Eighth Covid-19 death recorded

Case numbers climbing

26 July 2020 | Health

Another Covid-19 death as well as three recoveries have been recorded in Namibia, bringing the number of recoveries to 75.

Health minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula announced that the deceased, a man (47), had underlying medical conditions.

“He was admitted to the Walvis Bay State Hospital on 21 July 2020. His result returned positive on 23 July 2020. He was transferred to Welwitschia Private Hospital and died shortly after he was admitted to the ICU.”

The minister also announced 88 new positive Covid-19 cases.

“A total of 919 results were received over the past 24 hours, of which 88 were positive. The number of cases recorded in Walvis Bay are 62, 19 in Swakopmund, five in Windhoek and one each in Keetmanshoop and Mariental. Of these cases, 59 are male and 29 are female. Their ages range from 1 to 73-years old,” said the minister.

Cases

One of the cases reported in Swakopmund involves a health care worker, while the case from Keetmanshoop involves a Namibian cross-border truck driver who travelled from South Africa.

The minister also shed some light on the five cases reported in Windhoek: “One of the cases involves a 36-year old female from Khomasdal with no travel history and no known contact to a confirmed case. She presented herself at the clinic and was tested on 22 July 2020.”

A woman (31) from Okahandja Park presented with symptoms consistent with Covid-19. She has no travel history and no known contact with a confirmed case.

A Namibian woman (51), who travelled from Germany and arrived on 18 July 2020 is currently in quarantine after she tested positive. She does not display any Covid-19 related symptoms.

A man (25) tested positive while in a quarantine facility. He does not display any Covid-19 symptoms.

The fifth case reported in Windhoek is that of a man (35) who was tested as he presented with Covid-19 related symptoms. He has no travel history and no contact with a known case.

The case in Hardap involves a boy (13) who had no Covid-19 related symptoms and no contact with a known case. The reason for testing has not been provided.

The Walvis Bay municipality also announced the closure of their headquarters until 3 August.

“Precautionary measures are being taken to disinfect the building due to more Covid-19 positive cases. All satellite offices are operating as normal and are not affected by this arrangement,” the municipality announced in a media statement.

The offices were initially expected to re-open this week, after municipal employees tested for Covid-19.

Current Covid-19 status

Cumulative confirmed cases - 1 775
Newly confirmed - 88
Recoveries - 75
Active cases - 1 692
Deaths - 8
Total samples tested - 21 806
Active contacts - 2 647
Cumulative number of people quarantined - 5 097
Number of quarantined people discharged - 4 396
Number of people in quarantine - 701

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