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Record number of COVID-19 recoveries

Record number of COVID-19 recoveries

Niël Terblanché

NAMIBIA has recorded a record number of patients that recovered from COVID-19 over the past 24 hours.


Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, the Minister of Health and Social Services, said the 26 people were declared recovered after repeated testing results consecutively proved negative.


“The patients that were registered as case numbers 208, 211, 212, 215, 216, 225, 227,293, 294, 310,311, 321, 323, 325, 328, 333, 336, 346, 348, 361, 365, 366, 369 and 540 in Walvis Bay, case number 100 from Swakopmund and case number 780 from Engela were all declared recovered and were discharged. The number of recoveries increased to 101,” he said.


Dr. Shangula said that Namibia has unfortunately also registered 68 new cases over the past 24 hours.


“At 60, the vast majority of new cases are from Walvis Bay. Windhoek registered six more cases while Swakopmund and Keetmanshoop registered one case each,” he said.


With regard to the case in Keetmanshoop, Dr. Shangula said the patient is a 31-year-old male South African national from Durban, who works as a cross-border truck driver.


He entered Namibia through Ariamsvlei border post on 18 July 2020. He was tested on 21 July and travelled back to South Africa before his results were available.


Although the case is counted in Namibia, the man will be managed by South African health authorities.


With regard to the Windhoek cases, the health minister said that a 68-year-old man was admitted to the Windhoek Central hospital where he underwent a surgical procedure on 9 July.


He was discharged afterwards but on 24 July presented himself to a private hospital with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and was admitted because he was very sick.


He was tested while in hospital and his result came back positive.


He said a 38-year-old police officer from Windhoek and a contact of a confirmed case was tested on 23 July 2020.


The officer had no COVID-19 related symptoms and was not in quarantine before his results proved positive.


According to Dr. Shangula, a 23-year-old woman who works at a local bank also tested positive. He said she does not have a known contact with a confirmed case and she did not travel out of Windhoek recently. She, however, told health officials that she recently attended a birthday party where there was a person who travelled from the coast.


“The patient presented with COVID-19 related symptoms when she submitted specimens on 23 July 2020 and she was not in quarantine before the time,” he said.


Dr. Shangula said a 29-year-old woman from Windhoek with no recent travel history and no known contact with a confirmed case was tested on 23 July 2020 because she had symptoms consistent with COVID-19.


According to the health minister, a 26-year-old woman from Windhoek who was admitted at the Katutura State Hospital and discharged on 24 July presented at a private hospital with COVID-19 related symptoms a day after being discharged from the state hospital. She is also a contact of a confirmed case.


“A 48-year-old man from Windhoek, who had contact with a confirmed case, presented with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and he was tested on the 25th of July 2020. He has since been isolated and contact tracing was initiated,” the health minister said.


Dr. Shangula also said that the case of a 13-year-old child registered in Mariental on Sunday is in fact a three-year-old who was tested after the child’s father visited the family from Walvis Bay.


The health minister did not go into details about the cases registered at the coast.


Namibia currently has 1 734 patients under the management of health officials, while the number of active contacts under surveillance has increased to 2 865.


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