Namibia hits eight Coronavirus cases

It’s been two weeks since Namibia announced her first two Coronavirus cases on 13 March.

On Tuesday we have recorded five more new cases. The number of people infected with Coronavirus has hit seven after five more patients presented symptoms of the fast spreading virus.
Dr Kalumbi Shangula, The Minister of Health and Social Services during a press conference at State House primarily announced that two new cases involving Namibians were recorded in the country, The fourth case was a 19-year-old male student who travel-led back to Namibia from England via Johannesburg lately. The fifth case involves a 44-year-old Namibian pilot who travelled to Johannesburg, South Africa for a week last month, from 7 February to 13 February 2020.
“He had a visitor who is a fellow pilot from South Africa before he got sick. Samples were taken and result came out positive.
Arrangements have been made to put him in isolation,” Shangula said. With regards to the sixth case, the health minister said that a 21-year-old man, a student studying at WITS University was tested in South Africa, but travelled back before his results came out. The results came out on Wednesday as positive and the student was admitted in isolation.
The seventh person that tested positive is a French National who travelled from France and landed in Namibia on the 16th of March before the state of emergency announcement by president Geinbob. He was screened at the airport where he did not show any symptoms of COVID-19. He then travelled to the south. Few days later, The ministry came to know of his whereabouts after he checked in a health facility in the south with fever and cough, the health team there observed him and took samples for confirmatory laboratory testing and the results came out positive. Said Nangombe.
All Namibians are encouraged to adhere to regulations prescribed during the declaration of a National State of Emergency on 15 March 2020.
“People are encouraged to avoid crowds, wash hands with soap and running water, avoid touching their faces, and stay away from other people when sick.
The main symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and difficulty breathing,” he said.
The health minister said that people who are concerned that they might have COVID-19 can call the health ministry’s hotline on 0800 100.

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