Delays in coronavirus test results has caused an uproar among 36 people in isolation at Seeheim Hotel 45 kilometers south of Keetmanshoop in the //Kharas region.
A source indicated the quarantined people on Thursday threatened to leave the quarantine facility in protest against having been kept there for more than the normal 14-day isolation period because of their pending test results.
The //Kharas police regional commander, commissioner David Indongo, confirmed that the people, frustrated by the long wait for their test results, threatened to leave the facility without being cleared by health officials.
A GROUP of disgruntled members of the public at Walvis Bay and
Swakopmund plan to hold a demonstration against the extended travel ban
on three towns in the Erongo region.
President Hage Geingob last week announced a further 31 days travel restriction to and from Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Arandis in an effort to curb the further spread of the coronavirus.
According to the founding statement, Namibians United Against the Lockdown “the group was created to support any initiative against the new lockdown of the Erongo region, specifically or any other initiatives that have been launched or … Read More
The Bank of Namibia has reported its first Covid-19 case at its disaster recovery site.
As a result, the site will be closed off for disinfection. The bank’s head office will also be partially disinfected, the central bank’s strategic communications director, Emma Haiyambo, said in a statement on Wednesday.
“The bank remains dedicated to protect the well-being of its staff members and the public is urged not to panic as all necessary measures have been put in place to adhere to health protocols established with regards to Covid-19,” she said.
Haiyambo said the bank is still operational … Read More
HEALTH UPDATE: Namibia has recorded a twelfth death related to Covid-19, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Monday.
Shangula said a 49-year-old man who was in Windhoek Central Hospital for urgent surgery developed complications after undergoing an operation, and his coronavirus test results also came back positive. He added that the patient had a chronic condition, which was being ruled out as the cause of his death on Sunday, after his condition gradually deteriorated.
The country also recorded another 112 confirmed novel coronavirus infections on Monday, bringing Namibia’s confirmed cases to 2 406, with 2 207 active … Read More
THE Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVAF) will reopen its Katutura satellite office tomorrow after a five-month closure.
The fund will maintain Covid-19 regulations, it assured.
“The MVA Fund will reopen its Katutura satellite office on Monday, 3 August, after a five-month closure as a safety measure to stop the spread of Covid-19 during the first wave of the outbreak,” chief of corporate affairs Surihe Goamas-Guchu said in a statement on Friday.
Goamas-Guchu said the satellite office will be open Mondays to Fridays from 07h30 until 16h30, where the fund’s case coordinators, hospital case managers and rehabilitation case … Read More
A third employee at the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
This was confirmed by the public broadcaster’s director general Stanley Similo today.
“It is with a heavy heart that I need to announce that one of the staff members who went into self-isolation last Sunday, started having flu symptoms and went to see the doctor on Monday, and was treated and tested for Covid-19,” Similo said in a statement.
He said the employee’s results were released late Saturday night, saying the case does not pose any danger to the NBC and its … Read More
HEALTH UPDATE: Namibia has recorded its 11th Covid-19 death.
Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula this evening announced a 53-year-old male with known chronic renal failure and multiple medical comorbidities was admitted to a private hospital at Swakopmund on 22 July.
He was tested on 21 July at Walvis Bay at the dialysis isolation unit.
He has been sick but stable, and suddenly experienced severe shortness of breath on 29 July, after which he died.
Shangula urged the public to practise extra precautionary measures around vulnerable groups and to adhere to regulations.
President Hage Geingob is addressing the nation on new Covid-19 measures. He says 2 129 cases are confirmed in Namibia as of today, with ten deaths. He says the rate of cases in the country is rising, with Namibia being in the top five of Covid-19 cases in Africa.
Erongo region will remain in lockdown until the end of August, Geingob says
Twelve regions countrywide have confirmed cases, with the exception of Omaheke and Kavango West. Geingob says community transmissions of the virus is suspected in Khomas and //Kharas regions, and not only Erongo.
President Hage Geingob has called on corporates and individuals to contribute towards Namibia’s Covid-19 fight on his 79th birthday instead of placing advertisements of congratulations in newspapers and publications.
Geingob turns 79 on Monday.
“In the form of Covid-19, we are faced with a deadly and invisible enemy. During this period, the health of Namibians remains the biggest priority,” the president said in a statement today.
He said the government alone cannot defeat the virus and needs everyone to fight its spread and help the vulnerable.
The president thanked corporates and individuals who have so far contributed … Read More
HEALTH UPDATE … Health minister Kalumbi Shangula says Namibia on Monday recorded 68 new coronavirus infections and 26 recoveries of people who had been diagnosed with the virus. The new infections are from the Erongo, Khomas and //Kharas regions.
The minister says Walvis Bay has 60 new cases, Windhoek six and Swakopmund and Keetmanshoop one each. According to Shangula, the ages of the 68 people who have now tested positive for the virus range from six to 68 years old.
All of the Windhoek cases have no travel history and have not been in a quarantine facility, … Read More
HEALTH UPDATE … Namibia has recorded 96 new coronavirus infections, and the recovery of three people who had been infected with the virus.
The newly recorded cases are from Erongo, Khomas, //Kharas, Ohangwena, Otjozondjupa and Omusati. According to minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula, 75 of the new cases were recorded at Walvis Bay, four at Swakopmund, 10 in Windhoek, two at Keetmanshoop, two at Engela, one at Okakarara, one at Otjiwarongo and one at Oshikuku.
“Sixty-seven are males and 29 are females. Ages range from six to 64 years old. Contact tracing has been … Read More
THE Erongo region emergency operation centre has put together a
regional Covid-19 management plan, which it presented to a visiting task
team at Walvis Bay on Wednesday.
The plan was proposed to
address the current situation in the region, as the framework to deal
with the Covid-19 crisis was found to be inadequate.
colonel Aktofel Kwedhi, operations officer at the Erongo region
emergency operations centre, said the current management plan failed
because resources deployed to manage the novel coronavirus outbreak have
been overwhelmed by the increasing number of cases.
left communities, especially at Walvis … Read More
The Erongo Regional Council’s head office at Swakopmund and constituency offices at Swakopmund and Walvis Bay will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday due to a possible coronavirus contamination.
Chief regional officer Habatte Doeses confirmed the closure of the offices, saying it is being done to have the premises disinfected while waiting for a further directive from the Ministry of Health and Social Services.
