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More COVID-19 cases reported in northern Namibia

More COVID-19 cases reported in northern Namibia

Niël Terblanché

AMIDST the sharp increase of new COVID-19 cases in Walvis Bay, the 63-year-old man that was placed on a ventilator in an induced coma has been discharged from the Intensive Care Unit of the Welwitschia Private Hospital where he was admitted in a critical condition more than a month ago.

 

With only a few hours left before 13 of the 14 regions in Namibia are set to progress to Stage 4 of the State of Emergency five people from regions other than Erongo Region tested positive for COVID-19

 

The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula announced that one person from the Oshana Region, one person from the Zambezi Region and three people from the Hardap Region were amongst the 13 new cases identified as being infected by SARS-CoV. The remaining eight people all reside in Walvis Bay of which five tested positive as a result of the continuing active case search campaign in the harbour town.

 

He said the positive case that was identified in the Oshana Region is a person that travelled from Walvis Bay while two of the three new cases in the Hardap travelled from Walvis Bay to Maltahöhe to attend a funeral. The third Hardap case is a 19-year-old girl that attends the same school as the 20-year-old learner from Walvis Bay that tested positive in Mariental. The case reported in the Zambezi Region was a Namibian man that returned to Namibia and who tested positive while in quarantine.

 

Dr. Shangula said case number 184 is a one-year-old baby boy that travelled with his parents to Maltahöhe from Walvis Bay on 14 June 2020 where they attended a funeral. The baby had no known contact with a confirmed case. He was put in quarantine and tested on the 14 June 2020. He did not have COVID-19 related symptoms.

 

Case number 185 is a 37-year-old man that also travelled from Walvis Bay to Maltahohe on 14 June 2020 to attend the same funeral. He had no known contact with a confirmed case. He was put in quarantine and tested on the 14 June 2020. He did not have COVID-19 related symptoms.

 

According to Dr. Shangula, case number 186 is a 20-year-old man that travelled to the Oshana Region from Walvis Bay on the 5th of June 2020. He had no known contact with a confirmed case. He was tested on the 22 June 2020. He did not have COVID-19 related symptoms.

 

He said that case number 187 is a 28-year-old woman from Walvis Bay with no known contact to a confirmed case. She was tested on the 22 June 2020 as part of active case search. She displayed COVID-19 related symptoms at the time of swabbing. The result came out positive on the afternoon of 29 June.

 

Case number 188 is a 30-year-old woman from Walvis Bay that had contact with a confirmed case. She was tested on the 22 June 2020, as she had COVID-19 related symptoms.

 

The health minister said case number 189 is a 30-year-old woman from Walvis Bay and a contact to a confirmed case. She was tested on the 23 June 2020 as she had COVID-19 related symptoms.

 

He said case number 190 is a 41-year-old woman from Walvis Bay who also had contact with a confirmed case. She was tested on the 23 June 2020 as she had COVID-19 related symptoms

 

Case number 191 is a 27-year-old woman from Walvis Bay and a contact of a confirmed case. She was tested on the 22 June 2020 as she had COVID-19 related symptoms.

 

Dr. Shangula said case number 192 is the 19-year-old female learner from Mariental and a contact of a confirmed case. She was tested on the 23 June 2020. She did not have COVID-19 related symptoms.

 

According to the health minister, case number 193 is a 31-year-old woman from Walvis Bay and a contact of a confirmed case. She was tested on the 22 June 2020 as she had COVID-19 related symptoms.

 

Case number 194 is a 29-year-old woman from Walvis Bay that had contact with a confirmed case. She was tested on the 22 June 2020 as she had COVID-19 related symptoms.

 

He said case number 195 is a 46-year-old man from Walvis Bay that had contact with a confirmed case. He was tested on the 23 June 2020. He did not have COVID-19 related symptoms.

 

Dr. Shangula said case number 196 is a 46-year-old Namibian man that travelled from Zambia on 11 June 2020 where he had been in quarantine in Katima Mulilo. He has no known contact with a confirmed case. He was tested on the 21 June 2020. He did not have COVID-19 related symptoms.

 

The health minister said one more person has been declared recovered which brings the number of recovered cases to 24.

 

He said that the 13 new cases brought the number of active cases being managed in supervised isolation by health officials to 172 while 812 active contacts are being monitored.

 

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