by Roxane Bayer
Angolan president advises against unnecessary trips
ANGOLAN president João Lourenço has advised people not to take unnecessary trips to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. Lourenço made the remarks at Namibia’s 30th independence celebrations and president Hage Geingob’s inauguration. “As for this trip, it is necessary and it cannot be postponed, I have decided to travel to Windhoek to attend this very important ceremony. We are here because 30 years ago, on a day like this, the people of Namibia celebrated their independence,” he said.
NMC will only pay for positive test results
THE Namibia Medical Care (NMC) said it will refund members if they test positive for Covid-19. “Please note you will be required to pay upfront for the Covid-19 test, and the fund will only refund the cost for the testing if you are positive,” said the fund in an email addressed to members. The Namibia Institute for Pathology (NIP) and PathCare are currently the only institutions in Namibia that are able to test for the virus.
NSA puts census mapping on hold
THE Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) has put on hold ite census mapping exercise in response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) state of emergency declared by president Hage Geingob. The census mapping started in October 2019 and was scheduled to last until November 2020. Mop-up activities were planned to continue until next year, before the main census in August 2021. The agency’s statistician-general and chief executive officer, Alex Shimuafeni, in a media statement on Friday said the exercise has been put on hold until 14 April 2020 or at least until the situation stabilises.
WHEN washing hands with soap and water, it is important to lather hands for at least 20 seconds. A good way to time this is by singing the Happy Birthday song twice. Other options include the Bee Gees’ ‘Stayin’ Alive’ chorus, Toto’s ‘Africa’ chorus, or TLC’s ‘No Scrubs’ chorus.
Compiled by ROXANE BAYER