More recoveries, three Covid-19 deaths

2 212 active cases

19 September 2020 | Health

Dr Eshter Muinjangue; Deputy minister of health; “Of the active cases, 13 patients are in a serious to critical condition…”

The deputy minister of health and social services Dr Eshter Muinjangue announced 85 new Covid-19 cases, 109 recoveries and three deaths.

Muinjangue said that 1 547 results were received from the laboratories. Of the newly reported cases, 48 are female and 37 are male, with the youngest aged three months and the oldest 72-years.

The confirmed cases are distributed as follows: Windhoek (48), Rehoboth (8), Mariental (4), Keetmanshoop (9), Lüderitz (1), Karasburg (1), Swakopmund (1), Walvis Bay (1), Usakos (1), Rundu (2), Otjiwarongo (2) and Okongo (1).

The deputy minister also announced 109 new recoveries with 75 recorded in the Khomas region, //Kharas (22), Hardap (5), Ohangwena (4) and Oshikoto (3) regions.

Of the active cases, 13 are in a serious to critical condition. In the Erongo region, four are critical, in Khomas one is seriously ill and six are in a critical condition. Two patients in the Oshana region are in a serious condition.

Yesterday the minister of health and social services Dr Kalumbi Shangula announced 129 new Covid-19 cases and 262 recoveries.

The minister said that 1 404 results were received from the laboratories and that of the newly reported cases, 67 are female and 62 are male, with the youngest aged two months and the oldest 73-years-old.

The confirmed cases are distributed as follows: Windhoek (67), Mariental (15), Rehoboth (12), Walvis Bay (5), Swakopmund (2), Omaruru (2), Okahandja (6), Grootfontein (1), Otjiwarongo (1), Oshakati (6), Tsumeb (2), Omuthiya (2), Keetmanshoop (3), Luderitz (1), Gobabis (2) and Katima Mulilo (2).

“We have now surpassed the 10 000 mark after six months of the pandemic in Namibia. We recorded the highest daily number of cases – 316 – on 23 August 2020. The number of confirmed daily new cases continues to decrease across all the regions. However, there are variations on the number of cases reported from different regions,” the minister said.

The highest number of daily cases recorded in the Erongo region was 102 on 7 August 2020.

“Today is the first day after the end of the State of Emergency and although it has come to an end, Covid-19 has not. We have put in place the legal instruments that allow for the continuation of public health measures to prevent further spread of the infection and also to mitigate the impact of Covid-19.”

The minister reminded Namibians that the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic was the most severe pandemic in history.

“It lasted for two years, in three waves with 500 million people infected and 50 million deaths. Most of the fatalities happened in the second wave. When quarantine and social distancing measures were first lifted, people rejoiced in the streets. In the coming weeks, the second wave occurred with tens of millions dead. Let us not repeat history in the time of Covid-19. Relaxation is only given by government. Corona hasn’t given relaxation.”

The minister also announced 262 new recoveries of which 87 are reported in the Oshana region, Erongo (65), Khomas (58), Hardap (32), Ohangwena (19) and Omusati (1) regions.

Of the current active cases, 14 are in a serious to critical condition. In the Erongo region, four are in a critical condition, while in the Khomas region, two are in a serious condition, while six are critical. Two patients are in a serious condition in the Oshana region.


Status
Cumulative confirmed cases - 10 292
Newly confirmed - 85
Recoveries - 7 969
Active cases - 2 212
Total Covid-19 deaths - 86
Total Covid-19 related deaths - 24
Total indeterminate deaths - 1
Total deaths - 111
Total samples tested – 87 639
Active contacts – 9 750
Cumulative number of people quarantined - 13 134 Number of quarantined people discharged - 12 256 Number of people in quarantine - 878

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