A third case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Namibia, Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Kalumbi Shangula has announced.
Shangula at a press conference here on Thursday said the confirmed case is of a 61-year-old man, a German citizen, who entered the country on 13 March 2020.
“He had travelled from Germany to Amsterdam on 24 February, then on 04 March he landed in Zimbabwe and then arrived in Namibia on 13 March,” said Shangula.
The minister said the man went to a local hospital in Windhoek where a specimen was taken and sent to a laboratory in South Africa, and the results were received on Thursday.
The patient thus remains in medical isolation and is in a stable condition, said Shangula.
“The Ministry of Health and Social Services-led response is actively following up with all contacts of this person to ensure proper quarantine and monitoring for symptoms,” said Shangula.
He noted that there are still no known cases of local transmission in Namibia nor deaths from COVID-19, and appealed to the public to take precautionary measures to protect themselves from contracting the virus.
Shangula also announced that the ministry Thursday received three ambulances, hospital beds, bed linen and other items donated by the United States of America Embassy in response to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Moreover, 10 ventilators bought by Government will arrive tonight in Windhoek and orientation on their use will commence soonest, they will be distributed to identified facilities around the country as part of the COVID-19 preparedness and response,” said Shangula.
- Title: THIRD CORONAVIRUS CASE CONFIRMED IN NAMIBIA
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