Covid-19 Update … Namibia records 129 new cases

Namibia has recorded 129 new confirmed coronavirus infections, 262 recoveries and no new fatalities linked to Covid-19.

This was announced by health minister Kalumbi Shangula on Friday afternoon.

Of the new cases, 67 are female and 62 male, with the youngest two months old and the oldest 73 years of age.

Windhoek recorded 67 new confirmed cases, Mariental 15, Rehoboth 12, Oshakati and Okahandja six each, Walvis Bay five, Keetmanshoop three, Katima Mulilo, Omuthiya, Tsumeb, Omaruru, Gobabis and Swakopmund two each, and Grootfontein, Otjiwarongo and Lüderitz one each.

The new recoveries are distributed as follows: Oshana 87, Erongo 65, Khomas … Read More

Namibia exits state of emergency

by OKERI NGUTJINAZO, TAATI NIILENGE, YOKANY OLIVEIRA and VICTORIA WOLF

THE government has decided not to extend the state of emergency which was implemented six months ago to curb the impact of the novel coronavirus.

The state of emergency lapsed last night.

President Hage Geingob yesterday said to manage the pandemic under the Covid-19 state of emergency, the Cabinet adopted five levels of restriction, ranging from a full lockdown of social and economic activities under stage 1, to more moderate and gradually relaxed precautionary measures under stages 2, 3 and 4.

Stage 5 had envisaged ‘a new normal’ under which … Read More

Update: Namibia records 114 new Covid-19 cases

HEALTH UPDATE … Deputy health and social services minister Utjiua Muinjangue says the country has recorded 114 new coronavirus infections, as well as 183 recoveries from the virus.

She on Thursday evening said the bulk of the new cases were from Windhoek, with 62, followed by Swakopmund with 10, nine at Oshakati and seven at Gobabis. At Keetmanshoop, Karasburg and Okahandja each four new infections were recorded, and at Walvis Bay, Rehoboth and Engela three each.

Outapi, Onandjokwe, Omuthiya, Rundu and Omaruru each recorded one new infection.

“For the last three days, our daily new cases were below 100, after … Read More

State House (Live): 18th Covid-19 public briefing

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Namibia’s Covid-19 pandemic state of emergency will expire at midnight tonight (Thursday), president Hage Geingob has announced.

Hage Geingob

Geingob said at State House in Windhoek this afternoon that following the novel coronavirus outbreak in March, he declared the pandemic as a national disaster with the support of the National Assembly. 

He said the idea was to safeguard the health of Namibians while ensuring the economy stayed intact. He, however, added that the economy was adversely affected by the state of emergency regulations. In line with that, … Read More

Namiabia records 63 new Covid-19 cases

HEALTH UPDATE: Namibia has recorded 63 new confirmed coronavirus infections, with 144 new recoveries from the virus and two more deaths, the Ministry of Health and Social Services’ executive director, Ben Nangombe, said on Wednesday.

Windhoek has recorded 44 new coronavirus infections, Rundu five and Rehoboth three, while Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Tsumeb recorded two each. Oshakati, Otjiwarongo, Omaruru, Gobabis and Mariental recorded one new infection each.

The two deaths are from Windhoek and Swakopmund, involving a 61-year-old and a 28-year-old respectively. Meanwhile, Windhoek recorded 103 recoveries from the virus, Omusati 12, Kunene 10, //Kharas nine, Erongo eight and Omaheke … Read More

Covid-19 Update

THE Ministry of Health and Social Services’ executive director, Ben Nangombe, says Namibia has recorded 665 new recoveries from novel coronavirus infections, 83 newly confirmed infections and another three deaths linked to Covid-19.

Speaking at the Covid-19 communication centre in Windhoek on Tuesday, Nangombe said recoveries from the coronavirus in Namibia now number 7 358, out of 9 901 confirmed cases registered countrywide. The country’s Covid-19 death toll has reached 106, and active cases now number 2 437.

Of the new cases, 41 are from Windhoek, seven from Rehoboth, six from Walvis Bay, five from Onandjokwe, four from Swakopmund, while … Read More

732 Covid-19 cases at learning institutions

by Hileni Nembwaya, Okeri Ngutjinazo and Luqman Cloete

TWO schools in the Oshana region and one in the //Kharas region have suspended face-to-face classes after positive cases of the novel coronavirus were confirmed at these institutions.

SUSPENDED … PK de Villiers High School at Keetmans­hoop also suspended classes yesterday after a teacher and a Grade 12 pupil tested positive. Photo: Luqman Cloete

Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula yesterday during the daily Covid-19 briefing said out of the 9 818 confirmed cases the country has recorded, 732 involve teachers, students and pupils in 12 regions.

This accounts for … Read More

Shangula dismisses rumour about remdesivir injection

by Okeri Ngutjinazo 

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula has dismissed rumours that the Ministry of Health and Social Services is carrying out mandatory vaccinations with the antiviral medicine remdesivir. 

Medication prepared for people affected by Covid-19, Remdesivir is a selective antiviral prophylactic against virus that is already in experimental use, conceptual image.

He, however, noted on Monday that the health ministry is carrying out routine immunisation for women and children which is implemented every year and forms part of the ministry’s events calendar.

Shangula said an audio recording and a certain narrative have been circulating on social media, seeking to instill … Read More

Update: Namibia records 99 news Covid-19 cases

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

Health update: Namibia has recorded 99 new coronavirus infections, 150 new recoveries and another two deaths linked to Covid-19.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula on Monday said the two most recent deaths linked to an infection with the novel coronavirus were of men aged 57 and 64, respectively, who died in Windhoek. Shangula noted that Namibia’s case fatality ratio stands at 1,0%.

Windhoek recorded 60 new confirmed cases, Oshakati six, Rehoboth five, Walvis Bay and Onandjokwe four each, Engela and Keetmanshoop three each, Eenhana, Outapi and Okakarara two each, and Omuthiya, Rundu, Otjiwarongo, Okahandja, Usakos, Gobabis, Karasburg and … Read More

Windhoek inmates fear for their safety

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

INMATES at Windhoek Correctional Facility fear contracting Covid-19 after four of them, who spent time in a cell with other inmates, tested positive for the novel coronavirus last week.

“We are at risk; we have children; we cannot die like this,” one of the inmates told The Namibian.

The facility’s total population cstands at 1 020.

The inmate said some of his fellow inmates have started showing symptoms of Covid-19, but have not been isolated.

He also complained of overcrowded cells.

In addition, an inmate died last Monday, possibly of Covid-19.

The inmate said the deceased inmate … Read More

Geingob ponders lifting state of emergency

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue and Sakeus Iikela

PRESIDENT Hage Geingob is pondering lifting the state of emergency imposed six months ago among a raft of measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 as the country reported its 100th death over the weekend.

Geingob on Friday said key considerations will be made in the next five days while moderate level three restriction measures will be extended across the country.

The state of emergency, which was imposed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus earlier this year, ends on Thursday, 17 September.

“We will see within the next five days if there … Read More

Update: Namibia’s records 115 new Covid-19 cases

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

NAMIBIA has recorded 115 new coronavirus cases, 732 new recoveries and three deaths.

This was announced on Sunday afternoon by health deputy minister Ester Muinjangue.

Of these new cases, 62 are males and 53 females, the youngest is 17 days old and the oldest 69 years.

Windhoek recorded 60 new cases, Rehoboth 19, Usakos 7, Mariental, and Keetmanshoop 5 each, Walvis Bay 4, Okahandja and Outapi 3 each, Otjiwarongo and Rundu 2 each, and Swakopmund, Okakarara, Tsumeb, Gobabis and Katima Mulilo one each.

Of the recoveries, Khomas recorded 618, Kavango East 58, Hardap 27, Ohangwena 14, Oshana … Read More

Health update

Namibia has recorded 167 new confirmed coronavirus infections and 913 new recoveries. There were no deaths recorded today.

This was announced this afternoon by the health ministry’s deputy minister Ester Muinjangue.

Of these new cases, 90 are males and 77 are females, the youngest is four months and the oldest is 71 years age.

Windhoek recorded 114 cases, Karasburg 9, Okahandja 8, Rehoboth 5, Otjiwarongo, Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Rundu four each, Okongo and Oshakati three each, Lüderitz, Onandjokwe and Tsumeb two each, and Mariental, Engela and Outapi one each.

Meanwhile the recoveries are distributed as follows: Erongo 498, Khomas … Read More

We won’t be guinea pigs – Geingob

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

President Hage Geingob today said Namibia and other African countries will not offer to be guinea pigs for a Covid-19 vaccine.

The president said Namibia will participate in any vaccine trial that has been tested elsewhere, but will not allow her people to be used in a trial-and-error process for vaccines.

“If the vaccine is tested in America or elsewhere we will definitely take it, but what we are not open to is the vaccine being tried on our people. We want to find a way that will benefit our people, but not expose them,” he said.… Read More

Update: Khomas, Erongo cases drop

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

Namibia has recorded 181 new Covid-19 cases and two deaths. Some 131 recoveries have also been recorded today.

This was announced this evening by deputy minister of health and social services Ester Muinjangue.

Of the new cases 100 involve women and 81 men.

The youngest is a year old and the oldest is 80.

Windhoek recorded 60 new cases, Keetmanshoop 27, Walvis Bay 16, Swakopmund and Mariental 11 each, Okahandja and Rehoboth seven each, Karasburg and Otjiwarongo six each, Usakos, Oshakati and Eenhana four each, and Lüderitz and Oshikuku three each.

Grootfontein, Gobabis, Khorixas, Rundu and Katima … Read More

Only high-risk health workers to be isolated

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

The ministry of health says only health workers in high-risk facilities will be separated from their families to avoid transmission.

Photo: Reuters

This was said by executive director Ben Nangombe on Friday afternoon at State House while responding to questions on a circular directing health workers quarantined at hotels, guest houses and lodges to vacate these facilities by 13 September.

Nangombe said the rationale of isolating all health professionals was to avoid transmissions however as time went on, the ministry developed a document stating that they will assess the health workers’ possible exposure to coronavirus.

“So initially … Read More

State House: Update on Covid-19 national response measures

President Hage Geingob says Namibia now has 9 437 confirmed Covid-19 cases, with 4 898 recoveries and 4 441 active cases.

He added that the country now has 98 deaths of which two are health care workers at Erongo and in Khomas regions.

The president noted that the number of cases reported daily have drastically dropped by 20%, saying the numbers would continue to fluctuate.

“Namibians should continue to be vigilant to drop rate of infections,” he said.

Speaking during the 17th Covid-19 briefing at statehouse said the government is increasing testing capacity in addition to increasing hospital based isolation.… Read More

Covid-19 Update …

NAMIBIA has recorded 148 new coronavirus infections, 127 recoveries and three deaths.

This was announced on Thursday afternoon by health executive director Ben Nangombe.

He said of the new cases, 81 are male and 67 female, with the youngest being three years old and the oldest 87 years.

Windhoek recorded 85 new infections, Walvis Bay 9, Okahandja 8, Swakopmund 7, Oshakati, Rehoboth, Gobabis, Lüderitz and Keetmanshoop four each, Rundu three, Nankudu, Katima Mulilo, Omuthiya, Tsumeb, Otjiwarongo and Karasburg two each, Grootfontein, Eenhana and Engela one each.

The recoveries are distributed as follows; Khomas 100, Oshana 9, Ohangwena 7, Otjozondjupa 6, … Read More

Namibia records 659 recoveries

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

THE country has recorded 659 new recoveries bringing the total to date to 4 640.

This was announced afternoon by the health minister Kalumbi Shangula on Wednesday.

The recoveries are from Khomas 545, Erongo 59, Ohangwena 18, Hardap 12, Kavango East 11, Omusati 10 and Otjozondjupa 4.

The minister said there were 180 Covid-19 cases confirmed on Wednesday. Of these 91 are male and 89 female, the youngest is one year and the oldest is 78 years old.

Windhoek recorded 99 new cases, Walvis Bay 23, Swakopmund 13, Rundu 9, Rehoboth 8, Okahandja 7, Keetmanshoop and Katima … Read More

More health workers contracting Covid-19

by Hileni Nembwaya

HEALTHCARE workers in the northern regions are increasingly getting infected with Covid-19, as the virus takes a toll on the frontline workers.

Image used for illustrative purposes.

The coronavirus has so far infected more 20 healthcare workers in the northern regions, placing a great strain on the already fragile healthcare services in the communities.

According to the Ministry of Health and Social Services Covid-19 daily updates, Ohangwena region has so far recorded six health care workers infected with Covid-19, Oshana recorded eight, Omusati recorded five, and Oshikoto has recorded four.

Among those infected are nurses, doctors and … Read More

Covid-19 Update …

Namibia has recorded 118 new confirmed coronavirus infections and 175 recoveries from the virus causing Covid-19.

This was announced by health minister Kalumbi Shangula on Tuesday evening.

Of the newly confirmed coronavirus infections the youngest is four months old and the oldest 88 years of age.

Shangula said the number of new test results was low compared to the usual amount of tests done recently, due to technical challenges experienced. Outstanding results would be added to the number to be announced on Wednesday.

Windhoek recorded 81 newly confirmed coronavirus infections, Rehoboth eight, Swakopmund six, Oshakati and Rundu three each, Omuthiya, … Read More

BREAKING NEWS : Walvis Bay records zero Covid-19 cases

by Ester Mbathera

Walvis Bay today did not record a single Covid-19 case after more than three months since the town reported its first case involving a truck driver on 25 May.

The governor of the Erongo region, Neville Andre, said this is a good sign for the town, which has been the epicentre of the virus for three months consecutively.

“We still have to monitor the days following. It’s a good sign. It just tells us we can eliminate the virus within our community if we continue to follow the set protocols. Hopefully we will be the first region … Read More

Northern trips irk authorities

by Hileni Nembwaya

NAMIBIA’S northern regions are seeing a surge in Covid-19 cases as many of its inhabitants are returning from the Erongo region.

Image used for illustrative purposes.

The high movement of people from the former epicentre of the pandemic in the country to the northern regions is raising fears as the number of cases continue to rise.

As of 5 September the Oshana region has recorded a total of 169 cases and three deaths, and the Omusati region recorded a total of 35 cases and one death.

The Ohangwena region by 5 September had a total of 93 … Read More

Covid-19 cases on the decrease – Shangula

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula says the curve of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the country looks encouraging, as there is a decrease in the number of cases reported daily.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula

Namibia yesterday recorded 125 confirmed Covid-19 cases, 20 new recoveries and two deaths.

Of the confirmed cases, 66 are men and 59 women, the youngest being a 10-month-old and the oldest 90 years old.

Windhoek recorded 81 cases, while seven cases each were reported from Walvis Bay, Rehoboth and Keetmanshoop. Omaruru, Mariental, Okahandja and Otjiwarongo reported four cases each and Gobabis had three, Swakopmund two, … Read More

UPDATE: Namibia records 125 new Covid-19 cases

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

NAMIBIA has recorded 125 new Covid-19 cases with 20 recoveries and two deaths.

This was announced by health minister Kalumbi Shangula on Monday afternoon.

Of the confirmed cases, 66 are males and 59 females, the youngest being 10 months old and the oldest 90 years old.

Windhoek recorded 81 cases, with Walvis Bay, Rehoboth and Keetmanshoop having seven cases each.

Four cases each were recorded from Omaruru, Mariental, Okahandja and Otjiwarongo while Gobabis had three, Swakopmund two, and one each from Usakos and Rundu. Shangula said the new recoveries are from Hardap 8, Khomas 7 and //Kharas … Read More

‘Patients show recovery’ after remdesivir treatment

by Okeri Ngetjinazo

LOCAL specialist physician Dr Ishmael Katjitae says the condition of two patients, who have been treated with remdesevir – an antiviral medicine used in patients with severe Covid-19 symptoms, has shown improvement so far.

Dr Ishmael Katjitae. Photo: MICT

The country received 1 000 ampoules of the antiviral medicine two weeks ago, which has been distributed to state and private hospitals. The ministry of health ordered 3 000 ampoules in total with the rest yet to arrive.

The drug is only administered to hospitalised patients with severe Covid-19 symptoms and it has been found to shorten the … Read More

Millions for Covid-19 vaccine trial

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

DESPITE Namibia’s medium-income status, which disqualifies the country from accessing grants, it will be forking out millions to access a new trial vaccine.

Covax will be on trial in 54 African countries.

The vaccine, called Covax, will be on trial in 54 African countries.

About eight medium to high-income African countries, including Namibia, will have to pay for the vaccine, while 46 poor to very poor countries on the continent will receive it at a subsidised fee.

Namibia in August expressed the country’s interest in officially joining the global move to develop a vaccine against Covid-19.

Minister … Read More

Coronavirus tests increasing

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

NAMIBIA has recorded 171 newly confirmed coronavirus infections, 143 new recoveries from the virus and two deaths linked to Covid-19.

This was announced by health ministry executive director Ben Nangombe on Sunday evening.

Nangombe said the youngest of the newly confirmed cases is one month old and the oldest is aged 79.

Windhoek recorded 120 new coronavirus infections over the past day, Swakopmund 15, Walvis Bay 12, Okahandja 7, Rehoboth 5, Grootfontein, Otjiwarongo, Mariental, Rundu and Katima Mulilo two each, and Andara and Okakarara one each.

Nangombe said the total number of samples tested since the outbreak … Read More

Covid-19 Update:

Namibia has recorded 191 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 32 new recoveries. There were no deaths recorded.

This was announced this evening by the health ministry’s executive director Ben Nangombe. He said of the confirmed cases, 99 are male and 92 are female. The youngest is one and the oldest is 92 years old.

Windhoek recorded 87, Keetmanshoop 17, Walvis Bay 14, Rundu 13, Mariental 9, Tsumeb 7, Usakos 6, Oshakati 5, Gobabis 4, three each from Omaruru, Rehoboth, Otjiwarongo, Okahandja and Engela, two each from Karasburg, Swakopmund, Okakarara, Oshikuku and Outapi, and one each from Lüderitz, Onandjokwe, Opuwo and Katima … Read More

Nam records one more Covid-19 death, 128 recoveries

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

THE country has recorded one more death and 128 new recoveries, bringing the total recoveries to 3 611.

This was announced this afternoon by health minister Kalumbi Shajngula. The minister said the death is of a 51-year-old man from Outapi district in Omusati region with no known co-morbidities.

He said the recoveries are from Khomas (112) and Ohangwena (16).

Meanwhile, the country has recorded 241 new Covid-19 confirmed cases of which 135 are males and 106 are females. The youngest is a one-month-old baby and the oldest is 81 years old.

Windhoek recorded 170, Walvis Bay 11, … Read More

‘Remdesivir does not cure Covid-19’

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

MINISTER of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula yesterday said remdesivir, an antiviral medicine used in patients with severe Covid-19 symptoms, should not be seen as a cure or a vaccine for the novel coronavirus.

Photo: radio.wosu.org

The country received 1 000 ampoules of the treatment last Monday and is awaiting 2 000 more.

The ampoules cost the ministry more than N$3 million.

So far the medication has been distributed to some health facilities, while others are still ordering it from the Central Medical Stores.

“I would like to clarify that this medicine is neither a cure … Read More

Difficult to isolate inmates, says prisons chief

by Eliaser Ndeyanale and Victoria Wolf

Namibian Correctional Service commissioner general Raphael Hamunyela says it is difficult to isolate prison inmates because there are not enough rooms for prisoners who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Hamunyela made this comment after an official from Windhoek Correctional Facility contacted The Namibian to complain that no social distancing measures were in place at the prison and no masks were provided at the facility. 

“The inmates are overcrowded and there’s no testing happening. It’s not right and we are at risk,” the official said. 

Hamunyela said the correctional facility could not afford … Read More

400 health workers receive Covid-19 training

by Victoria Wolf

More than 400 healthcare workers have received online Covid-19 training from the health ministry’s National Healthcare Training Centre.

A member of the medical staff listens as Montefiore Medical Center nurses call for N95 masks and other ëcriticalí PPE to handle the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on April 1, 2020 in New York. – The nurses claim “hospital management is asking nurses to reuse disposable N95s after long shifts” in the Bronx. (Photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP)

Funded by the United States’ Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Foundation, the training took place over the past two weeks … Read More

Namibia records four more Covid-19 deaths

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

HEALTH UPDATE: The deaths of four more people who contracted the novel coronavirus has brought Namibia’s Covid-19 death toll to 86.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula on Thursday afternoon announced that another four people – three men, aged 64, 49 and 41, and a 32-year-old woman – who had been infected with the coronavirus have died. Two of the people who died were from Windhoek, while one died at Oshakati and one at Walvis Bay.

Shangula further said the country has recorded 238 new confirmed coronavirus infections. Of these, 126 are male and 112 female. The youngest is … Read More

Walvis Bay residents let pandemic precautions slide

by Taati Niilenge

The Namibian Police’s community affairs commander in Erongo has urged residents at especially Walvis Bay to keep adhering to Covid-19 safety measures.

Inspector Ileni Shapumba on Tuesday said although people are now allowed to travel to and from Walvis Bay, residents still have to act responsibly to prevent contracting the novel coronavirus and spreading it to other people.

Some residents have started walking around without masks, assuming the virus has moved to Windhoek – which could set a dangerous example for children who restart school next week.

“Some residents have been relaxing the use of face masks … Read More

Lung specialist shares Covid-19 encounter

by Yokany Oliveira

“IT’S quite an emotionally draining thing to be by yourself the whole time, but I didn’t want to expose my kids.”

Doctor Willie Bruwer

Windhoek-based pulmonologist Dr Willie Bruwer says the time he spent in self-isolation after testing positive for Covid-19 was frustrating, but it had to be done.

Frontline healthcare workers such as Bruwer put themselves and their families at risk every day to save the lives of people who have contracted the novel coronavirus.

The specialist, who recovered from Covid-19 last month, says his case was not severe and he recovered within 10 days.

As … Read More

Coronavirus takes toll on health workers

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

More than 300 health workers in Namibia have contracted the novel coronavirus, health minister Kalumbi Shangula says.

More than 300 health workers in Namibia have contracted the novel coronavirus. Photo: Reuters

Shangula said during the daily briefing on the Covid-19 pandemic on Wednesday that 333 health workers have been infected with the coronavirus, with 223 of these people employed in government health facilities, 109 working in the private health sector, and one attached to a non-governmental organisation.

“We noticed that the number of health workers infected is high in areas with a high burden of confirmed cases … Read More

Hospitals get new Covid-19 drug

by Okeri Ngutjinazo and Yokany Oliveira

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula says the country’s first batch of remdesivir, an antiviral drug used in patients with severe Covid-19 symptoms, has been distributed to various hospitals.

Photo: Reuters

The health ministry has ordered more than N$3 million worth of the medication so far.

Namibia received 1 000 ampoules of the drug on Monday last week and is still waiting for more. The minister, however, did not indicate to which hospitals the first batch was sent to.

Remdesivir is an antiviral drug which was developed by an American biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences to treat … Read More

Quarantine numbers surge in August

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

THE number of people who have been in quarantine facilities in Namibia during the Covid-19 pandemic increased drastically from 6 539 to 10 229 in August.

Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula yesterday said this is an increase of 3 690 in one month.

Among a sample of 3 218 people in quarantine who were tested, 112 (3,5%) were positive for Covid-19.

“Quarantining the contacts of cases plays an essential role in preventing the spread of Covid-19 among populations,” Shangula said at the Covid-19 communication centre in Windhoek yesterday.

As of yesterday, Shangula said, the … Read More

Walvis Bay hospital readies for Covid-19 peak

Ester Mbathera

Welwitschia Hospital at Walvis Bay has opened a 40-bed container-based ward for Covid-19 isolation purposes.

Infection prevention and control coordinator Sister Eleanor Jansen

According to Eleanor Jansen, infection prevention and control coordinator at the hospital, the ward will complement its existing 33-bed ward currently filling up with coronavirus patients.

She says despite the number of novel coronavirus infections stabilising in the Erongo region, the hospital wanted to be ready for any eventuality as “the virus is unpredictable”.

“As we all know that the epicentre was us [Walvis Bay], as the prediction goes we will definitely have slowed in … Read More

Six Covid-19 deaths reported

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

THE country has recorded another six deaths related to Covid-19.

Namibia has also reported 142 newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections and 52 new recoveries from the virus.

This was announced by the minister of health and social services, Kalumbi Shangula, on Tuesday afternoon.

Shangula said two of the six people who died after contracting the coronavirus are male and four are female, with their ages ranging from 43 to 88 years. Three of the people died at Rehoboth, two in Windhoek and one – an 88-year-old man – at Walvis Bay.

The minister said 94 of the … Read More

Covid-19 drug treatment arrives in Namibia

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

Namibia received its first batch of remdesivir, an antiviral drug used in patients with severe Covid-19 symptoms, last week Monday.

Photo: Reuters

Remdesivir is an antiviral medication originally developed by US-based biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences to treat Ebola. Although the drug did not work well against that disease, it later showed promise fighting SARS and MERS (illnesses caused by coronaviruses) in animal and lab studies.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula told The Namibian this morning that the government has received 1 000 ampoules of the drug and are still waiting for more. He noted that the drug can … Read More

Health worker dies of Covid-19

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

DEPUTY health minister Ester Muinjangue on Monday afternoon announced the death of a health worker infected with the novel coronavirus.

Deputy health minister Ester Muinjangue

The health worker – a 59-year-old female from the Swakopmund district – was known to have multiple comorbidities, Muinjangue said.

She recounted that the woman presented to a health facility on 20 August with Covid-19 symptoms and was swabbed for the coronavirus. Muinjangue said the patient’s results came out as positive and she remained in a severe state. Her condition deteriorated and she died on Sunday (30 August).

The country also recorded … Read More

Jauch shares near-death Covid-19 experience

by Charmaine Ngtujinazo

LABOUR expert Herbert Jauch has given a harrowing account of his battle against Covid-19, giving hope for many who have fallen victim to the ravaging pandemic.

After being discharged from Lady Pohamba Private Hospital in Windhoek on Friday, Jauch recounted his experience, which he describes as near-death, on camera.

The labour expert paid a moving tribute to front-line health workers who he said, despite not knowing him, did their best to save his life.

Jauch (61) contracted the potentially deadly disease about 12 days ago, and over time his condition deteriorated and had him preparing for the … Read More

Pay for cremation, or leave it to state

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

FAMILIES of those who succumbed to the novel coronavirus may transport their loved ones’ remains only if the deceased was cremated at their cost.

File photo.

In addition, the families would have to provide two caskets for cremation and burial purposes.

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has compiled a document setting out procedures and legal requirements related to the burial of those who succumbed to Covid-19, minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula announced on Friday at State House.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has affected and changed all aspects of life. This includes the way … Read More

Distraught mother believes negligence killed baby

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

THE Ministry of Health and Social Services is investigating a complaint by a mother who says her baby did not die of Covid-19 as the government announced on Saturday.

GOODBYE SHILOH … Baby Shiloh-Dane Ponhele Kosmas (inset), who died
on 21 August, was buried on Friday in Windhoek.
NO CAUSE INDICATED … Baby Shiloh-Dane Ponhele Kosmas’ death certificate does not specify his cause of death.

Ndillimekkeh Kanyumbo (26) told The Namibian yesterday her three-month-old son died in her arms of what health minister Kalumbi Shangula said was Covid-19.

“I was holding my son’s lifeless body in my … Read More

Fear spreads as Erongo rushes out

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue and Taati Niilenge

PRESIDENT Hage Geingob on Friday made leeway for people living at Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Arandis to access all other regions of the country, except Windhoek.

Yesterday, residents started travelling out of the Erongo region in droves amid fears that the virus would now spike in the northern and other parts of the country.

The move brought a sigh of relief to coastal residents who had endured roughly three months under a hard lockdown.

The president on Friday said: “For the Khomas region, the current dispensation will be maintained and extended. Travel restrictions remain … Read More

August the darkest Covid-19 month so far

Health update … Namibia has recorded 249 new Covid-19 cases.

Apart from this, the country has recorded 112 new recoveries and three more deaths.

This was announced this evening by deputy minister of health and social services Ester Muinjangue.

Of the new cases, 136 are women and 113 men.

The youngest new case is a month old and the oldest is 81.

Windhoek recorded the highest number of new cases with 206, followed by Eenhana with 12, Walvis Bay with eight, and Otjiwarongo and Okahandja with four.

Oshakati has three new … Read More

Windhoek boss cleared of Covid-19

by Victoria Wolf

CITY of Windhoek chief executive officer Robert Kahimise has recovered from Covid-19, the city announced in a statement today.

“We are pleased to inform you that Mr Robert Kahimise, chief executive officer of the City of Windhoek, has been cleared of Covid-19,” spokesperson Harold Akwenye said.

Kahimise is expected back in the office tomorrow, he said.

Kahimise tested positive for the virus two weeks ago and went into self-isolation. … Read More

Baby succumbs to coronavirus

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

A three-month-old baby in Windhoek has died of the novel coronavirus, minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula announced on Saturday.

He said the baby was presented to a local health facility on 17 August with a loss of appetite and vomiting.

The minister said the baby boy was also due for routine immunisation, which was duly administered.

“He later developed fever and died at home on 21 August. He was swabbed on 24 August and his test results came back positive on 26 August,” Shangula said.

The country has also reported three other Covid-19 deaths … Read More

Covid-19 takes Namibia’s first teenager

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Five more Namibians died of Covid-19.

Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula today said the country’s youngest Covid-19 death to date is that of a 17-year-old in Windhoek with multiple comorbidities.

Shangula said the patient presented with severe symptoms consistent with Covid-19.

“She was swabbed on 18 August and her results came out positive. Her condition deteriorated and she died on 26 August,” he said.

Three women aged 69, 90 and 78 years old also died in the capital.

A 66-year-old woman with multiple comorbidities died at Walvis Bay.

“We extend our sincere condolences to … Read More

Delay in test results angers quarantined resident

by Luqman Cloete

Potential Covid-19 patients kept at a quarantine facility at Keetmanshoop on Friday threatened to leave in protest of the delay in getting their test results.

Potential Covid -19 patients kept in quarantine at Keetmanshoop have expressed their concerns over delayed Covid-19 test results.

Johanna Rooi (26) said she was admitted to the facility on 13 August, and was tested for Covid-19.

According to her, her children aged three ande five years were also taken without her consent to a quarantine facility at Rosh Pinah.

She said the children were released after week and had been in the … Read More

State House (Live): Covid-19 national response update

COVID-19 UPDATE: President Hage Geingob says Namibia is working to strengthen its Covid-19 testing capacity seeing that the country has the highest rate of infections in Africa.

Geingob says the country is monitoring the geographic spread of the virus, saying the Khomas region has shown a sharp rise in the number of cases. He says the top three regions with high cases are Erongo, Khomas and //Kharas while the other regions are experiencing sporadic and cluster community transmissions.

To date, Geingob says 65 people have succumbed to the deadly virus.

He stressed that most of the deaths were recorded in … Read More

1 900 Covid-19 cases at home

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

A DIRE shortage of isolation facilities in the Khomas region has left 1 941 Covid-19 patients isolating at home as the virus spreads unabated.

UP AND RUNNING … Health minister Kalumbi Shangula tours the mobile field hospital set up at the Hosea Kutako International Airport earlier this year, to be used for the testing, treatment and quarantine of individuals suspected of having contracted the coronavirus. Photo: Henry van Rooi/File

This means out of 2 050 active cases, only 109 are currently in isolation facilities.

The total confirmed cases in the region stood at 2 563 on Wednesday, … Read More

Virus worries Zambezi

by Lugeretzia Kooper

RESIDENTS of the Zambezi region are concerned about the recent increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in the region.

It has reported about 15 positive cases on Thursday, which is the highest number in a day so far.

The region currently has 37 confirmed cases, 14 recoveries, 109 active contacts and 77 people in quarantine.

Residents say this increase is a clear indication that regulations are not adhered to.

“Citizens should change their mindset and act responsibly, and not expect law-enforcement officers to help them wear masks and adhere to social distancing. If need be, let … Read More

Mines records six cases

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

THE Ministry of Mines and Energy has confirmed six novel coronavirus cases.

The ministry said in a statement on Thursday that the cases were recorded since 7 August 2020.

The ministry said since recording the cases, set health protocols and standards as guided by the health and social services ministry were followed.

“The ministry would like to further inform the public that the operations of the ministry shall continue as usual.

