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Sharp decline in new cases

Sharp decline in new cases

Niël Terblanché

THE curve of new COVID-19 cases is still flattening despite a few isolated flare ups in the beginning of the week.


The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, announced that only 56 new COVID-19 cases were registered across Namibia over the past 24 hours.


He also announced that 72 people were declared recovered and one death recorded.


“I am pleased to announce that we have made tremendous progress in building local capacity for testing for Covid-19. We now have a total number of six local laboratories that test for Covid-19 with a combined capacity of 2 400 tests per day. We have also liquidated the backlog of tests,” he said.


Dr. Shangula said that the elimination of the backlog means that test results will now be available within 24 to 48 hours.


“This will go a long way in alleviating the inconveniencies associated with the long wait for the results to become available. The testing capacity has increased significantly, therefore we are strategising to expand the targeted testing moving forward,” he added.


With regard to the recoveries, Dr. Shangula said that 57 people from the Khomas Region, five each from the Omaheke and Omusati regions, and six from the Karas Region all received a clean bill of health.


The health minister said that 39 people from Windhoek, six from Mariental, four from Swakopmund, two from Walvis Bay, and one each from Keetmanshoop, Okahandja, Eenhana, Tsumeb, and Oshakati had positive test results.


He said the gender distribution of the new cases is 32 females and 24 males, of which the youngest patient is one-year-old baby and the oldest is a 68-year-old pensioner.


According to Dr. Shangula, six people are severely sick and being cared for in high care wards, while ten people are critically ill and being treated in Intensive Care Units of various hospitals in the Khomas and Erongo regions.


The health minister said that a 38-year-old man from Windhoek who had multiple known co-morbidities passed away on 16 September while he was admitted to a hospital in the Capital.


“The patient presented at the hospital with another type of medical complaint on the 9th of September. He was swabbed upon admittance but his clinical condition deteriorated during his stay in hospital. The test results proved positive and his death is registered as COVID-19 related,” he said.


The number of active cases currently under the supervision of health officials has decreased to 2 115, while the cumulative number recoveries has increased to 8 431.


The latest fatality increased the number of deaths ascribed to COVID-19 in Namibia to 117.


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