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Search is on for another truck driver

Search is on for another truck driver

Niël Terblanché

HEALTH authorities in Walvis Bay have been alerted to search for a cross border truck driver that is amongst the 75 new COVID-19 cases registered in Namibia.


The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula said that the results of a specimen collected from the truck driver, a Zimbabwean national that resides in South Africa, was collected at the checkpoint between Keetmanshoop and Grünau on 12 July. He said the driver did not present any symptoms at the time of testing and was allowed to drive on to Walvis Bay to discharge the cargo he was transporting from Cape Town.


“In the meantime his test results proved to be positive and our COVID-29 surveillance team in Walvis Bay has been informed to trace and contact the driver.


health authorities Walvis Bay alerted search border truck driver 75 new COVID-19 cases registered
TRUCK CENTRE: Trucks arrive at the special isolation facility for drivers in Walvis Bay. Photo: Niël Terblanché


Another foreign national, a crew member of a fishing vessel in Walvis Bay, tested positive for having COVID-19 and is currently isolated on the vessel.


One person, a Namibian student who returned from Russia via Germany on 10 July, tested positive for COVID-19 in Windhoek while in mandatory quarantine.


Another cross border truck driver from Walvis Bay that was initially tested at the border post with Botswana while on his way to South Africa tested positive. The man was called back to Gobabis where a second test proved positive and he was placed in mandatory isolation for further management.


Dr. Shangula said the remaining patients are all from Walvis Bay. Of the new patients 51 are male and 24 are female. The youngest is a three-year-old child and the oldest is 49-years-old. He described the clinical condition of all the new patients as stable.


He said the patients registered as case number 21 and case number 43 made full recoveries which bring the number of people deemed cured from COVID-19 to 18.


He said that health authorities are managing 832 active cases while 1 151 people deemed as active contacts are being monitored.


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