RESIDENTS of Walvis Bay will henceforth have to live with the reality that SARS-CoV2 has gained a solid foothold in their community as eight of the nine new cases registered in Namibia on Tuesday all live in the harbour town’s Kuisebmond residential area.
Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, the Minister of Health and Social Services, during a special briefing at his office in Windhoek said that the five new cases reported on Tuesday were all part of the same batch that was analysed on Monday but that the results were only made available late on Tuesday afternoon..
All the new cases had no contact with any of the known cases in town which is a strong indicator that the virus has taken a solid hold of the community.
During the briefing, Dr. Shangula said that case number 68 is a 41-year-old woman that had no known contact with a confirmed case yet. H e said the patient was swabbed on 20 June 2020 as part of active case search and that she did display COVID-19 related signs and symptoms at the time of swabbing.
According to the health minister, case number 69 is a 45-year-old woman that had no known contact with a confirmed case.
“She was swabbed on 20 June 2020 as part of active case search. At the time she had COVID-19 related signs and symptoms,” Dr. Shangula said.
According to Dr. Shangula, case number 70 is a 59-year-old woman who is not known to have been in contact with a confirmed case. Like the others, she also had symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
“Case number 71, a 42-year-old woman was also identified during the active case search and presented with COVID-19 signs and symptoms. She also did not have contact with any known cases,” he said.
With regard to case number 72, the health minister said he is a 51-year-old man from Walvis Bay that was also identified during the active case search campaign launched over the weekend. Dr. Shangula said the patient was the only one that did not show signs or symptoms related to COVID-19.
The five newest cases all reside in Kuisbemond and brought the number of active cases being managed by health officials to 51. The number of active contacts currently being monitored by authorities is 318.