The ministry encourages the public to adhere to the Covid-19 safety protocols at all times,” the ministry added.… Read More

Windhoek has youngest coronavirus death

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

NAMIBIA has recorded the death of a 25-year-old man due to Covid-19 in Windhoek, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Thursday.

This brings the total death toll in the country to 60. Meanwhile, the country recorded 281 new Covid-19 cases, with Windhoek reporting 163 cases, Swakopmund 24, Oshakati 19, Katima Mulilo 15, Walvis Bay and Keetmanshoop 13 each.

Engela recorded six, Okahandja five, Otjiwarongo and Mariental four each, while Rundu three, Rehoboth, Lüderitz, and Gobabis had two each, and Grootfontein, Outapi, Oshikuku and Onadjokwe one each.

The minister added that the number of new … Read More

More troops raked in against Covid-19

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue and Victoria Wolf

THE Ministry of Health and Social Services has appointed 2 627 more workers to help in the fight against Covid-19 as more healthcare workers test positive for the virus.

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has appointed 2 627 more workers to help in the fight against Covid-19. Photo: Contributed

As of Tuesday, 229 healthcare workers have tested positive for the virus.

“We have appointed various categories of people for Covid-19. As the number of cases increases and some health workers are quarantined or isolated, they have to be substituted,” minister of health … Read More

Khomas virus situation still worrying

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Khomas regional governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua says the region continues to record shocking numbers of new Covid-19 cases.

Speaking at the region’s Covid-19 response briefing today, she said the region reported a staggering total of 736 cases in the past five days.

She said the region currently has 2 400 confirmed cases, with 2 033 active cases, 513 recoveries, and 24 deaths.

Only 109 people are still in isolation.

The governor said the region’s hotspots are Khomasdal, Otjomuise, Goreangab, Greenwell, Okuryangava, Olympia and Cimbebasia among others.

“As local residents, we must not take the situation lightly. We need … Read More

Covid-19 cases continue soaring

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

NAMIBIA has recorded 271 new Covid-19 cases and two more deaths, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Wednesday afternoon.

He said of the confirmed cases, 144 are males and 127 are females. The youngest is three months old and the oldest 83 years old.

Windhoek recorded the highest number of cases with 170, Mariental 18, Walvis Bay 14, Swakopmund 13, Keetmanshoop 12, Oshakati 9, Rehoboth 6, Outapi 5, three each from Otjiwarongo, Grootfontein, Okongo and Gobabis.

There are two cases each from Lüderitz, Engela, Tsumeb and Katima Mulilo while Karasburg, Okakarara, Rundu and Opuwo recorded one case … Read More

Dirk Mudge dies at 92

by Eliaser Ndeyanale

VETERAN politician Dirk Mudge succumbed to Covid-19 last night.

Dirk Mudge. Photo: Contributed

According to his son Henk, Mudge died at the Windhoek Mediclinic. He was 92 years old.

“Yes, he died of Covid-19 last night. He had some problems [. . .] he had a lung infection,” his son said.

It is not clear when Mudge would be laid to rest.

“We are waiting for Friday to see what the new regulations are,” Henk said.

Mudge was a member of the Constituent Assembly, which wrote Namibia’s Constitution after the 1989 election that led to the country’s … Read More

Windhoek closes electricity department offices

by Charlotte Nambadja

THE City of Windhoek has announced the temporary closure of its main electricity department office building, located at the old power station, due to a possible risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus.

Image used for illustrative purposes. Photo: Stockimage

With the electricity department’s offices closed with immediate effect on Monday, the city said walk-in customers would not be allowed to enter the department office building until the end of the stage 3 Covid-19 lockdown period.

Building plans and engineering design approvals will only be handled after the lifting of the stage 3 lockdown restrictions, the city … Read More

One death, 169 Covid-19 recoveries

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

NAMIBIA today recorded one Covid-19-related death at Rundu, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula announced.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula. Photo: MICT

He said the deceased was a 41-year-old with no known underlying conditions. This brings the country’s total death toll to 57.

Namibia reported 130 new cases today.

Windhoek reported 62, followed by Walvis Bay with 32 and Swakopmund with 14, while Rehoboth and Usakos reported six and four new cases respectively.

Karasburg and Lüderitz reported two each, while Mariental, Keetmanshoop, Okahandja, Okahao, Gobabis, Rundu and Outjo reported one each.

A total of 169 new recoveries … Read More

100 inmates contract Covid-19

by Eliaser Ndeyanale

ABOUT 100 prisoners at the Windhoek Correctional Facility have contracted Covid-19.

The Windhoek Correctional Facility. Photo: Henry van Rooi

This was revealed by Raphael Hamunyela, commissioner general of the Namibian Correctional Service (NCS) on Sunday.

He said all these cases were recorded within one week.

Hamunyela said although the affected inmates are in separate cells, it is feared that more inmates may contract the virus as the facility does not have enough cells to keep more cases separate.

He said the involved inmates are fed food rich in vitamin C and protein.

“The virus is already here. … Read More

Omusati police crack on Covid-19 violators

by Hileni Nembwaya

POLICE in Omusati region arrested and fined more than 20 people for violating Covid-19 state of emergency regulations last weekend.

Omusati police regional commander Titus Shikongo

Of those arrested, two were a bride and a groom arrested at two different weddings and were each found hosting large numbers of people at wedding receptions at their homesteads.

According to Omusati police regional commander, Titus Shikongo, many of these arrests were made at wedding ceremonies as many couples continue hosting large wedding receptions in disregard of the Covid-19 regulations.

“We are not against people getting married, we want people … Read More

Khorixas reacts to Covid-19 case

by Clemans Miyancwe

AFTER the first Covid-19 case was reported at Khorixas, residents realized that the virus was real and spoke of what must be done.

Julien /Uises, a caretaker for the Namibian Red Cross Society at Khorixas said she was not shocked as she had undergone training on Covid-19 and urged the community to adhere to government regulations.

“Let’s be serious and adhere to government regulations. Khorixas is a small town and things might get out of hand,” /Uises said and also advised parents to stop sending their children on countless errands and that people should avoid going out … Read More

UPDATE: Namibia reports four more Covid-19 deaths

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Namibia reports four more Covid-19 related deaths, deputy health and social services minister Utjiua Muinjangue said Monday.

Two of the deaths are from Windhoek, while Swakopmund and Walvis Bay have one each.

The deputy minister added that the country also reports 176 new positive novel coronavirus cases.

Windhoek recorded the highest cases at 126, followed by Swakopmund and Oshakati with nine each, while Onandjokwe reported eight cases followed by Mariental with seven, Walvis Bay four and Rehoboth three. Tsandi, Katima Mulilo and Engela each report two new cases, while Otjiwarongo, Grootfontein, Khorixas and Gobabis one each.

Muinjangue … Read More

Government to decongest Khomas

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue and Wilka Kayoka

THE government has announced plans to decongest the Khomas region’s sprawling shacks to ease the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Havana informal settlement in Windhoek. Photo: Nampa/File

Minister of urban and rural development Erastus Uutoni has revealed this yesterday, saying plans were afoot to identify an area where residents can be relocated to with sufficient amenities.

“We have requested local authorities to try their level best to identify areas to help the process of decongestion. The City of Windhoek has been tasked with that as well, and it is our hope that they … Read More

Nam Covid-19 infections rate top in Africa

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue and Ester Mbathera

NAMIBIA has surpassed other African countries on the rate at which the country is reporting new cases of the coronavirus.

TESTED … Samples are taken from Ronney Hangula from the ministry of information to be tested for Covid-19. Photo: MICT/File

As per global statistics, Namibia now tops African countries in the number of confirmed cases reported daily, with an average of eight cases per 100 000 people daily.

South Africa is reported to be at seven cases per 100 000 people, minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula said over the weekend.

As … Read More

Six deaths take Covid-19 toll to 52

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

DEPUTY health minister Ester Muinjangue on Sunday evening announced that another six people have died in Namibia after being infected with the novel coronavirus.

The grave of the first Covid-19 death in Namibia, located in the Narraville neighborhood at Walvis Bay. Photo: Ester Mbathera

With the six deaths included, the country has now recorded 52 fatalities linked to the coronavirus disease, Covid-19.

Muinjangue also announced that Namibia has recorded another 316 confirmed novel coronavirus infections, taking the country’s total number of infections with the virus to 5 854.

She added that 170 of the people newly confirmed … Read More

Police officer dies of Covid-19

by Hileni Nembwaya

A 49-year-old female police officer succumbed to Covid-19 at Eenhana in the Ohangwena region on Thursday.

This is the first Covid-19-related death recorded in the region.
The deceased (name withheld at the request of the family), was buried at Omhito cemetery at Eenhana on Saturday.

Deputy health minister Esther Muinjangue on Saturday announced that the country has recorded four new Covid-19-related deaths,  311 new cases and three recoveries.

“The patient from Eenhana is a 49-year-old woman, she was initially seen at a private healthcare facility at Eenhana on 18 August when she had symptoms consistent … Read More

Covid-19 deaths increase to 46

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Another four people diagnosed with the novel coronavirus in Namibia have died, bringing the country’s Covid-19 death toll to 46.

The country has also recorded 311 newly confirmed coronavirus infections since Friday, deputy health minister Esther Muinjangue announced on Saturday.

Two of the deaths are from Walvis Bay, one is from Swakopmund and one from Eenhana.

The Eenhana case is that of a 49-year-old woman who had no pre-existing conditions.

The Swakopmund case is that of a 60-year-old woman with pre-existing health conditions.

The deaths from Walvis Bay are those of a … Read More

Virus infections up by record 315

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

NAMIBIA has recorded 315 new coronavirus infections – the most the country has registered in a single day.

The country has also recorded another Covid-19-related death, with a 44-year-old man who had underlying health conditions dying on Sunday last weekend.

Deputy health and social services minister Esther Muinjangue said on Friday that the man from Windhoek presented to a local healthcare facility on 13 August with symptoms consistent with Covid-19 and was swabbed for the novel coronavirus and discharged to return home.

On 16 August he experienced severe symptoms and was brought to a local health facility, … Read More

Khomas becomes virus hotspot

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Khomas governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua says the region has now been declared a hotspot due to its increasing number of novel coronavirus infections.

She says the Khomas region’s confirmed cases stand at 1 482, with 1 208 active cases, 259 recoveries and 17 deaths linked to the novel coronavirus.

Speaking at the Covid-19 communication centre in Windhoek on Friday, she added that 115 people are in isolation facilities in Khomas and 200 people are quarantined.

McLeod-Katjirua said the region plans to acquire three new isolation facilities with a capacity to accommodate 68 people and also wants to acquire … Read More

Oshakati closes offices after Covid-19 scare

by Hileni Nembwaya

The Oshakati Town Council has temporarily closed its offices after one of the members of the interview panel had tested positive for Covid-19 from today until further notice.

The offices are said to be undergoing thorough disinfection during the period of closure.

The council’s management committee members and senior officials who were part of the interview panel had been in self-isolation for about two weeks now after it was announced that the City of Windhoek, chief executive officer (CEO) Robert Kahimise had tested positive for Covid-19.

Kahimise was part of the interview panel for the interview of … Read More

Update: Namibia records two more Covid-19 deaths

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

HEALTH UPDATE … Namibia has recorded another two deaths linked to the novel coronavirus, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Thursday.

He said the deaths are both from Windhoek, and are of a 72-year-old man and an 82-year-old woman.

This brings the country’s coronavirus death toll to 41.

Shangula said the country has also recorded 247 new coronavirus infections, with Windhoek reporting the most at 149, Walvis Bay recording 46 new infections, Oshakati 15, Swakopmund 10, Onandjokwe and Engela four each, Rundu, Katima Mulilo and Tsumeb three each, Grootfontein, Gobabis and Rehoboth two each, … Read More

Katima Town Council offices close

by Lugeretzia Cloete

THE Katima Mulilo Town Council’s offices will be closed temporarily after a staff member tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The Katima Mulilo Town Council offices. Photo: File

In a public notice on Thursday, the town council’s chief executive officer, Raphael Liswaniso, said the closure was done as a precautionary measure to ensure the health and safety of the council’s employees and customers. He said the council’s offices would be closed from Thursday (20 August) to 31 August for comprehensive disinfection.

“All close contacts will be isolated,” Liswaniso added.

He also said the closure would not include … Read More

Covid-19 deaths mount

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

DEATHS attributed to the novel coronavirus have spiked to 39, with two more fatalities announced yesterday.

The death toll is expected to spike even further with the high numbers of Covid-19 cases being recorded, especially in Windhoek, which has now become the epicentre, eclipsing Walvis Bay.

Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula yesterday announced 201 new coronavirus cases with 158 of them from Windhoek, with Walvis Bay reporting 17 and Swakopmund 11.

The director of the Centres for Disease Control Eric Dziuban said the increases in numbers of deaths due to Covid-19 are usually delayed by … Read More

Namdeb records positive case

by Arlana Shikongo

A NAMIBIA De Beers (Namdeb) employee at Oranjemund has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Namdeb records positive case. Photo: Namdeb

In a news alert issued on Monday, Namdeb chief operating officer Jurgen Jacob confirmed the infection of an employee who travelled to Keetmanshoop to attend a family event where someone from Windhoek who later tested positive for the novel coronavirus was also present.

Jacob said the employee from Namdeb’s southern coastal mines reported for work on 12 August, but was booked off from 13 August as he was unwell.

“The employee sought medical attention at the … Read More

Update: Two more Covid-19 deaths, 201 new infections

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Namibia has recorded another two deaths linked to the novel coronavirus, 201 new infections with the virus, and the recovery of 19 people who contracted the virus.

Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula on Wednesday said 158 of the new coronavirus cases are from Windhoek, which is now the epicentre of the virus outbreak in Namibia.

Walvis Bay has reported 17 new cases, Swakopmund 11, Oshakati seven, Otjiwarongo, Rehoboth and Katima Mulilo two each, and Okahandja and Okakarara one each.

The 19 recoveries are all from the Khomas region, while the two latest deaths are from … Read More

Teachers refuse to return to work

by Cloete Luqman

TEACHERS at Mariental Primary School refused to return to work after two colleagues tested positive for Covid-19.

TESTING … Staff of Mariental Primary School undergo Covid-19 tests last Thursday after two of their colleagues tested positive for the coronavirus. Photo: Contributed

Last Thursday, all staff at the school underwent Covid-19 tests following confirmation of the status of their two colleagues.

The school was disinfected the same day the teachers took the Covid-19 tests.

The teachers said the principal, Manfred Morris Isaack, had instructed them through the school’s WhatsApp group platform, except those with high-risk for Covid-19, to … Read More

Fear mounts as virus hits 13 inmates

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

THIRTEEN inmates are among the new Covid-19 cases confirmed yesterday.

Announcing the latest update on the pandemic, minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula confirmed the Namibian Correctional Service has been hit by the pandemic.

He said Namibia yesterday recorded 120 new Covid-19 cases, with 72 from Windhoek.

“It is imperative that people in secluded places like prisons, holding cells, hospitals, hostels, police camps, military barracks et cetera observe more precautionary measures, as the risk of fast transmission to a number of people is very high in these settings,” Shangula said.

Swakopmund yesterday recorded the second … Read More

Infected driver’s contacts ‘not quarantined’

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

STAFF of a state ambulance service claim they had to return to work after a driver tested positive for Covid-19 last Saturday.

Current regulations dictate that when an individual is suspected or confirmed to have the coronavirus, the person should be isolated and the area concerned should be closed off for disinfection for 24 hours.

But on 9 August, after the ambulance driver tested positive, his colleagues were tested and continued their duties, they say.

Of these colleagues, seven received their test results on Thursday, which was positive for Covid-19.

Only then were they isolated, they say, … Read More

First coronavirus death in Oshana region

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

HEALTH and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula has announced that the first death linked to Covid-19 has been recorded in the Oshana region.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula. Photo: File/MICT

Shangula on Tuesday said a 65-year-old man from Ongwediva who was known to have multiple comorbidities died on Sunday, twelve days after being admitted to a private hospital and eleven days after he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

“He was admitted and tested on 4 August at a local private hospital, as he presented with symptoms consistent with Covid-19,” Shangula said.

“The result came out positive … Read More

Covid-19: Local authorities told to decongest

by Eliaser Ndiyanale

LOCAL authorities have been told to develop urgent decongestion plans to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

This directive is contained in a letter minister of urban and rural development Erastus Uutoni wrote to mayors and regional governors last week.

Uutoni said his instruction is in line with a directive of minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula on the country’s migration from stage 4 of state of emergency regulations to stage 3 as announced on 12 August.

Uutoni implored Namibia’s local authorities to identify settlements or residential areas in their localities and establish the number of … Read More

Covid-19 victims may be cremated

by Arlana Shikongo and Victoria Wolf

NAMIBIANS who have succumbed to the novel coronavirus may be cremated by their next of kin.

Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula yesterday said this is part of the standard operating procedure for Covid-19-related deaths.

All deaths and funerals related to Covid-19 will be handled by the government with psychosocial support to the family of the deceased, he said.

Shangula’s response addressed claims of preferential treatment shown to founding president Sam Nujoma’s sister, Sofia Asino, who died of Covid-19 on Friday.

Shangula, who confirmed Asino’s death, said her body had been cremated … Read More

Nust confirms two new Covid-19 cases

by Wilka Kayoko

THE Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust) has confirmed that two more of its staff members have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The Namibia University of Science and Technology. Photo: Contributed

The university has now recorded six confirmed coronavirus infections to date.

One of the two staff members now confirmed to have contracted the virus works in the office of the registrar, while the other is attached to the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences.

Nust’s acting vice chancellor, Andrew Niikondo, said the two employees received their positive test results on 14 and 16 … Read More

Windhoek infections shoot past 1 000 mark

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

THE novel coronavirus cases in Windhoek have increased exponentially in the past few weeks, with total cases exceeding the 1 000 mark.

TEST RUSH … Dozens of Windhoek residents queued up at Robert Mugabe Street Clinic yesterday to get tested for the novel coronavirus. With the number of Covid-19 infections in the capital shooting up sharply in the past two weeks, 1 111 of Namibia’s 4 344 confirmed infections were recorded in the city by yesterday. Fourteen of the 36 people whose deaths have been linked to Covid-19 in Namibia died in Windhoek. Photo: Werner Menges

As … Read More

Dundee worker tests positive for Covid-19

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

A worker at Dundee Precious Metals at Tsumeb has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The company’s vice president and managing director Zebra Kasete announced this in an internal communique issued Monday.

 Kasete said the employee was on site prior to being tested in Windhoek and is currently in the capital in an isolation facility.

Kasete reassured all employees that the Dundee’s emergency response protocol was immediately initiated and that contact tracing has commenced. 

“All employees who worked in close contact with the infected employee are currently receiving necessary support including emotional support. Employee safety and that … Read More

Update: Namibia records another Covid-19 death

Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula says Namibia has recorded another death linked to a novel coronavirus infection in Windhoek.

He said a 69-year-old woman with Covid-19 symptoms was admitted to a health facility on 11 August and died two days later. She is known to have had underlying health conditions.

This brings Namibia’s total number of deaths related to Covid-19 to 36.


Shangula on Monday also announced 190 new coronavirus infections in Namibia, with 152 of those infections recorded in Windhoek. 

“The Windhoek cases are increasing exponentially. In the last two weeks alone, cases reported on a daily … Read More

Frontliners risk Covid-19 infection

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue and Hileni Nembwaya

MORE than 100 of Namibia’s healthcare workers have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

A member of the medical staff listens as Montefiore Medical Center nurses call for N95 masks and other ëcriticalí PPE to handle the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on April 1, 2020 in New York. – The nurses claim “hospital management is asking nurses to reuse disposable N95s after long shifts” in the Bronx. (Photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP)

This was revealed by ministry of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula who announced on Saturday that 11 healthcare workers – … Read More

Nujoma’s sister dies of Covid-19

by Victoria Wolf and Arlana Shikongo

FOUNDING president Sam Nujoma’s sister Sofia Asino died of Covid-19 last week Friday.

Sofia Asino. Photo: NBC


Asino died in Windhoek, where she had come to receive treatment for her knee.

Health minister Kalumbi Shajngula, who confirmed her death, said Asino’s body has been cremated and can therefore be transported for burial without posing a public health risk.

“The body of Ms Asino was cremated within 48 hours. It is no longer a risk for Covid-19 infection and can safely be transported to a burial site which the family chooses,” he told The Namibian … Read More

Sanlam client service office closed

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Sanlam Namibia’s client service department in Windhoek has been temporarily closed after two staff members tested positive for the coronavirus. 

The department will be closed for two days – from Monday 17 August and Tuesday 18 August 2020 for comprehensive disinfection.

This is a precautionary measure to reduce further exposure to staff and clients.

“The public is hereby informed that the organisation is still operational, only the walk-in client service office will be closed. No major disruptions are envisaged,” said Sanlam Group spokesperson Hilaria Graig in a statement released on Sunday.

She added that to support the … Read More

New Era records two Covid-19 positive cases

by Eliaser Ndeyanale

TWO employees of New Era Publication Corporation have tested positive for Covid-19, the company’s chief executive officer, Christof Maletsky, said in an internal memo on Saturday.

“The staff member has been in isolation [not in the office] for the last two weeks. We are glad to report that both colleagues are already showing signs of recovery but will not be back to the office until all procedures are completed to ensure their health status as well as prevention of any spread,” he said.

He added that since the deep-cleaning of the offices was done on Friday, there … Read More

UPDATE: Namibia reports record number of cases in one day

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

Namibia has recorded 247 new Covid-19 cases this evening, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said.

The minister said this is the highest number of cases reported in a single day.

Of these cases, the Khomas region reported 136, Erongo 71, Oshana nine, Oshikoto five, Otjozondjupa seven, //Kharas seven, Hardap seven, Omaheke two, Omusati two and Kavango East one.

Shangula said the number of cases in the Oshana and Oshikoto regions are increasing with many linked to Walvis Bay, but increasingly linked to Windhoek through travelling and contacts.

He said cases at Okahandja have also been increasing. Most of … Read More

Update: Covid-19 hits Windhoek salon

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Namibia reported four new Covid-19 deaths and 181 new cases today.

Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula says 109 of the new cases were reported in Windhoek.

Three of the four deaths reported were in Windhoek and one at Walvis Bay.

Walvis Bay reported 44 new cases, Swakopmund 13, Arandis one, Onandjokwe seven, Katima Mulilo three, Oshakati two, Outapi two, and Okahao one.

Among the Windhoek cases, four are working at the same salon, Shangula says.

“We need to take note of places where transmission is likely to be high, and avoid such places if … Read More

Natis offices stay open during pandemic restrictions

by Victoria Wolf

The Roads Authority has announced that its Natis offices will stay open countrywide while stage 3 of the Covid-19 state of emergency is in force.

Services will, however, be limited and there will be reduced staff, to comply with Covid-19 preventative measures.

“We wish to appeal to clients to visit our offices for urgent Natis services only to avoid long queues and congestion,” Roads Authority spokesperson Hileni Filemon said in a statement.

She added that the transport regulations permits office in Windhoek would also continue to operate.

Filemon also said applications for learners driving licences at Natis … Read More

Update: Namibia records four new Covid-19 deaths

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

NAMIBIA reported four new Covid-19 related deaths and 182 new cases, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Friday.

One death, is from Swakopmund while three others are from Windhoek.

Windhoek reported 91 cases of Covid-19, Walvis Bay 58, Swakopmund 16, Gobabis 5, Okahandja 2, Oshakati 3, Luderitz 3, Okakarara 1, Otjiwarongo 1, Rundu 1 and Katima Mulilo 1.

The minister said from the cases announced on Thursday, 15 were health care workers.

Namibia has however recorded 1 494 recoveries, with 1 458 of them from Erongo.

Namibia now has 3 726 confirmed cases , 2 342 recoveries, … Read More

Presidential advisor contracts Covid-19

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

PRESIDENTIAL advisor Inge Zaamwani-Kamwi has tested positive for Covid-19.

Inge Zaamwani-Kamwi

A statement from the presidency said she tested positive for the virus on 13 August 2020.

According to the statement, the advisor remains asymptomatic.

Zaamwani-Kamwi commenced with self-isolation on Tuesday, 11 August 2020 after coming in close contact with a confirmed case.

“The Presidency will be disinfected over the weekend and staff members will work from home for the coming seven day period. Only essential staff will report for duty.

“The Presidency wishes to thank you, the Namibian public for your understanding during this period,” the … Read More

Kahimise tests positive for Covid-19

by Eliaser Ndeyanale

CITY of Windhoek chief executive officer Robert Kahimise has tested positive for Covid-19.

Robert Kahimise

The city’s acting chief executive officer O’Brien Hekandjo said Kahimise is currently in self-isolation and the city council is busy with contact tracing.

“You are hereby informed that our chief executive officer Mr Robert Kahimise has tested positive for Covid-19. He is currently in self-isolation as per the relevant guidelines,” Hekandjo said in an internal memo.… Read More

DBN offices temporarily closed



by Arlana Shikongo

SOME of the Development Bank of Namibia support offices in Windhoek will be closed for disinfection after a member of staff tested positive for coronavirus.

File photo.



In a statement issued on Thursday, DBN corporate communication and stakeholder relations specialist Di-Anna Grobler said the bank’s support offices and the SME Centre in the Development Fund of Namibia (DFN) building will be closed until Sunday.



The DFN building is adjacent to the DBN head office. Both buildings are sanitised every weekend, Grobler detailed.



“In line with national Covid-19 protocols, the DFN building will be closed for disinfection and … Read More

UPDATE: Windhoek has highest new cases

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula announced on Thursday afternoon that the country had recorded 138 new Covid-19 cases.

Of these cases, 71 are male and 67 are female. The youngest is two months old and the oldest 78 years old.

The minister said Windhoek recorded the highest cases with 64, followed by Walvis Bay with 44, Swakopmund 15. Oshakati and Keetmanshoop recorded three cases each while Usakos, Mariental, Rehoboth, Onandjokwe, Okakarara, Okahandja, Otjiwarongo, Oshikuku and Okongo reported one each.

Shangula said eleven recoveries were reported from Erongo and two from Omaheke while other regions are yet to verify … Read More

Covid-19 curfew in motion

by Okeri Ngutjinazo and Charmaine Ngatjiheue

THE government has imposed a curfew on the Erongo and Khomas regions starting today, following a spike in Covid-19 cases in these regions.

The curfew means no movement of people will be permitted in the restricted areas between 20h00 to 05h00 daily for the next 16 days – unless they are in possession of an authorising permit as an essential service provider.

The curfew will lapse on 28 August midnight.

The government is set to release full regulations on the curfew, including penalties for those found to be contravening regulations, today.

The last time … Read More

Covid-19 deaths at 22

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

NAMIBIA’S novel coronavirus deaths currently stand at 22 after the country today reported three new deaths.

Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said the country also reported 177 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total confirmed cases to 3 406.

“Of these 102 are male and 75 are female. The youngest is a one-year-old, while the oldest is 82,” Shangula said.

Walvis Bay recorded the highest cases at 77, followed by Windhoek with 67, Swakopmund 18, Oshakati eight, Usakos two, Mariental two, Onandjokwe two and Rehoboth one.

The minister said the deaths are reported at Swakopmund, Windhoek … Read More

Walvis delegation quarantined

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula has said the high level delegation that went to assess the Covid-19 situation at Walvis Bay and the Erongo region at large is currently subjected to mandatory quarantine.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula

The delegation returned to Windhoek after visiting various places in the region, which was at the time the epicentre of the novel coronavirus, to assess the situation.

The delegation was led by deputy minister of labour and employment creation, Hafeni Ndemula – who was previously a regional councillor at Walvis Bay – as the head of delegation. He was accompanied by … Read More

Prime minister, deputy in isolation 



by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

HEALTH and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula has announced that prime minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila is in isolation at home after coming in contact with a positive case.

The deputy prime minister and minister of international relations Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah is also in home isolation after a staff member at the ministry tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

“This does not mean that they are positive but they have to be tested as a precautionary measure,” Shangula said.

The minister was responding to questions from The Namibian on whether any Cabinet ministers are in isolation or quarantine after the … Read More

LIVE (Ended) … Update on national response measures for Covid-19

PRESIDENT Hage Geingob says Namibia has reported more novel coronavirus cases in July than any other month and August is projected to record more cases.

The president said it took Namibia 11 days to reach 3 000 cases.

Speaking at State House, he said the government is monitoring the situation seeing that all 14 regions of the country now have confirmed cases. Geingob said decisions need to be taken but safe guarding people’s livelihoods is of utmost importance.

The president further expressed concern over the number of health care workers that have contracted the virus.

The president further urged Namibians … Read More

When Covid-19 enters the office

THE Ministry of Health and Social Services has compiled guidelines on how to deal with exposure to the novel coronavirus in public areas and at work.

Image used for illustrative purposes. Photo: Pexels

Transmission of Covid-19

Through droplets when someone speaks, coughs or sneezes;
Close contact such as touching and hand shaking;
Touching surfaces such as doorknobs and tables that are contaminated with the virus; and
Aerosolisation medical procedures, among others.


What to do when a case is suspected or confirmed at a public or workplace

* In the event where a person (whether an employer, employee or visitor) in … Read More

‘Covid-19 transgressions are criminal’

by Yokany Oliveira and Charmaine Ngatjiheue

INDIVIDUALS who deliberately ignore the advice of health authorities to self-isolate after testing positive for Covid-19 should be criminally charged.

This is according to police chief inspector general Sebastian Ndeitunga in response to a video that went viral on social media showing a young man attending a house party after being told to self-isolate by the authorities.

On his WhatsApp status the young man confirmed he tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday, and requested all those who were in contact with him this past weekend to be tested.

“Just in: Tested positive for Covid-19. … Read More

Cabinet secretary contracts Covid-19

by Eliaser Ndeyanale

SECRETARY to the Cabinet George Simataa has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

George Simataa

Simataa declined to comment when approached for comment earlier today. 

“I appreciate your enquiry. I wish to inform you that the health status of any individual is a matter of privacy. I am thus unable to respond to your question,” he said.

He however told the NBC today he was informed on Sunday that he tested positive for Covid-19 despite not showing any symptoms.

Simataa said he was informed by doctors that he was “safe”.… Read More

Update: Windhoek cases continue rising

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula announced that Namibia reported 128 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday.

He said 79 cases are from Windhoek, 35 from Walvis Bay, 10 from Swakopmund with Onadjokwe, Oshakati, Outapi, Keetmanshoop all having one case each.

“Windhoek cases continue to increase rapidly and among them are three health care workers. As I emphasised yesterday, our health workers need to protect themselves and need to be protected because we need them to care for others,” he said.

The minister added that the country is increasingly seeing cases with Covid-19 symptoms, which is becoming a worrying trend. … Read More

Windhoek tax office worker contracts Covid-19

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

The finance ministry on Tuesday announced that a staff member based at its Inland Revenue office in Windhoek tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

As a precautionary measure, the entire building where the offices are housed will be closed from today until tomorrow for disinfection.

Normal businesses at the building will resume on 13 August 2020.

“During this temporary closure of the building, the tax services such as income tax assessments, tax directives, payments  reconciliation, customer care and cash offices will unfortunately be closed,” the finance ministry’s spokesperson Tonateni Shidhudhu said.

He said services offered at the … Read More

Covid-19 strikes gender ministry

by Victoria Wolf

TWO employees at the Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare have tested positive for Covid-19.

This follows an announcement by the ministry earlier today that its head office would be closed for disinfection for the remainder of the week.

Both employees work at the ministry’s head office.

Ministry spokesperson Lukas Haufiku says: “We have a high influx of people, especially in our children’s department, so this is a precautionary measure.”

Haufiku says through contact tracing, three additional people with exposure to Covid-19 were found to have visited the ministry’s head office recently.

“Our employees … Read More

Capital poised to be Covid-19 epicentre

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

TESTING capacity for the novel coronavirus will be intensified in Windhoek after the city reported 73 new Covid-19 cases yesterday.

TESTED … Samples are taken from journalist Shelleygan Petersen to be tested for Covid-19. Photo: MICT

This also follows after experts said the city is poised to become the epicentre of the outbreak in Namibia.

The 73 positive cases in Windhoek are part of 152 new cases in the country as announced by minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula yesterday.

