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COVID-19 claims three more lives

COVID-19 claims three more lives

Niël Terblanché

THE COVID-19 pandemic in Namibia claimed three more lives, increasing the number of deaths recorded in the country to 19.


Ben Nangombe, the Executive Director of the Ministry of Health and Social Services, announced the sad news and said the latest victims of the pandemic are two residents of Windhoek and one was an elderly woman that was hospitalised in Walvis Bay.


With regard to the fatality in Walvis Bay, he said that the patient was an 84-year-old woman, who was admitted at Walvis Bay State Hospital on 5 August.


He said she had pre-existing chronic medical conditions.


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“She had no COVID-19 related symptoms but unfortunately passed away on 7 August 2020. Specimens were collected from her remains as is the protocol with all deceased persons in Walvis Bay at the moment. The test results proved positive on 8 August,” he said.


With regard to the deaths recorded in Windhoek, Nangombe said one person is a 50-year-old man with no known co-morbidities and no travel history outside of Windhoek.


“The patient was swabbed on 3 August after he reported that he had COVID-19 related symptoms. The results were received on 8 August 2020 and the patient was rushed to a health facility on the same day because he developed shortness of breath. The patient died shortly after his arrival at the hospital,” he said.


According to the health executive director, the second patient is a 56-year-old man with multiple co-morbid health conditions.


“The patient was informed that his COVID-19 test results proved positive on the evening of 8 August. Shortly afterwards he collapsed and passed away at his home after he reported that he experienced shortness of breath,” Nangombe said.


He extended condolences to all the bereaved families.


Nangombe also announced that the country recorded 97 new cases. He said 56 are males and 41 are females of which the ages range between one and 84 years.


He said 32 new cases were recorded in Walvis Bay, 11 in Swakopmund, one in Usakos, 35 in Windhoek, nine in Oshakati, three in Onandjokwe, two in Keetmanshoop and one each in Karasburg, Okahandja, Gobabis and Katima Mulilo.


According to Nangombe, the biggest cluster of new cases were recorded in the Soweto suburb, while Cimbebasia, Auasblick, Eros, Khomasdal, Olympia and Kleine Kuppe each recorded two new cases.


The 19 remaining cases were recorded in various other residential areas of Windhoek, which Nangombe did not identify.


“Of the nine cases from Oshakati, five had contact with confirmed cases. One of the patients is a health care worker,” he said.


With regard to the three cases in Onandjokwe, Nangombe said that two of the patients reported that they had contact with confirmed cases in Windhoek.


He said the two cases in Keetmashoop involve cross border truck drivers.


“One is a Namibian, while the other is a South African national, who has returned to South Africa before his test results were known. This means one less active case in Namibia,” he said.


He health Executive Director said the new case in Karasburg involves a 73-year-old woman who travelled to Namibia from South Africa on 29 July. The elderly woman was in quarantine since her arrival.


“The positive case from Okahandja is a 50-year-old man with no known contact with a confirmed case. He was swabbed as part of active case search campaign,” Nangombe said.


He said the case in Gobabis is that of a 44-year-old woman with no known contact with a confirmed case.


The patient presented at a health facility with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and was tested.


“The patient in Usakos is a 32-year-old health care worker. She was swabbed as part of active case search and her results proved positive,” he said.


Nangombe said that new case in Katima Mulilo is a 29-year-old Namibian student, who travelled from Zambia on 30 July.


He was in quarantine at the time of testing.


The Executive Director of the Ministry of Health and Social Services did not go into the details of the new cases reported in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.


Nangombe also announced the recovery of 64 patients and said 41 of the people that were declared recovered are from Walvis Bay, 21 are from Windhoek and two are from Engela.


He said all were discharged and allowed to go home.


The number of active cases grew to 2 226 and the number of active contacts being monitored by health officials also increased to 3 812.


With the latest fatalities ascribed to COVID-19, the death toll rose to 19.


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