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New COVID cases stay on downward trend

New COVID cases stay on downward trend

Niël Terblanché

THE number of active COVID-19 cases in Namibia has decreased further as new cases are significantly outnumbered by recoveries.


The Executive Director of the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Ben Nangombe, announced the latest COVID-9 statistics and said that only 60 people received positive test results since Sunday.
On Monday, 19 new cases were registered in Namibia while 41 new cases were registered on Tuesday.


For Monday, the 19 positive cases came from a specimen test batch of 458, while Tuesday’s 41 positive cases came from a test batch of 1 077.


According to Nangombe, 22 people from Windhoek, seven from Oshakati, four each from Onandjokwe and Rundu, and one each from Rehoboth, Walvis Bay, Gobabis, and Keetmanshoop had positive results on Tuesday.


On Monday, eight people from Oshakati, six from Windhoek, and five from Onandjokwe received positive results.


The health ministry also announced the recovery of 222 people over the past two days.


The high number of recoveries decreased the number of active cases in Namibia to 1 915.


“We have been observing that the majority of new cases reported in Windhoek are mainly coming from densely populated areas such as Khomasdal, Otjomuise, and Katutura. Although some regions reported only a few cases, this should not make us believe that COVID-19 is over, not yet,” Nangombe said.


He strongly encouraged people to keep complying with the necessary preventive measures at all times.


Nangombe announced the death of a 51-year-old man who passed away while admitted at the Oshakati State Hospital.


“The patient, who had several co-morbidities, was referred from the Opuwo District Hospital to the hospital in Oshakati on 1 October with a medical complaint that was not COVID-19 related,” he said.


According to Nangombe, that patient was swabbed upon being admitted in the Oshakati State Hospital.


“The patient’s clinical condition, however, deteriorated rapidly and he passed away on the same day as being admitted. The result of the COVID-19 test proved to be positive after the patient’s death,” he said.


The latest fatality ascribed to COVID-19 caused the death toll in Namibia to increase to 126.


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