In a letter to Juuso Kambweshe, chairperson of the Erongo Regional Council, Doeses said a staff member of the council’s head office came into contact with a person who tested positive for the … Read More
The Ministry of Health and Social Services has given the go-ahead for the preparation of a 130-bed Covid-19 isolation facility at Walvis Bay State Hospital.
The project is spearheaded by the Erongo Region Covid Care (ERCC) team that was driving the construction of a 150-bed containerised facility that never took off.
Anton Pretorius, a member of the ERCC task committee, in an interview with The Namibian said the team is now converting garages and two general wards at the state hospital into high-oxygen Covid-19 isolation wards.
“We need to prepare for the worst case. The first phase … Read More
People being quarantined at Henties Bay due to the novel coronavirus outbreak claim the treatment from health officials at the quarantine facilities is substandard and they are being kept in quarantine for longer than necessary.
Some of the people quarantined at Henties Bay threatened to leave the quarantine facilities on Tuesday morning.
Law enforcement officers and some officials from the health and social services ministry, including the Erongo Health directorate chief principal officer Dr Amir Shaker, had to intervene, requesting the group not to … Read More
The health ministry has temporarily closed the Lüderitz clinic after a health worker tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
constituency regional councillor Jan Scholtz made the announcement in a
statement issued on Tuesday, and said staff members at the clinic as
well as identified contacts have been placed under quarantine.
He said the local hospital for now only attends to emergency cases until operations at the clinic resume, and added most health services such as immunisations, family planning and antenatal care have been suspended temporarily until the clinic reopens.
Scholtz advised residents with chronic … Read More
HEALTH UPDATE… Namibia has recorded 22 new Covid-19 positive cases and three new coronavirus related deaths, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Tuesday.
Shangula said all are Namibians and 16 are from Walvis Bay, five from Swakopmund and one from Windhoek. The minister said 17 are male and the rest are female. The Windhoek case is a woman who was referred from Walvis Bay.
He said the case announced yesterday from Katima Mulilo is a healthcare worker at a local clinic.
So far, Namibia has seen 15 recoveries, a new record of recoveries according … Read More
Walvis Bay’s Welwitschia Hospital says it remains committed to the fight against the novel coronavirus after one of its patients died of Covid-19 on Monday.
The patient, a 55-year-old man, became the fourth person recorded to have died of Covid-19 in Namibia, as announced by health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula on Monday.
Welwitschia Hospital manager Matthias Braune said in a statement on Monday that during the last two weeks the hospital looked after a few Covid-19 patients who were, and are, extremely sick and required ventilation or oxygen therapy.
THE Erongo police have urged the public to avoid attending and hosting large gatherings at Arandis, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. Gatherings here are restricted to a maximum of 10 people.
Ileni Shapumba, community affairs commander for the Erongo region, says the public is exposing themselves to Covid-19 by attending such gatherings.
“During the state of emergency no demonstrations are allowed in these three restricted areas, but we have seen people running around calling people to demonstrate. This should cease in accordance with the law and to protect people from the virus,” Shapumba says.
The country has recorded its third Covid-19 death.
This was announced by the minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula this evening.
“A 45-year-old man passed on at home and his body was brought to the mortuary on 13 July by the police. He was known to be on chronic medication. According to the information provided by relatives he was tested on 15 July and the result came back positive on 18 July. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends,” he said.
Namibia has recorded 44 new Covid-19 cases. Shangula said six involve non-Namibians on a … Read More
ERONGO governor Neville Andre called a
meeting with representatives from the Narraville on Saturday community to
deliberate on the burial site for people who die from Covid-19.
Addressing the community, the governor
apologised for the way proceedings had been handled.
“We did things in line with the WHO
rules and I understand that it is strange to all of us. We have a burial
committee and we were supposed to consult with the community. I accept the blame
personally and apologise. This is a first experience for all of us, and I hope
we will learn together … Read More
HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Saturday afternoon the country has recorded 125 new Covid-19 cases.
The minister said of these two are South
African truck drivers and the rest are Namibians.
He added that one case is from Windhoek,
two from Swakopmund, two are truck drivers from Keetmanshoop, one from
Lüderitz, one from Engela, and 118 from Walvis Bay.
“The one in Windhoek is an in-patient at
the local hospital. Those who were tested in Keetmanshoop are South African
truck drivers. One delivered cargo at Rossing in Arandis. He was tested on his
way back and has already gone … Read More
Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula this evening said the country has recorded 46 new Covid-19 cases of whom 45 are Namibians and one is a Malawian truck driver residing in South Africa.
Shangula said three cases are from Windhoek, two from Swakopmund, one from Keetmanshoop and 40 from Walvis Bay.
The Windhoek cases involve two students and a truck driver. The students arrived in the country on 10 July and were tested on the same day. They are quarantined.
The Namibian truck driver went to South Africa on 27 June and came back on 1 July through … Read More
THE site where the first person to succumb
to Covid-19 in Namibia is buried is an approved cemetery that is part of the
Narraville Extension 8 layout.
This was said by Walvis Bay municipality communications
manager Kevin Adams who said approval for the site to be a cemetery was granted
even before the Covid-19 breakout, and public consultation was undertaken by
the municipalities’ town planning officials.
The layout was presented to the public at a
meeting held at Narraville in July 2014, according to Adams who was responding
to the concerns of the residents on why people … Read More
HEALTH UPDATE: Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula this afternoon said the country has recorded 76 new Covid-19 cases. Of these 75 are Namibians and one is a foreigner. Namibia now has 861 Covid-19 cases, 28 recoveries and one death.
The minister said 73 are from Walvis Bay, two from Windhoek, and one from Keetmanshoop. He said 41 are male and 24 female.
The youngest case is three years old and the oldest is 49. All are clinically stable and contact tracing is ongoing.
Shangula said the Keetmanshoop case involves a male Zimbabwean national, who lives in South … Read More
NAMIBIA has reported its first Covid-19 death, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Friday afternoon.
According to the minister, the patient, a 45-year-old man from Walvis Bay, complained of respiratory ailment and showed signs of severe renal failure and sepsis.
On 8 July 2020, the patient’s condition worsened, he became restless and he hyperventilated and died on the same day.
