FOR the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in Namibia fewer new cases were recorded in Walvis Bay than in towns like Oshakati and Mariental.
At the same time, a cause for serious concern is the fact that the rate at which people are dying from COVID-19 related causes has risen to an average of two per day in the past three weeks.
The Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Esther Muinjangue announce the death of four more people and said that out of the 56 fatalities 46 were recorded in August. The past three days alone saw the COVID-19 related deaths of 14 people.
Besides the latest fatalities, the deputy health minister also announced that 176 new cases were recorded in Namibia and that 54 people were declared recovered.
The gender distribution of the new cases is 95 females and 81 males of which the ages range between that of a two-month-old baby and a 70-year-old pensioner.
At 126, Windhoek again recorded the majority of new cases in the country.
Four new cases were recorded in Walvis Bay, nine each in Oshakati and Swakopmund, eight in Onandjokwe, seven in Mariental, three in Rehoboth, two each in Tsandi, Engela and Katima Mulilo and one each in Otjiwarongo, Grootfontein, Gobabis and Khorixas
With regard to the COVID-19 related fatalities, the deputy health minister said that two people from Windhoek and one each from Swakopmund and Keetmanshoop passed away.
“A 38-year-old man from Windhoek, who presented to a local health care facility on the 10th of August with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, was swabbed on presentation and his results returned positive on the 12th of August. He has been admitted to the hospital in a critical condition,” she said
According to Dr. Muinjangue the man’s clinical condition deteriorated over the past few days and he passed away on the 23rd of August.
She said the second death recorded in Windhoek is that of a 54-year-old man who had multiple co-morbidities.
“He presented to a local health care facility on the 3rd of August and was swabbed for COVID-19 on the same day. He was admitted to the hospital in a severe clinical state and the test results proved positive on 4 August. The patient’s condition continued to deteriorate and he passed away on the 22nd of August.
According to Dr. Muinjangue the fatality recorded in Swakopmund is that of a 47-year-old man that had no known co-morbidities.
“He presented to a local health facility on the 9th of August with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and was swabbed. The results returned as positive on the 11th of August. The patient’s clinical condition continued to deteriorate and when he became critical he was referred to Windhoek for further management on the 22nd of August. The patient, unfortunately, died on the same day,” she said.
According to Dr. Muinjangue a 62-year-old woman from Keetmanshoop that had no known co-morbidities presented with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 on the 22nd of August.
“At the time that the patient came to the hospital, she was already in a severe condition. She was swabbed on presentation and the test results returned as positive on the 23rd of August. The patient’s condition, unfortunately, deteriorated rapidly and she passed away on the same day,” she said.
Dr. Muinjangue conveyed her sincere condolences to the bereaved families of the departed patients.
“Of the active cases, twelve patients are severely and critically sick. Six are in high care facilities in the Erongo Region and six in the Khomas Region,” she said.
On a less sombre note, the deputy health minister announced that 49 patients from the Khomas, three from the Zambezi, and two from the Ohangwena regions made a full recovery and said that the people were discharged and allowed to return to their homes.
The number of active cases increased to 3 411 while the number of active contacts increased significantly to 6 218.
The four newly announced COVID-19 related fatalities brought the cumulative death toll in Namibia to 56.
In the meantime, the acting Khomas Regional Health Director, Patemoshela Hamunyela, announced that people who tested positive for infection with SARS-CoV2 are urged not to move around but to rather stay at home.
Hamunyela said in the announcement that all positive cases in the Khomas Region should call 061 203 5027 or 203 5006 during office hours for their results.
People should have their Whatsapp number or e-mail address at hand when calling where your results and recovery certificates can be forwarded,” Hamunyela said.
Hamunyeal said that the region has prepared space for collecting negative results at the old filling station near the Khomas Regional Office.
“Clients may collect results from the 25th of August at 09:00,” Hamunyela said.