Shangula said 28 cases are from one area, while 10 cases were reportedly from the … Read More

Govt praised on coronavirus fight

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

THE Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has given a thumbs-up to the responses the government has implemented to combat Covid-19.

TESTED … Samples are taken from Ronney Hangula from the ministry of information to be tested for Covid-19. Photo: MICT

In their latest paper titled ‘Helping the people: Welfare and assistance measures, the story so far’, independent think tank IPPR said Namibia’s efforts in the midst of a ravaging pandemic represents a far greater challenge than getting through a harsh but limited coronavirus-imposed lockdown.

“The crisis has shown that the government can respond swiftly and decisively … Read More

Meat Board closes office

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

THE Meat Board of Namibia will be closing its Windhoek head office from Monday to 26 August as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

In a statement released on Monday, the company said during this period the Meat Board ear tag, NamLITS helpdesk, producer registration and stock brands offices will be closed.

The classification services will however be unaffected and continue working as long as the export abattoirs are operational. The border personnel will continue operating and rendering border inspection services.

The finance division will prepare and do payments only on Fridays and the … Read More

Windhoek records highest cases

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

NAMIBIA has recorded 152 new Covid-19 cases, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Monday.

Windhoek reported the highest number with 73, Walvis Bay followed with 64, Swakopmund 9, Okahandja 2, Otjiwarongo 2, Nankudu 1, Outapi 1, Mariental 1.

Shangula said 28 of the Windhoek cases are from one suburb. He said the Windhoek cases are linked and increasing as 10 cases are from one household and four cases are health care workers.

“We are strengthening control measures in Windhoek as well as in all areas, to curb the further spread. These include increasing testing, increasing isolation and … Read More

Covid-19-related deaths increase to 19

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Namibia on Sunday reported three more novel coronavirus-related deaths, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula has announced.

This brings the country’s novel coronavirus-related death toll to 19.

Shangula said two of the deaths are of people in Windhoek, with the other that of an elderly woman at Walvis Bay.

The Walvis Bay death is that of an 84-year-old woman who was admitted at Walvis Bay State Hospital on 5 August with pre-existing chronic medical conditions. She died on Friday.

She had no Covid-19-related symptoms.

“The body was swabbed the next day. This is in line with … Read More

School at Walvis Bay temporarily closed

by Arlana Shikongo

DUINESIG Combined School at Walvis Bay will be closed this week after a staff member tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

“Learners and parents/guardians are therefore informed that the school will be closed for the week of 10-14 August 2020,” the school’s principal, Stanley Uri-Khob, announced in a letter on Sunday.

Uri-Khob said online learning would continue, but all other services provided by the school would be suspended for the week.

Furthermore, the school buildings will be disinfected on Monday.

Students in grades 11 and 12 are expected to resume classes on Monday next week (17 August).… Read More

Covid-19 Update

The Covid-19 pandemic situation in Windhoek is becoming “increasingly worrisome”, with an exponential increase in recent infections, health minister Kalumbi Shangula has warned.

The country has recorded 50 new Covid-19 cases and 65 recoveries, Shangula said on Saturday.

He said of the new confirmed cases, Windhoek recorded the highest number with 32, while Walvis Bay recorded 10, Swakopmund six and Otjiwarongo and Okakarara one each.

“The [health] ministry wishes to record that the situation in Windhoek is becoming increasingly worrisome, as the number of positive cases is growing exponentially. The public is once again urged and … Read More

Covid-19 Update … Namibia records one new death

NAMIBIA has recorded one new Covid-19-related death and 150 new infections, health minister Kalumbi Shangula announced on Friday.

This brings the country’s total death toll to 16 and the cumulative confirmed cases to 2 802.

The latest Covid-19-related death is that of an 84-year-old woman who was admitted to a local hospital in Windhoek for a surgical condition.

The minister said she had multiple comorbidities and also presented with some Covid-19 symptoms.

The minister said Walvis Bay recorded 62 new cases, while Swakopmund recorded 40, Windhoek recorded 42 and Gobabis recorded two. Eenhana, Oshakati, Okahandja and Rehoboth each recorded one … Read More

Delayed test results frustrate quarantined group in //Kharas

by Luqman Cloete

Delays in coronavirus test results has caused an uproar among 36 people in isolation at Seeheim Hotel 45 kilometers south of Keetmanshoop in the //Kharas region.

A source indicated the quarantined people on Thursday threatened to leave the quarantine facility in protest against having been kept there for more than the normal 14-day isolation period because of their pending test results.

The //Kharas police regional commander, commissioner David Indongo, confirmed that the people, frustrated by the long wait for their test results, threatened to leave the facility without being cleared by health officials.

“After the intervention of … Read More

Central bank reports second coronavirus case

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

The Bank of Namibia reported a second novel coronavirus case on Thursday.

According to the bank’s strategic communications director, Emma Haiyambo, the case involves a staff member from the bank’s head office who was last at the office on Tuesday last week (28 July).

“As a result, the head office shall be disinfected on Friday, 7 August,” she said.

Haiyambo informed the public that the bank is still operational, and no disruptions are envisaged.

However, the bank’s public tellers will be open for business only until 13h00 on Friday.

“The bank remains dedicated to protecting the well-being … Read More

Covid-19 Update … Namibia records three new deaths

NAMIBIA has recorded another three deaths related to Covid-19, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Thursday.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula

Shangula said two people at Walvis Bay and one at Swakopmund died due to the novel coronavirus disease, bringing the country’s Covid-19 death toll to 15.

He added that Namibia has also recorded 112 newly confirmed coronavirus infections over the past day.

Forty-two of the new coronavirus cases were recorded at Walvis Bay, 36 at Swakopmund, 19 in Windhoek, nine at Oshakati, two in the Ohangwena region (Engela included), and one each at Rundu, Omuthiya, Okahao and in Kavango West.… Read More

Erongo plans march against lockdown

by Ester Mbathera

A GROUP of disgruntled members of the public at Walvis Bay and Swakopmund plan to hold a demonstration against the extended travel ban on three towns in the Erongo region.

President Hage Geingob last week announced a further 31 days travel restriction to and from Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Arandis in an effort to curb the further spread of the coronavirus.

According to the founding statement, Namibians United Against the Lockdown “the group was created to support any initiative against the new lockdown of the Erongo region, specifically or any other initiatives that have been launched or … Read More

Namibia reports 345 Covid-19 recoveries

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

NAMIBIA has reported a record 345 novel coronavirus recoveries yesterday.

This brings the total number of recoveries to 556.

According to minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula at the Covid-19 communication centre yesterday, Walvis Bay recorded 325 recoveries out of the total recoveries announced.

This is the highest number out of the eight towns that reported recoveries.

Oshakati and Mariental followed with six and five recoveries, respectively, while Windhoek had four recoveries.

Okakarara, Otjiwarongo, Oshikuku, Outapi and Keetmanshoop each recorded one recovery.

“Again, this is a result of the shift in the de-isolation policy,” Shangula … Read More

Central bank reports first coronavirus case

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

The Bank of Namibia has reported its first Covid-19 case at its disaster recovery site.

As a result, the site will be closed off for disinfection. The bank’s head office will also be partially disinfected, the central bank’s strategic communications director, Emma Haiyambo, said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The bank remains dedicated to protect the well-being of its staff members and the public is urged not to panic as all necessary measures have been put in place to adhere to health protocols established with regards to Covid-19,” she said.

Haiyambo said the bank is still operational … Read More

Confirmed Covid-19 cases in //Kharas at 35

by Luqman Cloete

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the //Kharas region now stands at 35, while 13 people who had the novel coronavirus in the region have recovered.

//Kharas governor Aletha Frederick said this while delivering her maiden state of the region address at Keetmanshoop on Wednesday.

Frederick said inter-regional and cross-district migrations of people are the main factors contributing to the spread and transmission of the novel coronavirus disease in the region.

She said the construction of a 12-bed isolation unit was completed at Keetmanshoop recently, and screening and testing facilities, each with four beds, are also … Read More

Police officer tests positive for coronavirus

by Eliaser Ndeyanale

A Namibian Police officer based at Wanaheda Police Station in Windhoek has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The Namibian Police’s chief spokesperson, deputy commissioner Kauna Shikwambi, confirmed this on Wednesday. She said the police station would not be closed unless that is advised by health experts.

She said the officer had already been in isolation before his coronavirus test result came back as positive on Tuesday.

“So far the colleagues who shared an office are in isolation and all heath Covid-19 measures are being implemented, including disinfecting of the premises,” Shikwambi said.

“The pandemic indeed affects … Read More

Update: Namibia records 556 Covid-19 recoveries

Namibia reports 70 new Covid-19 cases at Walvis Bay 30, Swakopmund 10, Windhoek 26, Otjiwarongo one, Okahandja one, and Keetmanshoop one.

According to the health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula, 13 of the cases in Windhoek have no known cases to confirmed cases, but they presented with symptoms consistent with Covid-19.

Katutura reported ten cases, which is of grave concern according to the minister. He said the patients all attended a church ceremony.

“It is likely that more people have been exposed and we are cautioning the people to call the hotline to be tested,” Shangula said.


Weddings, funerals … Read More

Police officer tests positive for Covid-19

by Eliaser Ndeyanale

A POLICE officer based at the Wanaheda police station in Windhoek has tested positive for Covid-19.

The Wanaheda Police Station. Photo: Contributed

Namibian Police spokesperson deputy commissioner Kauna Shikwambi confirmed the case this morning. Shikwambi said the police station will not be closed unless otherwise advised by health officials.

“Yes, one of the officers’ results came back positive yesterday [Tuesday]. He was already in isolation.

“So far, the colleagues who shared an office are in isolation and all health measures are being implemented, including disinfectant of the premises. The pandemic indeed affects us all and thus we … Read More

Covid-19 Update…

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula says the country has recorded 64 new coronavirus infections and 24 new recoveries.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula

Out of the new cases, Shangula said on Tuesday, 44 are from Walvis Bay, five from Swakopmund and 15 from Windhoek.

Thirty-four are men and 30 are women, and their ages range from six to 64 years.

Shangula said the ages of the 15 new cases reported from Windhoek range from 22 to 54 years, with nine women and six males.

Six of the people confirmed infected with the coronavirus in Windhoek had been in contact with previously confirmed … Read More

Cran records first Covid-19 case

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

THE Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (Cran) has closed its offices in Windhoek until 11 August after a staff member tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

In a statement issued Tuesday, head of communications Katrina Sikeni said all employees who were direct contacts to the employee are currently in self-isolation and as a precautionary measure, the affected offices were temporarily closed for sanitation on Monday, 3 August.

“The entire Cran offices will be closed for physical contact business and all team members will work from home with immediate effect commencing Tuesday, 4 August,” she said.

Sikeni advised … Read More

Mixed feelings about Walvis Bay face-to-face learning

by Taati Niienge

Face-to-face learning for Grade 11 and 12 pupils started at Walvis Bay on Monday, after they had to stay home for about four months.

BACK TO SCHOOL … Some Grade 11 and 12 pupils showed up for school at Walvis Bay for the first time in about four months on Monday, while others decided to rather study from home.

There were mixed feelings from parents, teachers and pupils about the resumption of face-to-face classes, though.

Some teachers said they had no choice but to start teaching, although Walvis Bay has become Namibia’s novel coronavirus pandemic epicentre.

Teachers … Read More

Walvis Bay tax office closed due to Covid-19

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

The Ministry of Finance on Monday announced the closure of its customs and excise office at Walvis Bay following possible exposure to a novel coronavirus case.

In a statement, finance ministry spokesperson Tonateni Shidhudhu said the office would be closed from 4 to 5 August as a precautionary measure.

“We are suspecting possible exposure to a confirmed Covid-19 case. A colleague’s spouse tested positive. The office will be disinfected on Tuesday or Wednesday,” he said.

Shidhudhu added that the ministry has introduced work shifts and its staff members on duty on Tuesday may not have come into … Read More

Namibia records another Covid-19 death

HEALTH UPDATE: Namibia has recorded a twelfth death related to Covid-19, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Monday.

Shangula said a 49-year-old man who was in Windhoek Central Hospital for urgent surgery developed complications after undergoing an operation, and his coronavirus test results also came back positive. He added that the patient had a chronic condition, which was being ruled out as the cause of his death on Sunday, after his condition gradually deteriorated.

The country also recorded another 112 confirmed novel coronavirus infections on Monday, bringing Namibia’s confirmed cases to 2 406, with 2 207 active … Read More

DBN worker at Walvis tests positive for Covid-19

By Charmaine Ngatjiheue

A DEVELOPMENT Bank of Namibia employee at Walvis Bay has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, which has prompted the closure of that office.

The company in a statement on Monday said all staff members at the Walvis Bay branch are being tested and are in quarantine until further notice.

“The branch is closed until further notice and will be disinfected during that period,” Di-Anna Grobler, the spokesperson of the bank said.

According to Grobler, staff who are in quarantine will continue working from home in the meantime.

She said in the event of disruption of Walvis … Read More

Accident Fund reopens Katutura satellite office

by Yokany Oliveira

THE Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVAF) will reopen its Katutura satellite office tomorrow after a five-month closure.

The fund will maintain Covid-19 regulations, it assured.

“The MVA Fund will reopen its Katutura satellite office on Monday, 3 August, after a five-month closure as a safety measure to stop the spread of Covid-19 during the first wave of the outbreak,” chief of corporate affairs Surihe Goamas-Guchu said in a statement on Friday.

Goamas-Guchu said the satellite office will be open Mondays to Fridays from 07h30 until 16h30, where the fund’s case coordinators, hospital case managers and rehabilitation case … Read More

Third NBC worker contracts Covid-19

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

A third employee at the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

This was confirmed by the public broadcaster’s director general Stanley Similo today.

“It is with a heavy heart that I need to announce that one of the staff members who went into self-isolation last Sunday, started having flu symptoms and went to see the doctor on Monday, and was treated and tested for Covid-19,” Similo said in a statement.
He said the employee’s results were released late Saturday night, saying the case does not pose any danger to the NBC and its … Read More

Namibia records 70 new Covid-19 cases

HEALTH UPDATE: Namibia on Sunday recorded 70 new Covid-19 cases and 16 new recoveries.

Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula said the new cases are from the Erongo, Khomas, Ohangwena and //Kharas regions.

Walvis Bay reported the highest number of new cases at 43, followed by Swakopmund with 12, Windhoek with 13, Engela with one and Lüderitz with one.

“With the implementation of the new de-isolation protocol, we expect to see a radical increase in the number of recoveries,” Shangula said.

The country now has 2 294 confirmed Covid-19 cases with 187 recoveries and 11 deaths.… Read More

Namibia records another Covid-19 death

HEALTH UPDATE: Namibia has recorded its 11th Covid-19 death.

Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula this evening announced a 53-year-old male with known chronic renal failure and multiple medical comorbidities was admitted to a private hospital at Swakopmund on 22 July.

He was tested on 21 July at Walvis Bay at the dialysis isolation unit.

He has been sick but stable, and suddenly experienced severe shortness of breath on 29 July, after which he died.

Shangula urged the public to practise extra precautionary measures around vulnerable groups and to adhere to regulations.

The country has recorded 95 new … Read More

Namibia records 77 new cases

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

Health update: Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula announced the country has recorded 77 new Covid-19 cases from 635 tests.

Of the new cases, 62 are from Walvis Bay, eight from Swakopmund, five from Windhoek, and two from Okahandja.

Shangula said 38 of the new cases are men and 39 women. Their ages range from one to 58 years.

Shangula said one Windhoek case is a 56-year-old woman with no known contact with a confirmed case.

She has been conducting meetings at work and has attended a funeral recently where residents from Walvis Bay may … Read More

State House: Covid-19 national response measures

President Hage Geingob is addressing the nation on new Covid-19 measures. He says 2 129 cases are confirmed in Namibia as of today, with ten deaths. He says the rate of cases in the country is rising, with Namibia being in the top five of Covid-19 cases in Africa.

Hage Geingob

Erongo region will remain in lockdown until the end of August, Geingob says

Twelve regions countrywide have confirmed cases, with the exception of Omaheke and Kavango West. Geingob says community transmissions of the virus is suspected in Khomas and //Kharas regions, and not only Erongo.

He says the government … Read More

Oshana parents demand school closure

by Hileni Nembwaya

PARENTS at Charles Anderson Primary School at Ongwediva in the Oshana region are demanding the immediate closure of the school after two pupils’ parents allegedly tested positive for Covid-19.

Charles Anderson primary school in Ongwediva. Photo: Contributed

The affected parents are said to be nurses at the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital.

A concerned parent claims the two parents alerted the school immediately after testing positive, but the school management tried to hide the information while allowing the two affected pupils to continue going to school.

“We want to know how many children were in contact with these pupils … Read More

Windhoek records first Covid-19 death

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula has announced that Windhoek reported its first Covid-19 related death on Thursday. The death is of a 41-year-old man and it brings the total Covid-19 deaths in the country to 10.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula

Meanwhile Namibia has recorded 66 new positive cases. Shangula said Walvis Bay reported 47, Windhoek 14, and Swakopmund five cases. Contact tracing has been initiated, Shangula said.

Most of the Windhoek cases have no travel history nor do they have known contacts with a positive cases. One of the Windhoek cases is a taxi driver.

Namibia on Thursday … Read More

Fight virus on birthday, president asks

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

President Hage Geingob has called on corporates and individuals to contribute towards Namibia’s Covid-19 fight on his 79th birthday instead of placing advertisements of congratulations in newspapers and publications.

Geingob turns 79 on Monday.

“In the form of Covid-19, we are faced with a deadly and invisible enemy. During this period, the health of Namibians remains the biggest priority,” the president said in a statement today.

He said the government alone cannot defeat the virus and needs everyone to fight its spread and help the vulnerable.

The president thanked corporates and individuals who have so far contributed … Read More

Coronavirus deaths set to spike

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

THE country director for the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Namibia, Eric Dziuban, says the spike in Covid-19 cases will most likely push up the death toll.

Image used for illustrative purposes.

This could lead to deaths reported in Windhoek within a month, as seen at the coast.

The country’s Covid-19-related death toll currently stands at nine, after the minister of health and social services, Kalumbi Shangula, announced a new death at Walvis Bay, involving a 44-year-old woman.

In the past two weeks Windhoek has been seeing a spike in coronavirus cases, with most … Read More

Covid-19 Update … Namibia records ninth death

MINISTER of Health and Social Services Kalumbi Shangula on Wednesday afternoon announced a new Covid-19 related death involving a 44-year-old woman from Walvis Bay. This brings the total death toll to nine.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula

Meanwhile, the country has recorded 69 new Covid-19 cases from 527 samples tested in the past 24 hours.

Walvis Bay has the bulk of the cases at 57, Swakopmund has one, Usakos one, Windhoek eight, Engela one and Mariental one.

Namibia has a total of 1 986 positive cases, 1 873 of which are active cases.

According to the minster, 38 of the cases … Read More

Covid-19 local transmissions rise

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula yesterday said new Covid-19 cases reported over the past few weeks mean that people are becoming infected in their localities during their everyday activities.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula. Photo: File

The country recorded 74 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, which brings the total cases to 1 917 with eight deaths and 104 recoveries.

Shangula said 56 of the new infections were recorded at Walvis Bay, three at Swakopmund, four each in Windhoek and at Rosh Pinah, two each at Oshakati and Rundu and one each at Okahandja, Omaruru and Onandjokwe.

Fifty-four of the new … Read More

Three courts closed over Covid-19

by Werner Menges

THE Windhoek Magistrate’s Court in Katutura, the Katima Mulilo Magistrate’s Court and the traffic court in Windhoek will be closed for two weeks after people working at the courts or who had visited the premises were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.

The Windhoek Magistrate’s Court in Katutura. Photo: Werner Menges

The courts were closed yesterday after a judicial officer at the Katima Mulilo Magistrate’s Court, a public prosecutor stationed at the court in Katutura, and an accused person who appeared in the traffic court, where he was in contact with court officials, tested positive for the coronavirus, … Read More

Covid-19 Update …

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula this afternoon said Namibia has recorded 74 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula

Shangula said 56 of the new infections were recorded at Walvis Bay, three at Swakopmund, four in Windhoek and at Rosh Pinah, respectively, two at Oshakati and Rundu, respectively, and one each at Okahandja, Omaruru and Onandjokwe.

Fifty-four of the newly infected people are men, while 20 are women. Their ages range from 15 to 77.

Shangula also announced that another three people previously diagnosed with the novel coronavirus have recovered, bringing Namibia’s total number of recoveries … Read More

City police staffer has Covid-19

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

THE Windhoek City Police headquarters will be closed for two days for disinfection after an employee tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

A Windhoek City Police employee tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Photo: Garwin Beukes

City police chief Abraham Kanime confirmed the closure, but could not reveal which department or how many people are affected by the case.

He said all health protocols are in place to better deal with the situation and affected parties.

“We were prepared for such incidents and made sure all protocols were followed. The headquarters will be reopened tomorrow after all … Read More

Unam records Covid-19 case

by Tuyeimo Haidula

ONE of the University of Namibia’s staff members at its main campus tested positive for Covid-19.

The University of Namibia main campus entrance. Photo: File

Unam’s vice chancellor, Kenneth Matengu, announced today in an internal memo that the last time the staff member was present on campus was on 14 July.

Matengu said the individual is in a stable condition at an isolation facility.

“According to him, the staff member started feeling unwell on 18 July while at home. He got tested on 21 July and was confirmed positive on 22 July. He has been in isolation … Read More

//Kharas Council offices closed

by Luqman Cloete

THE //Kharas Regional Council offices including those of the education directorate in Keetmanshoop were temporarily closed as of Monday.

The //Kharas Regional Council office.

The council’s chairperson, Jan Scholtz, said on Monday the decision came after one of the council employees’ spouse tested positive for coronavirus last Friday.

The affected staff member was immediately put under quarantine, said Scholtz.

“Since the staff member was at work on Friday, the entire council offices will be disinfected, thus affecting normal contact service delivery,” he said.

According to Scholtz, normal services at the office will resume on Friday.… Read More

Bank Windhoek staffer positive for Covid-19

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

A BANK Windhoek staff member at the main branch in Windhoek has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, which has resulted in the branch being closed.

The Bank Windhoek main branch in Windhoek. Photo: File

The bank also closed its Auas Valley and Ashirwad agencies because they are served from the main branch.

The offices were closed over the weekend and were disinfected and as a precautionary measure. All workers were sent home to self-isolate until further notice.

According to a statement from the bank on Monday, the branch will reopen on Wednesday, 29 July 2020.

“Our … Read More

UPDATE: Namibia reports 68 new Covid-19 cases

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

HEALTH UPDATE … Health minister Kalumbi Shangula says Namibia on Monday recorded 68 new coronavirus infections and 26 recoveries of people who had been diagnosed with the virus. The new infections are from the Erongo, Khomas and //Kharas regions.

The minister says Walvis Bay has 60 new cases, Windhoek six and Swakopmund and Keetmanshoop one each. According to Shangula, the ages of the 68 people who have now tested positive for the virus range from six to 68 years old.

All of the Windhoek cases have no travel history and have not been in a quarantine facility, … Read More

NBC employee tests positive for coronavirus

By Charmaine Ngatjiheue

A Namibian Broadcasting Corporation staff member from the newsroom in the broadcaster’s Windhoek headquarters has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The staff member is one of 88 new coronavirus infections announced by health minister Kalumbi Shangula on Sunday.

NBC director general Stanley Similo made the announcement in a statement on Sunday afternoon. He said some parts of the NBC headquarters in Windhoek would be closed immediately.

“The NBC news offices have already been disinfected today and given the decontamination and sanitation treatment certificate to confirm that the building was fumigated as prescribed by the health regulations,” … Read More

Namibia records new Covid-19 death

By Charmaine Ngatjiheue

NAMIBIA has recorded one new Covid-19 related death at Walvis Bay, bringing the total death toll to eight.

This is according to the health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula who announced 88 new Covid-19 cases. This brings the total confirmed cases to 1 775.

The country also reported three new recoveries, bringing the total to number of recoveries to 75.

The cases are from are Erongo, Khomas, Kharas, and Hardap.

Walvis bay had the most cases with 62, followed by Swakopmund with 19, Windhoek 5, Keetmanshoop 1, and Mariental 1.

According to Shangula, 59 are males … Read More

Covid-19 Update:

Namibia has recorded 69 new coronavirus infections out of 786 test results received over the past hours. The regions where new cases were recorded are Erongo, Khomas, //Kharas, Oshana, Oshikoto, Kunene and Zambezi.

In a statement on Saturday health minister Kalumbi Shangula said 36 of the newly infected people are men and 33 are women. The youngest patient is seven months old and the oldest 58 years old.

Walvis Bay reported 50 new infections, Swakopmund five, Windhoek five, Keetmanshoop three, Oshakati two, and Onandjokwe, Opuwo and Katima Mulilo one each.… Read More

Oshana education directorate gets N$59,5m for Covid-19

by Hileni Nembwaya

THE Oshana education directorate has been allocated more than N$59,5 million by the ministry of basic education to upgrade and renovate school infrastructure as part of efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

Image used for illustrative purposes.

The directorate intends to set aside about N$15,7 million for the renovation and construction of ablution facilities, while N$43,7 million has been set aside for the renovation and construction of hostels in the region.

Hilma Nuunyango-George, the acting deputy director of the Oshana education directorate, said this at Oshakati on Thursday during a briefing of the regional leadership on capital … Read More

UPDATE: Namibia records 96 new Covid-19 cases

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

HEALTH UPDATE … Namibia has recorded 96 new coronavirus infections, and the recovery of three people who had been infected with the virus.

The newly recorded cases are from Erongo, Khomas, //Kharas, Ohangwena, Otjozondjupa and Omusati. According to minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula, 75 of the new cases were recorded at Walvis Bay, four at Swakopmund, 10 in Windhoek, two at Keetmanshoop, two at Engela, one at Okakarara, one at Otjiwarongo and one at Oshikuku.

“Sixty-seven are males and 29 are females. Ages range from six to 64 years old. Contact tracing has been … Read More

Covid-19 plan proposed for Erongo

by Ester Mbathera

THE Erongo region emergency operation centre has put together a regional Covid-19 management plan, which it presented to a visiting task team at Walvis Bay on Wednesday.

The plan was proposed to address the current situation in the region, as the framework to deal with the Covid-19 crisis was found to be inadequate.

Lieutenant colonel Aktofel Kwedhi, operations officer at the Erongo region emergency operations centre, said the current management plan failed because resources deployed to manage the novel coronavirus outbreak have been overwhelmed by the increasing number of cases.

This has left communities, especially at Walvis … Read More

Covid-19 Update … Namibia records 120 new infections

Namibia has recorded 120 new coronavirus infections.

The new cases are distributed across five towns, with Walvis Bay recording the highest number of new infections, 106 cases, Swakopmund five cases, Windhoek seven cases, and Keetmanshoop and Katima Mulilo one case each.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula said all cases recorded today are Namibians – 86 being male and 34 female. They are all in a stable condition and contact tracing has been initiated, Shangula said.

All of the Windhoek cases come from different suburbs: Ludwigsdorf, Auasblick, Otjomuise, Khomasdal, Cimbebasia, Goreangab and Havana.

Only one case from Windhoek has been in quarantine, … Read More

HIV patients exposed to Covid-19

by Adam Hartman

AT least 100 patients may have been exposed to a confirmed coronavirus case, a health worker at the ARV clinic at Swakopmund said.

File photo.

The clinic was closed on Monday after the health worker was confirmed Covid-19 positive, resulting in the 11 other staff members being quarantined.

A nurse, who declined to be identified, informed The Namibian on Monday that the other staff, which includes five nurses, four health assistants and two cleaners, were also tested.

Most of the staff are quarantined at the Swakopmund bungalows, while some, who do not live alone, are self-quarantined at … Read More

Ministerial delegation to be quarantined

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

THE high level delegation that went to assess the Covid-19 situation at Walvis Bay and the Erongo region at large will be subjected to mandatory quarantine upon their return to Windhoek.

Deputy minister of labour and employment creation Hafeni Ndemula is the head of the delegation that went to assess the Covid-19 situation at Walvis Bay. Photo: Nampa

The delegation left for Walvis Bay on Wednesday, with the aim to visit various places to assess the situation at the town and the region at large, which has become the epicenter of the novel coronavirus.

Information minister Peya … Read More

Walvis Bay graveyards to be used for Covid-19 burials

by Taati Niilenge

Erongo governor Neville Andre has announced that people who died of Covid-19 at Walvis Bay will now be buried in existing graveyards at the town.

This comes after consultations between the Covid-19 burial committee and some Walvis Bay residents who were opposing burials at a site that had been chosen at the town’s Narraville area.

The families of people who died of Covid-19 at Walvis Bay are now free to indicate where they want to bury their family members.

The announcement by André was made at a meeting between stakeholders and a delegation that arrived in Walvis … Read More

Zambezi school closes due to possible Covid-19 threat

by Lugeretzia Cooper

MAVULUMA Adventist Primary Private School at Katima Mulilo has temporarily cancelled face-to-face teaching due to possible contact between a pupil and a nurse who recently tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Mavuluma Adventist Primary Private School at Katima Mulilo. Photo: School Facebook Page

The acting regional education director in Zambezi, Joseph Kawana, confirmed the temporary closure of the school to The Namibian.

The school informed parents of its pupils on Tuesday that the school will be closed for 14 days from 22 July to 4 August.

“The school is in a critical situation, as there is … Read More

Covid-19 Update:

NAMIBIA has recorded 36 new Covid-19 cases, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Wednesday afternoon.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula. Photo: MICT

He added that all the new cases are Namibians and 28 are from Walvis Bay, four from Swakopmund, three from Windhoek and one from Lüderitz.

The youngest case is a 20-day-old baby and the oldest is 54 years old.

According to the minister, contact tracing is ongoing. He said there are 12 patients at Walvis Bay who are critically ill and in need of oxygen.

“On the bright side, we have recorded seven new recoveries,” he … Read More

Lüderitz gears up to fight Covid-19

by Hileni Nembwaya

THE Lüderitz Town council has stepped up efforts in readiness to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.

The council is currently reactivating its screening point at the entrance of the town as some of the stringent measures to ensure better case tracing and control of residents.

According to Lüderitz mayor, Brigitte Frederick, residents who enter and leave the town will be screened and registered, in order to curb possible local transmission of Covid-19.

“We already started preparing in March. A screening point was put up at the town entrance. It was later moved to Aus, but we are currently … Read More

Erongo Regional Council office closed due to Covid-19

by Ester Mbathera

The Erongo Regional Council’s head office at Swakopmund and constituency offices at Swakopmund and Walvis Bay will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday due to a possible coronavirus contamination.

Chief regional officer Habatte Doeses confirmed the closure of the offices, saying it is being done to have the premises disinfected while waiting for a further directive from the Ministry of Health and Social Services.

In a letter to Juuso Kambweshe, chairperson of the Erongo Regional Council, Doeses said a staff member of the council’s head office came into contact with a person who tested positive for the … Read More

Walvis Bay prepares more isolation beds

by Ester Mbathera

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has given the go-ahead for the preparation of a 130-bed Covid-19 isolation facility at Walvis Bay State Hospital.

The project is spearheaded by the Erongo Region Covid Care (ERCC) team that was driving the construction of a 150-bed containerised facility that never took off.

Anton Pretorius, a member of the ERCC task committee, in an interview with The Namibian said the team is now converting garages and two general wards at the state hospital into high-oxygen Covid-19 isolation wards.

“We need to prepare for the worst case. The first phase … Read More

Quarantined people at Henties Bay bemoan treatment

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

People being quarantined at Henties Bay due to the novel coronavirus outbreak claim the treatment from health officials at the quarantine facilities is substandard and they are being kept in quarantine for longer than necessary.

BREAKFAST … Henties Bay quarantined individuals’ ate dry oatmeal for breakfast on Tuesday.

Some of the people quarantined at Henties Bay threatened to leave the quarantine facilities on Tuesday morning.

Law enforcement officers and some officials from the health and social services ministry, including the Erongo Health directorate chief principal officer Dr Amir Shaker, had to intervene, requesting the group not to … Read More

Walvis Bay bank employee contracts coronavirus

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

A Bank Windhoek employee at Walvis Bay has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the bank announced on Tuesday.

