Still more Covid cases

Numbers continue rising

15 July 2020 | Health

The minister of health and social services, Dr Kalumbi Shangula, announced 96 new Covid-19 cases today, the majority of which (91) are from Walvis Bay, with two each from Karasburg and Keetmanshoop, and one from Windhoek.


“Fifty-one of the cases are males and 45 are female; the youngest is aged four and the oldest is 56 years old. They are all in a stable condition. The normal protocol is being applied in terms of contact tracing,” the minister said.

The country also recorded two new recoveries.

“Case 33 and 186 have recovered and have been discharged. A total of 884 results were received from NIP and Pathcare. Two known cases recorded a second negative and have therefore recovered.”


Covid-19 fight boosted

The health ministry received a N$4 342 320 donation towards the fight against the pandemic from China earlier today.

Shangula said that as the number of cases continues to increase, there is a need for more isolation facilities to isolate confirmed cases, as well as more quarantine facilities for identified contacts to curb further transmission.

“More personal protective equipment (PPE) is needed to ensure that health workers, rapid response teams and those manning quarantine and isolation facilities are protected from potential exposure.”

According to the minster, obtaining these supplies from the outside market has been very challenging due to travel bans and restrictions worldwide.

“The ministry procured a number of these items as per the Covid-19 procurement plan and has also received donations from local and international partners, government and individual entities. However, most of these supplies and items are single-use. The stock has to be replenished frequently given the increasing number of cases.”

China donated 5 000 disposable protective medical clothing, 15 000 protective face masks for medical use, 150 000 surgical masks, 7 000 medical protective goggles, 7 000 disposable sterilized rubber surgical gloves and 3 000 medical isolation shoe covers.

“Our health workers and other frontline workers are our most valuable assets. As a ministry, and in our efforts to safeguard the safety of the frontline workers against infection, the supply of sufficient stock of the correct PPE is coupled with training on infection prevention and control measures. Prevention is the only weapon we have to fight this disease,” the minister said.

Current status:
Cumulative confirmed cases – 960
Newly confirmed – 96
Recoveries – 31
Deaths – 2
Total samples tested – 16 305
Active contacts – 1 184
Cumulative number of people quarantine – 4 502
Number of quarantined people discharged – 3 832
Number of people in quarantine – 670

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