by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

A three-month-old baby in Windhoek has died of the novel coronavirus, minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula announced on Saturday.

He said the baby was presented to a local health facility on 17 August with a loss of appetite and vomiting.

The minister said the baby boy was also due for routine immunisation, which was duly administered.

“He later developed fever and died at home on 21 August. He was swabbed on 24 August and his test results came back positive on 26 August,” Shangula said.

The country has also reported three other Covid-19 deaths in Windhoek, bringing the total death toll for Namibia to 69.

The deceased recorded today were 54, 30 and 34 years old.

“Our sincere condolences to the bereaved families and to the nation at large,” Shangula said.

Meanwhile, the country reported 210 new novel coronavirus cases today, with 28 recoveries.

Windhoek recorded 141 new cases, Walvis Bay 15, Rehoboth 14, Keetmanshoop 12, Lüderitz five and Swakopmund four.

Okahandja, Okakarara and Engela reported four new cases each, Outjo one, and Usakos, Karasburg, Grootfontein, Outapi and Oshikuku one each.

The country now has 7 116 confirmed cases, with 2 817 recoveries, 4 230 active cases and 69 deaths.

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