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Covid-19 cases rise to 34 from 32

Namibia has two new confirmed Covid-19 cases, one of which could be the country first local transmission.

The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases now stands at 34. There are also two Namibian drivers who tested Covid-19 positive in Botswana while on the way to South Africa.

Health minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula announced this during his daily national address on Covid-19 at the communication centre Tuesday.

Dr Shangula said case number 33 is a 35-year-old Namibian man with SA citizenship, who arrived in Namibia on the 12th June 2020. He crossed the border into Namibia and proceeded to Windhoek.

“He was taken into quarantine facility on the 14th June 2020. A specimen was taken from him for testing. The results showed positive for Covid-19. He is asymptomatic and his condition is satisfactory. Contact tracing has commenced,”  Dr Shangula said.

According to Dr Shangula, case number 34 is a 39-year-old Namibian woman from Walvis Bay, who works with case number 32 at the Walvis Bay Correctional Service.

“She developed symptoms of running nose, headache and loss of smell on the 3rd June 2020. She visited her private doctor and was swabbed.

“She has been admitted to the Isolation Unit in Walvis Bay in a satisfactory condition. She has no travel history. Case 34 is a local transmission,” Dr Shangula said.

We have one new recovery. Case No 28 tested negative on the 13 June 2020. He tested negative again on the 15 June 2020. This brings the total number of recoveries to 18.

The truck drivers, Dr Shangula said, are from Gobabis.

“One of the two never left Gobabis and left from there to Botswana where he was tested. The other truck driver collected his cargo at Walvis Bay from where he left for Botswana and was tested there. Both are admitted to the Isolation Unit in Gobabis in a satisfactory condition,” he said.


Wonder Guchu

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