Two hundred new cases, four deaths
4 513 active cases
03 September 2020 | Health
Dr Kalumbi Shangula; Minister of health; “The medication Remdevisir, is neither a cure for Covid-19 nor a vaccine.”
The minister said that 1 630 results had been received of which 126 are male and 112 are female; the youngest is two months old, and the oldest 65.
The cases are distributed as follows: Windhoek (145), Walvis Bay (9), Swakopmund (4), Usakos (4), Tsumeb (7), Onandjokwe (6), Otjiwarongo (6), Okahandja (5), Keetmanshoop (6), Karasburg (3), Rehoboth (6), Mariental (3), Rundu (9), Oshakati (8), Eenhana (5), Engela (1), Okongo (1), Katima Mulilo (7) and Gobabis (3).
The minister also announced 29 recoveries – 21 from Khomas and 8 from Omaheke – and that of the active cases, 21 are in severe to critical condition.
“Five patients are still critical in the Erongo region while in the Khomas region nine are severely sick, and seven are critical.”
The minister also announced four more Covid-19 related deaths; two from Windhoek, one from Oshakati and one from Walvis Bay. The two deaths reported in Windhoek involve men aged 64 and 41 respectively. Both died in a health facility and had comorbidities.
The death reported in Oshakati involves a man (49) with no known comorbidities. He also died in a health facility.
The death recorded in Walvis Bay is that of a 32-year-old woman with known comorbidities. She passed away at home.
The minister provided clarity on Remdevisir, a medication for the treatment of patients with Covid-19 related symptoms.
“This medicine is neither a cure for Covid-19 nor a vaccine against Covid-19. It helps with early recovery of patients with Covid-19 symptoms. It is prescribed by doctors to patients where it is indicated.”
Shangula said that there is currently no vaccine against Covid-19, although there are promising candidate vaccines under development.
“The only ‘vaccine’ currently available is a combination of social distancing, wearing of masks in public places, frequent hand washing and sanitizing, avoiding public gatherings and limiting unnecessary travel. We can make this ‘vaccine’ efficacious if we observe these protocols.”
Status of Covid-19 in Namibia
Cumulative confirmed cases - 8 082
Newly confirmed - 238
Recoveries - 3 483
Active cases - 4 513
Deaths - 86
Total samples tested - 65 899
Active contacts - 8 762
Cumulative number of people quarantined - 10 456
Number of quarantined people discharged - 8 934
Number of people in quarantine - 1 522