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COVID-19 cases increasing across Namibia

COVID-19 cases increasing across Namibia

Niël Terblanché

HEALTH officials are searching for a farm worker and truck driver who went missing after providing specimens for testing and whose test results since proved positive for COVID-19.


The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, during the latest information session at the National COVID-19 Communication Centre, announced that the results of 96 people proved positive from a batch of 319.


According to Dr. Shangula, the farm worker presented at the Otjiwarongo State Hospital with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 on 8 July. Since the test was performed, the man, who is employed as a cattle herder, is believed to have gone back to the Omusati Region before his test results were known.


Dr. Shangula added that a cross border truck driver that entered Namibia from South Africa has also gone missing since submission of specimens for testing.


He said the driver was tested on 8 July.


Officials are unable to reach the person to inform him about his COVID-19 status.


The missing driver’s case was registered in Keetmanshoop, along with a Namibian truck driver that also entered Namibia from South Africa.


The second truck driver was traced to Rehoboth, where he resides and was quarantined at his home.


One person that was tested in Oshikuku was also diagnosed with COVID-19.


According to Dr. Shangula, the patient has no recent travel history and did not have contact with any known positive case.


He said two cross border truck drivers who entered Namibia from Angola at the Oshikango border post were tested on 17 July.


They were, however, allowed to travel to their final destinations in Windhoek and Swakopmund and are currently in mandatory isolation.


“A student who recently returned to Okakarara from abroad, also tested positive for infection with COVID-19. The patient was in quarantine at the Waterberg Resort at the time of testing,” he said.


Ten more residents of Windhoek tested positive, while 4 people from Swakopmund have also been placed in isolation after their results proved positive.


Dr. Shangula said that an update on the Windhoek cases will be given at a later stage.


The remaining 75 cases are all from Walvis Bay.


Of the 96 new cases, 67 are male, while the youngest patient is a six-year-old child and the oldest is 64.


“We have recorded 3 recoveries. Patients registered as case numbers 248, 340 and 392 have recovered and were discharged,” Dr. Shangula said.


Health officials are currently managing 1 539 active cases while the number of active contacts that needs to be monitored increased to 2 520.


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