Covid-19 case numbers rise sharply

Another recovery recorded

12 July 2020 | Health

Namibia has recorded another 72 new Covid-19 cases, the minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula announced today.

The country also recorded one recovery that of Case No 17 from Keetmanshoop, the minister said.

The Erongo region now has 711 Covid-19 positive recorded cases.

With regard to the first death due to Covid-19 in Namibia announced on 10 July the minister had the following to say.

“A death due to Covid-19 is defined as a death resulting from a clinically compatible illness, in a probable or confirmed Covid-19 case. There should be no period of complete recovery from Covid-19 between illness and death. A death due to Covid-19 may not be attributed to another diseases, for example cancer and should be counted independently of pre-existing condition. A person who died due to Covid-19 is buried by the State and not by the family.”

Shangula further explained that 71 of the latest Covid-19 positive cases are Namibians with one being a South African national.

“Sixty-eight of the cases are from Walvis Bay and one from Swakopmund in the Erongo region, one is from Engela in the Ohangwena region, one is from Keetmanshoop in the Karas region and one si from Oshakati in the Oshana region. Forty-one of the 68 positive cases announced today are males and 31 are females.”

The minister said that the youngest case amongst those announced today is a one year old and oldest is 58 years. They are all clinically stable. Contact tracing is ongoing,” said the minister.

The minister also elaborated on the one case reported from Keetmanshoop.

“This is a South African female cross border truck driver who travelled from Cape Town on 8 July. He arrived in Namibia through the Noordoewer border post on the same day. She was screened at the Keetmanshoop-Grunau B1 roadblock and proceeded to Oranjemund to offload at Nam Depot. She drove straight through, did not get off the truck at any point of offload and returned on 10 July from Oranjemund.”

A specimen was again collected from this truck driver at Keetmanshoop-Grunau B1 roadblock on 10 July 2020.

“She had no Covid-19 related symptoms. She left Namibia on 11 July 2020 at 08:00 through Noordoewer back to SA. The test result returned positive last evening.”

According to Shangula the one case recorded in Oshakati, travelled from Walvis Bay on 22 June and was quarantined in Oshakati. A specimen was collected on 3 July and no Covid-19 related symptoms were detected.

The one case registered in Engela, was visited by an acquaintance from Walvis Bay in June.

“The acquaintance went back on 17 June 2020 and at that time he had no symptoms consistent with Covid-19. Upon his return, he developed Covid-19 symptoms, was tested and the result returned positive. He informed her about his result. She then reported herself at the health facility on the 1 July, was tested and advised to self-quarantine till the results are received, since she was already beyond the 14 days period. She did not have symptoms consistent with Covid-19.”

Minister Shangula said that a total of 1024 results were received of which 861 are from NIP and 163 from PathCare.

“Out of NIP results, 44 tested positive on the first time, while 85 known cases tested positive again. Eleven known cases tested negative for the first time while one has recorded a second negative. Of the 163 results from PathCare, 28 first time tested positive.”


The minister announced 45 new Covid-19 positive cases with 42 of these from Walvis Bay, two from Swakopmund and one from Lüderitz on Saturday.


“The case reported from Lüderitz, involves a resident of Walvis Bay, who left Walvis Bay on 21 June 2020 with a fishing vessel. He developed symptoms consistent with Covid-19 on 25 June 2020 while at sea. The vessel arrived at the Port Lüderitz on 2 July 2020. He was left at Lüderitz port and the vessel left the port the same day with the rest of the crew. The patient was collected by Lüderitz hospital staff as arranged and admitted under mandatory quarantine after he received medical attention. A specimen was collected on the same day (2 July 2020) and efforts to trace the vessel are underway.”
The minister explained that 28 of the persons who tested positive on Saturday are females and 17 are males.

“The youngest is one year old and the age of the oldest case is 59 years. They are all clinically stable and the ministry’s staff is busy to identify the source of infection and contacts.”

Kalumbi also explained that for the 53 cases he announced on Friday, one case is from Windhoek.

“The Walvis Bay figure should be thus be 49 and not 50. This case had no contact with a known case and had not been in quarantine. We are still investigating the possible source of his infection.”


Overall Covid-19 situation in Namibia

Confirmed cases - 785
Newly confirmed - 72
Recoveries - 26
Active cases - 758
Deaths - 1
Total samples tested - 13 999
Active contacts - 1 142
Cumulative number of people quarantined - 4 420
Number of quarantined people discharged - 3 661
Number of people in quarantine – 759

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