by Charmaine Ngatjiheue
A NEWBORN baby has tested positive for Covid-19, health minister Kalumbi Shangula announced on Saturday afternoon.
The newborn is part of Namibia’s 26 new positive Covid-19 cases recorded.
The baby tested positive for coronavirus after the mother had contracted the disease, Shangula told The Namibian.
According to the minister, all the new cases are of Namibians with 25 from Walvis Bay and one from Windhoek. This brings Namibia’s total number of cases to 375. The country now has 360 active cases and 25 recoveries.
“Among them is a newborn baby from Windhoek. The rest are from Walvis Bay. Of these 18 are females and seven are males. The youngest case is Day 0 (newborn) and the oldest is 58 years,” the minister said.
He said 11 cases are contacts of confirmed cases while the contacts to the remaining 15 cases are yet to be identified.
Shangula said 16 cases had symptoms consistent with Covid-19 at the time of specimen collection but the remainder did not display any symptoms.
He said 11 cases were identified through active case search. All the cases are in stable condition and contact tracing is ongoing,” he added.
“Yesterday evening I announced 15 new Covid-19 cases. However, it was later established that one of these cases was an already confirmed case. This case was therefore counted twice. The new cases should be 14 and not 15. Therefore, by last evening all confirmed cases were 349 and not 350 as announced,” he stated.