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Union against workers staying home for Covid-19

THE Namibian Public Workers Union has said it does not advocate the invoking of section 42 of the Labour Act of 2007, which calls for workers to be absent from their workplaces.

The secretary general of the union, Petrus Nevonga, said this on Friday at a press conference held in Windhoek where the union donated N$200 000 to help the government in the fight against the coronavirus disease.

Section 42 (1), titled ’employee’s right to leave a dangerous place of work’, states that “if an employee has a reasonable cause to believe that, until effective measures have been taken, it … Read More

Health update

Namibia has recorded 59 new coronavirus infections and 213 new recoveries from the virus, the health ministry’s executive director, Ben Nangombe, said on Sunday.

Health ministry’s executive director Ben Nangombe

Twenty-five of the newly confirmed infections were recorded in Windhoek, 14 at Rehoboth, six at Oshakati, four each at Onandjokwe and Rundu, and one each at Oshikuku, Tsumeb, Outjo, Walvis Bay, Gobabis and Mariental.

Nangombe said recent cases reported from Windhoek were sporadic from different areas.

“We have noted with concern an increasing number of confirmed cases from Rehoboth district. Most of these are contacts to confirmed cases, who were … Read More

Health update …

Seventy-seven new coronavirus infections and 224 recoveries from the virus have been recorded in Namibia, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Saturday.

Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula

Twenty-four of the newly confirmed infections were reported in Windhoek, 16 at Oshakati, 13 at Rehoboth, 10 at Rundu, six at Lüderitz, three at Swakopmund, two at Walvis Bay and one each at Usakos, Omaruru and Gobabis.

The minister said of the 16 cases reported from the Oshana region, 15 are pupils, of which 14 are from Okaukuejo Combined School and one from Iipumbu Secondary School.

“All thirteen … Read More

Health update

Namibia has recorded 39 new coronavirus infections and 38 recoveries from the virus, health ministry executive director Ben Nangombe said on Wednesday.

Fourteen of the newly confirmed infections were recorded in Windhoek, 11 at Rehoboth, six at Lüderitz, three at Oshakati, two at Walvis Bay and one each at Oshikuku, Otjiwarongo and Gobabis.

Nangombe said the Windhoek district infections include three pupils from different schools. He added that there is no obvious clustering of cases.

The Rehoboth cases, he said, are related to a funeral where positive cases were reported earlier.

Khomas recorded 12 … Read More

Health update

Namibia has recorded 53 new coronavirus infections and two recoveries from the virus. This was announced by health ministry executive director Ben Nangombe on Sunday.

Health ministry executive director Ben Nangombe

Oshakati recorded 32 newly confirmed infections with the virus, Windhoek 11, Rehoboth six, Swakopmund two and Usakos and Walvis Bay one each.

Nangombe said the confirmed cases from the Oshakati district were still coming from institutions, with 23 of the newly infected people being inmates from Oluno Correctional Facility and nine pupils from Okaukuejo Combined School.

The two latest recoveries from the virus were recorded in the Hardap and … Read More

Health update …

Namibia has recorded 48 new coronavirus infections and 59 recoveries from the virus, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Saturday.

Windhoek reported 18 newly confirmed infections, followed by Oshakati with 17, four at Engela, and two each at Tsumeb and Swakopmund. At Rundu, Omuthiya, Otjiwarongo, Gobabis and Mariental each one new infection was reported.

Of the recoveries, 53 are from the Khomas region, while the Erongo, //Kharas, and Zambezi regions each recorded two recoveries.

The country has so far had 12 263 confirmed coronavirus infections, 131 deaths linked to Covid-19 … Read More

Health update

Namibia has recorded 54 new coronavirus infections and ten recoveries from the virus, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Sunday.

Thirty-four of the newly confirmed infections were recorded in Windhoek, while five were detected at Okahandja, three at Otjiwarongo, two each at Oshakati, Rundu, Mariental and Karasburg, and one each at Onandjokwe, Eenhana, Walvis Bay and Rehoboth.

