Three more Covid-19 deaths

Windhoek cases increasing

06 August 2020 | Health

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Three more Covid-19 related deaths were announced by the minister of health and social services Dr Kalumbi Shangula today.

Two of the deceased are from Walvis Bay and one from Swakopmund.

“One of the deaths in Walvis Bay is that of a man (70), who presented to the Walvis Bay State Hospital on 4 August with Covid-19 related symptoms. He was admitted as he was looking very sick and distressed. He was tested for the virus and the test result returned positive. His condition deteriorated and efforts to resuscitate him proved futile,” said the minister.

The patient passed on within an hour after intubation on 5 August. He was known to have chronic medical conditions.

The second death in Walvis Bay is that of a woman (52) admitted on 14 July at a private hospital.

“Her condition changed as she needed intensive care from 15 July and had been on ventilation since. She was tested for Covid-19 and she had pre-existing chronic medical conditions. She passed away on 5 August 2020,” the minister said.

The third death was recorded in Swakopmund.

A female (73) who was admitted on 2 August 2020 in the private hospital in Swakopmund displayed Covid-19 related symptoms. She was tested on 3 August. Her condition deteriorated quickly and she passed away on 4 August. Her test results returned positive,” said the minister.

Shangula also announced 112 new Covid-19 cases of which 42 are in Walvis Bay, 36 in Swakopmund, 19 in Windhoek, 9 in Oshakati and one each in Engela, Eenhana, Rundu, Okahao, Omuthiya and Nankundu.

Of the cases reported today, 67 are males and 45 are females with ages ranging from 1-year to 73-years. Contact tracing has commenced.

The minister said that of the 19 cases reported in Windhoek, eight are contacts of confirmed cases and 11 had no known contact with a confirmed case.

Amongst the eight who are contacts, four presented with Covid-19 symptoms.

The eleven cases with no known contact to a confirmed case, all presented with symptoms consistent Covid-19.
“The cases recorded in Windhoek stem from various locations such as Goreagab, Kleine Kuppe, Auasblick, Hochland Park, Otjomuise, Pioneerspark and Olympia,” said the minister.

Shangula warned members of the public not to share unverified or false information concerning Covid-19 and those who test positive for the virus.

The status of Covid-19 in Namibia is as follows:
Cumulative confirmed cases - 2652
New cases - 112
Recoveries – 563
Active cases - 2074
Deaths - 15
Samples tested - 31 172
Active contacts - 3497
Cumulative people in quarantine - 6756
People discharged from quarantine - 5026 People in quarantine - 1730

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