HEALTH UPDATE: Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula this afternoon said the country has recorded 76 new Covid-19 cases. Of these 75 are Namibians and one is a foreigner. Namibia now has 861 Covid-19 cases, 28 recoveries and one death.

The minister said 73 are from Walvis Bay, two from Windhoek, and one from Keetmanshoop. He said 41 are male and 24 female.

The youngest case is three years old and the oldest is 49. All are clinically stable and contact tracing is ongoing.

Shangula said the Keetmanshoop case involves a male Zimbabwean national, who lives in South Africa and is a cross-border truck driver. The trucker travelled from Cape Town on 11 July and arrived in Namibia through the Noordoewer border post.

He was tested on 12 July and showed no symptoms.

“He proceeded to Walvis Bay as his final destination. The surveillance team at Walvis Bay was informed of his results and contacted him,” the minister said.

The case in Windhoek involves a Namibian student who travelled from Russia through Germany on 10 July and went straight into quarantine.

One truck driver travelled from Walvis Bay to South Africa and was tested en route at the Botswana border. He was sent back and was admitted to an isolation facility at Gobabis hospital, and was retested with another positive result.

Cases number 21 and 43 have recovered.

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