“The number of new cases is consistently decreasing, but we should interpret this with caution as it is too early to make a conclusive statement,” Shangula said. “However, this should give us courage and we should remain optimistic that there … Read More

HEALTH UPDATE

Namibia has recorded another three deaths linked to Covid-19, 85 newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections and 109 recoveries from the virus, deputy health and social services minister Utjiua Muinjangue said on Saturday.

Deputy health and social services minister Utjiua Muinjangue

Muinjangue said Windhoek has recorded 48 new coronavirus infections, Keetmanshoop nine, Rehoboth eight, Swakopmund seven, Mariental four, Rundu and Otjiwarongo two each, and Lüderitz, Karasburg, Walvis Bay, Usakos and Okongo one each.

She said of the new deaths, two are people from Windhoek and one is from Otjiwarongo. The Windhoek deaths are of a 70-year-old woman and a 48-year-old man, … 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eighth Covid-19 case confirmed

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula this evening in a live interview with NBC confirmed the country’s eighth coronavirus disease (Covid-19) case.


Shangula said the eighth confirmed case is a local transmission from the third confirmed case a German national.

The minister said they have two further suspected cases, which are not confirmed. The first is a truck driver, who traversed several countries before coming to Namibia and second is a contact.

“A specimen has been taken and sent to the laboratory for investigation whether it is a confirmed case or not. When the results come they will be … Read More

Tourism suffers amid Covid-19 fears

by Ndanki Kahiurika

THE Hospitality Association of Namibia’s chief executive officer, Gitta Paetzold, says travel agents have been working day and night to find ways of transporting tourists back home.

KONGOLA, 04 August 2013 – The newly-erected information board in the Bwabwata National Park in the Kwando core area. The park is home to many animals, including elephants, hippos, buffaloes, lechew and wild dogs. ( photo by: Francois Lottering) NAMPA

The association has a membership of over 50 lodges, hotels and campsites across Namibia.

She said this yesterday when asked about the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) on the industry … Read More

Public, private health join forces against Covid-19

by Adam Hartman at Walvis Bay

THE Welwitschia Private Hospital at Walvis Bay and the Erongo Health Directorate last Thursday launched the Corona Care Campaign.

JOINT FORCES … Members of the Corona Care Campaign (from left), chief principal officer of the Erongo health directorate Dr Amir Shaker, CEO of Erongo Medical Group Matthias Braune, Erongo governor Cleophas Mutjavikua, Financial Consulting Services Walvis Bay audit partner Patterson Tjipueja and Erongo health director Anna Jonas at the launch of the public private partnership against Covid-19 last week. Photo: Adam Hartman

According to Erongo Medical Group chief executive officer Matthias Braune, under which … Read More

Medical interns fear Covid-19 exposure

by Adam Hartman

MEDICAL interns and student nurses have expressed concern for their health should they be made to assist in an emergency national response to Covid-19 cases in the country.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula.
Photo: Garwin Beukes

Last Friday, a notice was issued by acting chief medical superintendent of the Windhoek Central Hospital Farid Zam, calling on all medical officers – professionals and interns – to make themselves available for assignment to “rapid response teams” in light of the four Covid-19 cases confirmed in the country.

The rapid response teams are part of the health ministry’s comprehensive plan to … Read More

Coronavirus: News Briefs

Nampol implements Covid-19 measures

THE Namibian Police, after the declaration of a state of emergency, has noticed that not all members of the public are adhering to the recommended measures to minimise the spread of Covid-19. According to inspector general Sebastian Ndeitunga, people continue meeting in public spaces, such as restaurants, churches, bars, shebeens and other similar locales, ignoring the potential risk. “A similar situation has also been noted at open markets and stalls where vendors display and sell their goods, including, although not limited to, fresh produce, under very unhygienic conditions,” said Ndeitunga in a media release yesterday. He … Read More

LOCKDOWN: Khomas, Erongo under lock and key

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue and Okeri Ngutjinazo

President Hage Geingob addresses the media on the current state of the novel coronavirus in Namibia on Tuesday, 24 March 2020. Photo: Garwin Beukes

THE government yesterday announced a partial lockdown for the Khomas and Erongo regions, effective from Friday.

This follows seven confirmed cases of Covid-19. This means internal travel restrictions will apply for a period of 21 days starting on Friday, 27 March 2020 to Thursday, 16 April 2020.

