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COVID numbers decline

COVID numbers decline

Niël Terblanché

IN a time where the number of people that tested positive for COVID-19 in Walvis Bay increased rapidly only three people were diagnosed with infection in the past 24 hours.


The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, while announcing the country’s second COVID-19 related death said that it is the first time in weeks that a single digit number of new cases has been reported in Namibia.


He also announced that another person was declared healthy.


“The person that was registered as case number 38 has made a full recovery and was sent home after being discharged,” he said.


The minister said 741 test results were received from the various laboratories of which 718 were specimens from suspected cases. The remaining number was retests of which only one recorded a second negative and was declared recovered.


Health officials are currently managing 833 active cases and have 1 154 active contacts under surveillance.


The number of tests performed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March has increased to 15 439. Before the start of the active search campaign started in Walvis Bay and more intensive testing in other places occurred in the country, the number of tests performed stood at just over the 8 000.


The fact that only three new cases were recorded in the time where intensive testing has been continuing is good news for the residents of Walvis Bay.


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