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Walvis Bay remains hotbed as 7 new cases reported

Walvis Bay remains hotbed as 7 new cases reported

Niël Terblanché

NAMIBIANS have been requested to continue adhering to the health guidelines of Stage 4 of the State of Emergency despite the fact that restrictive measures have been relaxed further.

 

While announcing that Namibia has registered 7 new cases, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, the Minister of Health and Social Services, called on Namibians to refrain from stigmatising the people of Walvis Bay.

 

At the same time, he requested residents of Walvis Bay to remain calm.

 

Dr. Shangula announced that the majority of the 7 new cases of COVID-19 registered in Walvis Bay were the result of communal transfer of coronavirus.

 

He said that 6 of the 7 new cases all presented with symptoms of COVID-19 when they submitted swabs for testing.

 

He added that all the people have since been placed in mandatory supervised isolation and are all clinically in a satisfactory condition.

 

He said that health officials are now managing 179 active cases, while 831 active contacts will be monitored at the same time.

 

According to Dr. Shangula, case number 197 is a 42-year-old man that had contact with a confirmed case. He was tested on the 22 June 2020 as part of the active case search campaign.

 

He said that case number 198 is a 26-year-old woman with no known contact with a confirmed case.

 

She was tested on the 22 June 2020 as part of active case search.

 

Case number 199 is a 29-year-old woman who had contact with a confirmed case.

 

She was tested on the 22 June 2020 as part of active case search and presented with symptoms when submitting swabs for testing.

 

Dr. Shangula said that case number 200 is a 26-year-old woman that had contact with a confirmed case.

 

She was tested on the 22 June 2020 as part of active case search and had COVID-19 related symptoms at the time of specimen collection.

 

According to Dr. Shangula, case number 201, a 24-year-old woman, also had contact with a confirmed case.

 

She was tested on the 22 June 2020 when she presented with COVID-19 related symptoms.

 

Case number 202 is a 28-year-old woman who had contact with a confirmed case.

 

She was tested on the 22 June 2020 as part of active cases search and presented with symptoms at the time of testing.

 

Dr. Shangula said that case number 203 is a 40-year-old woman with no known contact to a confirmed case.

 

She was tested on the 22 June 2020 as part of active cases search and did present with COVID-19 related symptoms.

 

Despite the sharp rise in new cases over the past two weeks, no COVID-19 related deaths have occurred in Namibia.

 

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