At a press conference yesterday, president Hage Geingob announced that confirmed Covid-19 cases had reached seven, with three Namibians and four foreigners.

The … Read More

Romanian couple out of danger

by Okeri Ngutjinazo and Terttu Newaka

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula yesterday said the Romanian couple who tested positive for novel coronavirus in Namibia, have recovered and are ready to return to their country.

The couple had been living in Spain for years. Health minister Kalumbi Shangula yesterday told The Namibian that the couple is preparing to return to Spain as soon as they are cleared of the virus. 

The couple arrived in the country on 11 March and while they were screened on arrival in the country, they did not show any signs of Covid-19. However, later that day, one … Read More

Coronavirus: News Briefs

Rundu Ngandu festival postponed

ORGANISERS of the Ngandu festival at Rundu have postponed the second edition of the annual event to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19). The festival was slated to take place on 10 and 11 April this year. Founder of the Ngandu event Andreas Gustav announced on Sunday that the festival, estimated to attract 2 000 to 5 000 attendees this year, provides a platform for artists, entrepreneurs and athletes from the two Kavango regions to sell and grow their product offerings. Gustav added that a new date for the festival would be announced and … Read More

Logistics, Agribusiness may get Boost From Covid-19 Scare

by Rochelle Neidel 

WHILE many organisations are telling their employees to calm down and stay at home, there may be a silver lining for logistics and agriculture industries as the demand for food and basic amenities rise. 

When it comes down to it, large-scale epidemics are not new, and businesses have survived worse. And maintaining excellent supply chain management during a potential epidemic is a necessity for logistics companies.

As farmers and active participants of the growth process of our economy, we should remain resilient but more importantly clued up on every impact created by socio-economic changes caused by a … Read More

World Briefs

Harvey Weinstein tests positive for coronavirus 

NEW YORK — Former Hollywood producer and convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for coronavirus while in prison. He is now in isolation, according to Michael Powers, president of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association. Weinstein was found guilty of rape and sexual assault last month and sentenced to 23 years in prison. His lawyers have vowed to appeal against his conviction. Weinstein is being held at Wende Correctional Facility near Buffalo in upstate New York. Two prisoners at the facility tested positive for the virus on Sunday, … Read More

Fears over hand washing in Africa to stem coronavirus to trigger change

JOHANNESBURG-DAKAR — People globally are being told to wash their hands to fight the spread of coronavirus but in Africa many cannot, experts said, urging states to use the pandemic as a reason to finally push for improvements to water supplies.

Aid workers and advisers said countries should seize the moment ahead of World Water Day, which was on Sunday. to reinforce water security on a continent hit by frequent droughts and where many people do not have access to a sink.

“In the water sector we always say ‘Don’t waste a good crisis’,” said Inga Jacobs-Mata, the South African … Read More

World Briefs

Shun church or ‘go to hell’, Zimbabwe government warns

HARARE — A Zimbabwe government spokesman warned people against flocking to church on Sunday in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, and even claimed that worshippers risked going to hell. “A quick survey around town (in the capital Harare) shows a lot of religious activity above 100 people,” Zimbabwe government spokesman Nick Mangwana said on Twitter. “Let’s be responsible. All of us will die. And then go to hell,” he said. The Zimbabwe government has banned gatherings of more than 100 people to ward off the spread of the new coronavirus … Read More

Fellaini tests positive for coronavirus

QUARANTINED … Former Belgian international Marouane Fellaini has tested positive for the coronavirus, his Chinese club Shandong Luneng said yesterday.

