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.
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
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 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
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.
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
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.
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
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
THE government has implored businesses to avoid retrenchments at all costs, to safeguard livelihoods while boosting the economy.
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
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.
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
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
Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula says Namibia has three new Covid-19 cases.
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
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
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.
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
THE Social Security Commission (SSC) and the Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) announced financial aid to those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
Deputy health minister Ester Muinjangue this morning said there are no new confirmed Covid-19 cases.
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
President Hage Geingob is currently giving a Covid-19 update on the Erongo region and Walvis Bay lockdown.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
SOME private schools have requested parents to sign Covid-19 indemnity forms once pupils return to 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
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.
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
PUPILS are being allowed to go back to school without fear of getting infected with Covid-19, health minister Kalumbi Shangula announced this morning.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula this morning confirmed a positive case of covid-19 at Walvis Bay.
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
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
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.
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
THE annual Ongwediva trade fair, which was scheduled for 21 to 29 August, has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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
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.
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
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 has announced it will provide berthing (parking) space for empty cruise ships, which are in limbo due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
TWO cross-border truck drivers employed by FP du Toit Transport lost their jobs allegedly for breaking quarantine at Walvis Bay on Wednesday.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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 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.
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
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.
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
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.
WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made his promise during … Read More
THE Ministry of Health and Social Services says the man who died
at Mariental State Hospital on Friday did not succumb to Covid-19.
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.
at the Covid-19 communication centre in Windhoek yesterday, deputy
health minister Esther … Read More
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
THE Roads Authority (RA) has announced that all NaTIS offices countrywide will reopen on 11 May.
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
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.
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
SCHOOLS around the country are expected to reopen on 3 August for pupils to return to face-to-face education.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
SOME of the journalists who have undergone Covid-19 testing described the process as uncomfortable but important.
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.
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.
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
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 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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
THE Oceana Namibia Group is making sure its employees who have to continue working during the Covid-19 lockdown and their families remain sustained.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
THE Public Service Union of Namibia yesterday threatened to stop
their members from attending to patients, should the health ministry
fail to provide them with personal protective equipment.
The union’s acting secretary general, Ujama Jamee Kaahangoro, said in a statement issued yesterday, the health ministry was ignorant and had not been telling the truth about its preparedness to deal with Covid-19.
Kaahangoro said the ministry was not adequately attending to the serious issue … Read More
NAMPOST will transport sanitisers to 70 locations nationwide as their contribution to the fight against Covid-19.
The items, which include 180 units of 25 litre surface sanitiser containers, 112 units of 25 litre hand sanitiser containers, and 104 toilet packs of 40 rolls each were made possible through donations from Standard Bank Namibia and Elso Holdings.
NamPost will further commit N$90 000 to transporting the items, weighing 8 tonnes, to different locations countrywide.
Dundee offers Tsumeb hospital support DUNDEE Precious Metals Tsumeb reaffirmed its support to the Tsumeb District hospital with a donation of N$5 million.
What does it mean to be under lockdown? • This means everybody is to stay at home and move around only when necessary, like when visiting the bank, pharmacy or to buy food. • Movement is not only restricted within the country, but its borders are also closed.
When did the lockdown start ? • According to the published regulations, it officially started at 14h00 on Saturday 28 March.
When will the lockdown end? • Should the president not extend the period, it will end at 23h59 on 17 April.
What are people allowed to do during the lockdown? • … Read More
BRITISH PM JOHNSON IN INTENSIVE CARE LONDON – British prime minister Boris Johnson was battling the coronavirus in intensive care yesterday, raising serious concerns about his health and his government’s response to the still-escalating outbreak.
“The prime minister has been stable overnight and remains in good spirits,” his official spokesman told reporters at a daily briefing. He added the 55-year-old Conservative premier was receiving “standard oxygen treatment and breathing without any other assistance” and had not required a ventilator.
Johnson was admitted to intensive care on Monday evening and asked foreign secretary Dominic Raab to deputise for him … Read More
THE Windhoek municipality’s emergency response department is failing to provide employees with adequate personal protective equipment in the wake of the rising spread of the novel coronavirus in the capital.
The municipality’s emergency service employees respond to several situations in the city, including health emergencies.
In a letter of complaint directed to the city manager of emergency services, Raymond Kapia last month, the employees said it was difficult for “responders to determine the body temperature of patients since thermometers on the … Read More
A GROUP of panellists at the Covid-19 information centre yesterday morning said students from higher education institutions should make use of online platforms to access study materials.