This comes after the employee came into contact with a Covid-19 case at the coastal town, which led to the bank closing its Walvis Bay branch on Thursday last week.

As a precautionary measure, the branch will be disinfected and will reopen on Monday next week (27 July), the bank’s executive officer of retail banking services, Chris Matthee, said in a statement.

Since the start of the lockdown period Bank Windhoek’s Walvis Bay branch has been operating at … Read More

Lüderitz clinic temporarily closed

by Luqman Cloete


The health ministry has temporarily closed the Lüderitz clinic after a health worker tested positive for the novel coronavirus. 

File photo.

!Nami≠Nüs constituency regional councillor Jan Scholtz made the announcement in a statement issued on Tuesday, and said staff members at the clinic as well as identified contacts have been placed under quarantine.

He said the local hospital for now only attends to emergency cases until operations at the clinic resume, and added most health services such as immunisations, family planning and antenatal care have been suspended temporarily until the clinic reopens.


Scholtz advised residents with chronic … Read More

UPDATE: Namibia reports three new Covid-19 deaths

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

HEALTH UPDATE… Namibia has recorded 22 new Covid-19 positive cases and three new coronavirus related deaths, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Tuesday.

Shangula said all are Namibians and 16 are from Walvis Bay, five from Swakopmund and one from Windhoek. The minister said 17 are male and the rest are female. The Windhoek case is a woman who was referred from Walvis Bay.

He said the case announced yesterday from Katima Mulilo is a healthcare worker at a local clinic.

So far, Namibia has seen 15 recoveries, a new record of recoveries according … Read More

Nam records fourth Covid-19 death

by Ester Mbathera and Charmaine Ngatjiheue

NAMIBIA’s fourth Covid-19 fatality was in hospital while his family was in isolation at home at Walvis Bay.

The 55-year-old man tested positive for the novel coronavirus towards the end of June.

Some of his family members have been in self-isolation at home because of a lack of facilities in the Erongo region.

The deceased’s employer, who wants to remain anonymous at this stage, says he feels helpless and does not know how to assist the family at home.

“The whole family is in isolation. There is little we can do, because we can … Read More

Home affairs reopens coastal offices

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

The offices of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security in the Erongo region reopened on Monday, after it had been disinfected against the novel coronavirus.

The offices were temporarily shut following possible Covid-19 exposure when staff members came into contact with suspected Covid-19 cases at Walvis Bay.

The ministry’s spokesperson Sakeus Kadhikwa said the Kuisebmond sub-regional office, the Walvis Bay harbour and airport offices and the Swakopmund offices reopened on Monday.

“The offices have been disinfected. In order to protect the well-being of staff and the public, the ministry will continue adhering to Covid-19 … Read More

Walvis Bay private hospital battles on in coronavirus fight

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Walvis Bay’s Welwitschia Hospital says it remains committed to the fight against the novel coronavirus after one of its patients died of Covid-19 on Monday.

The patient, a 55-year-old man, became the fourth person recorded to have died of Covid-19 in Namibia, as announced by health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula on Monday.

Welwitschia Hospital manager Matthias Braune said in a statement on Monday that during the last two weeks the hospital looked after a few Covid-19 patients who were, and are, extremely sick and required ventilation or oxygen therapy.

“This morning, sadly, one of our … Read More

Three health workers contract Covid-19

…  as Nam reports fourth Covid-19 death

NAMIBIA has recorded 97 new Covid-19 cases, including a fourth death, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Monday.

Of these cases, three are healthcare workers from Walvis Bay.

He said 90 of the cases are from Walvis Bay, three from Swakopmund, two from Engela, one from Outapi and one from Katima Mulilo. The cases in Engela came in contact with a prior confirmed case at the town.

The minister said 81 are males and the rest are female. “The oldest is 66 years. Contact tracing is ongoing,” Shangula said.

He … Read More

Erongo police warn against large gatherings

by Ester Mbathera

THE Erongo police have urged the public to avoid attending and hosting large gatherings at Arandis, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. Gatherings here are restricted to a maximum of 10 people.

Ileni Shapumba, community affairs commander for the Erongo region, says the public is exposing themselves to Covid-19 by attending such gatherings.

“During the state of emergency no demonstrations are allowed in these three restricted areas, but we have seen people running around calling people to demonstrate. This should cease in accordance with the law and to protect people from the virus,” Shapumba says.

Of great concern are … Read More

UPDATE: Namibia reports 44 new Covid-19 cases

The country has recorded its third Covid-19 death.

This was announced by the minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula this evening.

“A 45-year-old man passed on at home and his body was brought to the mortuary on 13 July by the police. He was known to be on chronic medication. According to the information provided by relatives he was tested on 15 July and the result came back positive on 18 July. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends,” he said.

Namibia has recorded 44 new Covid-19 cases. Shangula said six involve non-Namibians on a … Read More

Walvis residents hold drive-in church

by Taati Niilenge

WALVIS Bay residents have found an innovative way of worshiping together amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Residents drove to the town’s waterfront area on Sunday morning, for the first drive-in church service for the town.

The service was organized by the Walvis Bay Community church, which usually has two Sunday services in Afrikaans and English.

The services were suspended due to the lockdown about four months ago, leaving families to pray at home.

“We just decided to do something different. We cannot cope with this lockdown. Everyone wants to get together for prayer. There is power in togetherness. … Read More

Second Covid-19 burial postponed

by Taati Niilenge

ERONGO governor Neville Andre called a meeting with representatives from the Narraville on Saturday community to deliberate on the burial site for people who die from Covid-19.

Addressing the community, the governor apologised for the way proceedings had been handled. 

“We did things in line with the WHO rules and I understand that it is strange to all of us. We have a burial committee and we were supposed to consult with the community. I accept the blame personally and apologise. This is a first experience for all of us, and I hope we will learn together … Read More

UPDATE: SA truck drivers among new Covid-19 cases

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Saturday afternoon the country has recorded 125 new Covid-19 cases.

The minister said of these two are South African truck drivers and the rest are Namibians.

He added that one case is from Windhoek, two from Swakopmund, two are truck drivers from Keetmanshoop, one from Lüderitz, one from Engela, and 118 from Walvis Bay.

“The one in Windhoek is an in-patient at the local hospital. Those who were tested in Keetmanshoop are South African truck drivers. One delivered cargo at Rossing in Arandis. He was tested on his way back and has already gone … Read More

Erongo pupils to return to school

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

THE ministry of education, arts and culture has announced the reopening of schools and face-to-face learning for Grade 11 and 12 pupils at Arandis, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay on Monday.

Executive director of education, arts and culture, Sanet Steenkamp, said in a statement on Friday the return of pupils to school is voluntary.

In the event where a school records a confirmed case of Covid-19, the education ministry together with the health ministry will assess the situation before taking appropriate action.

“In addition, the ministry has developed compliance standards for the operation of schools, and schools that … Read More

Narraville residents overnight at Covid-19 burial site

by Taati Niilenge

Some residents of Narraville spent the night at the burial site where a Covid-19 victim was buried. They are determined to stop the burial of the second victim.

The say they will block the area when the burial continues today.

“We are concerned about our health and the inhumane way these people are buried. Everybody deserves a proper burial. Look at this place. It looks like a dumpsite,” they say.

Residents say they never agreed to the site being used for Covid-19 deaths.
They will make sure the deceased’s remains are moved to a proper site, away … Read More

Second Covid-19 funeral halted

by Taati Niilenge

Disgruntled Narraville residents flocked to the second Covid-19 burial at Walvis Bay this evening.

Health oficials and security forces eventually had to turn around with the body as residents were blocking the entrance to the site.

The group has expressed their dissatisfactionwith the site being used as a Covid-19 graveyard, as well as the burial method.

Erongo regional governor Neville Andre urged residents to remain calm.

“Please do not panic. We are determined to look after the health of Walvis Bay residents. We are humbly asking residents to allow us to bury the body. That place was … Read More

UPDATE: Namibia reports 46 new Covid-19 cases

Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula this evening said the country has recorded 46 new Covid-19 cases of whom 45 are Namibians and one is a Malawian truck driver residing in South Africa.

Shangula said three cases are from Windhoek, two from Swakopmund, one from Keetmanshoop and 40 from Walvis Bay.

The Windhoek cases involve two students and a truck driver. The students arrived in the country on 10 July and were tested on the same day. They are quarantined.

The Namibian truck driver went to South Africa on 27 June and came back on 1 July through … Read More

Cemetery approved before Covid-19

by Taati Niilenge

THE site where the first person to succumb to Covid-19 in Namibia is buried is an approved cemetery that is part of the Narraville Extension 8 layout.

This was said by Walvis Bay municipality communications manager Kevin Adams who said approval for the site to be a cemetery was granted even before the Covid-19 breakout, and public consultation was undertaken by the municipalities’ town planning officials.

The layout was presented to the public at a meeting held at Narraville in July 2014, according to Adams who was responding to the concerns of the residents on why people … Read More

NIP 2 200 tests behind

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

THE Namibia Institute of Pathology says they have moved from a backlog in Covid-19 test results of around 5 000 to nearly 2 200.

Acting chief operations officer at the institute, Boniface Makumbi, says the delay is due to the spike in cases in the Erongo region – particularly at Walvis Bay.

Makumbi was speaking at the Covid-19 communication centre this morning.

“When that spike came, it exceeded our capacity to test. When we started testing, we were doing below 50 tests per day, we moved to 90, then 200, and this was before Erongo and Walvis … Read More

Karasburg schools close after Covid-19 case

by Luqman Cloete

SCHOOLS at Karasburg in the //Kharas region have closed today after a local teacher tested positive for Covid-19.

Image used for illustrative purposes.

The regional education director , /Awebahe //Hoeseb, confirmed classes were suspended at all local schools.

This on the recommendation of the Ministry of Health and Social Services, to which the executive director of education, arts and culture, Sanet Steenkamp, concurred, //Hoeseb said.

//Hoeseb said teachers will return to schools on 31 July, while pupils will resume classes on 3 August.… Read More

UPDATE: Namibia reports 72 new Covid-19 cases

Health update: Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula this afternoon said the country has recorded 72 new Covid-19 cases. Namibia has now passed the 1 000 mark. Shangula said one of the confirmed cases is from Windhoek, two from Katima Mulilo, two from Swakopmund and 68 from Walvis Bay.

The case in Windhoek was admitted to a local hospital, while the case at Katima Mulilo travelled from Walvis Bay.

He said 39 of the new cases involve males and 33 females. The youngest new case is nine months old, and the oldest is a 62-year-old. The country now … Read More

Second foreign fisherman Covid-19 positive

by Ester Mbathera

A SECOND foreign specialist fisherman on board one of Erongo Marine Enterprises (EME) vessels tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

One of the Erongo Marine vessels on which 30 foreign fishermen are quarantined. Photo: Contributed.

The person is part of the specialist crew that arrived in the country on a chartered flight from Frankfurt last Friday, as part of a horse mackerel fishing team.

Six Namibians were on the same flight with the fishing crew. A Namibian studying in Russia who was on the same flight, also tested positive for the virus on Monday.

EME managing director … Read More

Quarantined residents threaten to escape

by Hileni Nembwaya

A NUMBER of people in mandatory quarantine facilities in the Oshana region are threatening to escape from the facilities, citing a lack of cooperation of health authorities.

Oshana health director Johanna Haimene took reporters around the Covid-19 hospital after it’s opening in April. Photo: File

They say authorities have extended their quarantine periods from the initial mandatory 14 days to more than 21 days – sometimes without any tests conducted, while laboratory test results are delayed.

Even though many people are kept in relatively comfortable quarantine facilities around Oshakati and Ongwediva, some are complaining of a lack … Read More

Covid-19 Update

The country has recorded 96 new Covid-19 cases. This brings the total number of cases to 960.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula this afternoon said among the confirmed cases is one South African. He said two cases are from Karasburg, two from Keetmanshoop, one from Windhoek and the rest from Walvis Bay.

Shangula said 51 are males and 45 females. The youngest is a four-year-old and the oldest is 50.

The country has also registered two more recoveries – cases number 33 and 186. This brings the total number of recoveries to 31.

Two deaths have been recorded. A total of … Read More

Covid-19 death exposes cracks in health system

by Ester Mbathera and Charmaine Ngatjiheue

A SECOND Covid19 death in less than a week has exposed limitations in the way the country is handling the pandemic.

Critics have accused the government of mishandling the pandemic in Erongo region, which is now the epicentre of the virus.

The second death has also shown that doctors and nurses, particularly at Walvis Bay, are overwhelmed with the number of cases as state facilities have been stretched to the limit.

Announcing the death yesterday, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said the deceased had diabetes before the Covid-19 diagnosis.

He visited the state hospital on … Read More

Covid-19 Update … Namibia records second death

Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula says Namibia has recorded a second Covid-19 death and three new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours.

According to the minister, all three new cases are Namibians from Walvis Bay. Two are male and one female. The youngest is 21 years old and the oldest 44.

The case which passed away was a 44-year-old male and had diabetes. He died on 11 July at home.
He was tested for Covid-19 and the result came back positive yesterday.

Shangula said Namibia now has 864 confirmed Covid-19 cases, with 29 recoveries and 833 … Read More

Foreign fishing crew member positive for Covid-19

by Ester Mbathera

ONE of the foreign fishing crew members on one of Erongo Marine Enterprises (EME) vessels, who is part of the group that landed in Namibia on Friday, 10 July, tested positive for Covid-19.

Specialised foreign fishing crew members who arrived in Namibia last Friday to work on vessels. Photo: File

EME managing director Martha Uumati confirmed that the ministry of health had informed her about the test result this morning.

“The person remains asymptomatic and in a healthy condition and is currently being kept in isolation in a separate cabin on the affected vessel. This is currently … Read More

285 mining jobs lost amid Covid-19

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

THE mining sector has lost about 285 jobs as a result of the Covid-19 imposed lockdown and state of the emergency regulations.

According to the Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) general secretary Ebben Zarondo, the job losses are from 15 March to date and were recorde at 17 companies in the mining industry.

Namib Lead and Zinc had the highest job losses at 71, followed by D.Y.S Manufacturers with 52 and Lewcor and Kaokoland Mining with 25 and 24 respectively.

Some losses have been blamed on Covid-19 retrenchments, while others are because the mines had to close. … Read More

Covid-19 wrecks environment funding

by Arlana Shikongo

THE Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia (EIF) faces reduced funding contributions from its international sources as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The EIF mobilised funding, mostly from international institutions, as our domestic sources of funding are not expanded yet,” minister of environment Pohamba Shifeta said last week.

He was responding to questions from the media after the inauguration of the fund’s new board of directors.

Shifeta said the countries which usually contribute funds to the institution are also struggling with their economies due to Covid-19, thus directing their attention towards their own domestic organisations.

“There is … Read More

Covid-19 death sparks panic

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue and Ester Mbathera

PANIC has gripped the country following the announcement of the first Covid-19-related death at Walvis Bay over the weekend.

The country also continues to record a high number of positive cases at the coastal town, raising fears the disease’s community spread could be wider than anticipated.

On top of this, rumours circulated that the deceased did not die of the virus, adding to confusion.

On Friday, minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula announced Namibia’s first Covid-19-related death at Walvis Bay, involving a 45-year-old man who presented to the Walvis Bay State Hospital … Read More

UPDATE: Namibia reports 76 new Covid-19 cases

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 … Read More

Erongo needs more resources as Covid-19 cases rise

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

THE Erongo region, which is the epicentre of the Covid-19 outbreak, needs more quarantine and isolation facilities to deal with the increasing numbers of confirmed cases and their contacts.

Image used for illustrative purposes.

The region is also in need of human resources to deal with contact tracing as confirmed cases might have come in contact with 20 to 30 people.

The region’s health director Anna Jonas who said the bulk of the confirmed Covid-19 cases are from the region, revealed this at the Covid-19 communication centre virtually on Sunday.

The confirmed cases in the Erongo region … Read More

Covid-19 Update

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula says Namibia has recorded 72 new positive cases of Covid-19, bringing the total confirmed cases to 785.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula

According to the minister, 71 are Namibians and one is a South African national.

From the new reported cases, 68 are from Walvis Bay, one is from Swakopmund, one at Oshakati, one at Keetmanshoop and one at Engela.

Shangula added that 41 of the cases are males and 31 females, with the youngest being 1 years old and the oldest is 58 years old.

“They are all clinically stable and contact tracing ongoing,” the minister … Read More

Nust in Covid-19 scare

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

A COVID-19 scare at the Namibia University of Science and Technology campus in Windhoek has resulted in the institution suspending face-to-face classes.

The Namibia University of Science and Technology campus in Windhoek. Photo: File

The development has affected one of Nust’s faculties, which the university declined to name to quell panic after a student came into contact with a person who had contact with a Covid-19 patient.

According to the university’s acting vice chancellor, Andrew Niikondo, the move is a cautionary measure aimed at ensuring the safety of all students and staff.

The student is currently in … Read More

BREAKING: Namibia reports first Covid-19 death

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

NAMIBIA has reported its first Covid-19 death, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Friday afternoon.

According to the minister, the patient, a 45-year-old man from Walvis Bay, complained of respiratory ailment and showed signs of severe renal failure and sepsis.

On 8 July 2020, the patient’s condition worsened, he became restless and he hyperventilated and died on the same day.

“On 10th July 2020, the results indicated that the patient was Covid-19 positive. He therefore died as a result of Covid-19. Namibia has gone 116 days without registering a single death case. Today I have the unenviable … Read More

Virus shuts home affairs offices in Erongo

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Some of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security’s offices in the Erongo region have been closed, following possible Covid-19 exposure.

According to the ministry’s spokesperson Sakeus Kadhikwa, the closure is a precautionary measure, after staff members came into contact with suspected Covid-19 cases at Walvis Bay.

As result, the ministry temporarily closed its Kuisebmond, Walvis Bay harbour and airport, and Swakopmund offices.

“This is to allow for the office premises to be disinfected. All staff members have been placed in self-quarantine,” Kadhikwa said.

He noted that the closure is currently indefinite as the primary … Read More

Covid-19 Update:

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula says Namibia has recorded 22 new Covid-19 positive cases in the past 24-hours. All the new cases are Namibians with the exception of one.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula

According to the minister, 20 are from Walvis Bay, one from Oshana region, and the other one is from Lüderitz in //Kharas region.

The youngest case is two years and the oldest is 60 years old.

All the new cases are in stable condition and contact tracing is ongoing.

Namibia now has 615 confirmed cases, with 25 recoveries and 590 active cases.… Read More

Elections chief foresees physical distancing challenge

by Sakeus Iikela

The Electoral Commission of Namibia might have trouble maintaining physical distancing of people during the counting and verification of votes in the upcoming regional and local authority elections scheduled for November this year.

Photo: File-Nampa

The ECN’s chief electoral officer, Theo Mujoro, says this is one of the challenges the commission faces in its attempt to organise the upcoming elections under the unfamiliar circumstances of a pandemic.

“The counting and verification of votes requires that other people would want to see what you are doing. I think that is one of the things that we will have … Read More

SSC pays N$22m to workers affected by pandemic

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

The Social Security Commission has paid out N$22,1 million to people who lost their employment as a result of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

These funds form part of the commission’s national employment and salary protection scheme.

Labour minister Utoni Nujoma said in the National Assembly on Wednesday the money was paid out in respect of 5 483 out of 6 300 applications from unemployed workers.

“This process continues,” Nujoma said, noting that the protection scheme ends on 31 July.

He said to date, the SSC has received a total of 2 200 applications from employers for cash … Read More

Special voting arrangements for Covid-19 patients

by Sakeus Iikela

The Electoral Commission of Namibia will arrange special voting for Covid-19 patients for the upcoming regional and local authority elections.

This will be informed by the number of people who will be in hospitals, isolation and quarantine facilities during the period determined for the conduct of the elections.

ECN’s chief electoral officer Theo Mujoro said the commission will put together teams that will be sent to various quarantine facilities to register and facilitie the voting process for these people. Mujoro said the commission will work hand in hand with the health ministry to conduct this process.

Any … Read More

Baby tests negative for Covid-19

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

THE baby who initially tested positive for Covid-19 after contamination from the mother has come out negative.

This was announced this morning by health minister Kalumbi Shangula as part of the daily health update.

Shangula said the baby, who is case 362, was reported on 3 July as positive.

“He was born by the mother who was recently diagnosed with Covid-19, case 296. The baby was tested too early,  five hours after delivery,” he said.

The minister said as per international standards, the baby was retested again after 24 hours and then after 72 hours after delivery. … Read More

Zim minister axed over Nam-linked Covid-19 tests supply deal

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Zimbabwean health minister Obediah Moyo, who has been implicated in alleged corruption with the purchase of Covid-19 tests involving a company registered in Namibia, has been dismissed.

Photo via Twitter @EversonMushava

Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa sent his beleaguered health minister packing for conduct inappropriate with his duties in a statement on Tuesday.

The statement was signed by Zimbabwe’s chief secretary to the president and cabinet, Mischeck Sibanda.

Moyo handpicked a Namibian-registered company, Jaji Investments, owned by medical doctor Prince Mushininga, who is working in Namibia and closely linked to Mnangagwa, to supply rapid Covid-19 test kits from … Read More

Fisheries Observer Agency office at Walvis Bay closed

by Ester Mbathera

The Fisheries Observer Agency office at Walvis Bay was closed on Tuesday afternoon after an employee tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The employee was taken into state isolation while two others are in self-quarantine.

The agency’s chief executive officer, Stanley Ndara, confirmed the closure. He said the employee who tested positive for the virus visited the agency’s operations and administration departments on 25 June, and considering that the employee had contact and interaction with other staff members the associated risk of the virus spreading was “very likely”.

Ndara added that the departments would be decontaminated on … Read More

Security force members in quarantine

by Ester Mbathera

ERONGO police regional commander commissioner Andreas Nelumbu says a number of security force members are in mandatory quarantine while others are in self-quarantine after coming into contact with members of the community who tested positive for the novel coronavirus at Walvis Bay.

Andreas Nelumbu

In an interview with The Namibian on Tuesday, Nelumbu could not give the exact number but says the security force members are part of the community where they live with their families and have to be removed should they be identified as possible coronavirus contacts, to contain the further spread of the virus.… Read More

Imported Covid-19 test kits safe – Shangula

by Sakeus Iikela

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula says coronavirus test kits imported and donated from China were not contaminated as is being alleged by some members of the public.

The Chinese embassy in March donated 1 000 Covid-19 testing kits to Namibia. Photo: Henry van Rooi

Shangula said the test kits meet worldwide standards and produce authentic results.

He was responding to questions posed by UPM parliamentarian Jan van Wyk in the National Assembly on Tuesday.… Read More

FNB Klein Windhoek temporarily closed

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

FNB NAMIBIA has temporarily shut down its Klein Windhoek branch after one of its employees came in contact with a Covid-19 positive case.

The FNB Branch in Klein Windhoek. Photo: Contributed

The branch will be closed down for one week, beginning 6 until 13 July, as a precaution to protect staff and customers from possible infection.

“An FNB Namibia employee, who was contact-traced by the Ministry of Health and Social Services’ task force after suspected contact two weeks ago with a since-diagnosed Covid-19 case, will receive testing and the branch has been closed to undergo strict sanitisation,” … Read More

COVID-19 UPDATE

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula says there are 54 new positive Covid-19 cases. All cases are from Walvis Bay.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula. Photo: MICT

This brings the total cases to 539, with 25 recoveries and 514 active cases.

The minister said from the new cases, 35 are females and 19 are males, with the youngest being five years old and the oldest is 60-years old.

“They are all in stable condition and contact tracing is ongoing to establish the source of infection,” the minister said.… Read More

Govt yet to address risk allowance debate

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue 

The Ministry of Health and Social Services says it is still discussing the question whether healthcare workers dealing with Covid-19 should be paid a risk allowance.

Speaking at a briefing at State House in Windhoek on Namibia’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic on Monday, the health ministry’s executive director, Ben Nangombe, said the issue of paying risk allowances to health workers dealing with Covid-19 was raised with the health ministry and it has discussed it with the Office of the Prime Minister and the Public Service Commission (PSC), which is responsible for human resources in the public … Read More

Namcor confirms Covid-19 case at headquarter

by Arlana Shikongo

THE Namibia Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Namcor) has announced a temporary lockdown of its head office in Windhoek for seven days after an employee tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday.

The Namcor head office in Windhoek. Photo: File

This was announced in an internal memo sent to staff on Monday by managing director Immanuel Mulunga, who also confirmed the lockdown to The Namibian.

“One of our employees tested positive with the coronavirus on Friday, 3 July 2020. The employees in question, along with about three colleagues who he closely interacted with, are currently under quarantine,” … Read More

Plans to decongest informal settlements at coast

by Arlana Shikongo

PRESIDENT Hage Geingob on Monday announced plans to temporarily relocate residents of informal settlements at Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Arandis to unallocated mass houses in the coastal towns.

A mass housing project pictures at Walvis Bay in 2017. Image used for illustrative purposes. Photo: File

Speaking at the Covid-19 response for Erongo region at State House on Monday afternoon, the president said this is in an effort to decongest informal settlements of those towns, as the spread of Covid-19 has risen sharply there in recent weeks.

“The Ministry of Urban and Rural Development, together with the regional … Read More

Covid-19 status quo remains for Nam

by Arlana Shikongo and Charmaine Ngatjiheue

PRESIDENT Hage Geingob this afternoon said Namibia’s 13 regions will remain in the current stage 4 of the Covid-19 state of emergency, while Erongo remains in stage 3.

President Hage Geingob. Photo: Nam Presidency

The president made this announcement during a media briefing at State House on Monday afternoon, in which he indicated that 90% of the Covid-19 positive cases are from Walvis Bay.

He added that while Namibia’s new cases are increasing at a fast pace due to the spread in Walvis Bay, there is no evidence at the moment of transmission of … Read More

Covid-19 strikes blow on new mother

CHARMAINE NGATJIHEUE and ESTER MBATHERA

A WALVIS BAY mother who passed the contagious novel coronavirus on to her newborn child is now hoping for the best for both of them as the country grapples with a spiking number of cases.

Her pain is much the agony of the multitudes of Covid-19 stricken victims in the Erongo region, which has now become the epicentre of the virus in Namibia.

This comes after minister of health Kalumbi Shangula announced another set of bad news yesterday, showing a challenging scenario at the coastal town.

Yesterday, the minister announced 38 new infections, 37 of … Read More

Covid-19 Update … Nam records 73 new cases

The country has recorded 73 new confirmed Covid-19 cases. All of them are Namibians, with one from Windhoek and the rest from Walvis Bay.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula. Photo: MICT

This was announced by health minister Kalumbi Shangula this morning.

The confirmed case from Windhoek is a 44-year-old man who has a history of travelling from Walvis Bay. He has been in quarantine since 27 June.

The minister said 37 of the confirmed cases are female while 36 are male. The youngest is five years old and the oldest is 55 years old.

Shangula added that they are all in … Read More

UPDATE: Covid-19 reaches Ohangwena

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

NAMIBIA has recorded 38 new Covid-19 positive cases, health minister Kalumbi Shangula announced on Sunday.

In a statement, the minister said the new cases are all are Namibians.

“One case is from Engela, in Ohangwena region and the rest are from Walvis Bay,” the minister said.

He added that the Engela case is a 25-year-old woman who travelled from Walvis Bay on17 June 2020. She was put in quarantine on 25 June 2020.

“A specimen was taken from her on 26 June 2020,” the minister added.

Of the new cases, 22 are females and 16 male with … Read More

Parents shouldn’t be free to risk their children’s lives – Shikongo

by Clemans Miyanicwe

Secretary general of the United Democratic Front Women’s League (UDFWL) Dorcas Shikongo says parents should not be at liberty to send their children to school amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Photo used for illustration purposes only.

“I believe the government is keeping parents hostage psychologically when expecting them to decide whether to send their kids to school or not. Let it be categorically clear that parents can’t be at liberty to risk the precious lives of the future generations,” Shikongo says.

She says no parent feels like homeschooling amid the pandemic and many have no or inadequate resources … Read More

Walvis Bay field hospital ready

by Ester Mbathera

The Namibian Defence Force yesterday handed the new military field hospital over to the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) at the Walvis Bay District Hospital.

The facility was built in anticipation of a growing number of Covid-19 cases in the Erongo region.

The 18-bed field hospital was constructed at the same site the failed 150-bed containerised Covid-19 hospital was to be built by the private sector in April.

Erongo regional health director Anna Jonas received the field hospital on behalf of the health ministry.

“We have increasing cases daily, and this will just augment what … Read More

Topnaar trusts feed community

by Taati Niilenge

THREE community trusts at Walvis Bay have decided to meet the government halfway by distributing food to the needy.

HELPING HAND … Glen Kasper (20), the youngest member of the Topnaar Community Foundation Trust, and Rooidon Manale pictured handing over food parcels to ouma Katrina Swartbooi of Klipneus farm on Wednesday.

The Topnaar Community Foundation Trust, Topnaar Concession Trust and Kuiseb Delta Development Trust handed over food hampers to over 200 households and individuals in the Topnaar community on Wednesday.

“We decided to help the government in this Covid-19 fight. Attempts are already being made by the … Read More

Letter: “Let the Virus Take its Toll”

IN NAMIBIA WE went into lockdown with very few Covid-19 cases, thinking it would be quick and we would be back in business in no time.

For the first time since independence our government had all the power, with a state of emergency called. The old saying goes: Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Our already struggling economy has almost come to a standstill. People are losing their jobs and businesses are closing their doors. Yet as far as I know our government ministers and employees have not taken a reduction in pay, although you struggle to get service … Read More

Update: Newborn contracts Covid-19

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

A NEWBORN baby has tested positive for Covid-19, health minister Kalumbi Shangula announced on Saturday afternoon.

The newborn is part of Namibia’s 26 new positive Covid-19 cases recorded.

The baby tested positive for coronavirus after the mother had contracted the disease, Shangula told The Namibian.

According to the minister, all the new cases are of Namibians with 25 from Walvis Bay and one from Windhoek. This brings Namibia’s total number of cases to 375. The country now has 360 active cases and 25 recoveries.

“Among them is a newborn baby from Windhoek. The rest are from Walvis … Read More

Khorixas former mayor and family in self-quarantine

by Clemans Miyanicwe

Former mayor of Khorixas, Elizabeth Geises (55), and her family are in self-quarantine.

Geises said she, two children and two grandchildren have self-quarantined at their house, after it emerged a visitor from Walvis Bay was alerted to the nearest health facility. “This after someone who visited a shop (at Walvis Bay), that the visitor also visited, tested positive for Covid-19,” Geises said.

“Our temperature is taken daily, and it’s fine,” the former mayor said.

The Namibian learnt that the visitor is quarantined at a local lodge at the northwestern town.

Geises said she and her family were … Read More

Nam records 15 new cases

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Namibia has reported 15 new Covid-19 positive cases, all of which are from Walvis Bay, health minister Kalumbi Shangula announced on Friday evening.

This brings the total cases to 350, with 25 recoveries, the minister said.

Shangula, in a statement, said 13 are females and two are males. The youngest is four years old and the oldest is 51 years old.

“Twelve had symptoms consistent with Covid-19 at the time of specimen collection. Four were identified through active case search,” he said.

The minister added that they are all in stable condition and contact tracing is ongoing.… Read More

Health decentralises Covid-19 testing

by Ester Mbathera

STATE facilities are overwhelmed with specimen for Covid-19 and the ministry of health has engaged private laboratories to assist with Covid-19 testing due to the expansion of targeted testing.

Health executive director Ben Nangombe told The Namibian yesterday that the process will be facilitated by a team responsible for laboratories under the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s nine pillars for the management of the response to Covid-19.

“The backlog is indicative of hard work being done by the surveillance team and also an indication that the expanded targeted testing that is underway is producing results. People are being … Read More

Pastors warned over permit letters

by Ester Mbathera

THE police in the Erongo region have warned church and traditional authority leaders in the region against issuing community members with letters recommending travel.

File photo

Movement from Walvis Bay, Arandis and Swakopmund is restricted in line with Covid-19 stage 3 regulations, but people at these towns may apply for permits to travel in case of essential medical treatment, or any other reason considered sufficient by an authorised police officer.