JINAN – Former Manchester United and Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini has tested positive for COVID-19, his Chinese Super League (CSL) club Shandong Luneng announced yesterday.The 32-year-old former Belgian international reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus on  20 March after taking a train to Jinan, and has been put into medical isolation.Fellaini is reportedly the only player in the CSL to have contracted the disease, which has afflicted more than 260 000 people across the world.Notable footballing figures to have been … Read More

We can turn the tide on coronavirus crisis – Johnson
LONDON – The UK can “turn the tide” on the coronavirus crisis within 12 weeks, prime minister Boris Johnson has said. But pressed on what he meant by the three-month timescale, he said he did not know how long it would go on for. He said trials on a vaccine were expected to begin within a month and warned he would “enforce” Londoners to be kept apart “if necessary”. Earlier, in a message to the nation, Queen Elizabeth urged people to come together for the common good. Speaking at 10 … Read More

Aurlus Mabélé

Music star Mabélé dies ‘from coronavirus’
PARIS – Congolese music star Aurlus Mabélé has died in hospital in France’s capital Paris, aged 67. Posts on social media from friends and relatives say he died of the coronavirus but this is not confirmed. His fans called him the king of soukous – a high-tempo Congolese dance music popular across Africa. His daughter, French singer Liza Monet, tweeted on Thursday that her father had died of the coronavirus. “I am inconsolable” she wrote. Fellow member of the supergroup Loketo, Mav Cacharel, also said on Facebook that he had died of … Read More

Covid-19 promotes digital banking in Namibia

by Adam Hartman

ALTHOUGH digital banking was introduced some time ago, the concept is getting a boost with the onset of Covid-19, as self-isolation and social distancing are forcing people to consider new ways of doing business.
Namibia has three confirmed cases of the virus which is spread through contact from one infected person to another, and has no known cure.
President Hage Geingob last week declared a state of emergency after the first two positive cases were identified.
This has resulted in measures that are dominated by exercising hygiene, restricted movement and maintaining safe social distances.
Mario Poolman of … Read More

China central bank says too early to talk of financial crisis

DESPITE the recent tumble in the global financial market in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic, it is still too early to tell if a global financial crisis has arrived, a vicegovernor of China’s central bank said over the weekend. Chen Yulu, vice governor of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), notedthat a global financial crisis, besides causing continued panic market collapse, usually triggers the bankruptcyof key financial institutions and severe damage to the real economy. Many countries have introduced countermeasures against the market turbulence, and their effects remain to be observed, Chen said. Both the virus pandemic and … Read More

New toilets to enhance sanitation

Fransina Kahungu

by Roxane Bayer

THE City of Windhoek handed over 25 toilets – three in the Sonderwater area of Katutura and another 22 in the Khomasdal constituency.
Windhoek mayor Fransina Kahungu handed over the toilets in Katutura on Friday.
“The importance of providing secured, sufficient and sustainable sanitation for many of those living in towns and cities cannot be overemphasised,” said Kahungu.
According to Kahungu, Namibia developed a national strategy in 2009 to provide sustainable sanitation services for households in the country.
However, 14% of citizens living in urban areas practise open defecation, while 77% of people living in … Read More

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 … Read More

Swapo expels Itula

by Sakeus Iikela

THE ruling party Swapo on Friday expelled dentist-turned-politician Panduleni Itula, who contested last year’s presidential election as an independent candidate, for allegedly working with “counter-revolutionary forces” to destroy and weaken the organisation.
Itula, who until his expulsion was a Swapo member, received 29% of the votes and lost the election to Swapo candidate Hage Geingob who garnered 56% of the votes.
Itula has since unsuccessfully challenged the outcome of that election in the Supreme Court.
His expulsion, according to a letter by Swapo secretary general Sophia Shaningwa dated 19 March 2020, was decided at a politburo meeting … Read More

Quarantine facility in deplorable state

by Okeri Ngutjinazo and Terttu Newaka

PEOPLE who were quarantined on arrival into Namibia from The Netherlands on Saturday, have described the conditions at the facility they are being kept, as deplorable and inhumane.
The aircraft carrying 35 people returning to Namibia from coronavirus-hit Europe landed at Hosea Kutako International Airport on Saturday morning. The plane belongs to KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, which is the flag carrier airline of The Netherlands
The group include Namibians and residence permit holders.
Speaking to The Namibian yesterday, one of the quarantined persons described the conditions at the facility as terrible and inhumane, adding … Read More

Sports events hit by coronavirus pandemic

The major sports events around the world that have been hit by the coronavirus pandemic include:

OLYMPICS

* The Tokyo 2020 Olympics torch lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia was held without spectators.

* The Olympic Games flame handover in Athens will be done in an empty stadium on 19 March.