“On 10th July 2020, the results indicated that the patient was Covid-19 positive. He therefore died as a result of Covid-19. Namibia has gone 116 days without registering a single death case. Today I have the unenviable … Read More
Electoral Commission of Namibia might have trouble maintaining physical
distancing of people during the counting and verification of votes in
the upcoming regional and local authority elections scheduled for
November this year.
The ECN’s chief electoral officer, Theo Mujoro, says this is one of the challenges the commission faces in its attempt to organise the upcoming elections under the unfamiliar circumstances of a pandemic.
“The counting and verification of votes requires that other people would want to see what you are doing. I think that is one of the things that we will have … Read More
The Electoral Commission of Namibia will arrange special voting for Covid-19 patients for the upcoming regional and local authority elections.
This will be informed by the number of people who will be in hospitals, isolation and quarantine facilities during the period determined for the conduct of the elections.
ECN’s chief electoral officer Theo Mujoro said the commission will put together teams that will be sent to various quarantine facilities to register and facilitie the voting process for these people. Mujoro said the commission will work hand in hand with the health ministry to conduct this process.
Zimbabwean health minister Obediah Moyo, who has been implicated in alleged corruption with the purchase of Covid-19 tests involving a company registered in Namibia, has been dismissed.
Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa sent his beleaguered health minister packing for conduct inappropriate with his duties in a statement on Tuesday.
The statement was signed by Zimbabwe’s chief secretary to the president and cabinet, Mischeck Sibanda.
Moyo handpicked a Namibian-registered company, Jaji Investments, owned by medical doctor Prince Mushininga, who is working in Namibia and closely linked to Mnangagwa, to supply rapid Covid-19 test kits from … Read More
The Fisheries Observer Agency office at Walvis Bay was closed on Tuesday afternoon after an employee tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
The employee was taken into state isolation while two others are in self-quarantine.
The agency’s chief executive officer, Stanley Ndara, confirmed the closure. He said the employee who tested positive for the virus visited the agency’s operations and administration departments on 25 June, and considering that the employee had contact and interaction with other staff members the associated risk of the virus spreading was “very likely”.
Ndara added that the departments would be decontaminated on … Read More
Ministry of Health and Social Services says it is still discussing the
question whether healthcare workers dealing with Covid-19 should be paid
a risk allowance.
Speaking at a briefing at State House in Windhoek on Namibia’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic on Monday, the health ministry’s executive director, Ben Nangombe, said the issue of paying risk allowances to health workers dealing with Covid-19 was raised with the health ministry and it has discussed it with the Office of the Prime Minister and the Public Service Commission (PSC), which is responsible for human resources in the public … Read More
Secretary general of the United Democratic Front Women’s League (UDFWL) Dorcas Shikongo says parents should not be at liberty to send their children to school amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I believe the government is keeping parents hostage psychologically when expecting them to decide whether to send their kids to school or not. Let it be categorically clear that parents can’t be at liberty to risk the precious lives of the future generations,” Shikongo says.
She says no parent feels like homeschooling amid the pandemic and many have no or inadequate resources … Read More
THREE community trusts at Walvis Bay have decided to meet the government halfway by distributing food to the needy.
Topnaar Community Foundation Trust, Topnaar Concession Trust and Kuiseb
Delta Development Trust handed over food hampers to over 200 households
and individuals in the Topnaar community on Wednesday.
decided to help the government in this Covid-19 fight. Attempts are
already being made by the … Read More
IN NAMIBIA WE went into lockdown with very few Covid-19 cases, thinking it would be quick and we would be back in business in no time.
For the first time since independence our government had all the power, with a state of emergency called. The old saying goes: Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Our already struggling economy has almost come to a standstill. People are losing their jobs and businesses are closing their doors. Yet as far as I know our government ministers and employees have not taken a reduction in pay, although you struggle to get service … Read More
A NEWBORN baby has tested positive for Covid-19, health minister Kalumbi Shangula announced on Saturday afternoon.
The newborn is part of Namibia’s 26 new positive Covid-19 cases recorded.
The baby tested positive for coronavirus after the mother had contracted the disease, Shangula told The Namibian.
According to the minister, all the new cases are of Namibians with 25 from Walvis Bay and one from Windhoek. This brings Namibia’s total number of cases to 375. The country now has 360 active cases and 25 recoveries.
“Among them is a newborn baby from Windhoek. The rest are from Walvis … Read More
Former mayor of Khorixas, Elizabeth Geises (55), and her family are in self-quarantine.
said she, two children and two grandchildren have self-quarantined at
their house, after it emerged a visitor from Walvis Bay was alerted to
the nearest health facility. “This after someone who visited a shop (at
Walvis Bay), that the visitor also visited, tested positive for
Covid-19,” Geises said.
“Our temperature is taken daily, and it’s fine,” the former mayor said.
The Namibian learnt that the visitor is quarantined at a local lodge at the northwestern town.
STATE facilities are overwhelmed with specimen for Covid-19 and
the ministry of health has engaged private laboratories to assist with
Covid-19 testing due to the expansion of targeted testing.
executive director Ben Nangombe told The Namibian yesterday that the
process will be facilitated by a team responsible for laboratories under
the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s nine pillars for the management
of the response to Covid-19.
“The backlog is indicative of hard
work being done by the surveillance team and also an indication that the
expanded targeted testing that is underway is producing results. People
are being … Read More
THE police in the Erongo region have warned church and traditional
authority leaders in the region against issuing community members with
letters recommending travel.
Movement from Walvis Bay, Arandis and Swakopmund is restricted in line with Covid-19 stage 3 regulations, but people at these towns may apply for permits to travel in case of essential medical treatment, or any other reason considered sufficient by an authorised police officer.
Police community affairs commander for the Erongo region Ileni Shapumba says police stations are inundated on a daily basis with applications for travel permits related to death, … Read More
Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula this morning said there are 42 new Covid-19 cases, one in Windhoek and the rest at Walvis Bay. He said 36 are female and 16 male. The youngest case is two months old and the oldest is 56. All of them are in a satisfactory condition.
The minister said there is one new recovery, case number 24. The country now has 335 confirmed cases, 25 recoveries and 310 active cases. There are no deaths.