Police community affairs commander for the Erongo region Ileni Shapumba says police stations are inundated on a daily basis with applications for travel permits related to death, … Read More

UPDATE: Namibia records 42 new Covid-19 cases

Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula this morning said there are 42 new Covid-19 cases, one in Windhoek and the rest at Walvis Bay. He said 36 are female and 16 male. The youngest case is two months old and the oldest is 56. All of them are in a satisfactory condition.

The minister said there is one new recovery, case number 24. The country now has 335 confirmed cases, 25 recoveries and 310 active cases. There are no deaths.

Total samples tested stand at 10 253 and 592 tests were conducted yesterday, which is a new record.… Read More

UPDATE: Namibia’s Covid-19 cases rise to 293

Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula says Namibia has eight new Covid-19 cases. All are Namibians from Walvis Bay. Four are males and four females. They are all in a stable condition, he said.

Case number 286 is a 28-year-old woman and a contact of a confirmed case.

Case number 287 is a 26-year-old man and also a contact of a confirmed case. He is displaying symptoms.

Case number 288 is a 13-year-old girl and a contact of a confirmed case.

Case number 289 is a 30-year-old woman and a contact of a confirmed case. She is displaying … Read More

Oshana school closes, all to be tested

by Hileni Nembwaya

The Oshana education directorate has temporarily closed Mweshipandeka Secondary School for face-to-face teaching after one of the pupils at the school tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday.

Photo: Contributed.

A team of health officials will be dispatched to the school to conduct testing on all pupils, teachers and workers.

Boarders at the school’s hostel will be quarantined for four days, or until the test results of all pupils are available and cleared of Covid-19.

Oshana education director Hileni Amukana in a press release said the regional task force on Covid-19 is in charge of the situation and … Read More

UNFPA aids front line health workers

by Tuyeimo Haidula

THE United Nations Population Fund office in Namibia handed over personal protective equipment to the health ministry for its workers on Monday.

FOR THE HEALTH WORKERS … The United Nations Population Fund country representative in Namibia Dennia Gayle and health minister Kalumbi Shangula. Photo: Contributed.

UNFPA country representative Dennia Gayle said the equipment is in support of government’s ongoing efforts to protect health workers and to respond to president Hage Geingob’s call for all stakeholders to hold hands in the spirit of Harambee to collectively respond to and defeat this pandemic in Namibia.

The donation, worth N$2 … Read More

Police probe ‘Covid-19 formula’

by Ester Mbathera and Okeri Ngutjinazo

ERONGO police officers have launched an investigation into the sale of an alleged Covid-19 prevention formula being touted by a Chinese national at Kuisebmond, Walvis Bay.

POLICE SEARCH … Members of the police’s investigative unit during a raid on a Chinese shop at Kuisebmond, Walvis Bay, on Monday afternoon. The police were called to the establishment after it was reported that the owner of the shop was selling a formula that is claimed to prevent Covid-19. Photo: Ester Mbathera

On Monday afternoon, officers raided several shops and warehouses as well as a house owned … Read More

Covid-19: Panic strikes at Mweshipandeka school

by Hileni Nembwaya

A 20-YEAR-OLD pupil at Mweshipandeka Secondary School in Ongwediva, Oshana region, tested positive for Covid-19, leaving more than 300 pupils and teachers at the school in panic.

Photo: Contributed.

During the lockdown, the pupil allegedly travelled to Walvis Bay, the epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic in Namibia and returned to resume face-to-face learning at the school on 5 June.

He and six other pupils who had travelled from towns in Erongo region have since been placed under quarantine in isolated rooms in an effort to curb any possible further spread and risks of infections.

He was tested … Read More

UPDATE: Namibia records 52 new Covid-19 cases

Namibia reports 52 new Covid-19 cases, minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula said at the Covid-19 communication centre this morning. He said 51 are from Walvis Bay and one is from a quarantine facility.

He said 34 of the new cases involve males and 18 females. The youngest one is a year old and the oldest is 59.

One of the new cases is a Polish national.

This brings Namibia’s total number of cases to 257, with 24 recoveries. The total number of tested samples stand at 9 551, with 811 contacts.… Read More

Two new Covid-19 cases Tuesday night

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula on Tuesday night announced two new positive Covid-19 cases.
“One from Walvis Bay and one from Oshana. One has no established contacts with a confirmed case. One presented with symptoms at the time of specimen collection. Both are in a stable condition,” he said.

This brings Namibia’s total number of Covid-19 cases to 205.

Shangula said case number 204 is a 39-year-old Namibian and a resident of the Ohangwena region. She went to Oshakati on 24 June to visit her child.
Shangula said the patient visited relatives at Walvis … Read More

UPDATE: Namibia’s Covid-19 cases at 203

Health update: Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula this morning announced seven new Covid-19 cases, all from Walvis Bay, and all in a satisfactory condition. This brings the total confirmed cases countrywide to 203, with no deaths, 24 recoveries and 179 active cases.

A total of 9 118 samples have been tested and 875 are people in quarantine.

As all 13 regions enter stage 4 of the state of emergency, Shangula urged the public to familiarise themselves with the new measures and comply with them.… Read More

Covid-19 cases hit 196

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula announced on Monday evening a spike in the novel coronavirus cases which have hit 196.

Speaking on state broadcaster the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation, Shangula said the figure had shot up by 13 cases with eight coming from Walvis Bay, three from Hardap and one each from Oshana and Zambezi regions.

He also said the government has so far swabbed 8 913 people for testing.… Read More

Erongo quarantine: ‘We’re going to die here’

ADAM HARTMAN and ESTER MBATHERA

NAMIBIANS quarantined at state facilities in the Erongo region have complained about the state of these facilities, saying many are not up to standard.

A patient who spent two weeks in the Walvis Bay State Hospital Covid-19 isolation ward after testing positive earlier this month, has described the treatment at the ward as traumatic. Photo: Contributed

A patient who spent two weeks in the Walvis Bay State Hospital Covid-19 isolation ward after testing positive earlier this month, has described the treatment at the ward as traumatic.

He says it exposes Namibia’s lack of capacity to … Read More

Covid-19 rate among youth worrisome

by ESTER MBATHERA

ERONGO region governor Neville Andre is concerned about the high number of young people between the age of 24 and 40 contracting Covid-19 at Walvis Bay.

Neville Andre

Although the governor could not explain the reason why young people are the ones contracting the virus, he urged the youth to minimise their movement, which he believes could help protect elderly members in the communities from contracting Covid-19.

“The statistics show that more young people are contracting the virus at Walvis Bay. This is worrisome as we know that most young people in Kuisebmond live with elderly people. … Read More

Covid-19 Update … Thirty-three new cases

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula this evening announced that 33 new Covid-19 cases, all from Walvis Bay, were reported.

He further said 20 are contacts of confirmed cases and 13 presented with symptoms at the time of swabbing.

The country now has 183 confirmed Covid-19 cases, 24 recoveries and 159 active cases. Total samples tested are 8 706 and 869 people in quarantine.… Read More

Namibia at 150 Covid-19 cases

by Ndanki Kahiurika

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula this morning announced that 14 new Covid-19 infections have been recorded at Walvis Bay, bringing the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country to 150.

Shangula in a statement said all cases are from Walvis Bay and some are infections from people who had contact with people previously confirmed to have contracted the virus.

“We have 14 new confirmed cases. The total number of confirmed cases is at 150. They are all from Walvis Bay. Three are part of active case search. Eleven presented with Covid-19 related signs and symptoms. The persons … Read More

Namibia’s Covid-19 cases at 121

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Namibia on Friday reported a record 16 new coronavirus infections, all from Walvis Bay.

According to the information at hand, 15 of the people who tested positive were tested on 21 June, with a sample for testing taken from one of the cases on 24 June.

In a statement, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said ten of the cases had contact with previously confirmed cases.

“Eleven displayed signs and symptoms when they were seen,” he said.

Case 106 is a 40-year-old Namibian woman with no known contact to a confirmed case.

Case 107 is a … Read More

Govt allays fears at Mariental school

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

THE education ministry plans to start school counselling sessions after a pupil at Mariental Secondary School tested positive for Covid-19 on 18 June.

Mariental Secondary School. Photo: Contributed

Hardap regional education director Gerhard Ndafenongo made the announcement during this morning’s Covid-19 information session in Windhoek.

Ndafenongo said their unit on special education is assessing how pupils from other schools were affected.

“If the report comes that we need to move in, we will send in a (health) expert on school counselling to assist,” he said.

However, he noted that they have not received an extreme case which … Read More

Update … Covid-19 cases at 105

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula says Namibia recorded one recovery and three new positive Covid-19 cases. Namibia now has 105 Covid-19 cases.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula. Photo: MICT

According to Shangula, who made the announcement this morning, case number 103 is a 15-year-old Namibian female who travelled from India.

Case number 104 is a 40-year-old Namibian man from Walvis Bay. Case number 105 is a 43-year-old Namibian man, also from Walvis Bay.

The three new cases are all asymptomatic and in satisfactory condition.

Shangula said the recovered patient is case 31. … Read More

UPDATE: Namibia’s Covid-19 cases at 102

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula this evening announced that Namibia has recorded 12 new confirmed coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s Covid-19 cases to 102.

Speaking on the NBC, Shangula said the new cases are from Erongo – eleven at Walvis Bay and one at Swakopmund.

He also said seven of the confirmed cases had contact with other people with the virus, and six of the new cases had no symptoms of Covid-19 when they were tested. … Read More

Oshana pupils under quarantine

by Hileni Nembwaya

The education directorate in the Oshana region has placed 11 pupils who recently travelled from high-risk areas in Erongo region under quarantine.

Some of the pupils have been placed under quarantine at isolation facilities in Oshana while others have been directed to go into self-isolation until health officials have cleared them of possible novel coronavirus infection.

The acting deputy director of education in Oshana, Hilma Nuunyango-George, told The Namibian that none of the pupils under quarantine or in self-isolation is showing any signs of Covid-19.

However, the directorate is still waiting for their coronavirus test results from … Read More

Regulations affecting spaces at Kavango schools

by Ndanki Kahiurika

SOME Grade 11 and 12 pupils at Kavango West might have to go home as there will not be enough space for them in the hostels due to Covid-19 regulations.

Teopolina Hamutumua

The region’s education director, Teopolina Hamutumua, said overcrowded schools and hostels was a challenge to education in the region.

She was speaking at the Covid-19 centre in Windhoek during an update on school operations for phase one and two of Otjozondjupa, Kavango West and Zambezi regions.

“The overcrowding of hostels and classes has made it difficult. For instance, a class that has 60 learners will … Read More

Opinion: Say No to Covid-19 Stigma

by Ester Mbathera

EVERY TIME someone demands the list of names of those who tested positive for Covid-19, I cringe.

Ester Mbathera

Have we now turned into hell’s judges and jury whose job is to separate the saints from the sinners? Unlike other viruses, this one gets to you when you least expect it. So what is the rationale for wanting to know who has the virus?

No one deserves to contract Covid-19.

More so, no one deserves to be treated with disgust when in most cases one is innocently exposed to the virus.

Stigma is not something everyone is … Read More

People flee Erongo for the north

by Hileni Nembwaya

Scores of people have been travelling out of the Erongo region to areas such as the far north of the country, after restrictions on parts of the region were lifted.

File photo.

This has raised fears of a possible transmission of the coronavirus to these areas, as the Erongo region has become the hotspot of the disease.

Walvis Bay has recently become the epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic, prompting the suspension of issuing of travel permits to people travelling from the region, to combat the spread of the virus.

Oshana health director, Johanna Haimene told The Namibian … Read More

Covid-19 scare at police headquarters

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue and Ester Mbathera

INSPECTOR general Sebastian Ndeitunga yesterday sent around 40 staff members from a department at the police headquarters home after one of them was tested for Covid-19.

The Namibian understands that the staff members are all from the Directorate of Gender and Welfare on the fifth floor of the police building.

The employee who was tested is expected to receive his Covid-19 results today, while the rest of the department has now been subjected to quarantine.

Ndeitunga told The Namibian yesterday that the employee who has been subjected to a Covid-19 test allegedly came in … Read More

Covid-19: Prisons try to keep virus out

by Arlana Shikongo

INMATES detained at the Windhoek Correctional Facility say there are no measures at the prison to protect them from the new coronavirus.

INSIDERS … Some inmates at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility congregated to see their warden on Tuesday morning. Some inmates are seen wearing masks. Photo: Henry Van Rooi

“We are under threat. We have been on lockdown since March, but we don’t even get soap,” an inmate who contacted The Namibian anonymously, said.

The inmate complained about overcrowding, a lack of temperature screening of prisoners, and no personal protective equipment for wardens and officers.
“We … Read More

Covid-19 Update … Four new positive cases

Namibia has recorded four new positive cases of Covid-19, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said this morning. All four are imported cases and each of them are quarantined in Windhoek. This brings the country’s total positive cases to 76.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula

Case number 73, 74 and 75 are Indian nationals who travelled to Namibia on 17 June.

Shangula said the three women travelled from India through South Africa.

Furthermore, the three showed no symptoms of the virus but were placed in quarantine, as per protocol, Shangula said.

All three are in satisfactory condition.

Case number 76 is a Namibian … Read More

Covid-19 prevention now a personal responsibility

by Ester Mbathera

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula says now that the whole country is out of stage 1 of the Covid-19 state of emergency restrictions the responsibility to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus lies on each individual.

In an interview with The Namibian this afternoon, Shangula urged the public to still practise social distancing and all other Covid-19 guidelines to reduce the chances of getting infected with the virus.

“We are now in the stage where the responsibility falls on the individual rather than the government. Government responsibility was on stage one where government enforced measures. Now when … Read More

Update: Namibia reports five new Covid-19 cases

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Namibia has recorded five more cases of Covid-19, health minister Kalumbi Shangula announced on Tuesday evening.

Kalumbi Shangula

This cases, which are all from Walvis Bay, bring the country’s number of confirmed novel coronavirus infections to 72.

“These cases are part of the batch that was analysed yesterday but could only be completed today,” Shangula said.

Case 68 is a 41-year-old Namibian woman from Walvis Bay. According to Shangula, she has had no known contact with a confirmed novel coronavirus case.

“She was swabbed on 20 June as part of active case search. She had Covid-19-related signs … Read More

//Kharas gets masks to combat Covid-19

by Luqman Cloete

The ministry of trade and industrialisation has donated 14 000 masks to vulnerable people and senior citizens in the //Kharas region to help combat the spread of Covid-19.

MASK DONATION … //Kharas governor Aletha Frederick receives the donation from trade and industrialization ministry regional head for //Kharas region, Johannes Kisting and seamstress Magda Vries.

//Kharas governor Aletha Frederick, receiving the mask donation for distribution among the vulnerable, on Tuesday expressed her gratitude to trade ministry officials.

Johannes Kisting, the ministry’s regional head in //Kharas, said the masks were produced by small businesses in the region with material … Read More

2 000 to be tested at Walvis by Friday

by Adam Hartman

A testing exercise aimed at having 2 000 people at Walvis Bay checked for Covid-19 by Friday is set to start tomorrow.

The active case identification exercise’s objective is to establish the extent of the spread of Covid-19 in the Walvis Bay district, and to use data collected to plan for response activities in the district, Erongo governor Neville Andre announced on Tuesday afternoon.

“Erongo is faced with the mammoth task of ensuring that we contain the virus – it is here with us and amongst us,” he said during a press conference at Swakopmund.

Over the … Read More

Outjo teachers told to self-quarantine

by Clemans Miyanicwe

FOUR teachers at a primary school at Outjo were told to self-quarantine as they were at a funeral at the Kunene region town which was also attended by a woman from Walvis Bay who tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

ON ALERT … Outjo circuit inspector Thomas Amutenya. Photo: Clemans Miyanicwe

In a letter dated 22 June, a school principal said Outjo circuit inspector Thomas Amutenya was informed that the four teachers had been in contact with people from Walvis Bay and the school management was requesting that they should stay at home for self-quarantine “as there … Read More

Some hope for Walvis Bay restaurants, boat operators, craft vendors

by Taati Niilenge
 
Restaurant owners, arts and craft vendors, boat operators and residents of Walvis Bay were smiling this morning, as they could finally operate and enjoy meals with friends and family.

Places like the Walvis Bay waterfront, which looked like a ghost town for the past three months, was busy today as locals were looking for their favourite meals.
 
Some customers said they especially looked forward to sitting at restaurants situated near the water again. Others said they have missed enjoying drinks with family and friends, as sitting at home alone or ordering food was not fun. 
 … Read More

Khomas police chief quarantined

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

THE Khomas regional police commander, commissioner Joseph Shikongo, has been quarantined after coming into contact with an alleged fugitive who tested positive for Covid-19 last week.

Khomas regional police commander, commissioner Jospeh Shikongo

The alleged fugitive, Immanuel David (35), illegally entered Namibia on 12 June and was subsequently apprehended in Windhoek on 13 June, with Shikongo having been one of the arresting officers.

Shikongo is one of 13 police officers quarantined after apprehending David, who is Namibia’s coronavirus case 33.

Police inspector general Sebastian Ndeitunga confirmed to The Namibian that Shikongo is in quarantine but is in … Read More

UPDATE: Namibia records four new Covid-19 cases

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula says Namibia has recorded four new cases of Covid-19.

Case number 64 is a 71-year male lorry driver who arrived from South Africa and traveled to Oshikango.

He is in a satisfactory condition.

Case 65 is a 65-year-old man from Kuisebmond, Walvis Bay, and a contact of case 35.

Case 66 is a 50-year-old woman, also from Kuisebmond and a contact of case 35.

The last new confirmed infection, case 67, is a 51-year-old woman, also from Kuisebmond, whose contacts are unknown and was part of an active case search.

Namibia now has 67 confirmed Covid-19 … Read More

Namport continues operation despite possible Covid-19 exposure

by Ester Mbathera

Namibia Ports Authority employees are undergoing a contact testing and self isolation process after a spouse of a staff member from the harbour parastatal’s administration block at Walvis Bay recently tested positive for Covid-19.

Tino !Hanabeb, commercial executive at Namport, told The Namibian that operations are continuing as precautionary disinfection of areas in which the employee’s movements were traced have taken place. 

!Hanabeb said the company has adopted a rotational shift system and the shift of the affected employees ended on Monday.

“Nothing has been closed; the department is still operational. No one was sent home as the … Read More

Nation needs psychosocial support

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue and Ester Mbathera

Justice minister Yvonne Dausab has called on the public to refrain from stigmatising lorry drivers and people from the Erongo region.

Yvonne Dausab

Speaking at a Covid-19 situation update at State House in Windhoek on Monday, Dausab said the public needs to learn that the country finds itself in the current situation and it should be dealt with as a collective.

“Members of the public should not stigmatise people from Walvis Bay and truck drivers, especially because of the situation we find ourselves in. To stigmatise or discriminate against people because of the situation … Read More

Geingob addresses medicine shortages

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

President Hage Geingob says he has communicated with South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa on the issue of medicine shortages in private medical facilities on the local front.

President Cyril Ramaphosa and president Hage Geingob
Photo: NamPresidency

This comes after South Africa came up with new regulations to disallow the export of certain products, which has led to medicine shortages in the private sector, including vaccines for children.

The severe shortages are as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown affecting logistics, which has led to countries such as South Africa changing its export regulations on essential products .… Read More

Walvis Bay Post Office closed due to Covid-19

by Ester Mbathera

NamPost has announced the temporary closure of the Walvis Bay Post Office due to a possible exposure to Covid-19.

The post office is to be closed from tomorrow (23 June) until Friday (26 June).

NamPost corporate communications manager Wilson Shikoto in a media statement this afternoon said the post office will be closed for disinfection.

The Kuisebmund and Narraville post offices will close on Tuesday for precautionary disinfection and reopen on Wednesday.

“The decision comes after careful consideration of the possible risk exposure as one of our employees at Walvis Bay Post Office might have been in … Read More

Businesses asked to avoid retrenchments

THE government has implored businesses to avoid retrenchments at all costs, to safeguard livelihoods while boosting the economy.

Finance minister Iipumbu Shiimi

Speaking during the Covid-19 update at State House and answering a question from The Namibian on Monday, finance minister Iipumbu Shiimi called on businesses to find solutions that can mitigate job losses.

“Covid-19 is a global problem and certain issues may not be avoided, but we are asking businesses to avoid retrenchments and rather come up with job saving solutions. Job losses bring forth a change in livehoods, and if companies can by all costs avoid retrenchments, they … Read More

Covid-19 Response press conference with President Hage Geingob

President Hage Geingob is updating the country about the Covid-19 situation in Namibia. He says Namibia has seen a rapid increase in Covid-19 cases, with infections now numbering 63.

President Hage Geingob

He says most of the cases originate from the Erongo region. The health ministry has mobilised resources to investigate possible community transmissions in that region, the president says.

He also says the lockdown of Erongo is lapsing tonight, while the rest of the country is moving to stage 4 of the coronavirus pandemic restrictions next week Monday.

Geingob says despite an increase in Covid-19 cases in Erongo, the … Read More

Covid-19 Update

HEALTH UPDATE: Health minister Kalumbi Shangula this morning said the country has eight new confirmed coronavirus infections – all from the Erongo region – and two new recoveries from Covid-19, which brings the number of Covid-19 cases recorded in Namibia to 63.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula

Cases 56, 57, 58 and 59 are all contacts of case 37, while case 60 is a contact of case 35.

Case 61 is a 24-year-old woman from Walvis Bay who does not have any known history of contact with another infected person. At the time she has no symptoms or related signs of … Read More

Pupils await Geingob’s call

by Sakeus Iikela, Charmaine Ngatjiheue and Hileni Nembwaya

PRESIDENT Hage Geingob is expected to brief the nation on the government’s direction with regards to the anticipated resumption of face-to-face classes today.

Hage Geingob

The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture yesterday issued a directive to halt the resumption of face-to-face classes for pre-primary children and Grades 1 to 3.

The resumption was in line with the government’s stage 4 lockdown exit plan.

Minister of education, arts and culture Anna Nghipondoka said pupils who are already at hostels should remain there until further notice.

More than 300 000 pupils were expected … Read More

Walvis needs 600 quarantine beds

by Ester Mbathera and Charmaine Ngatjiheue

WALVIS Bay, which has become the epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic in Namibia, is short of 600 beds for quarantine purposes.

The coastal town’s Covid-19 response team is in dire need of beds for contact isolation.

The beds are part of a list of requirements sent to Walvis Bay Urban constituency councillor Knowledge Ipinge’s office on 18 June.

In email correspondence seen by The Namibian yesterday, the acting senior medical officer at Walvis Bay State Hosptial, Dr Martha Ntinda, said the hospital also requires accommodation facilities for medical staff, six cellphones, 100 boxes of … Read More

Virus worries Kuisebmund

by Taati Niilenge
 
THE usually busy streets of Kuisebmund were empty today. Most residents are staying indoors after the recent spike in Covid-19 cases in the area.

STAY HOME … Most streets at Kuisebmund were unusually quiet today.


 
“We were complaining about the police and leaders, but they were only trying … People are shaken for the first few hours when they hear about cases, but then they go out again,” Meitavelo Simon from Kuisebmund said.
 
 “I didn’t see many people outside today. It is kind of funny to see my street less busy. Maybe we are finally listening,” Amutenya … Read More

No exit from Erongo

by Ester Mbathera

ERONGO police commander commissioner Andreas Nelumbu has announced a directive to stop issuing of travel permits out of the region, to contain the spread of Covid-19.

“There will be no travel permits issued by the police throughout the region until further notice,” said the commissioner on Sunday afternoon.

Nelumbu also urged the public to strictly observe the safety measures put in place by the government, which include staying at home, and limiting unnecessary movements at all times.

The region’s community affairs commander Ileni Shapumba added that the public should not expect security forces to be out patrolling … Read More

UPDATE: Namibia’s Covid-19 cases at 55

Namibia reports nine new cases of Covid-19, minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula announced this morning.

Case number 47 is a 28-year-old from Kuisebmund, Walvis Bay. She has no travel history.

Case number 48 is a 2-year-old from Kuisebmund, who came in contact with case number 35.

Case number 49 is also from Kuisebmund without any known contacts. Case number 50 travelled from India.

She is 28 and in quarantine. Case number 51 is a 36-year-old from Kuisebmund, followed by case number 52 from Walvis Bay.

Case number 53 is a 51-year-old from Kuisebmund. Case 54 is also … Read More

Scores flock for Covid-19 tests

by Taati Niilenge

MEMBERS of the Walvis Bay community flocked to the Kuisebmond community hall on Saturday to be tested for Covid-19 after a message was circulated on social media that mass testing for the virus was taking place at the venue.

The residents were however turned away and told that the testing was only for those who had been contacted during contact tracing.

The anxious residents said they were disappointed at being turned away because are eager to know their status.

Some were hoping to get their results written on paper so that they can present them to the … Read More

Air Namibia head office a no-go zone

by Ester Mbathera
 
Air Namibia has announced its head office in Windhoek wil be a restricted area until 5 July.

Elia Erastus

The company’s acting chief executive officer, Elia Erastus, said this measure was taken after an investigation confirmed one of their staff members visited the Namibian Airports Company (NAC) head office on 15 June.
 
Yesterday, the NAC announced a 14-day stage 1 lockdown of their head office, because one of its employees resides at 77 on Independence, reported as one of the places visited by Covid-19 case number 33.
 
“The suspected officer has been on duty since then and … Read More

Namibia’s Covid-19 cases at 46

HEALTH UPDATE: Namibia reports one more case of Covid-19, minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula announced this morning at the Covid-19 communication centre.

The new case involves a 31-year-old Namibian woman who travelled from Pretoria, South Africa on 17 June.

This brings Namibia’s total cases to 46.

The patient is asymptomatic and in a satisfactory condition. Shangula says Namibia now has 19 recoveries and 27 active cases.

So far 6 837 samples have been tested, with 150 tested yesterday.

Namibia has quarantined 3 213 people, with 684 still quarantined.

Shangula yesterday announced five confirmed cases of Covid-19 at … Read More

Airports company locks down

by Ester Mbathera

CHIEF executive officer of the Namibia Airports Company (NAC) Bisey Uirab today announced a 14-day stage1 lockdown of the company’s head office.

Bisey Uirab

The lockdown is effective from 22 June until 6 July.

“The decision comes after careful consideration of a possible risk of exposure as one of our employees who works at the head office resides at 77 on Independence that was reported as one of the places case number 33 visited,” Uirab said.  
 
Meanwhile, FNB Swakopmund has also temporarily closed its doors for two days after reports of a close relative of a … Read More

Couple feeds Walvis children in lockdown

by Taati Niilenge

A YOUNG Walvis Bay couple has taken it upon themselves to lessen the burden of families negatively affected by the lockdown by feeding children.

FEEDING WALVIS BAY… Anastacia de Klerk and Justin Herbert happy to see children coming to collect food at their Narraville residence at Walvis Bay.

Anastacia de Klerk and Justin Herbert of Narraville decided to mobilise resources from other residents of the town to buy food, as they realised that many children at the town were roaming the streets hungry.
 
“Many people’s salaries were cut. Those who used to sell things cannot do … Read More

Hardap on high alert after Covid-19 case

by Luqman Cloete

THE Hardap region is on high alert after its first case of Covid-19 was confirmed by the health ministry on Thursday.

Mariental High School

Governor Menthos April told a press conference at Mariental on Friday that surveillance teams are hard at work tracing contacts.

He revealed that 17 people who were identified as possible contacts were tested on Thursday, and 10 others more were to be tested on Friday.

The governor said all contacts had been placed under quarantine at the Hardap Resort owned by Namibia Wildlife Resorts near Mariental.

April said the Mariental High School pupil … Read More

Live (ended): Namibia’s Covid-19 cases at 40

HEALTH UPDATE: Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula this morning said case number 22 is making good progress, but remains in the intensive care unit.

Namibia has however reported a new Covid-19 case involving a 44-year-old man at Walvis Bay. He is asymptomatic and has not come in contact with any known cases. Contact tracing has commenced.

Namibia now has 40 confirmed Covid-19 cases, with 19 recoveries. The country has not reported any deaths.


PANEL DISCUSSION: This morning’s panellists at the Covid-19 communication centre are discussing the impact of Covid-19 on tuberculosis (TB) patients.

Panellists are Paulus
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Mariental school shut after pupil tests positive

by Arlana Shikongo

THE Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture has instructed Mariental Secondary School to suspend classes for 14 days after a pupil at the school tested positive for Covid-19.

The pupil, who was on Thursday announced as the country’s 37th Covid-19 case, is a Walvis Bay resident who attends school in Mariental. He is a boarder at the school’s hostel.

He travelled to the town from Walvis Bay on 2 June and attended classes on 11 June, but has stayed home since 12 June after exhibiting symptoms of a runny nose, headache and loss of taste and smell. … Read More

Virus stalls building projects

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

THE CONSTRUCTION industry faces huge challenges in completing a number of projects.

PROJECTS STIFLED … Despite Namibia being in stage 3 of the lockdown exit plan, the construction industry is faced with raw material shortages as a result of a backlog in imports. Namibia imports about 80% of its raw material from South Africa, and with import backlogs, the construction of many local projects has been delayed. Photo: Garwin Beukes

Stakeholders in the sector have called for pooling resources together to tackle the challenges the sector is facing.

Speaking at the Covid-19 communication centre yesterday experts said … Read More

New Covid-19 case for Swakopmund

by Adam Hartman

DOCTOR Amir Shaker, chief medical officer in the Erongo region, confirmed a Swakopmund woman tested positive for the coronavirus.

Photo: Swakopmund Municipality

The woman is 55 years old with no history of travelling.

“She will be taken to isolation shortly,” Shaker said. 

“I  think she may be a community spread.”

This comes a day after patient number 26 was released from the Walvis Bay isolation ward.

Patient 26 said the state is not ready to handle a spike in cases, and added the government and the private sector have to cooperate to win this battle.
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Covid-19 Update … Three new cases

Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula says Namibia has three new Covid-19 cases.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula. Photo: MICT

Case number 37 is a Namibian man from Walvis Bay, case number 38 is a Namibian student who arrived from England and case number 39 is a 55 year-old Namibian female from Swakopmund.

Case 37 is a 20-year-old man who is a resident of Walvis, but a pupil at Mariental. According to health ministry spokesperson Manga Libita, the case was tested in the Hardap region and thus became that region’s cases.

This means Namibia has now recorded a total … Read More

Covid-19 cases increase to 36

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula this evening announced that the number of Covid-19 cases in the country has increased to 36.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula. Photo: MICT

Shangula said case number 35 is a 26-year-old Namibian male of Walvis Bay.

He called the Walvis Bay State Hospital on 15 June complaining of a cough, difficulty breathing, a headache and a fever since the day before.

“He was picked up by an ambulance on the same day and taken to the hospital. He was screened, swabbed and admitted to the isolation ward. The result of the test came out … Read More

Covid-19 – Why Is Public Smoking Ignored?

by Sara Nghishidimbwa

THE purpose of this article is to appeal to the Namibian government to fulfil or at the very least bring closer to fulfillment its promises to the masses through its laws.

In 2003, the World Health Organisation (WHO) adopted the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), one of the first global public health treaties aimed at reducing the demand for tobacco products and addressing supply issues.

Its main objective is to protect present and future generations from the devastating health consequences of tobacco consumption and exposure to tobacco smoke.

In 2010, Namibia enacted the Tobacco Products Control … Read More

Fishcor boss implicated in Covid-19 fugitive’s escape

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

FISHCOR acting chief executive officer Paulus Ngalangi has been implicated in the transportation of alleged South African fugitive who tested positive Covid-19.

Paulus Ngalangi

This was confirmed to The Namibian by the //Kharas police commander commissioner David Indongo.

Indongo said a police officer also allegedly assisted the fugitive. The officer and Paulus are now in quarantine.

“He (Paulus) is the owner of the car that transported the fugitive and he was behind the steering wheel,” Indongo said.

The commissioner added that he could not confirm whether the two were bribed to transport the fugitive.

“However, if investigations … Read More

Central bank staff quarantined

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

THE Bank of Namibia has reverted to stage one of lockdown.

This comes after it was established that some of its staff members reside at a complex where the country’s Covid-19 case 33, the alleged fugitive from South Africa was apprehended.

Case 33 is a 35-year-old Namibian with South African citizenship.

He fled from South Africa into Namibia, crossing the Orange river in a canoe.

