by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

HEALTH UPDATE … Namibia has recorded 96 new coronavirus infections, and the recovery of three people who had been infected with the virus.

The newly recorded cases are from Erongo, Khomas, //Kharas, Ohangwena, Otjozondjupa and Omusati. According to minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula, 75 of the new cases were recorded at Walvis Bay, four at Swakopmund, 10 in Windhoek, two at Keetmanshoop, two at Engela, one at Okakarara, one at Otjiwarongo and one at Oshikuku.

“Sixty-seven are males and 29 are females. Ages range from six to 64 years old. Contact tracing has been initiated. They are all in stable condition,” Shangula said on Friday.

According to the minister, the Engela cases are of two cross-border lorry drivers who travelled from Angola through the Oshikango border post. They were tested on 17 July. The two were allowed to proceed to their final destinations, namely Windhoek and Swakopmund, respectively.

The Keetmanshoop cases are both cross-border lorry drivers who came into Namibia from South Africa. One is a Namibian and a resident of Rehoboth. According to the minister, the two were tested on 18 July and proceeded to their respective destinations at Döbra and Walvis Bay.

The Rehoboth driver has been was found and is being isolated.

“The non-Namibian driver could not be reached,” Shangula said.

The case at Okakarara is a student who travelled back to Namibia and was quarantined at Waterberg Resort.

The case at Otjiwarongo is a cattle herder from a farm who went to the town’s state hospital on 8 July with symptoms consistent with Covid-19.

“He is reported to have gone to Omusati region. He is yet to be reached,” Shangula added.

The Oshikuku case has no recent travel history and no contact with a known Covid-19 case.

“We will update on details for Windhoek cases later,” the minister said.

Namibia has now recorded 1 618 novel coronavirus infections, with seven deaths and 72 recoveries.

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