* The Hellenic Olympic Committee suspended the remainder of the torch relay through Greece to avoid attracting crowds.

OLYMPIC TRIALS

* US trials for wrestling (April 4-5) were postponed.

* US Rowing postponed its team trials.

* US diving trials (April 3-5) were postponed. All USA diving events postponed for … Read More

Business sector intensifies coronavirus fight

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue 

BUSINESS and finance communities have stepped up measures to mitigate and protect their staff and customers against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) that has become a global pandemic.

Globally, the coronavirus cases are reported at 221 579, with deaths at 8 999, while 85 785 people have recovered.

In a statement, Trustco Group Holdings’ spokesperson, Neville Basson, said the company has banned international business travel for all its employees as a coronavirus preventative measure.

Other measures include mandatory seasonal flu vaccines for all staff and relaxation of the sick leave policy of the group to ensure that compliance … Read More

Cabinet sets Covid-19 measures for uniformed forces

Government has roped in the uniformed forces to help mitigation efforts against coronavirus.

by Arlana Shikongo

HEALTH professionals, logisticians and other multi-disciplinary experts from the uniformed forces will be assigned to work with the ministry of health and the National Health Emergency Management Committee on duties pertaining to the coronavirus outbreak.

Cabinet on Tuesday instituted these measures as part of it’s decisions on tackling the rapidly spreading virus, following president Hage Geingob declaration of a state of emergency.

The uniformed forces include defence officials, the Namibian Police and Correctional Services officers.

Cabinet also said funds will be made available for … Read More

Coronavirus Briefs

by Roxane Bayer

No more taxi and learners’ licences until mid-April

THE Roads Authority Namibia, to minimise the risk of exposing clients and staff to the coronavirus, has suspended all new applications for learner drivers’ licences and road carrier permits for domestic passengers (taxi permits) until 15 April. Classes for learner drivers will also be reduced to 15 per session. The 2 790 learners’ tests booked until the end of this month will be attended to in smaller groups. NaTIS offices, where the bookings were made, will contact booked individuals with the new arrangements. Replacements and duplicates of passenger transport permits, … Read More

Namibia records third Covid-19 case

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

NAMIBIA has recorded its third case of a coronavirus infection, after a 61-year-old German national who travelled to Namibia tested positive for the virus.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula told a press conference in Windhoek yesterday that the German man arrived in Windhoek on 13 March from Zimbabwe. He had first travelled to Amsterdam from Germany on 23 … Read More

Durant among Brooklyn Nets players diagnosed with Covid-19

NEW YORK – Kevin Durant is reportedly among four Brooklyn Nets players who have tested positive for the new coronavirus and are in isolation.

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The injured Durant, who has yet to play for the Nets since signing for the club last year, confirmed to The Athletic website he had tested positive for the virus.

“Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We’re going to get through this,” Durant was quoted as saying.

News that the two-time NBA Finals MVP was among those who had contracted the virus came soon after the Nets confirmed four players had tested … Read More

Football buries differences to tackle coronavirus

by Brian Homewood

BERN – After months of bickering over new competitions, talks of closed super leagues and complaints of greed by elite clubs, football’s leaders have buried their differences to tackle the effects of the coronavirus outbreak.

On Tuesday, Uefa agreed to delay its flagship Euro 2020 competition for one year to allow domestic leagues to complete their seasons, once football resumes, and Fifa in turn recommended postponing its new Club World Cup from 2021.

“It was a relatively short call, probably the most united front of opinion I have seen in European football so far,” said Jonas Baer-Hoffmann, … Read More

Emmerson Mnangagwa

Zim declares disaster state, no confirmed Covid-19 cases

HARARE — Zimbabwe’s president has declared a state of national disaster as the country anticipates the impact of the novel coronavirus, even though there are no confirmed infections there. Anadulo Agency reported that the action came after a UK tourist tested positive following a trip to Victoria Falls. It reported that president Emmerson Mnangagwa issued a proclamation on Tuesday, banning gatherings of more than 100 people. The action echoes measures taken in South Africa. President Cyril Ramaphosa issued a sombre call to action on Sunday as the number of infections … Read More

e-sports-Virtual world races to fill sporting void left by virus

by Alan Baldwin

LONDON – The coronavirus has brought sport to a standstill but the virtual world is seizing the opportunity to fill the void, with athletes rushing to join online gamers as demand and viewing figures soar.

