Slight decline in Walvis Bay Covid-19 case numbers

65 recoveries

09 August 2020 | Health

Ben Nangombe, ministry of health “We continue to call for greater personal responsibility”...

Fifty new positive Covid-19 cases were recorded in the country, announced Ben Nangombe, the executive director of the ministry of health and social services toady.

Namibia also recorded 65 new recoveries, of which 52 are from Walvis Bay and 13 from Windhoek.

Nangombe said that 782 results from NIP, UNAM (School of Medicine), Pathcare and NAMDEB laboratories were received over the past 24 hours, and that from this total 50 samples tested positive for Covid-19.

“Of these, cases 10 are from Walvis Bay, six from Swakopmund, 32 from Windhoek and one each from Otjiwarongo and Okakarara. The majority are male (30) and the rest are female (20), with ages ranging from 5 to 66 years.”

Windhoek worry

Nangombe said that the situation in Windhoek is becoming increasingly worrisome, as the number of positive cases is growing exponentially.

“We are urging the public to be cautious and to comply with regulations. We continue to call for greater personal responsibility. We have no other choice, all Namibians, from all walks of life, we must lend a hand to curb and suppress the spread.”

Nangombe explained that of the 32 cases reported from Windhoek, 20 are males and 12 are females.

“They come from different localities. Khomasdal reported eight cases, while Elisenheim, Greenwell, Otjomuise and Rocky Crest recorded two cases each. The suburbs of Cimbebasia, Grysblock, Ausspanplantz, Kleine Kuppe, Pioneerspark, Suiderhof, Shandumbala, Brakwater, Hochland Park, Okahandja Park and Osona recorded one case each.”

There are five cases with no location indicated, while four of the cases in Windhoek involve healthcare workers. Thirteen are contacts to confirmed cases, while 14 indicated no known contact. Among those with contact to confirmed cases, seven presented with Covid-19 related symptoms. Information on four of the cases were not clearly indicated. The 14 cases from Windhoek who indicated no known contact to confirmed cases, presented with symptoms consistent with Covid-19,” explained Nangombe.

Other cases

The case reported in Okakarara involves a man (31) who travelled from Moscow, Russia. He arrived in Namibia on 18 July 2020 and was quarantined. His initial test results returned negative. Since he was in contact with a confirmed case while in quarantine, his quarantine period was extended and he was re-tested and the result returned positive. He does not have Covid-19 related symptoms.

The case from Otjiwarongo involves Namibian (47) who is a contact to a confirmed case. He presented with Covid-19 related symptoms.

The status of Covid-19 in Namibia is as follows:
Cumulative confirmed cases - 2 852
Newly confirmed - 50
Recoveries - 640
Active cases -2 196
Deaths - 16
Total samples tested - 33 151
Active contacts - 3 796
Cumulative number of people quarantined - 6 904 Number of quarantined people discharged - 5 161 Number of people in quarantine -1 743

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