by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

NAMIBIA has reported its first Covid-19 death, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Friday afternoon.

According to the minister, the patient, a 45-year-old man from Walvis Bay, complained of respiratory ailment and showed signs of severe renal failure and sepsis.

On 8 July 2020, the patient’s condition worsened, he became restless and he hyperventilated and died on the same day.

“On 10th July 2020, the results indicated that the patient was Covid-19 positive. He therefore died as a result of Covid-19. Namibia has gone 116 days without registering a single death case. Today I have the unenviable duty to inform the public that we have recorded our first death case due to Covid-19,” the minister said.

In a statement, Shangula explained that the deceased presented to Walvis Bay State Hospital on 5 July 2020 with a complaint of dizziness, difficulty breathing and a cough.

The minister said the man was previously seen at a health care facility on 2 July 2020, saying he is known to have schizophrenia and doing well on treatment.

“On admission, vital signs were suboptimal. Respiratory examination revealed bilateral lower and middle zones crepitations. The patient was admitted with a diagnosis of pneumonia to rule out Covid-19 and was admitted to the transition ward and received treatment and further investigations. On 6 July 2020, the patient’s condition deteriorated,” Shangula noted.

The minister stressed that Covid-19 is real and this death must strengthen Namibians’ resolve to comply with preventive measures and to cooperate with those at the forefront of the response.

Meanwhile, the country today recorded 52 new Covid-19 positive cases. According to Shangula, 50 are Namibians and two are Indian nationals on work permit.

He said 49 are from Walvis Bay, one from Oshakati, and two people from a quarantine facility in Okahandja who recently travelled from India.

He said the case in Oshana region recently travelled from Walvis Bay and has been in quarantine since 1 July 2020.

The new cases include 27 males and 25  females. The youngest is 2 years old and the oldest is 56 years old. They are all clinically stable.

“Efforts to trace contacts and to establish the source of infection is ongoing,” he noted.

The total new cases today are 53, including the death. Namibia’s total cases are 668, with 25 recoveries.

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