They, however, agreed that access for all students will be a challenge as not all students have access to the internet. The panellists added that they are working to find ways of making internet available to all students.
Letshego offers relief to communities LETSHEGO Namibia Holdings is taking steps to support clients through economic challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic, by offering them the opportunity to apply for a three-month payment … Read More
Deputy minister of information and communication technology, Emma Theofelus, opened today’s Covid-19 information centre discussions with prayer. President Hage Geingob declared today a national prayer day.
On today’s panel are Hippy Tjivikua from the Walvis Bay Corridor Group, Jonas Sheelongo, deputy executive director of works, and Leslie Mpofu, Trans-Kalahari Corridor secretariat.
Jonas Sheelongo, executive director of works, says the ministry has drafted regulations for truck drivers regarding the trade of essential goods. He says they are trying to ensure people remain on aircraft and vessels to minimise contact and avoid Covid-19 infection.
Sheelongo expressed appreciation for truck … Read More
Higher education panellists this morning called for pupils to make use of online platforms to access study material. Speaking at the Covid-19 information centre this morning, panel members agreed access to suitable devices is a challenge, but said they are working on ways to solve the issue.
From right: Namibia University of Science and Technology representative Delvaline Möwes, higher education executive director Alfred van Kent and University of Namibia representative Maggy Beukes-Amiss.… Read More
ARMED with a loudspeaker and a nametag, 20 youths stand outside OK Foods at Khorixas where they are sharing information regarding the coronavirus disease (Covid-19). The volunteers also go around the north-western town educating the locals.
The Khorixas District Hospital response team, which consists of matron Techla Kongoro, primary health care supervisor, Auguste Day and Khorixas clinic supervisor Alfeus Tjiveze, trained the 20 volunteers.
Indian leaders agree to salary cut NEW DELHI – Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and other top government figures will take a 30 percent salary cut this year, a government minister said yesterday, as the country tackles the coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the economy. Modi has imposed a three-week lockdown to halt the spread of the virus, but it has left millions without jobs and many of the more vulnerable sections of society struggling for food and shelter. The federal cabinet has approved a decree under which Modi, along with president Ram Nath Kovind, state governors … Read More
A GROUP of 35 Namibians and residence permit holders who were put under quarantine have been cleared and sent home.
The group arrived in the country from Europe on 21 March and were put under supervised quarantine for 14 days as part of the government’s precautionary measures against the spread of the coronavirus. Health minister Kalumbi Shangula told The Namibian on Sunday that the group has been cleared and discharged.
PDM criticizes ruling party THE Popular Democratic Movement has accused the ruling Swapo Party of having failed to set a clear policy and adequately plan for combating Covid-19. The PDM … Read More
EXPOSING yourself to the sun or to temperatures higher than 25
degrees Celsius DOES NOT prevent the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
You can catch Covid-19 no matter how sunny or hot the weather is. Countries with hot weather have reported cases of Covid-19. To protect yourself, make sure you clean your hands frequently and thoroughly and avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
You can recover from the coronavirus disease (Covid-19). Catching the new coronavirus DOES NOT mean you will have it for life. Most of the people who catch Covid-19 can recover and eliminate the virus from their bodies. If … Read More
THE Ministry of Industrialisation and Trade has launched a website
to enable all essential service providers to apply for certificates
online to ensure their businesses continue operating.
Service providers need to log onto www.namessentialservices.com. Thereafter they should upload a copy of their certificate of incorporation for companies or a founding statement for close corporations. Once the information is verified, certificates of the authorisation will be sent to the applicants.
Police brace for complete lockdown POLICE inspector general Sebastian Ndeitunga has urged regional commanders of regions not yet placed on complete lockdown to identify checkpoints to be set up in anticipation … Read More
HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula says Namibia has tested 362 specimens for the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).
Speaking at the Covid-19 information centre this morning, Shangula said 206 of these specimens were submitted to the Namibia Institute of Pathology (NIP), while 156 were submitted to Pathcare, which sends its specimens to South Africa for testing.
President Hage Geingob today announced that the whole country will be on lockdown soon. He made the announcement at a press briefing currently happening at State House.
Not more than two persons allowed on a donkey cart under the coronavirus lockdown, health minister Kalumbi Shangula says. Also: Not more than three people in a four-seater car, or four persons in a seven-seater.
NO ALCOHOL, TOBACCO … No sales of alcohol or tobacco will be allowed under the coronavirus lockdown, and bars and open markets should stay closed, health minister says.
