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Windhoek cases increased tenfold

Windhoek cases increased tenfold

Niël Terblanché

NEW COVID-19 cases in Windhoek have increased tenfold over the past two weeks as the number of new cases reported daily rose from 13 to more than 150.


The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, announced the death of one patient that at 152 the capital city registered the vast majority of the 190 new ceases registered countrywide over the past 24 hours.


With regard to the fatality ascribed to COVID-19, Dr. Shangula said that the patient was a 69-year-old woman who presented to a local health facility on the 11th of August with symptoms consistent with COVID-19.


“The patient had a known chronic illness and was tested upon admission. Her condition deteriorated rapidly and she passed away on the 12th of August 2020. Her test results proved positive,” he said.


Dr. Shangula said that people might have noticed that positive cases reported from the Erongo Region including Walvis Bay started declining.


“We are yet to understand if we are really experiencing the downward-trend after reaching a so-called peak in Walvis Bay,” he said.


Besides the 152 cases registered in Windhoek, 17 new cases was registered in Walvis Bay, eight in Swakopmund, Three in Rehoboth, two each in Otjiwarongo and Lüderitz and one each in Omaruru, Mariental, Okahandja, Grootfontein, Eenhana and Rundu.


He said that 98 of the new cases are males and 92 are females. The ages of the patients range between that of a one-year-old toddler and a 73-year-old pensioner.


“Of the four cases reported in the Hardap Region, three are from the Rehoboth district and one from the Mariental district,” Dr. Shangula said.


He said that one of the three patients from Rehoboth was admitted to a local hospital after presenting with serious COVID-19 related symptoms. Two are women and one is a man and one of the patients work in Windhoek.


According to Dr. Shangula, the new case that was registered in Mariental is that of a 37-year-old woman who had no known contact with a confirmed case but who presented with COVID-19 related symptoms at the time of testing.

He said that of the four cases reported from the Otjozondjupa Region, two are males and two are females. Three are contacts of confirmed cases and one had no known contact. Two presented with COVID-19 related symptoms while two had no symptoms consistent with COVID-19.


“The two cases reported from the //Karas Region were registered in the Lüderitz District. One is from Rosh Pinah and the other is a resident of the harbour town. One recently travelled from Walvis Bay while the other came into contact with a confirmed case while on a visit to Windhoek.


He said the case reported in the Eenhana district is that of a 24-year-old man that was tested during an active case search on the 11th of August because he presented with COVID-19 related symptoms. The patient travelled to Windhoek on the 31st of July and returned to Eenhana on the 2nd of August.


A 47-year-old man from Rundu was admitted to the local hospital on the 10th of August after he returned to the Kavango East Region from a visit to Windhoek at the start of the month. The man was tested on 10 August and admitted to the hospital on the same day.


Dr. Shangula said that eight people in the Khomas Region and two in the Erongo Region are severely sick. He added that four people are currently in critical condition. One patient is from the Erongo Region and three are from the Khomas Region.


The health minister did not announce any new recoveries.


The total number of active cases placed in the care of health officials increased to 1 929 while the number of active contacts also rose to 4 605.


The latest fatality increased the cumulative total of COVID-19 related deaths in Namibia to 36.


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