Significant decline in Covid numbers

2 354 Active cases

17 September 2020 | Health

Ben Nangombe; Executive director; “…there had been a constant increase in the number of tests conducted.”

The executive director of the ministry of health and social services Ben Nangombe announced 63 new Covid-19 cases, 144 recoveries and two Covid-19 deaths.

Nangombe said that of the 1 107 results received, 37 of the new cases are female and 26 are male, with the youngest aged seven months and the oldest 75-years.

The cases are distributed as follows: Windhoek (44), Walvis Bay (2), Swakopmund (2), Omaruru (1), Rundu (5), Rehoboth (3), Mariental (1), Tsumeb (2), Oshakati (1), Otjiwarongo (1) and Gobabis (1).

According to Nangombe, testing capacity has been gradually increasing.

“Looking at the testing data for the individuals tested (first time tests) from the beginning of August to date, using the 15 days interval, there had been a constant increase in the number of tests conducted. Inversely, the number of positive cases declined, with the exception of the period 16-30 August 2020, where cases peaked and the positivity rate shot up to 18%, with subsequent decline.”

Nangombe also announced 144 new recoveries: Khomas (103), Omusati (12), Kunene (10), //Kharas (9), Erongo (8) and Omaheke (2).

He said that of the active cases, 14 are in a serious to critical conditions. In the Erongo region, four are in critical condition, while in the Khomas region, four are seriously ill and six are critical.

The ministry also reported two Covid-19 related deaths. One of the deaths occurred in Windhoek and involves a man (61) who died in a health facility on 13 September. The second death was recorded in Swakopmund and is that of a 28-year-old man who also died in a health facility on 14 September. Both had multiple comorbidities.

The status of Covid-19 in Namibia is as follow:

Cumulative confirmed cases - 9 964
Newly confirmed - 63
Recoveries - 7 502
Active cases - 2 354
Deaths - 108
Total samples tested - 83 424
Active contacts - 9 669
Cumulative number of people quarantined - 12 638
Number of quarantined people discharged - 11 566
Number of people in quarantine - 1 072

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