NAMIBIA has recorded yet another COVID-19 death in Walvis Bay, bringing the total number of deaths recorded to nine since the pandemic was first detected in the country in March.
The latest death is a 44-year-old woman from Walvis Bay.
According to the health minister, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, the deceased presented themselves at the Walvis Bay State Hospital on 21 July 2020 with symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
She had other chronic medical conditions and was tested while on admission and the results came back positive.
Dr. Shangula added that her condition gradually deteriorated and that she passed away yesterday, 28 July 2020.
“I express our profound condolences to the bereaved family,” Dr. Shangula stated.
In addition, the health minister stated that Namibia recorded 69 new COVID-19 cases, with 8 new cases registered in Windhoek as multiple businesses temporarily closed their doors after their employees tested positive.
This brings the total number of active cases in the country to 1 873.
Of the 69 cases, 57 are from Walvis Bay, 8 from Windhoek, 1 from Swakopmund, 1 from Usakos, 1 from Mariental, 1 from Usakos and 1 from Engela.
Dr. Shangula stated that of this number, 38 are male and 31 are female, with ages ranging from 6 to 77 years.
He added that contact tracing has been initiated.
Dr. Kalumbi stated that the case from Usakos involves a 57-year-old woman and that contacts are yet to be confirmed.
No known symptoms consistent with COVID-19 have been observed elsewhere in Usakos.
Touching on the 8 new cases from Windhoek, Dr. Kalumbi stated that a 57-year-old man who had contact with a confirmed case tested positive on 25 July 2020.
Shangula added that a 24-year-old woman and a staff member of Telecom also tested positive.
He added that the patient presented with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and was tested on 25 July 2020.
She indicated that she did not have contact with a confirmed case, but that a person from the same household, who is a contact of a confirmed case, also tested positive.
A 33-year-old man from the Suiderhof Military Base also presented with COVID-19 related symptoms and was tested on 25 July 2020.
No known contact with a confirmed case has been established.
Dr. Shangula further stated that a 27-year-old woman, who presented with COVID-19 related symptoms, was also tested positive in the Capital. There is no known contact with a confirmed case and no travel history has been recorded.
Other cases include a 52-year-old woman with no contact to a known case, a 34-year-old man and a staff member at the local market with no known contact to a confirmed case and a 55-year-old man who presented with COVID-19 related symptoms.
He, too, has no known contact with a confirmed case.
A 47-year-old man and a contact to a confirmed case also tested positive in Windhoek. He did not display COVID-19 related symptoms.
Dr. Shangula notes that it is concerning that a growing number of positive cases do not have known contacts with positive cases.
With regard to the case in Mariental, Dr. Shangula said a 34-year-old woman, who works at a local filling station, tested positive for COVID-19.
She has no known contact to a confirmed case and does no have COVID-19 related symptoms, nor any travel history.
She was tested as part of active cases search whereby the team randomly tested staff members at the filling station where trucks refuel.
The case in Engela involves a 30-year-old woman who travelled from Walvis Bay on 15 July 2020.
She had been in quarantine since she arrived in the Ohangwena Region after she was reported by the community members to the authority.
Dr. Shangula said that she had plans to attend a wedding, but that she was quarantined before she could attend.
“We commend the community members for this patriotic duty,” Dr. Shangula concluded.