Total samples tested stand at 10 253 and 592 tests were conducted yesterday, which is a new record.… Read More
Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula says Namibia has eight new Covid-19 cases. All are Namibians from Walvis Bay. Four are males and four females. They are all in a stable condition, he said.
Case number 286 is a 28-year-old woman and a contact of a confirmed case.
Case number 287 is a 26-year-old man and also a contact of a confirmed case. He is displaying symptoms.
Case number 288 is a 13-year-old girl and a contact of a confirmed case.
Case number 289 is a 30-year-old woman and a contact of a confirmed case. She is displaying … Read More
THE United Nations Population Fund office in Namibia handed over
personal protective equipment to the health ministry for its workers on
UNFPA country representative Dennia Gayle said the equipment is in support of government’s ongoing efforts to protect health workers and to respond to president Hage Geingob’s call for all stakeholders to hold hands in the spirit of Harambee to collectively respond to and defeat this pandemic in Namibia.
A 20-YEAR-OLD pupil at Mweshipandeka Secondary School in
Ongwediva, Oshana region, tested positive for Covid-19, leaving more
than 300 pupils and teachers at the school in panic.
During the lockdown, the pupil allegedly travelled to Walvis Bay, the epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic in Namibia and returned to resume face-to-face learning at the school on 5 June.
He and six other pupils who had travelled from towns in Erongo region have since been placed under quarantine in isolated rooms in an effort to curb any possible further spread and risks of infections.
Namibia reports 52 new Covid-19 cases, minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula said at the Covid-19 communication centre this morning. He said 51 are from Walvis Bay and one is from a quarantine facility.
He said 34 of the new cases involve males and 18 females. The youngest one is a year old and the oldest is 59.
One of the new cases is a Polish national.
This brings Namibia’s total number of cases to 257, with 24 recoveries. The total number of tested samples stand at 9 551, with 811 contacts.… Read More
Health update: Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula this morning announced seven new Covid-19 cases, all from Walvis Bay, and all in a satisfactory condition. This brings the total confirmed cases countrywide to 203, with no deaths, 24 recoveries and 179 active cases.
A total of 9 118 samples have been tested and 875 are people in quarantine.
As all 13 regions enter stage 4 of the state of emergency, Shangula urged the public to familiarise themselves with the new measures and comply with them.… Read More
The education directorate in the Oshana region has placed 11 pupils who recently travelled from high-risk areas in Erongo region under quarantine.
Some of the pupils have been placed under quarantine at isolation facilities in Oshana while others have been directed to go into self-isolation until health officials have cleared them of possible novel coronavirus infection.
The acting deputy director of education in Oshana, Hilma Nuunyango-George, told The Namibian that none of the pupils under quarantine or in self-isolation is showing any signs of Covid-19.
However, the directorate is still waiting for their coronavirus test results from … Read More
EVERY TIME someone demands the list of names of those who tested positive for Covid-19, I cringe.
Have we now turned into hell’s judges and jury whose job is to separate the saints from the sinners? Unlike other viruses, this one gets to you when you least expect it. So what is the rationale for wanting to know who has the virus?
No one deserves to contract Covid-19.
More so, no one deserves to be treated with disgust when in most cases one is innocently exposed to the virus.
Health minister Kalumbi Shangula says now that the whole country is out of stage 1 of the Covid-19 state of emergency restrictions the responsibility to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus lies on each individual.
In an interview with The Namibian this afternoon, Shangula urged the public to still practise social distancing and all other Covid-19 guidelines to reduce the chances of getting infected with the virus.
“We are now in the stage where the responsibility falls on the individual rather than the government. Government responsibility was on stage one where government enforced measures. Now when … Read More
A testing exercise aimed at having 2 000 people at Walvis Bay checked for Covid-19 by Friday is set to start tomorrow.
The active case identification exercise’s objective is to establish the extent of the spread of Covid-19 in the Walvis Bay district, and to use data collected to plan for response activities in the district, Erongo governor Neville Andre announced on Tuesday afternoon.
“Erongo is faced with the mammoth task of ensuring that we contain the virus – it is here with us and amongst us,” he said during a press conference at Swakopmund.
Restaurant owners, arts and craft vendors, boat operators and residents of Walvis Bay were smiling this morning, as they could finally operate and enjoy meals with friends and family.
Places like the Walvis Bay waterfront, which looked like a ghost town for the past three months, was busy today as locals were looking for their favourite meals.
Some customers said they especially looked forward to sitting at restaurants situated near the water again. Others said they have missed enjoying drinks with family and friends, as sitting at home alone or ordering food was not fun.
… Read More
Namibia Ports Authority employees are undergoing a contact testing and self isolation process after a spouse of a staff member from the harbour parastatal’s administration block at Walvis Bay recently tested positive for Covid-19.
Tino !Hanabeb, commercial executive at Namport, told The Namibian that operations are continuing as precautionary disinfection of areas in which the employee’s movements were traced have taken place.
!Hanabeb said the company has adopted a rotational shift system and the shift of the affected employees ended on Monday.
“Nothing has been closed; the department is still operational. No one was sent home as the … Read More
Justice minister Yvonne Dausab has called on the public to refrain from stigmatising lorry drivers and people from the Erongo region.
Speaking at a Covid-19 situation update at State House in Windhoek on Monday, Dausab said the public needs to learn that the country finds itself in the current situation and it should be dealt with as a collective.
“Members of the public should not stigmatise people from Walvis Bay and truck drivers, especially because of the situation we find ourselves in. To stigmatise or discriminate against people because of the situation … Read More
WALVIS Bay, which has become the epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic in Namibia, is short of 600 beds for quarantine purposes.
The coastal town’s Covid-19 response team is in dire need of beds for contact isolation.
beds are part of a list of requirements sent to Walvis Bay Urban
constituency councillor Knowledge Ipinge’s office on 18 June.
email correspondence seen by The Namibian yesterday, the acting senior
medical officer at Walvis Bay State Hosptial, Dr Martha Ntinda, said the
hospital also requires accommodation facilities for medical staff, six
cellphones, 100 boxes of … Read More
THE usually busy streets of Kuisebmund were empty today. Most residents are staying indoors after the recent spike in Covid-19 cases in the area.
“We were complaining about the police and leaders, but they were only trying … People are shaken for the first few hours when they hear about cases, but then they go out again,” Meitavelo Simon from Kuisebmund said.
