Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula says Namibia has recorded another death linked to a novel coronavirus infection in Windhoek.

He said a 69-year-old woman with Covid-19 symptoms was admitted to a health facility on 11 August and died two days later. She is known to have had underlying health conditions.

This brings Namibia’s total number of deaths related to Covid-19 to 36.

Shangula on Monday also announced 190 new coronavirus infections in Namibia, with 152 of those infections recorded in Windhoek. 

“The Windhoek cases are increasing exponentially. In the last two weeks alone, cases reported on a daily basis shifted rapidly from 13 cases to the highest we are reporting today, that is 152 cases, which is almost a tenfold increase.” He added: “We are yet to understand if we are really experiencing a downward trend after reaching a peak at Walvis Bay.”

Namibia now has 4 344 confirmed cases, 2 379 recoveries, 1 929 active cases and 36 deaths linked to the novel coronavirus.

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