by Okeri Ngutjinazo

THE baby who initially tested positive for Covid-19 after contamination from the mother has come out negative.

This was announced this morning by health minister Kalumbi Shangula as part of the daily health update.

Shangula said the baby, who is case 362, was reported on 3 July as positive.

“He was born by the mother who was recently diagnosed with Covid-19, case 296. The baby was tested too early,  five hours after delivery,” he said.

The minister said as per international standards, the baby was retested again after 24 hours and then after 72 hours after delivery. Both results came out negative.

“We therefore conclude that the initial result was a contamination from the mother, therefore case 362 has been deregistered,” he said.

Meanwhile the country has recorded 55 new confirmed cases, among them two are non-Namibians who are in a vessel and the remainder are Namibians.

He added that 53 are from Walvis Bay and two are from Windhoek. Of the 53 in Walvis Bay, 43 are in a vessel where other three crew members had also tested positive.

Of the two cases in Windhoek, one was referred from Walvis Bay on 19 June for medical reasons and the other is a contact of a confirmed case.

Shangula further noted that from the new confirmed cases, 48 are males while seven are females. The youngest is two-years-old and the oldest 60-years-old.

The country now has 593 confirmed cases, 25 recoveries and zero deaths.

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