Covid deaths still climbing

4 232 active cases

01 September 2020 | Health

Dr Kalumbi Shangula; Minister of health; “Quarantining contacts … plays an essential role in the prevention and spread of Covid-19...”

Namibia recorded 142 positive Covid-19 cases and another six Covid-19 related deaths, the minister of health and social services Dr Kalumbi Shangula announced.

He said that 1 037 results were received from the laboratories, with 76 of the new cases being male and 66 female. The youngest patient is six-years-old and the oldest is 74.

The cases are distributed as follows: Windhoek (94), Walvis Bay (10), Grootfontein and Rehoboth (7), Otjiwarongo, Keetmanshoop and Rundu (4), Okahandja, Nankudu, Gobabis and Katima Mulilo (2), and one case each in Swakopmund, Karasburg, Luderitz and Omuthiya.

Shangula said that of the new cases, 67 (47%) were in contact with confirmed cases. “During the period 1 to 31 August 2020, the number of persons in quarantine facilities increased drastically from 6 539 to 10 229. That is an augmentation of 3 690 within one month. The number of confirmed cases increased by 5 467. Among a sample of 3 218 people in quarantine who were tested, 112 (3.5%) tested positive. Quarantining contacts of cases plays an essential role in the prevention and spread of Covid-19 among populations.”

Recoveries

The minister also announced 52 recoveries: 24 from Khomas, 18 from Hardap and 10 from Ohangwena.

He said that of the active cases, 29 are in severe to critically ill condition.

“Five patients from the Erongo region are in a critical condition, while in the Khomas region, 18 are severely sick, and six are in critical condition.”

Three of the six deaths reported today are from Rehoboth, two from Windhoek and one from Walvis Bay. The deceased from Rehoboth involve a 52-year-old man, a 65-year-old woman and a 43-year-old woman; all died in a health facility.

A female (81) with no known comorbidities died in a health facility on 27 August in Windhoek, while a female (58) with known comorbidities died at home on 28 August.

The death from Walvis Bay involves an 88-year-old man with known comorbidities who died in a health facility on 31 August.

Treatment

Shangula also mentioned the arrival of Remdesivir, an antiviral medicine used in the treatment of Covid-19 patients. “It has been shown to shorten recovery time in patients. The medicine is part of our essential medicines and will be procured in the same manner as all other medicines. Batches of the medicine were already distributed to hospitals and will be prescribed by doctors according to indications.”

Status of Covid-19 in Namibia

Cumulative confirmed cases - 7 692
Newly confirmed - 142
Recoveries - 3 379
Active cases - 4 232
Deaths - 81
Total samples tested - 62 446
Active contacts - 8 465
Cumulative number of people quarantined - 10 229
Number of quarantined people discharged - 8 498
Number of people in quarantine - 1 731

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