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Darren Cox, president and CEO of Torque e-sports and founder of www.the-race.com that organised an all-star race last Sunday after the Australian Formula One Grand Prix was cancelled, has never seen anything like it.

“It feels like I’ve done two Le Mans weeks, back to back. We haven’t slept,” he told Reuters.

“We’re back on to the next one, … Read More

IMF wants renegotiation of loans amid virus

by Lazarus Amukeshe

THE International Monetary Fund managing director Kristalina Georgieva is calling on commercial banks to renegotiate some loans for stressed borrowers whose businesses are affected by Covid-19.

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The call is part of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) policy recommendations set to help guide countries in the difficult days ahead.

Georgieva said, while it is true that some countries are harder hit than others, solidarity is needed more than ever and polices that talk to each other across the board have the ability to lessen the virus’s effect.

“While quarantining and social distancing is the right … Read More

22 suspected cases of coronavirus test negative

Photo: Henry van Rooi

by Ndanki Kahiurika

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula yesterday revealed that as of 17 March  only two of the 24 suspected cases of coronavirus tested positive.

He said this during a weekly press briefing held in Windhoek yesterday.

The two cases that tested positive was the Romanian couple, and no new confirmed case has been reported so far.

“As of yesterday, a cumulative number of 24 suspected cases were reported in Namibia and all of them were tested. Four were tested by a private laboratory of which two tested negative and two tested positive. The latter was … Read More

Covid-19 bites business earnings hard

by Ndanki Kahiurika

MOST businesses that depend on large gatherings are battling to survive in the face of the 30-day ban to raise enough rent, staff salaries and to keep the business running.

At several restaurants and hangout places in Windhoek, employers spoke of how they were trying to continue businesses without placing themselves or their workers at a disadvantage.

Ruvinoh Graig, the general manager of MoJoe’s Lounge at Windhoek’s Game shopping centre said business has been slow.

She said her employees were carrying on their daily duties, upholding hygiene with disinfection every now and then.

She, however, said the … Read More

SSC sends 13 workers on self-quarantine

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

THE Social Security Commission has placed 13 of its workers under self-quarantine after they were in contact with an employee who recently travelled on the same flight with Namibia’s two confirmed coronavirus cases. 

Unomengi Kauapirura

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula on Saturday announced the country’s first confirmed coronavirus cases after a Romanian couple who arrived in the country last Wednesday was confirmed to be carrying the coronavirus. 

 The results were received on Friday evening.  Shangula said the couple came from Madrid, Spain, via Doha, Qatar, before coming to Namibia through the Hosea Kutako International Airport. 

Social Security Commission … Read More

OFF LIMITS … A sign at the entrace to Lady Pohamba Private Hospital in Wind- hoek states that the health facility is not a centre for testing for coronavirus. Instead, the hospital advices the public to get tested using other centres, such as the mobile clinic parked in front of the hospital. Path-

Care and NHP, in partnership with Lady Pohamba Private Hospital in Windhoek are operating a mobile clinic in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. PathCare staff members Anna Kaulnawoye and Maravilha Pedro say they are ready to assist people at the mobile clinic testing for the coronavirus. … Read More

‘We are humans too’ Quarantined family bemoans treatment

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

THE guest house worker who came into contact with the Romanian couple from Spain that tested positive for the novel coronavirus says her family is being stigmatised and discriminated against by their community.

“They are referring to us as the coronavirus family. They saw the commotion going on around our house when we were informed about the couple that tested positive,” the worker, who is only identified as Kasuko, said.

In a telephonic interview with The Namibian, Kasuko (20) recounted meeting the couple, saying she came into close contact with them and even touched a few … Read More

From The Twittersphere

Don’t forget to wash your hands often and thoroughly.

