Two more Covid deaths

4 810 active cases

07 September 2020 | Health

Dr Kalumbi Shangula; Minister of health; “…61% of the tests were performed in just over one month …”

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula announced 171 new Covid-19 cases, 143 recoveries and two Covid-19 related deaths.

One death occurred in Karasburg and involves a woman (62) who died in hospital on 3 September. She had known comorbidities. The other case is a man (60) in Windhoek who had known comorbidities. He died in hospital on 31 August.

The minister said said that 1 409 results were received from the laboratories, adding that of the new cases, 97 are female and 74 are males; the youngest is a month old, and the oldest 79.

The new cases are distributed as follows: Windhoek (120), Swakopmund (15), Walvis Bay (12), Okahandja (7), Grootfontein (2), Otjiwarongo (2), Okakarara (1), Rehoboth (5), Mariental (2), Andara (1) and Katima Mulilo (2).

To date the total number of samples tested in Namibia stands at 70 346.

“A total of 42 628 (61%) tests were performed in the space of just over a month (3 August to 6 September 2020). The increase in the number of tests performed is the result of strengthened partnership among the public sector, the private sector and the academia, to increase the national testing capacity,” the minister said.

According to Shangula, the four laboratories (NIP, PathCare, UNAM and NAMDEB) contribute to increased national testing output and a coverage rate of 28 per 1000, which is relatively high compared to other countries.

He also announced 143 new recoveries from Oshana (40), //Kharas (38), Hardap (38), Oshikoto (18) and Erongo (9).

“Of the active cases, 20 are in serious to critical condition – one is seriously ill and five are critical in Erongo, while in Khomas nine are seriously ill and five critical,” the minister said.

Status
Cumulative confirmed cases - 8 685
Newly confirmed - 171
Recoveries - 3 786
Active cases - 4 810
Deaths - 89
Active contacts - 9 195
Total samples tested - 70 346
Cumulative number of people quarantined - 10 648
Number of quarantined people discharged - 9 235
Number of people in quarantine - 1 413

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