“Out of abundance of caution, and to protect the wellbeing of staff members, the bank has taken a decision, as a precaution, and with effect from 17 June 2020, to revert to … Read More

Fugitive positive for Covid-19

… as Namibia confirms community transmission

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue and Tuyeimo Haidula

AN ALLEGED fugitive from South Africa has tested positive for Covid-19 in Namibia after illegally crossing the border.

Meanwhile, the contacts of the alleged criminal are still being traced, which has also led to some members of the police being quarantined.

The alleged fugitive is believed to be a Namibian with South African citizenship and was arrested for alleged organised criminal activities.

He was apprehended on Saturday at a block of flats in Windhoek’s central business district.

The Namibian has learnt the 33-year-old man visited the flats on … Read More

Covid-19: Home remedies versus supportive care

by Yokany Oliveira

WHILE scientists are working towards finding a clinically approved vaccine for Covid-19, people around the world are turning to home remedies to treat the symptoms.

HOME REMEDY … Health specialists say some herbs and health medicine can help alleviate some Covid-19 symptoms in mild cases, although they cannot cure the virus.

A number of articles can be found online on how herbal medicines, vitamin supplements, and certain foods or teas can alleviate some of the symptoms of the disease – even though they are not a cure.

Some of these may simply help the body fight the … Read More

Covid-19 Update

Namibia stands at 34 confirmed Covid-19 cases, with 18 recoveries and 16 active cases.

The country’s testing capacity has been extended to Keetmanshoop, which means it is no longer centralised.

As of yesterday (Tuesday), 6 100 tests have been conducted, 635 contacts have been identified, and cumulatively 2 961 people have been quarantined, with 639 people still in quarantine facilities. … Read More

Police address the plight of truckers

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

INSPECTOR general Sebastian Ndeitunga this morning said the police are receiving numerous complaints from truck drivers who feel they are not properly taken care of.

Police inspector general Sebastian Ndeitunga. Photo: Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Addressing the Namibia Logistics Association, he said cross-border truckers complain about their welfare, stigmatisation, being paid poorly and being maltreated by the police.

“As a nation we know the essential role these drivers play, and we need to come together to help them. These drivers are really not feeling good about this and it can affect their work,” he said.

Ndeitunga wanted to know … Read More

Covid-19 Update … Namibia reports two new cases

MINISTER of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula this morning said Namibia has reported two new Covid-19 cases. This brings Namibia’s total number of cases to 34.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula. Photo: File/MICT


Case number 33 is a 35-year-old Namibian resident with South African citizenship who returned to Namibia on 12 June. He traveled to Windhoek from South Africa.

He is asymptomatic and his condition is stable.

Case number 34 is a 39-year old Namibian female from Walvis Bay who came in contact with her colleague (case number 32) at the Walvis Bay Correctional Facility.

This is another local transmission … Read More

18 people fined for alcohol related charges

by Lugeretzia Kooper

ABOUT eighteen people were slapped with a fine of N$2000 each over the weekend in Zambezi region for violating the Covid-19 State of Emergency regulations.

Crate with full beer bottles

Zambezi regional police spokesperson inspector, Kisco Sitali, whom The Namibian spoke to today, noted that they are facing a challenge with regards to the operating hours put in place for sale of alcohol in the region since the ban was lifted in the beginning of this month.

“Several cases were open against individuals over the weekend for offences such as drinking in public and selling alcohol after … Read More

SSC, DBN ready to give Covid relief

THE Social Security Commission (SSC) and the Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) announced financial aid to those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Social Security Commission spokesperson Unomengi Kauapirura. Photo: Nampa

This was announced last Friday at Swakopmund during the Erongo governor’s weekly Covid-19 update.

Unomengi Kauapirura, head of communications at the SSC, said the commission will provide 6 300 employees whose income has been affected by the pandemic with financial relief, while 850 affected employers will receive subsidies at the end of the month.

Simeon Kahona, Erongo DBN portfolio representative said the bank extended its payment holiday to clients from … Read More

LIVE (Ended) … Lockdown adherence in Erongo region

HEALTH UPDATE … Deputy minister of health and social services Ester Muinjangue this morning said there are no new confirmed Covid-19 cases.

Deputy health minister Ester Muinjangue. Photo: MICT

The number of local cases stands at 32, with 17 recoveries and 15 active cases in a stable condition.

Muinjangue said case number 22 is showing signs of improvement. As of yesterday, the ministry has tested 5 849 people countrywide, and 546 contacts have been identified and are being monitored.

Today’s panellists at the Covid-19 communication centre will be discussing the adherence of Erongo residents to stage 1 lockdown regulations with … Read More

Blood desperately needed

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

There is an urgent need for blood donors to donate, as the Namibia Blood Transfusion Services (NamBTS) faces a severe blood shortage.

The shortage is due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

This was announced by this morning’s panellists at the Covid-19 communication centre, who were discussing World Blood Donor Day and the importance of donating blood during the current pandemic.

The panellists said Covid-19 led to an extreme blood shortage, calling for relooking business models.

NamBTS educational officer Titus Shivute said there was a shortage of blood donations in the first stage of lockdown.

He said NamBTS faces … Read More

Covid-19 Update … New positive case

Namibia reports a new positive Covid-19 case at Walvis Bay. Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula announced this at the Covid-19 communication centre this morning.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula

The new case involves a 31-year-old Namibian woman from Kuisebmond who works at the prison. She has no travel history. The minister says investigations are underway to determine the source of infection.

This means Namibia has 32 cases, with 17 recoveries and 15 active cases.

So far 5 682 tests have been conducted, with 713 people in quarantine facilities.… Read More

6 300 to get Covid-related stimulus on Monday

by Adam Hartman

THE Social Security Commission (SSC) said it will give financial assistance to 6 300 employees whose jobs and incomes have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Image used for illustrative purposes. Photo: Stock Image

The commission’s head of communications, Unomengi Kauapirura, said this during the Erongo governor’s weekly Covid-update press conference at Swakopmund today.

She said 13 300 employees who had their salaries cut due to the impact of the pandemic had registered for the stimulus assistance to date, and that 6 300 had been verified, while the rest are still being verified, and may be assisted … Read More

LIVE (Ended) … Pharmaceutical products and services during Covid-19

HEALTH UPDATE … Namibia still has 31 confirmed Covid-19 cases, with 17 recoveries and one patient still in intensive care, but stable. A health official this morning said Namibia has tested over 5 000 people, with over 200 tested on Thursday alone.

AVAILABILITY OF MEDS … Panellists at the Covid-19 communication centre are discussing the availability and affordability of pharmaceutical products and services during the Covid-19 pandemic.

This morning’s speakers are Uli Ritter of the Pharmaceutical Society of Namibia, Seija Nakamhela, chief pharmacist at the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Elina Veijo, wholesale representative, and Tracy Makoni, pharmacy owner.… Read More

Truckers disgruntled with quarantine facilities

by Okeri Ngatjiheue

TRUCK drivers across the country have complained about the state of the facilities where they are kept for their mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Damien Mabengano, deputy director of transportation regulations in the Ministry of Works and Transport, yesterday at the Covid-19 communication centre in Windhoek said they have done an assessment of the facilities and noted some do not meet the required standards.

Adherence to regulations in the transport sector was discussed.

“They just call it a quarantine facility, but the things that are happening there . . . the conditions are not conducive and they (drivers) have … Read More

Malaria, an epidemic in a pandemic

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

HEALTH officials this morning said malaria is an epidemic within the Covid-19 pandemic, and efforts to combat infection should be intensified.

MALARIA TALKS … From left: National director for special diseases Anna-Marie Nitschke, health minister Kalumbi Shangula and E8 ambassador Richard Kamwi.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Malaria Elimination 8 (E8) ambassador Richard Kamwi said while Covid-19 is the new number-one enemy, malaria has always been around and kills far more people.

He said sub-Saharan Africa is home to 90% of malaria cases globally.

Speaking at a press conference on malaria amid Covid-19, Kamwi said malaria … Read More

Health gets fever screening thermal cameras

by Charmaine Ngathijeue

THE Ministry of Health and Social Services this morning received 15 thermal cameras for screening temperatures from FirstRand Namibia.

Image used for illustrative purposes.

The donation was made through the bank’s Health Optimisation in a Pandemic Emergency (HOPE) Fund.

The cameras are valued at N$1,4 million, and will strengthen the government’s efforts to detect coronavirus infections at an early stage.

The cameras are set to be used at high-risk points of migration between regions and borders, as well as crowded areas such as hospitals.

FirstRand Namibia’s chief executive officer, Sarel van Zyl, said the institution is committed … Read More

LIVE (Ended) … ‘An illicit drugs and alcohol free society’

COVID-19 UPDATE … Speaking at the Covid-19 Communication Centre this morning, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said the Namibia Institute of Pathology yesterday conducted its highest number of tests in 24 hours.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula

This comprised 216 samples, which all tested negative. “Our testing capabilities continue to improve. We commend the NIP on this milestone,” Shangula said.

The minister revealed that Namibia has now conducted over 5 000 tests for Covid-19, with positive cases remaining at 31, with 17 recoveries.

Shangula said case number 22 is still in intensive care, but in a stable condition and is showing progress. … Read More

Update: Swakopmund pupils test negative for Covid-19

by Arlana Shikongo

THE Covid-19 tests conducted on four pupils at Swakopmund on Monday returned negative earlier today.

Kalumbi Shangula

Heath minister Kalumbi Shangula made the announcement on NBC’s 20h00 news broadcast this evening.

Shangula said the students were tested in line with the ministry’s protocol for expanded targeting testing, which mandates that anyone who presents themself at a heath facility with respiratory ailments is tested for the virus.

“Anybody who comes to the health facility with flu-like symptoms, will be tested.

“We have been doing it before and we will continue to do it. There is nothing special about … Read More

Erongo lockdown ‘not a punishment’

ERONGO police community affairs commander, Ileni Shapumba said the lockdown of the region is not punishment, but is being done for the protection of the residents.

CLOSED … Businesses at the coast have closed after President Hage Geingob announced that it would have to remain on stage 1 lockdown regulations until 22 June. Photo: Ester Mbathera

President Hage Geingob on Monday announced that Erongo will return to stage 1 of emergency regulations, which started yesterday and will end on 22 June.

Walvis Bay returned to stage 1 lockdown just over a week ago after more coronavirus cases were recorded there.… Read More

Walvis pre-schools feel lockdown strain

by Taati Niilenge

PRE-SCHOOL owners at the coast say the extension of the lockdown to the whole of Erongo region has plunged them into a financial crisis as they are unable to continue their business ventures.

STRUGGLE CONTINUES … Pre-school owners at Walvis Bay and Swakopmund are worried about their staff who have not been paid for over three months. They fear for the next few weeks as the entire Erongo region is now under lockdown.

Several pre-school owners who spoke to The Namibian yesterday urged the Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Child Welfare to come to their … Read More

Erongo buckles under Covid-19 pressure

BUSINESS owners in the Erongo region has issued a distress call saying their busineses would not survive the latest lockdown imposed on the region.

Businesses at the coastal towns are closed after president Geingob announced the Erongo region would go under stage 1 of lockdown regulations. Photo: Ester Mbathera

Those leading these concerns are businesses operating in the hospitality and culinary industries.

They said more retrenchments could be on the cards as businesses would struggle to cushion the impact of the latest measures.

President Hage Geingob yesterday announced a stage 1 lockdown for the entire Erongo region until 22 June. … Read More

Dienda quarantined after SA visit

by Elias Ndeyanale

ELMA Dienda, Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) member of parliament, will be quarantined for two weeks after she travelled to South Africa about a month ago for her daughter’s funeral.

Elma Dienda

Speaking to The Namibian on Monday morning, Dienda confirmed she is under quarantine in Windhoek after she travelled to Upington on 7 May.

She said when she crossed the Ariamsvlei border in the //Kharas region, she was escorted by police from the border to Windhoek to ensure she was placed in quarantine.

“I arrived this morning from South Africa where I had gone to bury my … Read More

Covid-19: How to survive as an SME

by Tuyeimo Haidula

APART from a loss of income, Shiwa the Baker’s biggest defeat as a result of Covid-19 was that she could not interact with her baker family.

TOGETHER WE’RE BETTER … Namibian baker Shiwomeho Kalla says local entrepreneurs should collaborate to help them thrive in difficult times and to capture larger audiences. Photo: Contributed

The entrepreneur had several baking classes planned countrywide when president Hage Geingob declared a state of emergency and announced the subsequent lockdown at the end of March this year.

Needless to say, Shiwomeho Kalla had to cancel her plans

Although the strict lockdown was … Read More

Truck drivers’ disciplinary process ongoing

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

THE disciplinary process of the two FP du Toit Transport truck drivers, who in May allegedly escaped from quarantine, continues.

The two employees of FP du Toit at the company’s depot where they were quarantined earlier in May.
Photo: Ester Mbathera

Speaking at the Covid-19 communication centre this morning, Stephan Terblanche, chief executive officer of the transport company, confirmed this and declined to comment further.

One driver (47), who is Namibia’s 21st Covid-19 case, returned from South Africa on 8 May and was quarantined at FP du Toit Transport’s truck depot at the coastal town.

Before receiving … Read More

LIVE (Ended) … Health Update

Deputy health minister Ester Muinjangue this morning said there are no new confirmed Covid-19 cases.

Deputy health minister Ester Muinjangue

The country still has 31 confirmed cases with 16 recoveries and 15 active cases. A total of 4970 people were tested and 496 contacts have been identified and are being monitored.

Meanwhile 737 people are in quarantine.

Today’s discussion is on the adherence to Covid-19 regulations in the transport industry.

The panelist include Khomas regional commander commissioner Joseph Shikongo, deputy director of transportation regulations in the works ministry Damien Mabengano and chief executive officer of FP du Toit Stephan Terblanche.… Read More

Pupils tested at Swakop

by ARLANA SHIKONGO and CHARMAINE NGATJIHEUE

FOUR pupils at a Swakopmund secondary school were yesterday morning tested for Covid-19 after displaying flu-like symptoms.

This was announced in a statement by the Ministry of Health and Social Services, in conjunction with the Ministry of Basic Education, Arts and Culture, stating that the four male pupils who reside at the Namib High School Hostel have since been placed in separate rooms in the hostel while awaiting their results.

“We understand that learners, and family of learners, attending this school will be concerned at this time. As an immediate step, the imperative of … Read More

LIVE (Ended) … Press briefing on Covid-19 measures in Erongo region

President Hage Geingob is currently giving a Covid-19 update on the Erongo region and Walvis Bay lockdown.

President Hage Geingob

When the rest of the country moved to Stage three of lockdown roughly a fortnight ago, Walvis Bay was reverted to stage one because of the number of positive Covid-19 cases.

President Hage Geingob says many have made sacrifices to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic but the situation remains difficult. He says despite new cases being reported, Namibia has not reported any deaths.

He said as of 7 June, Namibia reported 29 Covid-19 positive cases, of which eight of those … Read More

Chronic medicines stuck at border

by Yokany Oliveira

THE Namibia Oncology Centre (NOC) says it has been forced to stop the treatment of some of their patients as they await stock from South Africa amid border restrictions.

The private healthcare centre is the biggest facility in Namibia specialising in the treatment of cancer patients.

NOC general manager Anthea van Wyk last week confirmed the centre is facing challenges due to the delay of some chronic medication.

“Unfortunately, we have been experiencing a severe shortage of certain medicines since the lockdown was implemented in South Africa,” Van Wyk said.

She said half of the oncology centre’s … Read More

Walvis pupils booted from Swakop schools

by Taati Niilenge

SEVERAL pupils from Walvis Bay, who attend schools at Swakopmund, were sent home after reporting for class last week.

SNEAKING INTO SCHOOL … Children from Walvis Bay were among the pupils who started school last week at Swakopmund. Leaving and entering Walvis Bay is prohibited during Walvis Bay’s repeated stage 1 lockdown. Photo: Contributed.

Schools around the country, with the exception of those at Walvis Bay, resumed face-to-face learning last Wednesday for Grades 11 and 12.

At least 11 pupils were sent home to Walvis Bay after attempting to attend classes at Swakopmund.

Sibanga Sinvula, principal of … Read More

UPDATE: Namibia Covid-19 cases at 31

Namibia reports two more positive Covid-19 cases, both travel related. This brings Namibia’s total number of cases to 31.

Case number 30 involves a 27-year-old who returned from India and has been quarantined at a Karasburg facility.

Her condition is satisfactory. Case number 31 is a 50-year-old Namibian woman who also travelled from India. She is also in a satisfactory condition.… Read More

//Kharas governor stresses importance of mask wearing

by Luqman Cloete

//Kharas governor Aletha Frederick has stressed the importance of wearing face masks in public spaces in an effort to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.


“It is imperative to wear face masks at all times in the public space as part of the ongoing fight against the invincible enemy Covid-19,” she said at the handing over of masks to patients at Keetmanshoop State Hospital on Friday.

Small and medium-sized entrepreneurs manufactured the masks with material donated by the industrialisation and trade ministry.

Frederick lauded the empowerment of //Kharas SMEs through the donation of the material that … Read More

Namibia’s Covid-19 cases at 29

HEALTH UPDATE: Namibia’s Covid-19 cases now stand at 29, with the possibility of a local transmission at Walvis Bay.

Shangula, who was speaking at the Covid-19 communication centre this morning in Windhoek, said four students, who are currently quarantined in Windhoek, have also tested positive. The students had travelled from South Africa.

Meanwhile, case 26, which is suspected to be locally transmitted, is a 44-year-old man from Walvis Bay. The man has no travel history and investigations of the source of infection are ongoing.

Kalumbi Shangula
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Oshana police on the hunt for runaway truck drivers

by Hileni Nembwaya

THE police in Oshana region have launched an urgent tracing operation of two truck drivers who allegedly abandoned their work trucks at Ondangwa and Omahenene border post after arriving in Namibia from South Africa earlier this week.

Photo used for illustration purposes only.

Both trucker drivers are employees of The 6000 Transport at Ondangwa.

It remains unclear whether the truck drivers were placed under mandatory quarantine when they entered the country.

However, the owner of The 6000 Transport, Mario Mwenyo, upon learning that the truck drivers abandoned their trucks, reported the matter to the police to allow … Read More

Erongo governor warns against capitalising from Covid-19

by Adam Hartman

ERONGO governor Neville Andre has warned public and private institutions not to abuse the Covid-19 pandemic for their own gain and not to throw victims of the virus and its economic impact under the proverbial bus.

Neville Andre

He said this at the Anti-Corruption Commission’s (ACC) annual media briefing at Swakopmund on Wednesday.

“It is such abnormal times when the instruments and institutions for integrity, transparency and accountability will come to test to ensure the resources earmarked for activities under Covid-19 are spent on the intended purposes,” Andre said.

He said if care is not taken, vulnerable … Read More

Adhere to regulations in stage 3 – Shangula

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shajngula has urged Namibians should adhere to the social distancing regulations for stage 3.

ADHERENCE … Panelists at the covid-19 communication centre will be addressing the adherence of regulations by Windhoek residents in stage 3 of the lockdown. From left, City of Windhoek strategic executive Fillemon Hambuda, the city’s health and environment manager Mary-Anne Kahitu and City Police head chief Abraham Kanime. Photo: Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Speaking at the communication centre in Windhoek this morning, Shangula said this coming weekend will be the first weekend of stage 3 on relaxed lockdown regulations.

He said those … Read More

Covid-19 Briefs …

De Beers donates masks, sanitisers to marginalised communities

THE De Beers Group has donated a consignment of hand sanitisers and masks to schoolchildren from marginalised communities in the Omaheke, Kunene and //Kharas regions.

De Beers country representative Daniel Kali hands over a donation of facemasks and sanitiser for the children of marginalised schools. Prime minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila received the donation. Picture: Contributed

The donation consisted of 7 500 masks, made by a community initiative at Keetmanshoop, and 1 500 litres of hand sanitiser produced by the University of Namibia.

De Beers’ country director, Daniel Kali, said the group has agreed … Read More

Fewer assaults during lockdown – Ndeitunga

by Ndanki Kahiurika

INSPECTOR general Sebastian Ndeitunga yesterday said crime rates have reduced significantly judging by reports 68 days before and during the Covid-19 state of emergency.

Police inspector general Sebastian Ndeitunga

He was speaking at a press conference held yesterday in Windhoek at the police headquarters. Ndeitunga said the reduction in crime is attributed to more visibility of the members of the security clusters during the state of emergency.

“During the 68 days before the state of emergency, 1 639 serious crimes were recorded nationally. This tally dropped to 1 369 during the state of emergency, accounting for a … Read More

Parents to sign Covid-19 indemnity forms

by Roxane Bayer and Charmaine Ngatjheue

SOME private schools have requested parents to sign Covid-19 indemnity forms once pupils return to school.

The entrance of the St. George’s Diocesan School.

One of these schools is St George’s Diocesan School in Windhoek.

Responding to questions from The Namibian yesterday, St Georges’ executive head Berdine Beukes said the recommendation for parents to sign indemnity forms emanates from the best practice guidelines of the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (Isasa), of which the school is a member.

Beukes said the school’s council also approved the decision.

She said the school ordinarily requires … Read More

Namibia at 25 confirmed cases

by Ndanki Kahiurika

NAMIBIA yesterday confirmed another Covid-19 infection.

The latest case involves a woman who had travelled from Cape Town, South Africa, to Namibia last week.

This brings the total number of infections in Namibia to 25, with 16 recoveries and nine active cases.

Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula said the woman had travelled to Cape Town via bus at the end of March 2020 and returned by plane.

“She was placed in quarantine upon arrival. She was tested for Covid-19 and the result came out positive. This is now case number 25. She has a … Read More

Walvis Bay bank staff cleared of Covid-19

ALL 26 employees of the Walvis Bay branch of Standard Bank Namibia have tested negative for Covid-19, after they were sent into quarantine a week ago because a client who visited the branch on 12 May tested positive for the coronavirus disease.

The Walvis Bay branch of Standard Bank Namibia. Photo: Ester Mbathera

In a media statement, Standard Bank spokesperson Magreth Mengo said the bank “took a proactive stance to eliminate any doubts and offer peace of mind to our staff, clients, stakeholders and communities”.

The Walvis Bay branch was disinfected and the entire staff complement who worked in the … Read More

Ministry calms anxiety on schools reopening

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

THE Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture says it will closely monitor the resumption of face-to-face learning at schools this week to determine if adjustments are needed.

Image used for illustrative purposes only. Photo: iStock

Grades 11 and 12 are set to return to school on Wednesday.

Schools in all 14 regions will resume classes while Walvis Bay has returned to stage 1 lockdown after new Covid-19 cases were reported in the coastal town.

The country now has 24 confirmed cases with 14 recoveries.

Deputy education minister Faustina Caley said the ministry is sending pupils back to … Read More

All to wear masks at schools – Shangula

by Ndanki Kahiurika

PUPILS are being allowed to go back to school without fear of getting infected with Covid-19, health minister Kalumbi Shangula announced this morning.

Photo: File

He said the decision for Namibia to move to stage three and therefore allow face-to-face education, comes from the fact that there have been no local transmissions and all the cases have been imported into the country.

“There are restrictive measures and there is surveillance to detect any hotspots […] Schools are required to maintain the hygiene, have portable water, hand wash and sanitisers. All managers, teachers and learners are required to … Read More

Covid-19 Update … Namibia reports case 25

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula this morning confirmed that Namibia has recorded a new positive case of Covid-19, bringing the total number of cases to 25.

The latest case is a 32-year-old Namibian health worker who travelled to Cape Town, South Africa, at the end of March and returned on 29 May.

Shangula said the woman was put in quarantine upon arrival. She currently has a runny nose, but her condition is satisfactory, Shangula said.


Romanian couple recover from Covid-19

by Ndanki Kahiurika

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula this morning announced that the Romanian couple have now recovered from Covid-19.

He said … Read More

HEALTH UPDATE … Covid-19

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula this morning said the country has recorded another Covid-19 positive case of a 51-year-old man who arrived in Namibia on 5 May on a fishing vessel which was the same vessel where case 22 originated from.

The patient is one of the eight crew members comprising four Namibians and four non-Namibians.

The crew departed on 25 April to deliver salt and fish products in the Democratic Republic of Congo. While in that country, all crew members did not disembark from the vessel but Congolese nationals entered the vessel.

The minister, who was speaking at the daily … Read More

Namibia eases Covid-19 restrictions

ALL 14 regions of the country will on Monday migrate to stage 3 of the lockdown exit strategy for the next 28 days – except for Walvis Bay, which will go back to stage 1 until 8 June.

President Hage Geingob announced this yesterday during a media briefing at State House.

The complete lockdown of Walvis Bay is effective immediately following two concurrent Covid-19 cases in the town.

The observance period will be monitored weekly and may be extended.

This is because case number 21 and 22, both from Walvis Bay, have been in contact with over 100 people between … Read More

Mixed feelings as lockdowns end

MIKE COLLETT-WHITE

AS much of the world begins to emerge from lockdowns, people are looking back at time spent cut off from friends, family and colleagues by the coronavirus and forward to what happens next.

STUCK AT HOME … Zodidi Desewula, a resident of South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, says she will miss nothing about the coronavirus lockdown once it is over, because she and her husband have been unable to work and earn a living while confined to their home. Photo: Nampa-Reuters

Reuters has captured some of those reflections along with portraits from across Africa and the Middle East … Read More

Coronavirus Briefs: Red Cross volunteers step up

The Namibia Red Cross Society currently has 230 volunteers who have been trained on both Covid-19 prevention measures and psychological support. These volunteers are involved in risk communication and community engagement in nine regions across the country.

Helman Aluvilu, one of the volunteers, is serving at the Omahenene border post village in the Omusati region. He helps villagers install tippy taps and demonstrates proper hand-washing techniques.

Aluvilu’s commitment garnered the attention of the regional police, who came to his aid with food and accommodation.

According to spokesperson Edmund Khoaseb, stakeholders in the region have decided to set up a team … Read More

LIVE (Ended) … Covid-19 Update

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula says Namibia has recorded a new Covid-19 case involving a woman who travelled from Tanzania. The woman is quarantined in Windhoek.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula. Photo: MICT

Shangula said the 38-year-old Namibian woman started experiencing symptoms on 7 April while in Tanzania but was not tested there. However, she self-isolated. She travelled back to Namibia on 23 May and was swabbed on 27 May.

“The team learned that she had posted on social media while in Tanzania that she had recovered from Covid-19,” Shangula said.

This takes the country’s number of confirmed coronavirus infections to 23, … Read More

LIVE (Ended) … Covid-19 restrictions – Stage 3 updates

Health minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula said restaurants will be required to keep a list of names of their customers for possible contact tracing.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula

He said that no more than 50 people are allowed at weddings, funerals and any big gatherings.

Shangula said the sale of alcohol will not be allowed on Sundays but people are allowed to drink at home and buy it for take aways only. He also said alcohol should not be sold after 18h00.

Shangula said clubs will not be opened due to the fact that they are high risk areas.

Attorney general
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Stage 3 for Namibia, except Walvis Bay

by Ndanki Kahiurika

President Hage Geingob this afternoon announced that the country will continue to stage 3 of its Covid-19 restrictions, while Walvis Bay will go back to a more restrictive stage 1.

President Hage Geingob

He said the country will have stage 3 for a period of 28 days from Tuesday next week, while Walvis Bay, where the country’s two most recent coronavirus infections were detected, will revert back to stage 1.

Geingob said this at an update on Namibia’s steps to combat the Covid-19 pandemic at State House today.

The president praised Namibians and health workers for their … Read More

Covid-19 patient in ICU

NAMIBIA has recorded another Covid-19 case.

Photo used for illustration purposes only.

The latest case involves a 63-year-old Namibian man who is admitted in the intensive care unit of a Walvis Bay hospital.

The man arrived at the coastal town on a fishing vessel from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on 5 May as part of an eight-member crew, including four Namibians.

Minister of health Kalumbi Shangula told the daily Covid-19 information session in Windhoek yesterday that the fishing vessel left Walvis Bay on 25 April to export certain products to the DRC, which the vessel reached on 30 … Read More

Erongo steps up Covid-19 response

ERONGO region is stepping up measures to stop the spread of Covid-19, after a truck driver tested positive for the disease over the weekend at Walvis Bay.

Neville Itope

This trucker became Namibia’s 21st case of the virus. It is alleged he was infected when he was transporting essential goods from South Africa.

Erongo governor Neville Itope yesterday told the media that an emergency meeting of members of the disaster risk management committee was held on Tuesday to discuss a proper response to the latest case.

Itope said the regional health directorate will strengthen its testing, screening and education in … Read More

Nkurenkuru clinic stalled: healthcare delayed amid pandemic

PETRUS MURONGA

A company appointed to construct a Nkurenkuru primary healthcare facility in 2014, which is still not completed, has since April refused to hand over the site to new contractors for the completion of the project.

Sirrka Ausiku

Shafombabi Eedopi Construction was supposed to complete the facility on 15 April 2015, but has until now reportedly been holding up the Ministry of Health and Social Services after the ministry resolved to appoint six contractors to finish the structure.

Sirkka Ausiku, governor of the Kavango West region, says she is disappointed by the contractor’s conduct during a state of emergency.… Read More

The Covid-19 pandemic around the globe

WHO SAYS THE AMERICAS ARE NEW EPICENTRE

BRASILIA – The Americas have emerged as a new epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says, as a United States study forecast deaths surging in Brazil and other Latin American countries through August.

FILE PHOTO: An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) dons personal protective equipment before going into Elmhurst Hospital during the ongoing outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Queens borough of New York, U.S., April 20, 2020. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

“Now is not the time for countries to ease restrictions,” Carissa Etienne, WHO director for the Americas … Read More

Women lose husbands and then their land due to virus

KIM HARRISBERG

JOHANNESBURG – Widows across the globe are being evicted, forced to give up property or to marry male relatives after their husbands die from the new coronavirus, land rights experts said on Tuesday.

Women often only earn legal or socially recognised rights to land and property through a husband or father, which are regularly violated during times of crisis, such as war or the HIV-AIDS pandemic, they said – and the coronavirus is no exception.

“Covid-19 is a widow-maker,” Karol Boudreaux, chief programme officer at the land rights charity Landesa, told a webinar organised by the Land Portal … Read More

Coronavirus Briefs: Lorries advised to use Dune 7 road

WAKOPMUND – The security forces in Erongo will be enforcing the strict use of the Dune 7 dual carriageway between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay to prevent lorries from using the C13 road to enter the town of Walvis Bay.

This is to ensure the screening of all lorry drivers and escorting of trucks to the port of Walvis Bay and the quarantine facility at the harbour town, Erongo governor Neville Andre-Itope said at a media briefing yesterday. He added that the regional health directorate has been tasked to identify more quarantine and isolation facilities where stringent measures will be put … Read More

ErongoRED closes head office due to Covid-19 scare

by Ester Mbathera

The Erongo Regional Electricity Distributor on Tuesday asked about 30 employees from its head office at Walvis Bay to work from home, following reports that two employees had come into contact with a person who had contact with a lorry driver suspected to have been exposed to Covid-19.
 
A spokesperson of the electricity distributor, Benjamin Nangombe, told The Namibian the employees were sent home to self-isolate, and that they would return to their offices at the start of next week.

He said the closure of ErongoRED’s head office is to have the premises disinfected to minimise the risk of exposure … Read More

Suspected scamsters pose as Covid-19 testing team

by Ester Mbathera

AN elderly woman at Walvis Bay has warned the community to be on the lookout for a group of four men and a woman who she claims are masquerading as health officials testing for Covid-19.

Francina Williams was home with her daughter when the five people attempted to invade her home under the disguise of being health officials testing for COVID-19.

The 85-year-old Francina Williams told The Namibian the five people came to her house at around 10h00 this morning claiming to be “health officials from a private Covid-19 organisation”.

“The young man came to me and … Read More

Coping with alcohol separation anxiety

by Yokany Oliveira

WITH the sale and buying of alcohol off limits as part of the state of emergency regulations, many regular drinkers may find it an uphill battle to relax without their favourite beverage.

A wellness centre has urged those struggling with drinking habits to use this period for positive change – even after the two-month long alcohol ban is possibly lifted on 2 June.

Cornerstone Wellness Centre in Windhoek offers support to people struggling with substance abuse and says alcoholics, or those struggling with alcohol, should seek professional help and make use of family support where available.

