HEALTH and security officials are looking for a South African truck driver of which the whereabouts are unknown and whose test results for COVID-19 proved positive.
The Ministry of Health and Social Services in its latest announcement stated that the truck driver recently entered Namibia while transporting cargo and a search for the person has already been launched.
The truck driver is part of the 125 new cases, a new record for Namibia, whose results were made available to the health ministry in the past 24 hours.
A second truck driver that submitted specimens at Keetmanshoop tested positive but has already gone back to South Africa. He will be counted in Namibia but managed in the neighbouring country.
One person, that was already in the hospital for another ailment tested positive for COVID-19 while two people in Swakopmund also had positive results.
A truck driver from Engela that was in quarantine in Windhoek also tested positive while a person who works at a health care facility in Lüderitz also tested positive for COVID-19.
The remaining 118 patients are all from Walvis Bay.
Forty people in the new group are females while the youngest person is a 9-month-old baby and the oldest is 56.
The health ministry further announced that one of the cases that were reported to be from Walvis Bay on Friday is actually from Lüderitz. The patient is a 46-year-old man with no recent travel history and no known contact with a confirmed case. The man is employed at a local shop.
According to the Ministry of Health’s statement, Namibia now has 1 169 active cases in mandatory isolation while 1 125 active contacts are being monitored by health officials.
Since the start of the pandemic Namibia recorded 1 203 positive cases and of those 32 people were declared recovered.
So far the country has recorded only two COVID-19 related deaths.