“I didn’t see many people outside today. It is kind of funny to see my street less busy. Maybe we are finally listening,” Amutenya … Read More
MEMBERS of the Walvis Bay community flocked to the Kuisebmond community hall on Saturday to be tested for Covid-19 after a message was circulated on social media that mass testing for the virus was taking place at the venue.
The residents were however turned away and told that the testing was only for those who had been contacted during contact tracing.
The anxious residents said they were disappointed at being turned away because are eager to know their status.
Some were hoping to get their results written on paper so that they can present them to the … Read More
Air Namibia has announced its head office in Windhoek wil be a restricted area until 5 July.
The company’s acting chief executive officer, Elia Erastus, said this measure was taken after an investigation confirmed one of their staff members visited the Namibian Airports Company (NAC) head office on 15 June.
Yesterday, the NAC announced a 14-day stage 1 lockdown of their head office, because one of its employees resides at 77 on Independence, reported as one of the places visited by Covid-19 case number 33.
“The suspected officer has been on duty since then and … Read More
CHIEF executive officer of the Namibia Airports Company (NAC) Bisey Uirab today announced a 14-day stage1 lockdown of the company’s head office.
The lockdown is effective from 22 June until 6 July.
“The decision comes after careful consideration of a possible risk of exposure as one of our employees who works at the head office resides at 77 on Independence that was reported as one of the places case number 33 visited,” Uirab said.
Meanwhile, FNB Swakopmund has also temporarily closed its doors for two days after reports of a close relative of a … Read More
A YOUNG Walvis Bay couple has taken it upon themselves to lessen the burden of families negatively affected by the lockdown by feeding children.
Anastacia de Klerk and Justin Herbert of Narraville decided to mobilise resources from other residents of the town to buy food, as they realised that many children at the town were roaming the streets hungry.
“Many people’s salaries were cut. Those who used to sell things cannot do … Read More
THE purpose of this article is to appeal to the Namibian
government to fulfil or at the very least bring closer to fulfillment
its promises to the masses through its laws.
In 2003, the World Health Organisation (WHO) adopted the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), one of the first global public health treaties aimed at reducing the demand for tobacco products and addressing supply issues.
Its main objective is to protect present and future generations from the devastating health consequences of tobacco consumption and exposure to tobacco smoke.
In 2010, Namibia enacted the Tobacco Products Control … Read More
TRUCK drivers across the country have complained about the state
of the facilities where they are kept for their mandatory 14-day
Damien Mabengano, deputy director of
transportation regulations in the Ministry of Works and Transport,
yesterday at the Covid-19 communication centre in Windhoek said they
have done an assessment of the facilities and noted some do not meet the
Adherence to regulations in the transport sector was discussed.
just call it a quarantine facility, but the things that are happening
there . . . the conditions are not conducive and they (drivers) have
… Read More
HEALTH officials this morning said malaria is an epidemic within the Covid-19 pandemic, and efforts to combat infection should be intensified.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Malaria Elimination 8 (E8) ambassador Richard Kamwi said while Covid-19 is the new number-one enemy, malaria has always been around and kills far more people.
He said sub-Saharan Africa is home to 90% of malaria cases globally.
Speaking at a press conference on malaria amid Covid-19, Kamwi said malaria … Read More
THE Covid-19 tests conducted on four pupils at Swakopmund on Monday returned negative earlier today.
Heath minister Kalumbi Shangula made the announcement on NBC’s 20h00 news broadcast this evening.
Shangula said the students were tested in line with the ministry’s protocol for expanded targeting testing, which mandates that anyone who presents themself at a heath facility with respiratory ailments is tested for the virus.
“Anybody who comes to the health facility with flu-like symptoms, will be tested.
“We have been doing it before and we will continue to do it. There is nothing special about … Read More
FOUR pupils at a Swakopmund secondary school were yesterday morning tested for Covid-19 after displaying flu-like symptoms.
was announced in a statement by the Ministry of Health and Social
Services, in conjunction with the Ministry of Basic Education, Arts and
Culture, stating that the four male pupils who reside at the Namib High
School Hostel have since been placed in separate rooms in the hostel
while awaiting their results.
“We understand that learners, and
family of learners, attending this school will be concerned at this
time. As an immediate step, the imperative of … Read More
//Kharas governor Aletha Frederick has stressed the importance of wearing face masks in public spaces in an effort to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It is imperative to wear face masks at all times in the public space as part of the ongoing fight against the invincible enemy Covid-19,” she said at the handing over of masks to patients at Keetmanshoop State Hospital on Friday.
Small and medium-sized entrepreneurs manufactured the masks with material donated by the industrialisation and trade ministry.
Frederick lauded the empowerment of //Kharas SMEs through the donation of the material that … Read More
HEALTH UPDATE: Namibia’s Covid-19 cases now stand at 29, with the possibility of a local transmission at Walvis Bay.
Shangula, who was speaking at the Covid-19 communication centre this morning in Windhoek, said four students, who are currently quarantined in Windhoek, have also tested positive. The students had travelled from South Africa.
Meanwhile, case 26, which is suspected to be locally transmitted, is a 44-year-old man from Walvis Bay. The man has no travel history and investigations of the source of infection are ongoing.
police in Oshana region have launched an urgent tracing operation of
two truck drivers who allegedly abandoned their work trucks at
Ondangwa and Omahenene border post after arriving in Namibia from
South Africa earlier this week.
trucker drivers are employees of The 6000 Transport at Ondangwa.
It remains unclear whether the truck drivers were placed under mandatory quarantine when they entered the country.
However, the owner of The 6000 Transport, Mario Mwenyo, upon learning that the truck drivers abandoned their trucks, reported the matter to the police to allow … Read More
The Namibia Red Cross Society currently has 230 volunteers who
have been trained on both Covid-19 prevention measures and psychological
support. These volunteers are involved in risk communication and
community engagement in nine regions across the country.
Aluvilu, one of the volunteers, is serving at the Omahenene border post
village in the Omusati region. He helps villagers install tippy taps
and demonstrates proper hand-washing techniques.
Aluvilu’s commitment garnered the attention of the regional police, who came to his aid with food and accommodation.
to spokesperson Edmund Khoaseb, stakeholders in the region have decided
to set up a team … Read More
The latest case involves a 63-year-old Namibian man who is admitted in the intensive care unit of a Walvis Bay hospital.
man arrived at the coastal town on a fishing vessel from the Democratic
Republic of Congo (DRC) on 5 May as part of an eight-member crew,
including four Namibians.
