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COVID-19 claims three more

COVID-19 claims three more

Niël Teerblanché

THREE more people in Namibia died as a result of COVID-19.

 

The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula announced the three fatalities and added that 177 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Namibia over the past 24 hours.

 

He said the first death is that of a 40-year-old man who was admitted to the Walvis Bay District Hospital on 10 August with symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

 

“The patient passed away on the 11th of August. Specimens were collected from the body on the 11th August 2020 as per the Walvis Bay protocol. The results proved positive on the same day,” Dr. Shangula said.

 

The second fatality, according to Dr. Shangula, is a 64-year-old woman from Swakopmund who is known to have had multiple co-morbidities.

 

“She was admitted on the 9th of August with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and was tested on the same day. Her clinical condition, however, deteriorated rapidly and she died on the 11th of August. The results of her test proved positive on the 11th of August,” he said.

 

Dr. Shangula said the third death is that of a 70-year-old woman from Windhoek who had no known co-morbidities.

 

He said patient presented to a local clinic in Windhoek on 31 July with fever, chills, and night sweats. She was again treated as an outpatient on 9 August, but died at home on 11 August.

 

“A specimen was collected from the body prior to a post mortem examination on day of her death and the result proved positive on the same day,” he said.

 

Dr. Shangula expressed his condolences to the bereaved families.

 

About the 177 people that tested positive over the past 24 hours, Dr. Shangula said that 102 are males, 75 are females and that their ages range from one to 82 years.

 

Walvis Bay recorded 77 new cases, Windhoek 67, Swakopmund 18, Usakos two, Oshakati eight, Mariental two, Rehobth one and Onandjokwe two.

 

The health minister did not go into the details of the new cases in Windhoek, Walvis Bay and Swakopmund, but said that of the eight new cases in Oshakati, seven had contact with confirmed cases.

 

“The first case is 27-year-old woman from Okashandja that had contact with a confirmed case. She was tested on the 4th of August 2020 because she had symptoms consistent with COVID-19,” he said.

 

He said a 37-year-old man also from Okashandja had contact with a confirmed case.

 

He was also tested on 4 August 2020 as part of an active case search.

 

Dr. Shangula said the third case is a 39-year-old man from Ekuku who had contact with a confirmed case.

 

The patient was tested on 4 August because he had symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

 

The fourth case is a 41-year-old man from Oshakati West, with no known contact with a confirmed case, who tested on 7 August because he presented with COVID-19 related symptoms.

 

“The fifth patient to test positive is a 53-year-old man from Ongwediva who had contact with a confirmed case. He was tested on the 7th of August as part of an active case search,” he said.

 

Dr. Shangula said a 50-year-old woman from Ongwediva who had contact with a confirmed case was also tested on 7 August as part of an active case search.

 

He said a 46-year-old female who had contact with a confirmed case, who was tested on 10 August as part of an active case search also had positive results.

 

“The youngest of the eight cases is that of a seven-year-old girl who had contact with a confirmed case. She was tested on the 10th of August as part of an active case search,” he said.

 

With regard to the two cases reported in Onandjokwe, Dr. Shangula said they are that of a 77-year-old woman from Onayena and a 34-year-old man from Onguta.

 

“The woman had contact with a confirmed case and was tested on the 3rd of August because she presented with COVID-19 related symptoms. The man had no contact with a confirmed but he was tested because he presented with symptoms consistent with COVID-19,” he said.

 

The health minister said the two cases reported in Usakos were tested as a limited targeted testing, following the positive result of the health care worker at the local clinic.

 

“Random testing of people who were seen at the health facility was done, because officials were not sure who was in contact with the health care worker,” he said.

 

The first case is that of a 42-year-old man from Tubuses who did not have contact with a confirmed case.

 

He was tested on 5 August 2020 as part of an active case search. The same procedure was followed with a 26-year-old woman whose results also proved positive.

 

According to Dr. Shangula, the two cases registered in Mariental are that of 21-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man.

 

The woman was tested on 3 August.

 

She had no contact with a confirmed case but did present with symptoms at the time of swabbing.

 

“The second case is that of a teacher who also had no contact with a confirmed case. He was tested on the 8th August because he presented with COVID-19 related symptoms,” he said.

 

About the case in Rehoboth, Dr. Shangula said that the patient is a 29-year-old woman who did not have contact with a confirmed case.

 

He said she was tested on 31 July 2020 because she presented with COVID-19 related symptoms.

 

Dr. Shangula said that 120 patients were declared recovered and added that all the people were discharged and allowed to go home. He said that 89 of the recovered patients are from Walvis Bay and 31 are from Windhoek.

 

The health minister said that seven patients among the 2 549 active cases are critically sick.

 

He added that 14 patients are under constant observation because they are severely sick.

 

Besides the 2 549 active cases that are being cared for by health officials, the number of active contacts currently under surveillance increased to 4 164.

 

The three latest deaths ascribed to COVID-19 increased the total number of fatalities recorded in Namibia to 22.

 

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