Health minister Kalumbi Shangula says during the lockdown only one … Read More
MOBILE Telecommunications Company (MTC) has announced a strategy to help fight Covid-19. The strategy consists of information sharing, education, prevention, appropriate facilities and service delivery, as well as N$1 million that MTC will distribute to different critical areas.
MTC will share information by sending SMSes on a weekly basis. They have also committed free usage of the company’s emergency response application called Save My City, which the ministry of health can use for instant news notifications regarding the virus. They have also committed to providing vulnerable communities with items such as soap, sanitisers, food parcels and mobile toilets during the … Read More
BY the end of day today, the partial lockdown which was announced earlier this week by president Hage Geingob, will come into force.
The Namibian police has warned members of the public to stick to the announced measures, or risk arrests.
Covid-19 taskforce leader, Dr Bernard Haufiku yesterday reiterated this order, saying any person who tries to go past the roadblocks by force after the lockdown will be punished for going against the regulations.
Haufiku had an engagement with the media and other stakeholders in Windhoek yesterday, where he also clarified the media’s role, citing them as … Read More
ERONGO regional governor Cleophas Mutjavikua said the partial lockdown on Khomas and Erongo was because the two regions are the country’s largest economic centres.
Mutjavikua told a media conference yesterday that although there have been no records of coronavirus cases in the region, it was vital that stricter measures are put in place to curtail the spread of the virus.
“There are and have been no infections in Erongo. Let us keep it that way,” he said.… Read More
Tourism establishments and vendors at the Walvis Bay waterfront are closing the last shops as the place has become desolate. They were hoping that locals would at least start supporting the industry, as there are no tourists, but nobody showed up the entire week.
National coordinating committee chairperson on Covid-19 in Namibia, Dr Bernard Haufiku addresses civil society organisations and church leaders at the National Housing Enterprise offices in Eros regarding the Covid-19. A debate has ensued regarding the decision to overturn the sale of alcohol during the lockdown.
Video: Garwin Beukes… Read More
//KHARAS acting director of health Dr. Refanus Kooper said two people who had visited the Democratic Republic of Congo recently were screened and tested for the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in a room at the hospital after showing symptoms of the virus.
He said the duo were placed in isolation and that the results of the test were expected in 48 hours.
“Police will guard the place where they stay to ensure they remain self-quarantined,” he said.
The entrance to the Keetmanshoop state hospital was blocked and the residents turned away for almost … Read More
THE Namibia Wildlife Resorts has offered its Hardap resort for use
as an isolation centre for quarantined people in the fight against the
spread of Covid-19.
NWR acting managing director Matthias Ngwangwama says the offer comes after a seemingly increasing need for isolation. “With the Hardap resort close to the Mariental hospital, we believe that the 54 rooms, with 220 beds, ranging from dormitory rooms to family chalets with self-catering facilities would provide the necessary isolation environment needed,” noted Ngwangwama.
FNB urges clients to use digital banking FIRST National Bank has urged clients to make use of the digital banking … Read More
FLYWESTAIR, the schedule operations of Westair Aviation, has announced that not only will it stop its flights during the coronavirus lockdown, but will also retrench 60 staff members.
The company announced in a media statement yesterday that the decision comes as a means of mitigating losses that have come in light of the fight against Covid-19. The announcement comes a day after the government on Tuesday announced a lockdown from 27 March to … Read More
THE Swakopmund municipality has identified key areas in the DRC informal settlement where it will set up water taps for free water supplies to the thousands of poor residents there – for the duration of the emergency measures being implemented against Covid-19.
“We decided this at short notice, and in response to the Covid-19 state of emergency. We do not have a choice; we have to … Read More
THE Mineworkers Union Namibia (MUN) has urged the government to ensure a healthy working environment at mines in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
In a media statement issued yesterday, MUN southern region chairperson Shavuka Mbidi called on the mines and energy minister as well as the minister of labour to act decisively and come up with strict directives to be implemented by mining companies in response to Covid-19.
“The leadership of MUN southern region is urging both mines and labour ministers to put strict … Read More
The leader of the Covid-19 task force, former health minister Dr Bernard Haufiku, is addressing the media on the task force operations. He is doing so as part of a media engagement event taking place in Windhoek.
Haufiku says there are gaps that can be dealt with so that the fight against Covid-19 can be won. He also said the Khomas and Erongo regions’ lockdown starts midnight at the end of Friday, not the end of Thursday.
In reference to those quarantined at Greiters Conference Centre outside Windhoek and chaos at Hosea Kutako International Airport, Haufiku said … Read More