The … Read More

Alcohol ban fines hit N$100k

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

THE police have dished out fines of close to N$100 000 to people who contravened the alcohol ban between 5 and 25 May.

Photo: Henry Van Rooi

This was said by Khomas regional police commander Joseph Shikongo at a press briefing yesterday, who said 49 people had been arrested for either buying or selling alcohol during that period.

He reiterated that the smuggling of alcohol from Angola continues to increase.

“From 5 to 25 May, about 49 suspects were arrested for dealing with alcohol, either buying or selling and an amount of N$60 000 was paid in … Read More

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LOW VIRUS DEATH RATE BUT MIGRANT WORRIES FOR INDIA

MUMBAI – India yesterday recorded a total of 145 380 coronavirus infections and a death toll of 4 167, comparatively low figures for the world’s second most populous country.

Photo: AFP

But separate states witnessing millions of migrant labourers returning from the big cities were recording rising infections, officials said, fearing that the pandemic could spread through villages where medical care is basic at best.

Health ministry officials said India’s death rate stood at 0,3 deaths per 100 000 people, compared to what they said was a world average of 4,4.… Read More

International: Egyptian historian sees rising surveillance state

by Farid Farid

CAIRO – State surveillance is on the rise globally as governments such as Egypt’s take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic, warns exiled historian and intellectual Khaled Fahmy.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 30, 2013, Egyptian historian Khaled Fahmy poses for a picture during a mass protest calling for the ouster of then-president Mohamed Morsi, outside the Cairo Opera House in the Egyptian capital Cairo’s Zamalek district. – State surveillance is on the rise globally as governments such as Egypt’s take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic, warns exiled historian and public intellectual Khaled Fahmy. Amid
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Walvis councillor orders businesses’ closure

by Ester Mbathera

WALVIS Bay urban constituency councillor Knowledge Ipinge has ordered a transport company and a bank to close their premises at the town due to fears of the spread of the coronavirus.

Knowledge Ipinge

In a letter to the management of FP du Toit Transport company, Ipinge said he was ordering the closure of the company’s depot after a truck driver who was quarantined there tested positive for Covid-19 at the weekend.

Ipinge said he was acting “through the power vested in me as an authorised officer in terms of section 33 and 34 of the Disaster Risk … Read More

Schools a challenge for security cluster

by Namibia Press Agency

THE reopening of schools is posing a challenge to members of the security cluster who are accommodated in several school hostels countrywide.

Erongo police chief Andreas Nelumbu.

Their deployment in various towns and at roadblocks is aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19 through inter-regional travel.

Erongo police commander, commissioner Andreas Nelumbu told the governor’s weekly media update that with the reopening of schools, these officers will be required to evacuate the hostels.

“This will be a challenge for us in terms of accommodating them to carry out their duties,” he said.

The commissioner said consultations … Read More

Health Update: Confirmed Covid-19 cases in Namibia now at 22

Namibia has reported another positive Covid-19 case, bringing the total cases to 22. The 63-year-old patient is in a critical condition and is on a ventilator at a Walvis Bay hospital.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula made this announcement at the Covid-19 communication centre in Windhoek this morning, and said the patient had been on a fishing vessel that had returned from the Democratic Republic of Congo to export products.   

Kalumbi Shangula
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Walvis Bay Urban constituency regional councillor Knowledge Ipinge has urged the public to refrain from making discriminatory remarks on social media or other public platforms against the cross-border lorry driver who tested positive for Covid-19 at Walvis Bay.

Ipinge says remarks aimed against the driver have negatively affected him and also his family. The 47-year-old driver is currently helping the health authorities trace people with whom he has been in contact recently.

The driver received a heavy backlash on social media from the public for visiting a local bank and leaving the company premises where he was expected to stay … Read More

Walvis Bay parents applauding home learning

by Taati Niilenge

SOME parents at Walvis Bay are urging others to embrace home learning during the coronavirus crisis, as it has benefited their children.

DEDICATION … Timothy Serogwe has class with his daughter and her friend every day, and says they are now well above their class level.

They say they have been helping their children in an environment that is not crowded, which improved reading and mathematics skills a lot.

“It was hard in the begining, but I soon started changing from parent to serious teacher until after class. My child’s feedback from her teacher was really bad … Read More

Pupils to be divided into smaller groups for teaching

PUPILS will be divided into smaller groups for teaching when schools reopen on 3 June, the executive director in the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, Sanet Steenkamp, has said.

Sanet Steenkamp

This forms part of the recently released guidelines for education staff to ensure continued learning and preparedness for the resumption of face-to-face tuition after the Covid-19 national lockdown.

“Learners should be divided into smaller groups for teaching. This is possible since the other classrooms for Grades 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10 will be empty as they are only expected to return on 20 July 2020. The number … Read More

Ukraine students left high and dry

by Dwight Links

NAMIBIAN students in various fields of study in Ukraine are facing financial hardships during that country’s lockdown as the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) has not paid for their upkeep.

The Namibian understand that NSFAF was supposed to pay the students an allowance of N$14 148 in April for food and other personal expenses.

The plight of the students in Ukraine is similar to that of Namibian medical students in Russia who told The Namibian last week that they are stranded because the health ministry has not paid their allowances.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, five … Read More

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Lockdown breach fallout hits British PM

LONDON – British prime minister Boris Johnson faced mutiny in his party and fury across Britain yesterday for refusing to sack his closest aide, Dominic Cummings, accused of flouting the United Kingdom’s coronavirus lockdown by driving 400 kilometres from London.

Boris Johnson

Defending one of Britain’s most powerful men, Johnson said at the weekend Cummings acted “responsibly and legally and with integrity” when he travelled in March from London to Durham in northern England with his son and his wife, who was ill with Covid-19 symptoms.

Many believe that was hypocritical given the government’s … Read More

Africa working towards cure

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

DEPUTY prime minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah says Africa is working as a team to find a cure for Covid-19 and to not rely only on Europe and other continents.

Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah

She made these remarks at the Covid-19 communication centre in Windhoek yesterday, while discussing African governments’ response to the disease caused by the novel coronavirus that has swept across the planet since first being detected in China near the end of 2019. Panellists at the information centre also included health minister Kalumbi Shangula and South African high commissioner Archie Whitehead.

The continent yesterday celebrated Africa Day under … Read More

Namibian dies of Covid-19 in UK

A NAMIBIAN died of Covid-19 in the United Kingdom on Saturday.

Abiud Vambetja Uazeua

Deputy prime minister and minister of international relations and cooperation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah announced this at the Covid-19 communication centre in Windhoek yesterday.

The man has been identified as Abiud Vambetja Uazeua, who lives in Nottingham, United Kingdom (UK).

Uazeua died from Covid-19-related symptoms. He is survived by his wife, Consey Uazeua and eight children.

“Mrs Uazeua and her children were with Mr Uazeua at the time of his passing. Having learned of the death of Mr Uazeua, the high commission of Namibia to the UK made … Read More

Truckers risk their lives to deliver essentials

by ESTER MBATHERA, OKERI NGUTJINAZO and CHARMAINE NGATJIHEUE

DOZENS of Namibian truck drivers have been crossing borders into dangerous territory to pick up and deliver essential goods – risking their health in the process.

One of them tested positive for Covid-19 at Walvis Bay over the weekend, as announced by minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula on Sunday, while another contracted the virus in Zambia where he is currently quarantined.

The 47-year-old truck driver, who is Namibia’s 21st Covid-19 case, returned from South Africa on 8 May and was quarantined at the truck depot of his employer, FP … Read More

Live (Ended) … African government’s response to Covid-19

This morning’s panellists will discuss African governments’ response to Covid-19. Panellists are deputy prime minister and minister of international relations and cooperation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, health minister Kalumbi Shangula and South African high commissioner Archie Whitehead.

Nandi-Ndaitwah said refugees hosted in African countries are being educated on the pandemic, adding no refugee has tested positive for Covid-19.

Whitehead said once the first case was announced in South Africa, president Cyril Ramophosa quickly implemented a lockdown. He said if the country did not act, they would not have been able to deal with the virus.

South Africa plans on easing the lockdown … Read More

Tailor donates masks to Ohangwena council

by Hileni Nembwaya

In an effort to meet the government halfway in the fight against Covid-19, a tailor in the Ohangwena region, Helaria Sheehama, trading as Meme Tangeni Tailoring, and a Helao Nafidi resident donated 200 masks to the Ohangwena Regional Council at Eenhana.

Helaria Sheehama (far right) handing over masks to officials of the Ohangwena Regional Council.
Photo: Contributed.

The masks are to be distributed to disadvantaged communities in the region.

Ohangwena region disaster risk management chairperson Erickson Ndawanifa, who received the masks on behalf of the regional council, assured the community the masks will be fairly distributed.

“Thank … Read More

Walvis Bay councillor calls for calm

by Ester Mbathera

WALVIS Bay urban constituency councillor Knowledge Ipinge has urged the community not to panic after reports of a positive Covid-19 case at the town.

A truck driver who reportedly escaped from the company quarantine facility last week tested positive for the virus today.

“The truck driver who tested positive is now in a state of quarantine, meaning that the person should remain under isolation until the Ministry of Health and Social Services determines there’s no longer a risk of secondary transmission to other community members. This notion that the truck drivers snuck out from the remains unclear … Read More

Coronavirus Top Statistics

Total worldwide coronavirus cases as of 24 May, 18h00: 5 446 569

Deaths: 344 755 Recovered: 2 274 324

Most-affected countries

  1. United States: 1 671 358 confirmed infections; 98 774 deaths including New York: 369 656 cases; 29 112 deaths
  2. Brazil: 352 163 cases; 22 214 deaths
  3. Russia: 344 481 cases; 3 541 deaths
  4. Spain: 282 370 cases; 28 678 deaths

Most-affected African countries

  1. South Africa: 21 343 confirmed infections; 407 deaths
  2. Egypt: 16 513 cases; 735 deaths
  3. Algeria: 8 113 cases; 592 deaths
  4. Nigeria: 7 526 cases; 221 deaths

Southern Africa numbers

South Africa: 21 343 cases; … Read More

International: China tells US to ‘stop wasting time’ in coronavirus battle

by Yew Lun Tian

BEIJING – The United States should stop wasting time in its fight against the coronavirus and work with China to combat it, rather than spreading lies and attacking the country, top Chinese government diplomat Wang Yi said on Sunday.

Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks to reporters via video link at a news conference held on the sidelines of the National People’s Congress (NPC), from the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China May 24, 2020. China Daily via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. CHINA
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Covid-19 diagnosed trucker escapes from quarantine

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue and Sonia Smith

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula this morning confirmed a positive case of covid-19 at Walvis Bay.

Kalumbi Shangula

The latest case is a male truck driver aged 47, who had escaped into the community from the truck port quarantine facility with another trucker.

The truck driver travelled from South Africa on 8 May.

“His last trip to South Africa was on 3 May 2020. He was quarantined at Walvis Bay truck port, then he sneaked out into the community with another truck driver. They were apprehended by the police and put in a supervised quarantine … Read More

Teenage Delano donates food

by Clemans Miyanicwe

DELANO Muller (15), the reigning junior sportsman of the year, on Friday donated 20 food parcels for Khorixas and Fransfontein communities.

CARING … Namibian kickboxer, Lesley !Hoaeb (far left) and Delano Muller (far right) with 62-year-old Eli Habeb, one of the beneficiaries. Muller auctioned and sold his boxing gloves to buy food for destitute people in Fransfontein and Khorixas. Photo: Clemans Miyanicwe

The philanthropic Muller used proceeds from a recent auction of his boxing gloves and photos on Facebook to help the destitute communities.

Muller told The Namibian that this time of Covid-19 is difficult for the … Read More

Opinion: Lifting the Veil on ICT in education

EDUCATION seems to have been disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic because, in as much as schooling is expected to go on at home, parents at work are expected to supervise the learning process at home.

Many a time, real opportunities to make impactful changes in society manifest in unfortunate situations. For instance, this seems true of the internet. Arpanet, the precursor to the internet, was massively boosted by the cold war of yesteryear.

The international agenda on education is set in the sustainable development goal 4 (SDG 4) as “…ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning … Read More

Yet another Covid-19 case

by Ndanki Kahiurika

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula this morning announced another Namibian has tested positive for Covid-19.

Kalumbi Shangula


This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 20.

Shangula said this particular case involves a Namibian man (35), who tested positive two days before his 14-day quarantine period was over.

He urged those in quarantine to maintain social distancing and to refrain from visiting each other’s rooms.

“The man does not display any symptoms. His condition is satisfactory. He will remain in isolation untill he is cleared,” said Shangula.… Read More

UNAIDS chief calls for Africa’s inclusion in global Covid-19 response

by Namibia Press Agency

The fight against Covid-19 will never be defeated without including Africa in the global response, the executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), Winnie Byanyima, has said.

Byanyima in a media statement on Thursday raised concern that in much of the global Covid-19 conversation, Africa is barely mentioned but the risks that the Covid-19 crisis bring are even greater in Africa than elsewhere.

“And those risks will be compounded if Africa is marginalised in the global response,” she said.

She said beating Covid-19 in Africa, in turn, is essential for … Read More

Napwu and Nantu on Covid-19 measures

by Roxane Bayer

BOTH the Namibia Public Workers’ Union (Napwu) and the Namibia National Teachers’ Union (Nantu) are urging members to remain united and comply with Covid-19 regulations, while they continue monitoring the situation.

Petrus Nevonga

In a statement on Friday, Napwu secretary general Petrus Nevonga, and Nantu secretary general Loide Shaanika, said both unions are recognised by the Namibian government as bargaining agents for public servants.

“We have found ourselves in a critical situation since the outbreak of the pandemic, which has threatened the economies of countries around the world, including Namibia,” said Nevonga and Shaanika.

According to them, … Read More

The Arts Get Creative In Murky Times

by James Jamu

The Covid-19 pandemic has put the future of the art world in an uncertain position.

Many artists around the world depend on mass gatherings to make a living.

The drastic halt of events and business in this industry has compromised the livelihood of stand-up comedians, visual artists, actors and musicians.

A modern David and Goliath story has unfolded.

Goliath is an insurmountable avalanche predisposed to shaking the world up.

Scrawny David in our current circumstances is a collection of artists and curators entrenched in a continuous battle to preserve their right to expression in an unstable era. … Read More

Ongwediva trade fair cancelled

by Tuyeimo Haidula

THE annual Ongwediva trade fair, which was scheduled for 21 to 29 August, has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Photo: File

This was announced today by Jackson Muma, Ongwediva Town Council spokesperson, who said the health and safety of visitors, employees, exhibitors and stakeholders had to be considered.

“It is in the best interest of the public to ensure all active economic sectors and participants in the Ongwediva trade fair join hands in the fight against the spread of the new coronavirus,” he said.

Muma said plans for 2021’s fair are underway as the event … Read More

Covid 19: No cause for panic

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula says there is no need for panic, as the country registered three new Coronavirus cases this week.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula. Photo: MICT

The new cases bring the total confirmed cases to 19. The three new cases were recorded in quarantine, all having travelled from South Africa, meaning they are imported cases.

Case 17 is a 66-year-old Namibian resident. She does not show any Covid-19 symptoms and her condition is stable, Shangula noted.

Case 18, on the other hand, is a 28-year-old Namibian female resident. She too does not show any Covid-19 symptoms.

“The detection of … Read More

Angolan nationals stuck in Namibia

by Ester Mbathera

The Angolan government withdrew from an agreement that would have seen 39 Angolans returning home today.   

Air Namibia has arranged for a repatriation flight scheduled to depart at 07h50 this morning. The airplane left without the Angolan nationals and is scheduled to return tonight from a round trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia and Tanzania with six Namibians to be airlifted from Luanda.

Photo: Air Namibia

The Namibian embassy in Luanda has reportedly been informed by their host country’s authorities that they are ready to receive their nationals.

The Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation … Read More

Schools raring to reopen

by Okeri Ngutjinazo and Roxane Bayer

MINISTER of education, arts and culture Anna Nghipondoka said no new directive has been made on the reopening of schools, despite the announcement of two new Covid-19 cases yesterday.

Minister of education, arts and culture Anna Nghipondoka. Photo: File

The ministry announced last week schools will commence face-to-face classes in phases, with Grades 11 and 12 resuming classes on 3 June.

Phase two will include preprimary to Grade 3 pupils who will begin on 22 June; phase three will see Grades 7 and 9 returning on 6 July, and phase four will send … Read More

Miners blast employers for challenging Govt

by Adam Hartman

THE Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) on Tuesday criticised the Namibian Employers’ Federation (NEF) for dragging the government to court to halt certain Covid-19 labour directives.

Abiud Kapere

The government has ordered that employers may not dismiss workers between 28 March and 2 June, which marks the end of stage 2 of Namibia’s lockdown exit strategy.

In reaction, the NEF and various other employers have filed an urgent application at the High Court against the president, the government and trade unions to have the suspension of parts of the Labour Act during the Covid-19 state of emergency … Read More

Namport offers parking to stranded ships

by Adam Hartman

NAMPORT has announced it will provide berthing (parking) space for empty cruise ships, which are in limbo due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

BIRD’S EYE … An aerial view of Namport’s container terminal at Walvis Bay. Photo: File

Namport’s acting chief executive officer Kavin Harry in a media statement issued on Wednesday said the provision of parking space to the stranded ships was necessary.

“Whereas this is unfortunate, the turn of events, however, presents an opportunity to Namport to provide berthing space for the empty cruise ships off our ports at designated points of anchorage,” he said.

Since … Read More

Kamanjab tackles lack of masks

by Clemans Miyanicwe

THE Kamanjab Village Council has handed over fabric to residents who are to use it for making face masks.

Kamanjab Village Council secretary Bianca Nguaiko hands over fabric to one of the group leaders as material to make masks as the town has no shops that sell them. Photo: Kamanjab Village Council

The village council’s secretary, Bianca Nguaiko, told The Namibian that the council handed over 80 metres of fabric to some locals on Wednesday.

According to Nguaiko it was decided to buy N$4 000 worth of fabric and supply it to residents, to be used to … Read More

Health Update: Namibia reports a 19th Covid-19 case

It involves a 29-year-old Namibian who travelled from South Africa. Health minister Kalumbi Shangula announced the news this morning at the Covid-19 communication centre in Windhoek, saying the patient is in quarantine and will be transferred to an isolation facility today.

“He does not display any symptoms and is in a satisfactory condition,” the minister said.

Kalumbi Shangula

Latest Covid-19 updates in Namibia from the Ministry of Health:

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FP du Toit employees quarantined at Walvis Bay State Hospital

by Ester Mbathera

THE transport giant FP du Toit this afternoon employed the services of a state ambulance to transport two dismissed employees to a state quarantine facility. The employees were dismissed yesterday afternoon after not adhering to quarantine regulations.

The two employees of FP du Toit at the company’s depot where they were quarantined earlier. Photo: Ester Mbathera

This morning another employee was reportedly tasked with transporting his colleagues with a company vehicle, but refused.

The company’s acting manager at their Walvis Bay depot, Callie Schubert, declined to comment on the matter and referred The Namibian to the company’s … Read More

Agribank cuts interest rates

by Nghinomenwa Erastus

THE Agricultural Bank of Namibia will cut interest rates for all clients to cushion the agricultural sector against the impact of Covid-19.

Sakaria Nghikembua. Photo: File

This is part of the relief package backed by a N$200 million guarantee from the government that was announced early in April by finance minister Shiimi Iipumbu.

The N$200 million is part of the N$8,1 billion government stimulus package.

Other interventions include a repayment holiday and the delisting of clients from ITC.

Announcing the package this week, AgriBank’s chief executive officer Sakaria Nghikembua said the bank’s decision to reduce interest rates … Read More

FP du Toit asks staff member to move axed colleagues to quarantine

by Ester Mbathera

An employee of FP du Toit Transport refused to transport two dismissed employees to a government facility where they will stay for the rest of their quarantine period.  Japhet Ndjuluwa and Andreas Hamukwaya were shown the door yesterday for breaking quarantine regulations.

FP du Toit employees Andreas Hamukwaya and Japhet Ndjuluwa who were dismissed yesterday for breaching the quarantine regulations. Photo: Ester Mbathera

The company charged them with gross negligence and breach of security and safety rules.

Jerobeam Kamulu refused to move his colleagues saying he is not trained to transport people to be quarantined, neither has … Read More

Covid-19 Update

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula this morning confirmed Namibia has recorded two new positive Covid-19 cases.

“According to information, the two cases were tested while in quarantine. It therefore means they are imported. Both cases travelled from South Africa,” he said.

Namibia’s Covid-19 Statistics (as of 21 May):

Provided by health minister Kalumbi Shangula.
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Cross-border truck drivers fired for breaking quarantine

by Ester Mbathera

TWO cross-border truck drivers employed by FP du Toit Transport lost their jobs allegedly for breaking quarantine at Walvis Bay on Wednesday.

GROUNDED . . . The trucks used by the two drivers parked in a corner at the FP du Toit depot at Walvis Bay.
Photo: Ester Mbathera

The company charged the two with gross negligence and breach of security and safety rules.

“. . . you ignored direct instructions from the company and the Namibian authorities not to leave the depot. Furthermore, your gross negligent act/omission potentially harmed, not only the company business and image … Read More

Volunteers start educating Kamanjab community on Covid-19

by Clemans Miyanicwe

FOUR volunteers chosen by the National Youth Council started educating residents of Kamanjab on the novel coronavirus disease, Covid-19, on Wednesday.

Volunteers (from left) Bonafatius Tjinyama, Dedrie Jantze, and Alfred Kingslee Hipandulwa alongside the chairperson of the Constituency Youth Forum, Nikodemus Amutenya, in blue jeans. Photo: Clemans Miyanicwe

The Kamanjab Constituency Youth Forum (KCYF) chairperson, Nicodemus Amutenya, applauded the National Youth Council for using local youths to educate the village residents on Covid-19.

Amutenya told The Namibian the volunteers are local residents who know Kamanjab. “The volunteers will educate the residents on Covid-19 so they have knowledge … Read More

Tobacco craving lands SA citizens in jail

by Luqman Cloete

A PLAN by a South African couple to buy cigarettes in Namibia to beat the ban on the sale of alcohol and tobacco products in their country, as part of lockdown regulations, has landed them behind bars.

The //Kharas police crime investigations coordinator, Chrispin  Mubebo, today said police arrested the couple for illegally crossing the border into Namibia at Noordoewer on 11 May.

According to Mubebo, the couple crossed the Orange River on foot in their quest to buy tobacco products and other commodities at Noordoewer.

He said in a separate incident another South African man was … Read More

Opinion: What Image Will Africa Take On After Covid-19?

by Banji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka

THE Covid-19 pandemic, one of the world’s most significant events, has had far-reaching consequences.

It has resulted in the cessation of economic activities that will lead to a significant decline in production, unprecedented social disruption, and the loss of millions of jobs.

Estimates are that the contraction of the region’s economies will cost Sub-Saharan Africa between US$35 billion and US$100 billion due to a decline in output and a steep drop in commodity prices – especially the crash of oil prices.

More fundamentally, the pandemic has brutally exposed the hollowness of African economies on two fronts: the … Read More

Prices of Covid-19 essentials up 1000%

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

THE Namibian Competition Commission says there is evidence that retailers overpriced Covid-19 essentials such masks, hand sanitisers, and immune boosting products such as oranges, naartjies and raw ginger.

The commission said the prices of these products increased by betwee 14% and 1000%, despite not being affected by supply chain challenges that could have resulted in shortages.

Namibian Competition Commission (NaCC) corporate communications practitioner Dina //Gowases said in a statement this week that consumers have indicated that they are paying a lot more for these essential products.

“The commission has over the past 4-5 weeks received numerous complaints … Read More

The Covid-19 pandemic around the globe

TRUMP THREATENS WHO WITHDRAWAL

Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters

United States president Donald Trump threatened on Monday to permanently halt funding for the World Health Organisation if it did not commit to improvements within 30 days, and to reconsider his country’s membership of the agency.

Trump suspended US contributions to the WHO last month, accusing it of promoting Chinese “disinformation” about the novel coronavirus outbreak, although WHO officials denied the accusation and China said it was transparent and open.

“If the WHO does not commit to major substantive improvements within the next 30 days, I will make my temporary freeze of … Read More

Live … Reopening of schools in phases

This morning’s panel is discussing the reopening of schools and the return of pupils in phases. Panellists include executive director of education Sanet Steenkamp and Khomas education director Gerard Vries.

Steenkamp said the ministry has been planning pupils’ return to schools. She said 80% of schools are ready to receive pupils.

Sanet Steenkamp

According to her shools have procured soap and tippy taps, and have undergone deep cleaning. The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture will provide funding for schools needing resources, she said.

Steenkamp said children’s health is priority.

She said if a child is sick, he or she … Read More

WHO chief Tedros in the eye of the storm

NINA LARSON

GENEVA – Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the first African to head the World Health Organisation, faces the towering challenge of coordinating a global pandemic response increasingly complicated by US-China tensions.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Photo: AFP

The former Ethiopian minister of health and foreign affairs finds himself at the heart of global efforts to rein in the novel coronavirus, which has now infected close to five million people and killed more than 300 000.

On Monday, Tedros opened the United Nations health agency’s main annual event, the World Health Assembly, which due to the pandemic was held virtually and has … Read More

Covid-19 information sessions reduced

THE deputy minister of information and communication technology, Emma Theofelus, on Monday announced that the daily updates on Covid-19 are being cut down from two session to one, which will take place daily at 10h00.

From left: Health minister Kalumbi Shangula, deputy prime minister and minister of international relations and cooperation, Netumbo NandiNdaitwah; and deputy minister of information and communication technology Emma Theofelus.
Photo: MICT

The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Services on 2 April formed a communication focal point centre to distribute information on issues around … Read More

Home affairs stresses guidelines on public gatherings

ON account of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration has reiterated the guidelines relating to public gatherings.

The restrictions are part of measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

A media statement made available to Nampa on Monday said the country is still under a state of emergency, therefore, as part of the guidelines by the ministry on account of Covid-19; designated marriage officers (ministers of religion and magistrates) who solemnise marriages are advised to ensure that the regulations prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people are adhered to.

The statement also noted that … Read More

Old Mutual donates food to vulnerable communities in Kunene

OLD Mutual Namibia on Tuesday donated food parcels to vulnerable communities in the Kunene region as part of its countrywide N$1-million food delivery outreach project in the fight against Covid-19.

Old Mutual has on Tuesday donated for parcels to vulnerable communities in the Kunen region. OLD Mutual’s national sales manager for North and Far North, Nikanor Ruben hands over food parcels to Kunene governor Marius Sheya.
Photo: Uakutura Kambaekua/Nampa

An amount of more than N$95 000 was used to buy 291 food parcels which amongst others contain maize meal, tinned fish, beans and sugar to be handed over to communities … Read More

Schools to resume in June

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

THE ministry of education today said schools will begin with face to face classes in phases, with grade 11 and 12 resuming classes on 3 June.

Photo: File

The ministry’s executive director Sanet Steenkamp said in a statement that phase two will include grade three pupils who will begin on 22 June, phase three will be grades seven and nine on 6 July, and finally phase four which will include grade four, five, six and eight, resuming classes on 20 July.

All pupils will end classes on 18 December.

Steenkamp said a mid-term break for teachers is … Read More

The Covid-19 pandemic around the globe

AFRICA BACKS WHO, NEEDS HELP – RAMAPHOSA

GENEVA – South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, said yesterday that Africa affirms its “full support” for the World Health Organisation (WHO), which he said had been key in guiding the international response to the coronavirus pandemic.

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa. Photo: Reuters

Ramaphosa, speaking to the WHO’s annual assembly being held online, said assistance to Africa needs to include debt relief and help with diagnostics, drugs and medical supplies.

Also addressing the meeting, the United States’ secretary of health and human services, Alex Azar, accused the WHO of having failed to share … Read More

WHO chief promises review of virus response

by Stephanie Nebehay and Emma Farge

GENEVA – The World Health Organisation said yesterday that an independent review of the global coronavirus response would begin as soon as possible, and received backing and a hefty pledge of funds from China, in the spotlight as the origin of the pandemic.

FRONT LINE … Bhelekazi Mdlalose, a nurse employed by the international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), collects a sample to be tested for the novel coronavirus from a health worker at a clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa. Nampa–AFP

WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made his promise during … Read More

Covid-19 death speculation dismissed

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

THE Ministry of Health and Social Services says the man who died at Mariental State Hospital on Friday did not succumb to Covid-19.

Esther Muinjangue

The Namibian reported online on Saturday that the man, who was employed by Namibia Wildlife Resort, and was based at its Hardap resort near Mariental, had sought treatment at the local hospital after experiencing flu-like symptoms and breathing difficulties.

According to sources, the man collapsed and died shortly after being taken to an isolation unit following a medical check-up.

Speaking at the Covid-19 communication centre in Windhoek yesterday, deputy health minister Esther … Read More

Possible Covid-19 death investigated at Mariental

by Luqman Cloete

A Mariental resident yesterday died under suspicion of being positive for Covid-19.

Sources said the man, who was an employee of the Namibia Wildlife Resort (NWR) and based at its Hardap resort near Mariental, sought medical treatment at the local hospital after experiencing flu-like symptoms and breathing difficulties.

According to sources, the man collapsed and died shortly after he was taken to an isolation unit following a medical check.

Speculations are rife the man might have contracted the disease at the Hardap resort.

The Hardap resort recently served as accommodation for 40 people who came from Europe … Read More

Health faced with disease control challenges amid Covid-19

by Charmaine Ngatjihueue

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula says his ministry is faced with challenges of having to deal with the Covid-19 outbreak while tackling  existing health problems at the same time.

Kalumbi Shangula

Speaking at the Covid-19 communication centre in Windhoek this morning, Shangula said diseases such as hepatitis E and malaria are still persisting in Namibia to date.

He said the control of hepatitis E greatly benefited from the interventions against Covid-19 and the country is now reporting fewer cases.

“Malaria is another disease of great health importance. This year, Namibia experienced good rain and we are now seeing … Read More

No funds for hawkers market

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

The Rehoboth Town Council says it does not have the money needed to build a suitable market for hawkers and street vendors at the town to use.

A breakdown of the projected costs indicates that the council would need N$656 880 for an open market which would include 20 stalls and provide for basic hygiene and sanitation standards and the required social distancing.

While discussing measures in place to address Covid-19 and economic hardships of local authorities on Tuesday afternoon, a local economic development officer of the council, Jonathan Ockhuizen, said they have identified two suitable areas … Read More

Salt company keeps going through virus lockdown

by Taati Niilenge

The salt producer Walvis Bay Salt Refiners has continued to operate and make salt for domestic use and export during Namibia’s Covid-19 fight.

With salt production classified as part of essential services, and a demand from all over the world for the salt it produces, the company has been kept in business since restrictions to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus in Namibia came into force near the end of March.

“We are grateful to have been allowed to operate during the stage 1 lockdown,” the managing director of the company, Andre Snyman, said at a … Read More

Nama festival postponed due to Covid-19

by Luqman Cloete

The annual Nama Cultural Festival has been postponed for a year. The event was scheduled to take place from 21 to 24 May.

The festival organising committee chairperson, David Eigub, in a press statement issued yesterday announced that this year’s event will be cancelled and postponed to May 2021 due to the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus and the Covid-19 pandemic.

“As organisers of one of the biggest cultural events in southern Africa we cannot understate the importance of ensuring full compliance with the precautionary measures put in place by the Namibian government and the Namibian … Read More

Nam clarifies border crossing for Angolans needing medical help

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Health ministry deputy executive director Petronella Masabane says it is a long-standing arrangement for Angolan citizens to seek medical treatment in Namibia, especially for chronic medication.

BORDERS …. Health ministry’s deputy executive director Petronella Masabane and chief of immigration at the home affairs ministry Nehemiah Nghishekwa.

She said this at the Covid-19 communication centre in Windhoek on Tuesday, while giving clarity on Angolan nationals seeking medical care in Namibia.

She said this arrangement remains in place, with Angolans making use of designated border posts to enter Namibia, but noted that the Namibia-Angola border is still being crossed … Read More

Calls to boost job creation

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

ANALYSTS are calling on the government to stimulate production sectors such as agriculture, mining, and tourism and hospitality to create employment post-Covid-19.

