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Post-mortem to rule out possible COVID-19 death

Post-mortem to rule out possible COVID-19 death

Zorena Jantze

ANXIETY levels at the coastal town of Walvis Bay are currently palpable as a man in the town’s Tutaleni location died at his residence after experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms.


According to the Namibian police, the lifeless body of the man was discovered by his wife at a house in Riethaan Street Tutaleni, Walvis Bay. It is believed that the died between 05:00 and 06: 00 on Saturday morning.


The diseased, whose name is known to the informanté passed away at his residence after he allegedly experienced difficulties in breathing and coughing.


coastal Walvis Bay town Tutaleni died residence
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Approached for comment on the possibility of this being a COVID-19 related death, Health Ministry PRO, Manga Libita stated that the ministry is yet to receive any such information as post mortem results will determine the cause of death.


According to the wife, the diseased was a diabetic patient but was fine until the fateful Saturday morning.


Also commenting, Deputy Commissioner, Kauna Shikwambi stated that the police is unable to determine whether the man passed on from COVID-19, and that the Erongo police was only called to retrieve the body.


It is further reported that the body was taken to the mortuary at the Walvis Bay District Hospital for further handling.


According to the WHO, If a person died during the infectious period of COVID-19, the lungs and other organs may still contain live virus, and additional respiratory protection is needed during aerosol-generating procedures. WHO in its COVID-19 guidelines has thus urged countries to ensure that if a body with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 is selected for autopsy, health care facilities must ensure that safety measures are in place to protect those performing the examination.


To date, albeit the skyrocketing cases of COVID-19 in the Erongo Region of the country, the country has only reported one death on account of the virus.


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