 death today, saying that the man (49) was admitted to the Windhoek central hospital on 28 July 2020 for an urgent surgical intervention.

“He was swabbed and operated on the same day. He then developed surgical complications. His test results also returned positive. He had chronic conditions. His condition gradually deteriorated and he passed away on 2 August.”

Shangula announced that 737 results were received from the NIP and Pathcare laboratories over the past 24 hours, of which 112 samples tested positive for Covid-19.

“Of these cases, 92 are from Walvis Bay, two from Swakopmund, 14 from Windhoek and one each from Otjiwarongo, Okahandja, Karasburg and Mariental. Seventy-nine of these patients are men and 33 are women, with their ages ranging from 9 months to 70-years. Contact tracing has been initiated.”

DBN temporary closure

The Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) confirmed today that one of its Walvis Bay staff members tested positive for Covid-19.
The bank said that all staff members are being tested and are in quarantine until further notice. The branch is also closed until further notice and will be disinfected during that period.

The minister also elaborated on the 14 cases reported from Windhoek.

“Their ages range from 14 to 59-years; eight are females and six are males. One of them is a healthcare worker. Of these, six are contacts of confirmed cases while two presented with symptoms consistent with Covid-19 at the time of swabbing.”

Eight cases have not been in contact with confirmed cases; seven of them presented with symptoms consistent with Covid-19. One had no Covid-19 related symptoms. He was swabbed as part of routine check-up from work.

The case in Otjiwarongo involves a woman (24) who travelled from Walvis Bay on 27 July 2020, hitch-hiking in a truck. She reported experiencing Covid-19 related symptoms at beginning of July 2020, which already cleared up.

“This case shows that people sneak out of the restricted area and put others at risk of infection. Truck drivers are cautioned to stop carrying passengers,” said the minister.

The case reported in Okahandja involves a male (33) from Osona military base with no known contact to a confirmed case. He was tested as he presented with symptoms consistent with Covid-19.

The case from Karasburg is a female (44) who travelled from South Africa on 16 July 2020. She was tested prior to discharge from quarantine, and the result returned positive.

The case in Mariental involves a male (24) truck driver who came back from South Africa on 20 July 2020.

“He presented at the screening facility in Mariental on 28 July 2020 with Covid-19 related symptoms. He was swabbed the same day and the positive results returned on 1 August 2020.”

Status
Cumulative confirmed cases - 2 406
Newly confirmed - 112
Recoveries - 187
Active cases - 2 207
Deaths - 12
Total samples tested - 28 514
Active contacts - 3 425
Cumulative number of people quarantined - 6 613
Number of quarantined people discharged - 4 940
Number of people in quarantine - 1 673

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