Coronavirus update. PHOTO: Contributed

The Namibian Ministry of Health and Social Services announced a 9th, 10th and 11th cases of COVID-19 in the country on Saturday. 

According the ministry’s information department, like the first eight (8) cases, the latest three cases are also travel-related. 

“The 9th case is a 35 year- old Namibian female, who resides in South Africa, came to Namibia on the 30 March 2020,” the ministry indicated. 

“On 24 March 2020, she was attended to by a private practitioner and was advised to go for testing at Path Care,

“The samples were taken and send to NICD on the 25 March 2020, the test result was reported positive on 27 March 2020, her condition is stable; arrangements are made for her to be admitted in an isolation facility.”

The ministry also noted that the 10th case is 33-year-old Namibian female, who travelled to Dubai, Ethiopia and Johannesburg during March 2020. 

She is said to have arrived on the 17 March 2020 in Namibia and she visited a health facility on the 26 March 2020. 

Specimen, the ministry said, were taken and sent to NIP and the results came out on Saturday as positive.

“The 11th case is 69-year-old Namibian male, who travelled to Johannesburg, SA and came back 12 March 2020 in Namibia. He visited a health facility on the 25th March 2020.

“Specimen were taken and sent to NIP on 27  March 2020. The results came out today 28 March 2020 as positive.”

At the time of publishing, efforts by the ministry to reach him to disclose the results were. underway. 

Furthermore, the attending doctor stays at the farm, the team at Omaruru is trying to reach the doctor, and the press release will be updated afterwards, the ministry indicated.

“Arrangements to admit them in isolation facilities are underway. The ministry-led response is actively following up with all contacts of this persons to ensure proper quarantine and monitoring for symptoms.

“There are still no known cases of local transmission in Namibia, and no COVID-19 deaths.”

Lockdown Day 1

The ministry also urged all Namibians to adhere to the regulations of the National State of Emergency declared on 17 March 2020 and the lockdown strategy which was implemented as from the 27 of March to the 16 April 2020.

The lockdown covers the Khomas (which is mainly the capital city Windhoek) and Erongo regions including the towns of Okahandja and Rehoboth.

“People are urged to stay at home, they are encouraged to avoid crowds, wash hands with soap and running water, avoid touching faces, and stay away from other people when sick.”

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. 

Those concerned that they may have COVID-19 or with other questions can call the MoHSS toll-freehotline at 0800 100 100.

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