THE coronavirus continues to dominate exchanges and interchanges on Twitter. From concern about those out of the information loop to the need to avoid amplifying fake or unreliable information; from ‘coping humour’ to the ins and outs of social isolation to the importance of both self care and caring about others…

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Corona leaves sports arena in tatters

Immanuel Heita in action during a Brave Warriors training session. Namibia on Tuesday withdrew from the African Nations Championship finals in Cameroon.

JUST about every major sporting event has been stopped in its tracks globally, with the lock down continuing on Tuesday as the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc.

The Namibia Football Association on Tuesday afternoon withdrew the Brave Warriors from next month’s African Nations Championship finals due to the global contagion.

We have enough evidence and advice to arrive at our decision to withdraw from the Chan finals and suspend all football activities under our jurisdiction. Going forward,

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Tourist Covid-19 rumour at Khorixas dispelled

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by Clemans Miyanicwe

THE primary healthcare supervisor at Khorixas District Hospital, Auguste Day, has shot down rumours that two tourists were bought in to the hospital to be tested for the novel coronavirus on Monday.

Day said on Kaisames FM – formerly the Damara Nama radio service – that nobody had been brought to the hospital at Khorixas with symptoms of being infected with the coronavirus.

“There is no coronavirus. There was nobody brought in with symptoms. Our hospital is not under lockdown,” an irate Day said on air.

Day warned people not to spread false … Read More

Vocational centres closed amid Covid-19 concerns

Jerry Beukes

VOCATIONAL training centres have been closed and training has been suspended effective immediately, as a measure to contain the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

The Namibia Training Authority (NTA) chief executive officer Jerry Beukes said all vocational training centres (VTCs) would stop face-to-face instruction immediately until further notice and the decision supersedes the scheduled mid-term break of 23 to 26 March.

In a statement today, Beukes said these decisions, inter alia, include immediate amendments to the school calendar as per the education ministry directive that called for all schools, resource centres and hostels to close tomorrow (16 … Read More

Sporting events called off

by HELGE SCHÜTZ

SPORTING events in Namibia have gone into lockdown following the coronavirus pandemic which has now also reached Namibia. 

The chief administrator of the Namibia Sport Council, Freddy Mwiuya, yesterday announced that all national and international events had been called off with immediate effect. 

“Following president Geingob’s announcement on Saturday to call off all large gatherings in Namibia, we have decided that all national and international sporting events will be suspended with immediate effect for a period of 30 days,” he said. 

“This doesn’t mean that sportsmen and women should stop training. They can still do so on … Read More

Events called off – following confirmation of the Covid-19

Dj Castro who was lined up to perform at the 30th Independence Concert.

by Staff Reporter

The organisers of the Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) and organisers of the 30th Independ- ence Day concert have cacelled the NAMA nomination launch and postponed the 30th independence concert, after president hage Gein- gob announced a suspension of big gatherings on Saturday.

Geingob made the statement after two cases of cornonavirus has been confirmed in Namibia.

The NAMA nomination launch that was scheduled to take place on 27 March, will no longer be held. The event brings together over 600 artistes. This year … Read More

The economics of a virus … hoping for the best, prepared for the worst

by Martin Muhleisen and Tobias Adrian

INDIVIDUALS infected by the coronavirus potentially face a blow to their health and personal and economic well-being.

Similarly, countries hit by a sudden and unexpected public health emergency – as the coronavirus is proving to be-can see their economies slow and their budgets squeezed as they spend more to counter the impact of the virus.

At the same time, they may experience a drop in revenue from a decline in economic activity. Countries could also face lower export revenues due to falling tourism receipts or a decline in commodity prices.

A sudden halt in … Read More

Shortage of masks, hand sanitisers hits Namibia

An employee tapes an announcement saying that masks and antiseptics are sold out on the display window of a pharmacy in Athens. Pharmacies around Windhoek and Okahandja have already reported stock shortage of hand sanitisers and surgical masks. Photo: Nampa-AFP

By ROXANE BAYER AND WALTER KARIKO

SEVERAL shops and pharmacies around the country have run out of hand sanitisers and masks amid the global spread of coronavirus.

Chairperson of the Pharmaceutical Society of Namibia, Benjamin Khumalo, told The Namibian that wearing masks can prevent those already infected from spreading the virus further. Members of the public can also reduce infection … Read More

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