Minister of health Kalumbi Shangula
told the daily Covid-19 information session in Windhoek yesterday that
the fishing vessel left Walvis Bay on 25 April to export certain
products to the DRC, which the vessel reached on 30 … Read More
ERONGO region is stepping up measures to stop the spread of
Covid-19, after a truck driver tested positive for the disease over the
weekend at Walvis Bay.
This trucker became Namibia’s 21st case
of the virus. It is alleged he was infected when he was transporting
essential goods from South Africa.
Erongo governor Neville Itope
yesterday told the media that an emergency meeting of members of the
disaster risk management committee was held on Tuesday to discuss a
proper response to the latest case.
Itope said the regional
health directorate will strengthen its testing, screening and education
in … Read More
A company appointed to construct a
Nkurenkuru primary healthcare facility in 2014, which is still not
completed, has since April refused to hand over the site to new
contractors for the completion of the project.
Eedopi Construction was supposed to complete the facility on 15 April
2015, but has until now reportedly been holding up the Ministry of
Health and Social Services after the ministry resolved to appoint six
contractors to finish the structure.
Sirkka Ausiku, governor of
the Kavango West region, says she is disappointed by the contractor’s
conduct during a state of emergency.… Read More
BRASILIA – The
Americas have emerged as a new epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic,
the World Health Organisation (WHO) says, as a United States study
forecast deaths surging in Brazil and other Latin American countries
“Now is not the time for countries to ease
restrictions,” Carissa Etienne, WHO director for the Americas … Read More
JOHANNESBURG – Widows across the globe are
being evicted, forced to give up property or to marry male relatives
after their husbands die from the new coronavirus, land rights experts
said on Tuesday.
Women often only earn legal or socially
recognised rights to land and property through a husband or father,
which are regularly violated during times of crisis, such as war or the
HIV-AIDS pandemic, they said – and the coronavirus is no exception.
is a widow-maker,” Karol Boudreaux, chief programme officer at the land
rights charity Landesa, told a webinar organised by the Land Portal
… Read More
WAKOPMUND – The security forces in Erongo will be enforcing the
strict use of the Dune 7 dual carriageway between Swakopmund and Walvis
Bay to prevent lorries from using the C13 road to enter the town of
This is to ensure the screening of all lorry drivers and escorting of trucks to the port of Walvis Bay and the quarantine facility at the harbour town, Erongo governor Neville Andre-Itope said at a media briefing yesterday. He added that the regional health directorate has been tasked to identify more quarantine and isolation facilities where stringent measures will be put … Read More
The Erongo Regional Electricity Distributor on Tuesday asked about 30 employees from its head office at Walvis Bay to work from home, following reports that two employees had come into contact with a person who had contact with a lorry driver suspected to have been exposed to Covid-19.
A spokesperson of the electricity distributor, Benjamin Nangombe, told The Namibian the employees were sent home to self-isolate, and that they would return to their offices at the start of next week.
He said the closure of ErongoRED’s head office is to have the premises disinfected to minimise the risk of exposure … Read More
WITH the sale and buying of alcohol off limits as part of the state of emergency regulations, many regular drinkers may find it an uphill battle to relax without their favourite beverage.
A wellness centre has urged those struggling with drinking habits to use this period for positive change – even after the two-month long alcohol ban is possibly lifted on 2 June.
Cornerstone Wellness Centre in Windhoek offers support to people struggling with substance abuse and says alcoholics, or those struggling with alcohol, should seek professional help and make use of family support where available.
LOW VIRUS DEATH RATE BUT MIGRANT WORRIES FOR INDIA
MUMBAI – India yesterday recorded a total of 145 380 coronavirus infections and a death toll of 4 167, comparatively low figures for the world’s second most populous country.
But separate states witnessing millions of migrant labourers returning from the big cities were recording rising infections, officials said, fearing that the pandemic could spread through villages where medical care is basic at best.
Health ministry officials said India’s death rate stood at 0,3 deaths per 100 000 people, compared to what they said was a world average of 4,4.… Read More
WALVIS Bay urban constituency councillor Knowledge Ipinge has
ordered a transport company and a bank to close their premises at the
town due to fears of the spread of the coronavirus.
letter to the management of FP du Toit Transport company, Ipinge said he
was ordering the closure of the company’s depot after a truck driver
who was quarantined there tested positive for Covid-19 at the weekend.
said he was acting “through the power vested in me as an authorised
officer in terms of section 33 and 34 of the Disaster Risk … Read More
Namibia has reported another positive Covid-19 case, bringing the total cases to 22. The 63-year-old patient is in a critical condition and is on a ventilator at a Walvis Bay hospital.
Health minister Kalumbi Shangula made this announcement at the Covid-19 communication centre in Windhoek this morning, and said the patient had been on a fishing vessel that had returned from the Democratic Republic of Congo to export products.
Walvis Bay Urban constituency regional councillor Knowledge Ipinge has urged the public to refrain from making discriminatory remarks on social media or other public platforms against the cross-border lorry driver who tested positive for Covid-19 at Walvis Bay.
Ipinge says remarks aimed against the driver have negatively affected him and also his family. The 47-year-old driver is currently helping the health authorities trace people with whom he has been in contact recently.
The driver received a heavy backlash on social media from the public for visiting a local bank and leaving the company premises where he was expected to stay … Read More
PUPILS will be divided into smaller groups for teaching when schools reopen on 3 June, the executive director in the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, Sanet Steenkamp, has said.
This forms part of the recently released guidelines for education staff to ensure continued learning and preparedness for the resumption of face-to-face tuition after the Covid-19 national lockdown.
“Learners should be divided into smaller groups for teaching. This is possible since the other classrooms for Grades 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10 will be empty as they are only expected to return on 20 July 2020. The number … Read More
This morning’s panellists will discuss African governments’ response to Covid-19. Panellists are deputy prime minister and minister of international relations and cooperation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, health minister Kalumbi Shangula and South African high commissioner Archie Whitehead.
Nandi-Ndaitwah said refugees hosted in African countries are being educated on the pandemic, adding no refugee has tested positive for Covid-19.