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER HUSTLE … Unemployed residents gather at traffic lights all over Windhoek daily with the hope of securing any kind of job to earn some much-needed cash. Most of the men wear blue overalls and are ready to do hard labour. Photo: Garwin Beukes

This comes after the Ministry of Labour last week announced 543 people at 10 companies have been retrenched during the lockdown.

The retrenchments took place between 27 March and … Read More

Only the needy must get aid – Tjongarero

MINISTER of sport, youth and national service, Agnes Tjongarero said “only those who really need” should get food aid during the Covid-19 pandemic.

FEED … The food parcels that will be distributed to those adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic were delivered to the Usakos Town Council on Thursday. Receiving the food were, from left, sports minister Agnes Tjongarero, Erongo governor Neville André Itope, and Usakos mayor Akser Mwafangeyo

She was speaking at the handover of emergency food parcels at Usakos last Friday. The food parcels were acquired by a group calling themselves Sons and Daughters of Usakos who raised … Read More

Coronavirus news briefs: 84 Namibians return from SA

MINISTER of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula yesterday said 84 Namibians returned home from South Africa on Saturday and are in quarantine.

A total of 36 came from Cape Town and 48 from Johannesburg. Shangula said seven of the returnees are kept in Windhoek, while the remainder are in various quarantine facilities in the regions – all at the government’s expense.

“The government has made substantive investments in prevention as we believe it is cheaper to prevent the disease than to treat it,” he said.


Nanso launches food aid programme


THE Namibia National Students Organisation (Nanso) on Friday launched … Read More

Live (Ended) … Updates on Emergency Income Grant payments

Speaking at the Covid-19 Communication Centre in Windhoek this morning, finance ministry spokesperson Tonateni Shidhudhu said the application process for the Emergency Income Grant was designed for Namibians in possession of national documents.

Those without documents do not qualify for the grant.

Shidhudhu said they have targeted 739 000 people for the grant and have received 900 700 applications, of which 576 000 have been approved and processed for payment.

The application period closed on 30 April midnight, but Shidhudhu said the ministry provided three extra days to accommodate applicants who had to reapply. He said lines also closed on … Read More

Health minister announces 10 recoveries

by Ndanki Kahiurika

Dr Kalumbi Shangula, minister of health and social services, this morning at the Covid-19 Communication Centre announced Namibia now has 10 recoveries from the 16 confirmed Covid-19 cases.

Kalumbi Shangula

“The effect of how we conduct ourselves in stage 2 will become apparent in the weeks to come. Let us endure this pain in order to experience the joy of tomorrow,” said Shangula.

So far, 1 511 people have been tested and the country has zero deaths.
According to the World Health Organisation, there are 3,8 million confirmed cases globally, with 268 000 deaths.

In Africa, South … Read More

Coronavirus briefs: NaTIS offices reopen countrywide

THE Roads Authority (RA) has announced that all NaTIS offices countrywide will reopen on 11 May.

Photo: Nampa

Motor vehicle licences will be attended to when offices reopen and all licences that expired during the lockdown (between 30 March and 30 April) will not incur penalties. However, licences that expired before or on 29 February will incur penalties up to the date of the start of the lockdown. NaTIS offices will also renew driver’s and learner’s licences, and test applicants whose documents expired during the lockdown. This will only be done from 11 May to 26 May. New applications for … Read More

Public transport operators warned against excessive pricing

by Hileni Nembwaya

THE Ministry of Works and Transport has issued a stern warning to all public transport operators to desist from taking advantage of the Covid-19 crisis by increasing fares.

File photo.

In a press release minister John Mutorwa said excessive pricing is illegal and any operator who is guilty of this will be legally dealt with.

“The ministry has learnt some operators…are charging customers and commuters in excess of the prescribed tariffs in respect of the various routes, throughout the country. The ministry would like to earnestly request all operators to cease from such practice as the right … Read More

Live (Ended) … Challenges with E-Learning development for education ministry

This morning’s panellists at the Covid-19 Communication Centre will address the issue of e-learning development by the education ministry.

From left: The panelists are deputy information minister Emma Theofelus (moderator), Namibia College for Opening Learning (Namcol) deputy curriculum development director Jan Nitschke and education ministry information technology deputy director Johan van Wyk.
Photo: Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Nitschke says distance education students are more advantaged than full-time students as they receive all study material when they register. He said face-to-face classes have been disrupted, but Namcol has seen to it that learning sessions reach students. He said they can listen to sessions … Read More

Prank calls to Covid-19 call centre a nuisance

by Ndanki Kahiurika

PARENTS have been advised to keep their children from prank calling the Covid-19 call centre.

This was said during a discussion at the communication centre for Covid-19 updates, in Windhoek yesterday afternoon.

Head of the Covid-19 call centre, Lineekela Kalimba said they have experienced a lot of challenges despite trying to fulfil their mandate of advising and answering questions from the public on Covid-19 related matters.

She said the centre was initially set up by the health ministry during the hepatitis E outbreak and has since upgraded to tackle future outbreaks including Covid-19.

Most volunteers manning the … Read More

Coronavirus briefs: De Beers donates testing equipment

DE BEERS Group donated a Covid-19 testing machine to the government as part of the N$15 million it committed to fighting the new coronavirus outbreak.

(L-R) Daniel Kali De Beers Resident Director, Minister of Health and Social Services Kalumbi Shangula and Debmarine Chief Executive Officer Otto Shikongo pictured in front of the Namibia Institute of Pathology building were Shangula received two machines from De Beers Group to be used for COVID-19 testing.
Photo: Contributed/Nampa

The machine, a LineGene 9600 Plus model, was delivered to the Namibia Institute of Pathology (NIP) in Windhoek yesterday. Minister of health and social services Kalumbi … Read More

Live (Ended) … Impact of Covid-19 on productivity

This morning’s discussion at the Covid-19 Communication Centre is on the impact of the pandemic on productivity. Panellists are Daan Strauss of the Namibian Employers Federation, deputy director of labour market information David Iigonda, and National Union of Namibian Workers’ Job Muniaro.

Daan Strauss. Photo: MICT

NEF Secretary General Strauss said there was a lack of business continuity plans and measuring productivity of those staff working from home. He added that adapting to working remotely was also effected and the psychological aspect and fears of livelihoods and economy which had to be dealt with by employers.

He said working remotely … Read More

Zero alcohol during lockdown Stage 2

by Ester Mbathera

RETAILERS have had to stop the sale of alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content of less than 3% from today until the end of Stage 2 of Namibia’s Covid-19 lockdown period on 2 June.

Zero alcohol during lockdown Stage 2. Photo: Adobe Stock

New state of emergency regulations applying during Stage 2 of the lockdown period are prohibiting the sale and purchase of all alcoholic drinks, regardless of the level of alcohol they contain. The new regulations were published in the Government Gazette on Monday.

According to the Liquor Act of 1998, liquor is defined as “any … Read More

School premises not ready for teachers – unions

UNIONS say schools reopening for teachers was a rushed decision as some of the schools’ premises are in a deplorable state and do not adhere to standards to combat the spread of Covid-19.

SCHOOL READINESS … from left: Nantu’s Naftal Shigwedha, TUN’s Toini Nauyoma and education ministry’s Knox Imbuwa. Photo: Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Speaking at the Covid-19 Communication Centre this afternoon, unions said teachers’ working environment has always been a concern and the pandemic has enhanced the issue.

Representing the Namibia National Teachers Union (Nantu), Naftal Shigwedha said regional structures are monitoring the situation of schools reopening for teachers.

Shigwedha said … Read More

Live (Ended) … Education and learning during the Covid-19 State of Emergency

This morning’s discussion at the Covid-19 Communication Centre is on the continuation of teaching and learning in stage 2 of lockdown. Panellists are basic education minister Anna Nghipondoka and basic education executive director Sanet Steenkamp.

Nghipondoka reiterated that schools reopened on 20 April, but teachers are working remotely to ensure education and learning continue through alternative means. She said pupils could learn both online, offline and with printed material.

Nghipondoka says her ministry’s staff can now physically go back to school unless they are considered vulnerable and this is confirmed by a physician. She said pupils will remain at home. … Read More

Coronavirus briefs: Schools to reopen on 3 August

SCHOOLS around the country are expected to reopen on 3 August for pupils to return to face-to-face education.

Photo: File

Education executive director Sanet Steenkamp made the announcement on Friday, adding schools are expected to open in Stage 3 of the state of emergency that was announced by president Hage Geingob. According to Steenkamp, all schools should follow guidelines to ensure the safety of children, teachers and staff members. Steenkamp said all staff members of the ministry, including teachers, hostel staff and cleaners, are expected to report for duty between today and 11 May. The government has in the meantime … Read More

N$2 000 for not wearing a mask

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

MEMBERS of the public who are found without a mask in public will be fined N$2 000 or face six months’ imprisonment. This according to stage 2 regulations.

MASKED … A reporter wears a mask after attending a press conference. Masks must be worn in public at all times as per Stage 2 regulations of the Covid-19 State of Emergency. Photo: Yokany Oliveira

During this stage of exiting the national Covid-19 lockdown all Namibians must wear a mask in a public place.

“An authorised officer may instruct a person who is not wearing a mask to wear … Read More

Shifeta launches conservation relief fund

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

TOURISM minister Pohamba Shifeta this morning launched a conservation relief, recovery and resilience facility aimed at addressing the long-term impact of Covid-19 on conservancies.

CONSERVATION FUNDING … From left: Tourism minister Pohamba Shifeta, Nedbank’s acting managing director Richard Meeks, UNDP’s resident representative Alka Bhatia and EIF chief executive officer Benedict Libanda.

The Environmental Investment Fund will run the facility in addition to the N$6 million it committed.

Speaking at the Covid-19 Communication Centre this morning, Shifeta said the total amount committed to the facility stands at N$16 million, and his ministry is engaging other stakeholders to also … Read More

Live (Ended) … Conservation relief and recovery amid Covid-19 restrictions in Namibia

To support the tourism sector and in addressing the adverse effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on this sector, experts this morning will be launching a conservation relief, recovery and resilient facility at the Covid-19 Communication Centre in Windhoek.

The panelists this morning are Nedbank’s managing director Richard Meeks, tourism minister Pohamba Shifeta, UNDP’s resident representative Alka Bhatia and the Environmental Investment Fund’s chief executive officer Benedict Libanda. Photo: Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Deputy health minister Esther Muinjangue says confirmed Covid-19 cases still stand at 16, with eight recoveries.

So far 1 163 tests have been conducted, she said at the Covid-19 Communication … Read More

Daily update, 4 May … Medical officers discuss the safety of masks

Video: Okeri Ngutjinazo

Panellists at the Covid-19 daily updated on Monday morning discussed the dos and don’ts of masks. Included on the panel were technical medical officer Dr Apollo Basenero and WHO medical officer Mary Brantuo.

Basenero explained that reusable masks should be washed and ironed to ensure they are clean.

Brantuo said guidelines about layering and material used should be followed for reusable masks. It should be approved by health authorities before being allowed for use. She says masks are important to use as we interact with people outside our homes, such as at shopping malls and at work.… Read More

LIVE (Ended) … Discussion: Road to Recovery

Panelists discussing the ‘Road to Recovery’ at the Covid-19 daily update on Saturday morning.
Photo Charmaine Ngatjiheue

This morning’s panelists at the Covid-19  communication centre will discuss the road to recovery and the perspective of a recovered patient.

The panelists are health minister Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, Dr Nelao Amagulu, who was herself quarantined, and director of primary health care in the health ministry Naemi Shoopala.

Shangula says there are no new confirmed positive Covid-19 cases in Namibia since 5 April 2020. He says the drastic measures the government has taken has managed to contain Covid-19 transmissions.

Giving information on the … Read More

Second Namibian tests positive for Covid-19 in Zambia

A second Namibian lorry driver is confirmed to have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Zambia.

The two drivers who have tested positive for the virus in Zambia are employed by two different truck companies in Namibia.

Namibia’s high commissioner to Zambia, Sivave Haindongo, reported the second positive test result of a Namibian lorry driver in Zambia in a letter addressed to the international relations ministry’s executive director, Selma Ashipala-Musavyi, today

Haindongo stated that from the information provided to the diplomatic mission, the first case involves a 42-year-old man now in isolation in Zambia. Haindongo reported that the driver … Read More

Namibia to reopen economy … moves to ‘stage two’, post-lockdown

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

PRESIDENT Hage Geingob this afternoon announced that Namibia would gradually reopen from Tuesday next week, as the country moves into stage two of adopted restrictions meant to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus.

President Hage Geingob

Announcing post-lockdown strategies at State House this afternoon (Thursday), Geingob said the adopted restrictions are in line with global guidelines on national responses to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Following the coronavirus outbreak, Namibia reported 16 confirmed infections with the virus, with eight cases still being active. The country’s number of infections has remained static on 16 since 5 April.

Namibia has … Read More

LIVE (Ended) … Lockdown Announcement

LOCKDOWN … President Hage Geingob says Namibia’s prompt action to close borders and restricted movement has helped contain the spread of the disease. He said the measures were necessary and effective, calling on Namibians to adhere to set regulations.

Speaking at State House this afternoon, Geingob said the countrywide lockdown would lapse on 5 May 2020. Some restrictions would be relaxed in line with that.

The president further said the state of emergency would remain for another six months. He added that in line with that, Namibia has adopted four stages of the current situation; stage one, which is the … Read More

LIVE (Ended) … Update on 28 April Cabinet decisions

Information minister Peya Mushelenga gives an update on the decisions taken during a Cabinet meeting yesterday.

Touching on open markets reopening, Mushelenga says the reopened informal markets should adhere to health standards set once open, and should keep in mind the regulations set in line with the state of emergency that is in place.

Moreover, Mushelenga said emergency income grant beneficiaries should not apply for food grants as well. He said the construction of a 12-bed isolation facility at Windhoek Central Hospital has been completed and the facility is ready to be used.

Mushelenga added that the government is yet … Read More

Confusion over Zim, Nam Covid-19 test kits donation

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

CONFUSION is reigning supreme over a donation of 4 500 Covid-19 rapid-test kits Namibia allegedly made to Zimbabwe.

Earlier this week, Zimbabwean vice-president Kembo Mohadi confirmed to Newsday, a Zimbabwean daily newspaper, the receipt of the test kits from Namibia.

Zimbabwe’s minister of information and broadcasting services Monica Mutsvangwa corroborated his sentiments to a Namibian daily.

However, Mutsvangwa, who previously lived in Namibia, made an about-turn to The Namibian today saying there was no such donation.

“There was no donation from the Namibian government,” Mutsvangwa said though she earlier confirmed the donation to a Namibian daily on … Read More

Live (Ended) … Deployment of health professionals on Covid-19

COVID-19 UPDATE: Deputy health minister Esther Utjiua Muinjangue says there are seven Covid-19 recoveries so far and still 16 confirmed cases. She says panellists will discuss the deployment of healthcare professionals in the fight against the pandemic so far.

Bertha Katjivena, deputy executive director of health, is discussing the importance of the deployment of healthcare professionals at the Covid-19 Communication Centre this morning. She is joined by deputy director of health Anna Isaacs and moderator Tutu Haukena.

Bertha Katjivena

Deputy executive director of health Bertha Katjivena says the ministry is currently recruiting medical graduates as a temporary measure to fight … Read More

Live (Ended) … EU Grant to Namibia

Information minister Peya Mushelenga says Namibia had engaged the European Union to find the best way of fighting Covid-19. He was speaking at the Covid-19 Communication Centre (CCC) on Friday discussing the N$172 million EU grant to Namibia for the Covid-19 fight.

From left: NPC’s Ned Sibeya, information minister Peya Mushelenga and EU delegation ambassador Sinikka Antila. Photo: Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Mushelenga said the funds would release the fiscus of a huge budget.

EU ambassador to Namibia Sinikka Antisa said the funds are general budget support and a very particular type of support.

She said the N$172 million will be put … Read More

Covid-19 test uncomfortable but necessary – journalists

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

SOME of the journalists who have undergone Covid-19 testing described the process as uncomfortable but important.

TESTED … Samples are taken from journalist Shelleygan Petersen to be tested for Covid-19. Photo: MICT

Samples were taken from journalists who took part in testing after the health ministry announced its plan to test 200 000 people.

The targeted testing initiative aims to test people with respiratory issues, people who congregate in groups, and journalists who are exposed. Tests were conducted at the Robert Mugabe Clinic and was done to rule out community transmission.

Namibia has had no new infections, … Read More

Coronavirus briefs: Irimari urges continuous education on Covid-19

OSHANA regional governor Elia Irimari, yesterday encouraged the Task Force on Covid-19 in his region to continue educating members of the public why they should remain in their houses and refrain from moving around.

Elia Irimari

He was speaking at the handing over of 2 000 litres of hand sanitiser by the Rani Group to the Oshana regional task force at Ongwediva. Irimari stressed that incidents of overcrowding observed at certain places in the region cannot be tolerated.

Nudo dishes out food parcels
THE National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) handed over N$10 000 worth of food parcels to homeless Namibians … Read More

LIVE (Ended) … Namibia’s health sector and preparedness for Covid-19

Speaking at the Covid-19 information centre in Windhoek on Thursday, health ministry executive director Ben Nangombe says Namibia still has the best health infrastructure compared to other African countries, despite some challenges.

Ben Nangombe

Nangombe is speaking with fellow panellist Thomas Mbeeli, acting director of health technology and infrastructure management, on the preparedness of the ministry of health for Covid-19.

Namibia has one main referral hospital, three intermediate hospitals, 31 district hospitals, 43 health centers and 279 clinics.

He said the Windhoek Central Hospital casualty is being used as a ICU facility for infectious diseases, a 12 bed facility has … Read More

Coronavirus briefs: Unam and Cardiff University donate blankets

THE University of Namibia, in collaboration with the Phoenix Project from Cardiff University in Wales, on Tuesday donated 3 000 bars of soap and 80 blankets to the 95 people in temporary shelters during the lockdown.

An entrance to the University of Namibian campus in Windhoek. Photo: File

The donation, which was handed over in Windhoek, is for dwellers at the Khomasdal Stadium and 72 at the Pionierspark dumpsite. Temba Stevens, who is sheltered at the Khomasdal Stadium, thanked those responsible for the donation, saying they are grateful for the food and information they have been receiving. Stevens asked what … Read More

Toll-free number gets 360 000 calls

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

OVER 360 000 calls have been made to the Covid-19 toll-free number, which was set up by the ministry of health to assist with answering questions, receiving complaints and addressing concerns over the Covid-19 pandemic.

Over 360 000 calls have been made to the Covid-19 toll-free number. Photo: Arlana Shikongo

The number was set up after the country confirmed its first two coronavirus cases on 13 March. Namibia currently has 16 confirmed cases and six recoveries. Head of the call centre, Lineekela Kalimba said they have received 360 200 calls to date, however, when they started, they … Read More

LIVE (Ended) … Covid-19 impact on Agriculture

EXPERTS in the agricultural sector will this morning discuss the impact of Covid-19 on the agricultural sector. Similar to tourism, agriculture is one of the sectors hit the hardest by the pandemic.

From left: Namibia National Farmers Union acting executive director Beata Xulu, agriculture ministry executive director Percy Misika and the Namibia Agricultural Union executive manager Roelie Venter. Photo: Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Speaking at the at the Covid-19 Communication Centre, Percy Misika said the tough times faced by the agricultural sector is not as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, but rather the devastating three-year drought Namibia has had to face.… Read More

LIVE (Ended) … Trade activities under lockdown – Panel discussion

Trade minister Lucia Iipumbu says the government has revisited one of its restrictions of the lockdown and decided to open up shops not only to provide clothing and other materials for expectant mothers and their babies, but also to provide winter clothing and other materials such as blankets as winter approaches. Iipumbu said this at the Covid-19 Communication Centre on Wednesday afternoon.

Lucia Iipumbu

She added that the ministry has already drafted letters to retailers to open winter clothing sections, especially for children. These shops are expected to open their winter clothing sections by tomorrow or by the time they’ve … Read More

Coronavirus briefs … FNB provides relief to SMEs

FNB Namibia has announced relief measures for SMEs with an annual turnover of less than N$10 million and with lending facilities of less than N$5 million.

To qualify, customers must have a good track record of honouring their payments prior to 1 March 2020. Qualifying businesses are requested to go to the FNB app, click on the Covid-19 icon and follow instructions. Commercial customers are requested to contact their relationship manager to discuss requirements.

Regional councillors no longer allowed to issue travel permits
FROM 20 April regional councillors will not be allowed to issue travel permits during the state of … Read More

SSC stimulus package for labour sector

by Ndanki Kahiurika

TO prevent job losses, the Social Security Commission, in conjunction with the government, will launch a stimulus package during the state of emergency.

Milka Mungunda

Milka Mungunda, the SSC’s chief, announced this at the Covid-19 Communication Centre where panellists are discussing the impact of the virus on labour and employment.

Mungunda said the package will cater for both formal and informal sector employees, who contribute monthly to the SSC, as well as for those not registered with the commission.

According to information gathered, Covid-19 affects nine areas of the economy severely.

This includes farming, manufacturing, entertainment, construction … Read More

//Kharas police on lockdown education drive

by Luqman Cloete

THE //Kharas police have taken the initiative to ensure the public is made aware of restrictions on Covid-19 movements through the use of megaphones.

HIGH TRAFFIC VOLUME … High traffic volumes were still observed at Keetmanshoop where the local police have set up a roadblock to enforce the stay-at-home directive. Photo: Luqman Cloete

Police regional commander, commissioner David Indongo on Monday said the initiative was to educate the public to stay at home as part of efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19.

“We educate people to only leave their homes for essential and urgent matters,” he … Read More

Cold start to Covid-19 mass testing

A Gauteng Health Department official conducts a swab test on a resident of Stjwetla Section in Alexandra township on March 31, 2020. Photo: Phill Magakoe /AFP)

THE targeted testing initiative, which aims to test some 200 000 people for the coronavirus, has had a cold start as only 20 people were tested on the first day of the exercise.

The purpose of the exercise is to detect possible community transmission of the virus.

The health ministry on Sunday announced that targeted testing would be done on people who present themselves to healthcare facilities with respiratory ailments, health workers, mobile groups … Read More

LIVE (Ended) … ‘There should be no dismissals’

Deputy health minister Esther Muinjangue this morning at the Covid-19 Communication Centre said the ministry has traced 118 contacts for confirmed coronavirus cases.

“We are currently monitoring eight of them until they finish their 14 days of quarantine,” she said.

She urged people to stay home and not move around too much.

The panel this morning consists of the advisor to the labour minister, Vicky ya Toivo, labour minister Utoni Nujoma and chief executive officer of the Social Security Commission, Milka Mungunda.

The trio discussed the impact of Covid-19 on labour and employment.

Ya Toivo said no employee should be … Read More

Coronavirus briefs … Sanlam pledges N$3,5m to flatten the curve

SANLAM Namibia and its subsidiaries Welwitschia Insurance Brokers and Sanlam Investments have pledged N$3,5 million to support various initiatives to fight the spread of Covid-19.

Photo: Nampa

An amount of N$500 000 will go towards procuring protective wear and equipment for health workers, N$500 000 towards sanitation infrastructure, another N$500 000 towards the National Covid-19 Fund, N$1 million to e-learning and education, N$800 000 for testing and screening equipment, and the last N$200 000 will go to the construction of nurses’ and doctors’ workstations, where testing will be undertaken.

Paying it forward
A GROUP of Namibians, forming the Paying It … Read More

Fishing group reaches out to employees

by Staff Reporter

THE Oceana Namibia Group is making sure its employees who have to continue working during the Covid-19 lockdown and their families remain sustained.

RELIEF … Employees of the Oceana Namibia Group of Companies and their families received food parcels recently to ensure everyone is taken care of during the national lockdown. Photo: Contributed

The group has a long history of operating in the Namibian fishing industry through its subsidiaries Erongo Marine Enterprises (EME) and Commercial Cold Storage (CCS), and its associate company Etosha Fishing Corporation.

The group provides permanent jobs to more than 1 000 Namibians.

“We … Read More

LIVE (Ended) … Economic hardships of local authorities during Covid-19

City of Windhoek chief executive Robert Kahimise says they have set up a response team committee headed by city police chief Abraham Kanime. Kahimise says the municipality’s operations have been impacted by Covid-19.

Robert Kahimise

The majority of employees providing essential services, and front line staff are provided with personal protective equipment. The municipality plans on opening cash halls for three days from Wednesday where residents can make payments.

Kahimise says they have no other option, because some people refuse to deposit money. The municipality has over 300 000 employees and receives a budget of N$4,3 billion. They are considering … Read More

LIVE (Ended) … Covid-19 update

HEALTH WORKERS … Panellists, health minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula (centre) and World Health Organisation country representative Dr Charles Sagoe Moses (left), discussing the protection of health workers amid the Covid-19 outbreak this afternoon. Health ministry spokesperson Manga Libita moderates the session.

Chairperson of the Public Enterprises CEO Forum Rosalia Martins-Hausiku says the forum is donating N$1,2 million to the health ministry and the Namibian Police towards the Covid-19 fight. She says the donation is the forum’s way of meeting the government halfway.

Martins-Hausiku said this at a press briefing at the Covid-19 communication centre today.

Police inspector general Sebastian Ndeitunga … Read More

Covid-19 case one ‘re-infected’

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula says the first Covid-19 case involving the Romanian couple at one point tested negative for the virus, but later tested positive. The health care officials suspect re-infection.

The Romanian nationals, who came to Namibia through Spain, were diagnosed with Covid-19 on 13 March.

Speaking at the Covid-19 Communication Centre this afternoon, Shangula said case one tested positive again because the patient shared a room with the spouse (case two), who was still positive.

The minister noted that the re-infection issue is not new and is well-documented in other countries.

“The first two cases involve … Read More

WHO donates PPE to Namibia

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

THE World Health Organisation donated personal protective equipment (PPE) to Namibia.

PPE … From left: WHO country representative Dr. Charles Sagoe Moses, health minister Kalumbi Shangula and health ministry spokesperson and moderator Manga Libita. Photo: Charmaine Ngatjiheue

WHO country representative Charles Sagoe Moses presented the PPE to health minister Kalumbi Shangula at the Covid-19 communication centre on Monday afternoon.

“We have enough PPE in terms of gloves, face masks, and they can take care of over 1 000 health workers. We want them to be assured that their needs are protected. If they are not safe, then … Read More

Covid-19: Acid test for media sustainability

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

THE media sector has not been spared the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

The media sector is also feeling the pinch of a stagnant economy. Photo: Pixabay

As the country enters the extended phase of the national lockdown, the media is also feeling the pinch of a stagnant economy.

Namibia still has 16 confirmed coronavirus cases, with six reported recoveries.

Media experts concede that although the Covid-19 pandemic worsened the situation, a bleak outlook has already been on the horizon for the sector as a result of technological advancements.

Speaking at the Covid-19 Communication Centre in … Read More

Coronavirus briefs: NamPower assists Karibib, Omaruru with water tanks

NAMPOWER donated eight 10 000 litre water tanks to assist the local authorities of Omaruru and Karibib with providing people in informal settlements with water.

Omaruru received two water tanks to be shared between the informal settlements of Hakahana, 7de Laan, Sonskyn and Saamstaan. Six tanks were given to the Harambee and Uis informal settlements in Karibib.
Filling up the tanks is reportedly the responsibility of the local authorities.

NamPower will also donate 30 dry sanitation toilets to the Erongo region, which will be delivered next week.

NASRIA donates to ministry of health
NAMIBIA Special Risks Insurance Association (Nasria) made … Read More

Coronavirus ‘fake news’ now a crime

by Werner Menges

THE spreading of fake news about the new coronavirus and Covid-19 is now a crime in Namibia, following an amendment to the Covid-19 state of emergency regulations.

In terms of amendments to the regulations, published in the Government Gazette on Friday, people publishing any false or misleading statement in connection with the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), including on social media, are committing an offence for which they can be fined up to N$2 000 or be given a prison term of up to six months.

It is also now an offence to publish any statement in the media, … Read More

Live … Social mobilisation and community engagement (Ended)

Deputy health minister Esther Muinjangue says there are no new confirmed Covid-19 cases. There are currently six recoveries and 10 active cases who are asymptomatic.

Esther Muinjangue

The deputy minister said the ministry has started rolling out testing for those under quarantine and 160 people have been tested. The ministry will further conduct testing at the Covid-19 Communication Centre this week.

Muinjangue says the reason for social mobilisation is to keep community members informed and updated on Covid-19 issues. She said community health workers are provided with a tool kit to guide them on what to focus on when informing … Read More

Large-scale Covid-19 testing planned

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula says a part of Covid-19 tests targeting 200 000 people would be conducted at the coronavirus pendemic communication centre in Windhoek on Monday.

Photo Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Shangula said on Sunday that people at the centre are recommended to take the test. People whose samples would be taken at the centre do not need to self-isolate while waiting for their test results, he added.

He said the tests not only target the media, fishing and mining sectors, but also target areas with large groups of people such as open markets.

“In fact we have … Read More

Govt launches targeted testing for essential workers

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

NAMIBIA will launch targeted testing for highly exposed professions, including the mining, fisheries and media sectors on Monday.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula confirmed the move over the weekend, saying it will give a true assessment of whether there are any cases of community spread.

He says the government hopes to test 200 000 Namibians.
“We are now moving foward to a level of targeted testing where we will identify certain exposed groups including mining, fisheries as well as journalist. The targeted testing will continue until we are satisfied with the responses on the ground,” he said.
Widespread … Read More

LIVE (ended) … Covid-19 Update

Kalumbi Shangula

Health minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula says the country officially has six recoveries of the 16 confirmed covid-19 cases. The cases are three, five, six, 14, 15 and case number 16.

He says they hope to test 200 000 Namibians, which will include key groups such as those working in the mining, fishing, health and media sectors.

Shangula is speaking at the daily covid-19 communication centre at the Khomas Regional Council head office in Windhoek.

The panel, which consists of attorney general Festus Mbandeka, justice minister Yvonne Dausab, will today discuss the legalities of the lockdown extension.

Dausab said … Read More

Last arriving passengers not quarantined – Shangula

by Yokany Oliveira

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula said several groups of people who arrived before the initial lockdown became effective last month were not put under full quarantine.

Kalumbi Shangula

Shangula told The Namibian on Wednesday that the group of passengers who arrived on 26 March at the Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek “refused to be quarantined”.

A total of 86 passengers arrived that day, according to Shangula.

“The group at HKIA was uncooperative and refused to be quarantined. That time we did not have Proclamation Number 9 in place,” he said.

The State of Emergency Proclamation Act 9 … Read More

Community transmission Covid-19 cases suspected

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

THE national coordinator of the Covid-19 task force, Bernard Haufiku, says they suspect there are undetected cases of Covid-19 community transmission in the country.

TRANSMISSIONS… from left: Who representative Petrus Mhata; NIP COO Bonnie Makumbi and the COVID-19 national coordinator Bernard Haufiku.

Speaking at the Covid-19 communication centre yesterday afternoon, Haufiku said scientifically it is not possible for Namibia to not have recorded any new cases for the past 10 days.

“It could be the fact that we are not testing enough people is the reason why we have no new cases reported. However, Namibia is following … Read More

BREAKING … Namibia extends Covid-19 lockdown period (State House)

President Hage Geingob

PRESIDENT Hage Geingob has announced that the Covid-19 lockdown will be extended from midnight on Friday, 17 April, to midnight on 4 May. The president said the country will effectively re-open on 5 May; movement within the whole country will be restricted until then.

Geingob said that all regions will thus be grouped into zones and added that the health of all Namibians remains a top priority.

“The current lockdown in the two regions (Khomas and Erongo) has not been efficient,” health minister Kalumbi Shangula said.

A country world lockdown is needed to curtail the further spread … Read More

Covid-19 panel discussion: Namibia’s tourism industry during lockdown

Minister of tourism Pohamba Shifeta says the tourism and hospitality industry has already felt the reverberating effects of the lockdown as the majority of approximately 120 000 directly employed people in that industry are sitting at home with no pay.

Pohamba Shifeta

Namibia Tourism Association chairman Bernd Schneider says tourism is going to be in for a tough ride not only for the next few months, but in the following year. “This is going to impact us quite until 2021.”

Schneider says lodges currently have no business because the majority of the industry’s income is generated through foreign travellers. He … Read More