A NINETEENTH case of the coronavirus has been recorded in the country after a 29-year-old Namibian man tested positive.
This was announced this morning by the Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula during a health update at the Covid-19 media centre in the Capital.
Dr. Shangula stated that the recently diagnosed coronavirus patient arrived in Namibia from South Africa and was put in quarantine and was tested on day 12, two days before he was due to be released.
The minister added that the latest patient will this morning be transferred this from a quarantine facility to an isolation unit to mitigate further spread.
The news of a 19th case comes a day after the health ministry announced two positive cases involving Namibian women who had also recently travelled to South Africa.
Case 17 and 18, the first two cases after Namibia went 45 days without reporting any new cases, also tested positive while at a quarantine facility, which is mandatory for returning Namibians and permanent residents.
Dr. Shangula, however, noted that the country has also reported one more recovery of case number 12, bringing the number of active cases to 5 and 0 deaths.
The total number of people currently quarantined in the country stand at 531, with 2 681 people tested for the deadly virus to date in the country.
“Our strategy to quarantine all returning Namibians, permanent residents and domiciled has paid off. This strategy has averted many positive cases and possible loss of lives. We should continue to have faith and confidence in our institutions, systems and process,” Dr. Shangula concluded.