Whitehead said once the first case was announced in South Africa, president Cyril Ramophosa quickly implemented a lockdown. He said if the country did not act, they would not have been able to deal with the virus.
South Africa plans on easing the lockdown … Read More
In an effort to meet the government halfway in the fight against Covid-19, a tailor in the Ohangwena region, Helaria Sheehama, trading as Meme Tangeni Tailoring, and a Helao Nafidi resident donated 200 masks to the Ohangwena Regional Council at Eenhana.
The masks are to be distributed to disadvantaged communities in the region.
Ohangwena region disaster risk management chairperson Erickson Ndawanifa, who received the masks on behalf of the regional council, assured the community the masks will be fairly distributed.
WALVIS Bay urban constituency councillor Knowledge Ipinge has urged the community not to panic after reports of a positive Covid-19 case at the town.
A truck driver who reportedly escaped from the company quarantine facility last week tested positive for the virus today.
“The truck driver who tested positive is now in a state of quarantine, meaning that the person should remain under isolation until the Ministry of Health and Social Services determines there’s no longer a risk of secondary transmission to other community members. This notion that the truck drivers snuck out from the remains unclear … Read More
BEIJING – The United States should stop wasting time in its fight against the coronavirus and work with China to combat it, rather than spreading lies and attacking the country, top Chinese government diplomat Wang Yi said on Sunday.
The fight against Covid-19 will never be defeated without including Africa in the global response, the executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), Winnie Byanyima, has said.
Byanyima in a media statement on Thursday raised concern that in much of the global Covid-19 conversation, Africa is barely mentioned but the risks that the Covid-19 crisis bring are even greater in Africa than elsewhere.
“And those risks will be compounded if Africa is marginalised in the global response,” she said.
She said beating Covid-19 in Africa, in turn, is essential for … Read More
BOTH the Namibia Public Workers’ Union (Napwu) and the Namibia National Teachers’ Union (Nantu) are urging members to remain united and comply with Covid-19 regulations, while they continue monitoring the situation.
In a statement on Friday, Napwu secretary general Petrus Nevonga, and Nantu secretary general Loide Shaanika, said both unions are recognised by the Namibian government as bargaining agents for public servants.
“We have found ourselves in a critical situation since the outbreak of the pandemic, which has threatened the economies of countries around the world, including Namibia,” said Nevonga and Shaanika.
The Angolan government withdrew from an agreement that would have seen 39 Angolans returning home today.
Air Namibia has arranged for a repatriation flight scheduled to depart at 07h50 this morning. The airplane left without the Angolan nationals and is scheduled to return tonight from a round trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia and Tanzania with six Namibians to be airlifted from Luanda.
The Namibian embassy in Luanda has reportedly been informed by their host country’s authorities that they are ready to receive their nationals.
The Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation … Read More
It involves a 29-year-old Namibian who travelled from South Africa. Health minister Kalumbi Shangula announced the news this morning at the Covid-19 communication centre in Windhoek, saying the patient is in quarantine and will be transferred to an isolation facility today.
“He does not display any symptoms and is in a satisfactory condition,” the minister said.
Latest Covid-19 updates in Namibia from the Ministry of Health:
A PLAN by a South African couple to buy cigarettes in Namibia to beat the ban on the sale of alcohol and tobacco products in their country, as part of lockdown regulations, has landed them behind bars.
The //Kharas police crime investigations coordinator, Chrispin Mubebo, today said police arrested the couple for illegally crossing the border into Namibia at Noordoewer on 11 May.
According to Mubebo, the couple crossed the Orange River on foot in their quest to buy tobacco products and other commodities at Noordoewer.
He said in a separate incident another South African man was … Read More
THE Covid-19 pandemic, one of the world’s most significant events, has had far-reaching consequences.
It has resulted in the cessation of economic activities that will lead to a significant decline in production, unprecedented social disruption, and the loss of millions of jobs.
Estimates are that the contraction of the region’s economies will cost Sub-Saharan Africa between US$35 billion and US$100 billion due to a decline in output and a steep drop in commodity prices – especially the crash of oil prices.
More fundamentally, the pandemic has brutally exposed the hollowness of African economies on two fronts: the … Read More
THE Namibian Competition Commission says there is evidence that retailers overpriced Covid-19 essentials such masks, hand sanitisers, and immune boosting products such as oranges, naartjies and raw ginger.
The commission said the prices of these products increased by betwee 14% and 1000%, despite not being affected by supply chain challenges that could have resulted in shortages.
Namibian Competition Commission (NaCC) corporate communications practitioner Dina //Gowases said in a statement this week that consumers have indicated that they are paying a lot more for these essential products.
“The commission has over the past 4-5 weeks received numerous complaints … Read More
This morning’s panel is discussing the reopening of schools and the return of pupils in phases. Panellists include executive director of education Sanet Steenkamp and Khomas education director Gerard Vries.
Steenkamp said the ministry has been planning pupils’ return to schools. She said 80% of schools are ready to receive pupils.
According to her shools have procured soap and tippy taps, and have undergone deep cleaning. The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture will provide funding for schools needing resources, she said.
Steenkamp said children’s health is priority.
She said if a child is sick, he or she … Read More
The Rehoboth Town Council says it does not have the money needed to build a suitable market for hawkers and street vendors at the town to use.
A breakdown of the projected costs indicates that the council would need N$656 880 for an open market which would include 20 stalls and provide for basic hygiene and sanitation standards and the required social distancing.
While discussing measures in place to address Covid-19 and economic hardships of local authorities on Tuesday afternoon, a local economic development officer of the council, Jonathan Ockhuizen, said they have identified two suitable areas … Read More
The salt producer Walvis Bay Salt Refiners has continued to operate and make salt for domestic use and export during Namibia’s Covid-19 fight.
With salt production classified as part of essential services, and a demand from all over the world for the salt it produces, the company has been kept in business since restrictions to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus in Namibia came into force near the end of March.
“We are grateful to have been allowed to operate during the stage 1 lockdown,” the managing director of the company, Andre Snyman, said at a … Read More
The annual Nama Cultural Festival has been postponed for a year. The event was scheduled to take place from 21 to 24 May.
The festival organising committee chairperson, David Eigub, in a press statement issued yesterday announced that this year’s event will be cancelled and postponed to May 2021 due to the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus and the Covid-19 pandemic.
