PEOPLE in seven different residential areas of Windhoek have tested positive for COVID-19.
The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shagula, during the latest information session at the National COVID-19 Communication Centre, stated that the seven new cases in Windhoek are all part of the 120 new cases registered in Namibia over the past 24 hours.
He said the results emanate from a batch of 522 test results that became available since Wednesday.
One person that resides in the upmarket neighbourhood of Ludwigsdorf tested positive while one from Goreangab, one from Auasblick, one from Otjomuise, one from Khomasdal, one from Cimbebasia and one person from the Havana neighbourhood also tested positive for infection with SARS-CoV2.
According to Dr. Shangula only one of the Windhoek cases was in quarantine when specimens were collected. Another person was tested on admission to a local private hospital for non-COVID-19 related reasons and those results proved positive. He said one of the new cases has no travel history and did not display symptoms at the time of specimen collection.
“The patient was tested because he was planning to travel and had to submit to a test to receive clearance that would allow him to travel,” he said.
With regard to the case in Katima Mulio, Dr. Shangula said that the patient travelled to the Zambezi Region from Walvis Bay by hitchhiking in a truck bound for Zambia.
“The case that was registered in Keetmanshoop is a construction worker who was working at the town’s district hospital since last month. He was working on the renovation hospital’s cleaners’ depot,” Dr. Shangula said.
He patient presented with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 since the 10th of July and visited Keetmanshoop testing facility at the hospital on the 13th July 2020 for specimen collection.
Dr. Shangula added that five people were declared recovered. He said the five recovered patients were registered as case numbers 297, 540, 563, 566 and 571 and all were discharged.
The 120 new cases caused the number of active cases currently under the care of health officials to increase to 1 446 while active contacts requiring constant monitoring, increased to 1 998.
Dr. Shangula described the clinical condition of all the new cases as stable.