NEW COVID-19 cases in Oshakati and Mariental have outnumbered the new cases in Windhoek for the first time since the beginning of August.
The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, said the pattern in Mariental and Oshakati is similar to the one that was observed in Walvis Bay, Windhoek, and other places where cluster transmissions occurred in places where the density of people is high.
The health minister again referred to schools, hostels, and situations where prisoners are incarcerated and said that the sectors responsible are requested to institute measures to limit human contact.
“Let us consider keeping caretakers within the facilities, wherever possible. Such measures are even more critical in environments where we have more vulnerable populations like in old age homes,” he said.
Dr. Shangula announced that 83 people received positive results from a test batch of 1 075 specimens analysed.
He said that 32 people in Oshakati, 22 in Mariental, 16 in Windhoek, three in Swakopmund, two each in Walvis Bay and Okahandja, and one each in Otjiwarongo, Karasburg, Engela, Katima Mulilo, Gobabis, and Outapi were positively diagnosed with COVID-19.
The gender distribution of the new cases is 64 males and 19 females, of which the youngest patient is three-month-old baby and the oldest is a 73-year-old pensioner.
The health minister also announced the recovery of 180 people and said that that 97 people from the Oshana Region, 74 from the Khomas Region, seven from the Erongo Region, and two from the Ohangwena Region all received a clean bill of health.
The high number of recoveries decreased the number of active cases currently being monitored by health officials to 2 049, which represents less than 20% of the cumulative number of confirmed cases.
The death toll ascribed to COVID-19 in Namibia increased to 120 after a 49-year-old man from Gobabis passed away at home.
Dr. Shangula said the patient presented at a local health facility on 10 September with symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
“The patient was treated symptomatically and discharged home. The patient, however, died at home on 17 September,” he said.
According to Dr. Shangula, a specimen was taken from the deceased person’s body and the sample tested positive.
He said the fatality is classified as a COVID-19 death.