by Charmaine Ngatjiheue
HEALTH and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula has announced that the first death linked to Covid-19 has been recorded in the Oshana region.
Shangula on Tuesday said a 65-year-old man from Ongwediva who was known to have multiple comorbidities died on Sunday, twelve days after being admitted to a private hospital and eleven days after he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
“He was admitted and tested on 4 August at a local private hospital, as he presented with symptoms consistent with Covid-19,” Shangula said.
“The result came out positive on 5 August. On 15 August, his clinical condition deteriorated and he passed away on 16 August.”
Shangula also announced that another 120 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Namibia. Seventy-two of those cases were recorded in Windhoek, while 18 people tested positive for the virus at Swakopmund, eight at Walvis Bay, 10 at Gobabis, three at Okahandja, two at Mariental, and one each at Oshikuku, Grootfontein, Rehoboth, Keetmanshoop, Karasburg and Lüderitz.
He said 13 of the cases in Windhoek are from Windhoek Correctional Facility.
Shangula also said a downward trend in the number of cases from the Erongo region, especially Walvis Bay, has been observed, with new cases in the region declining to 26 on Tuesday.
The country has 18 people infected with the virus who are either severely sick or in a critical condition, Shangula also reported.
Meanwhile, another 28 infected people in Khomas have recovered.
Namibia has now recorded 4 464 confirmed novel coronavirus infections, with 2 407 recoveries, 2 020 active cases and 37 deaths linked to Covid-19.