Namibia: Covid-19 Cases Climb to 13

TWO more cases of Covid-19 were confirmed yesterday, bringing the total reported in the country to 13.

The latest cases are from Swakopmund, and are linked to case number 10, health minister Kalumbi Shangula announced at a media briefing yesterday.

Case number 10 involves a 33-year-old Namibian woman who had travelled to Dubai, Ethiopia and Johannesburg. She arrived in Namibia on 17 March and visited a health facility on 26 March. Samples were taken and sent to the Namibia Institute of Pathology (NIP), and the results were positive.

The two new cases are the woman's husband and their nine-month-old son.

The husband and son were tested on Monday.

According to the Erongo health directorate's principal officer, Dr Amir Shaker, the woman is recovering well.

Her husband and baby are sick but not critical, he said.

Shaker told The Namibian yesterday that health officials are in close contact with the family to monitor their progress. He said the family preferred isolating themselves at home rather than being admitted to hospital.

He said they are ordering food that is delivered to their home.


President Hage Geingob conceded yesterday that the country is not equipped to conduct thorough testing for new coronavirus cases.

"Since I declared a state of emergency, we have been observing how we are behaving as Namibians. I will say in general that there is some observance of this serious situation, but some people are not taking it seriously enough. Therefore we will keep updating you on the seriousness of the situation," he said.

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