Three more Covid cases recorded

Covid infections climbing at the coast

18 June 2020 | Health

Walvis Bay


Three more positive Covid-19 cases have been reported in Namibia. The announcement was made by health minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula, with him saying that Case 37 is a resident of Walvis Bay.

“This person is currently in quarantine in Mariental. Case 38 is a Namibian student who studied in England and is currently in quarantine in Windhoek, while Case 39 is a woman from Swakopmund.”

Kalumbi said that Case 37 is a Namibian male (20) who live in Walvis Bay.

“He is a student in Mariental who travelled from Walvis Bay on 2 June 2020. He attended school on 11 June but stayed at home as from 12 June 2020. He went to hospital complaining of a runny nose, headache and loss of taste and smell on 15 June 2020. The symptoms started on 31 May 2020 while he was still in Walvis Bay. He was swabbed on 15 June 2020 and taken to the quarantine facility. The result came back positive on 17 June 2020. He is in a satisfactory condition.”

The minister said that Case 38 involves Namibian female (22) student who travelled from England. She travelled to Namibia on 4 June 2020 and has been in a quarantine facility in Windhoek.

“She was initially swabbed on 5 June 2020 and her result was negative. As per testing protocol, she was again swabbed on 16 June 2020 and then the result came back positive. She indicated that she experienced Covid-like symptoms characterized by flu and loss of smell in March 2020 for a week while in England. She was never tested for Covid-19 before and currently has no symptoms.”

Shangula said that Case 39 is Namibian female (55) from Swakopmund.

“She was swabbed at home as a result of active case search in the community. She had a fever and experienced general body pain. This case has no travel history and had no known contact with a confirmed case. She was swabbed on 16 June 2020 and the result came back positive on 18 June 2020. The patient was admitted on 17 June 2020 to Swakopmund Cottage Hospital with a high fever. She is in a satisfactory condition and will remain in hospital where she will be managed according to the protocol.”

The minister said that Case 22 is making good progress. “He is still in ICU but stable and breathing spontaneously. He is off the ventilator and we wish him a speedy recovery.”

The minister once again reminded Namibians that in terms of section 6(5) of Proclamation 21 of the State of Emergency, any person organising or hosting a gathering must open and maintain a register of persons who attended the gathering for the purpose of recording the particulars of persons attending the event.

Furthermore, “section 6(6) obliges the organiser to keep said register in a safe place and make it available on request for inspection by authorized officers. We have received unconfirmed reports that unauthorised persons have gained access to information contained in these registers. It is the responsibility of the owner of the premises to ensure the confidentiality of the information contained in the register. Failure to comply with the provisions by the owner or the unauthorised person will attract a fine of N$2 000 or six months in jail, or both.”

The status of Covid-19 in Namibian is as follow:
Confirmed Cases: 39
Recoveries: 19
Active Cases: 20
Deaths: 0
Total samples tested: 6 355
Total tested yesterday: 247
Results: 3 positive and 244 negative.
Active contacts: 109
Total quarantined: 3 028
Total discharged: 2 343
Total in quarantine: 685

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