“As organisers of one of the biggest cultural events in southern Africa we cannot understate the importance of ensuring full compliance with the precautionary measures put in place by the Namibian government and the Namibian … Read More
MINISTER of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula yesterday said 84 Namibians returned home from South Africa on Saturday and are in quarantine.
A total of 36 came from Cape Town and 48 from Johannesburg. Shangula said seven of the returnees are kept in Windhoek, while the remainder are in various quarantine facilities in the regions – all at the government’s expense.
“The government has made substantive investments in prevention as we believe it is cheaper to prevent the disease than to treat it,” he said.
Nanso launches food aid programme
THE Namibia National Students Organisation (Nanso) on Friday launched … Read More
Speaking at the Covid-19 Communication Centre in Windhoek this morning, finance ministry spokesperson Tonateni Shidhudhu said the application process for the Emergency Income Grant was designed for Namibians in possession of national documents.
Those without documents do not qualify for the grant.
Shidhudhu said they have targeted 739 000 people for the grant and have received 900 700 applications, of which 576 000 have been approved and processed for payment.
The application period closed on 30 April midnight, but Shidhudhu said the ministry provided three extra days to accommodate applicants who had to reapply. He said lines also closed on … Read More
THE Ministry of Works and Transport has issued a stern warning to all public transport operators to desist from taking advantage of the Covid-19 crisis by increasing fares.
In a press release minister John Mutorwa said excessive pricing is illegal and any operator who is guilty of this will be legally dealt with.
“The ministry has learnt some operators…are charging customers and commuters in excess of the prescribed tariffs in respect of the various routes, throughout the country. The ministry would like to earnestly request all operators to cease from such practice as the right … Read More
This morning’s panellists at the Covid-19 Communication Centre will address the issue of e-learning development by the education ministry.
Nitschke says distance education students are more advantaged than full-time students as they receive all study material when they register. He said face-to-face classes have been disrupted, but Namcol has seen to it that learning sessions reach students. He said they can listen to sessions … Read More
This morning’s discussion at the Covid-19 Communication Centre is on the impact of the pandemic on productivity. Panellists are Daan Strauss of the Namibian Employers Federation, deputy director of labour market information David Iigonda, and National Union of Namibian Workers’ Job Muniaro.
NEF Secretary General Strauss said there was a lack of business continuity plans and measuring productivity of those staff working from home. He added that adapting to working remotely was also effected and the psychological aspect and fears of livelihoods and economy which had to be dealt with by employers.
This morning’s discussion at the Covid-19 Communication Centre is on the continuation of teaching and learning in stage 2 of lockdown. Panellists are basic education minister Anna Nghipondoka and basic education executive director Sanet Steenkamp.
Nghipondoka reiterated that schools reopened on 20 April, but teachers are working remotely to ensure education and learning continue through alternative means. She said pupils could learn both online, offline and with printed material.
Nghipondoka says her ministry’s staff can now physically go back to school unless they are considered vulnerable and this is confirmed by a physician. She said pupils will remain at home. … Read More
TOURISM minister Pohamba Shifeta this morning launched a conservation relief, recovery and resilience facility aimed at addressing the long-term impact of Covid-19 on conservancies.
The Environmental Investment Fund will run the facility in addition to the N$6 million it committed.
Speaking at the Covid-19 Communication Centre this morning, Shifeta said the total amount committed to the facility stands at N$16 million, and his ministry is engaging other stakeholders to also … Read More
To support the tourism sector and in addressing the adverse effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on this sector, experts this morning will be launching a conservation relief, recovery and resilient facility at the Covid-19 Communication Centre in Windhoek.
Deputy health minister Esther Muinjangue says confirmed Covid-19 cases still stand at 16, with eight recoveries.
So far 1 163 tests have been conducted, she said at the Covid-19 Communication … Read More
COVID-19 UPDATE: Deputy health minister Esther Utjiua Muinjangue says there are seven Covid-19 recoveries so far and still 16 confirmed cases. She says panellists will discuss the deployment of healthcare professionals in the fight against the pandemic so far.
Bertha Katjivena, deputy executive director of health, is discussing the importance of the deployment of healthcare professionals at the Covid-19 Communication Centre this morning. She is joined by deputy director of health Anna Isaacs and moderator Tutu Haukena.
Deputy executive director of health Bertha Katjivena says the ministry is currently recruiting medical graduates as a temporary measure to fight … Read More
Information minister Peya Mushelenga says Namibia had engaged the European Union to find the best way of fighting Covid-19. He was speaking at the Covid-19 Communication Centre (CCC) on Friday discussing the N$172 million EU grant to Namibia for the Covid-19 fight.
Mushelenga said the funds would release the fiscus of a huge budget.
EU ambassador to Namibia Sinikka Antisa said the funds are general budget support and a very particular type of support.
She said the N$172 million will be put … Read More
Speaking at the Covid-19 information centre in Windhoek on Thursday, health ministry executive director Ben Nangombe says Namibia still has the best health infrastructure compared to other African countries, despite some challenges.
Nangombe is speaking with fellow panellist Thomas Mbeeli, acting director of health technology and infrastructure management, on the preparedness of the ministry of health for Covid-19.
Namibia has one main referral hospital, three intermediate hospitals, 31 district hospitals, 43 health centers and 279 clinics.
He said the Windhoek Central Hospital casualty is being used as a ICU facility for infectious diseases, a 12 bed facility has … Read More
EXPERTS in the agricultural sector will this morning discuss the impact of Covid-19 on the agricultural sector. Similar to tourism, agriculture is one of the sectors hit the hardest by the pandemic.
Speaking at the at the Covid-19 Communication Centre, Percy Misika said the tough times faced by the agricultural sector is not as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, but rather the devastating three-year drought Namibia has had to face.… Read More
Trade minister Lucia Iipumbu says the government has revisited one of its restrictions of the lockdown and decided to open up shops not only to provide clothing and other materials for expectant mothers and their babies, but also to provide winter clothing and other materials such as blankets as winter approaches. Iipumbu said this at the Covid-19 Communication Centre on Wednesday afternoon.
She added that the ministry has already drafted letters to retailers to open winter clothing sections, especially for children. These shops are expected to open their winter clothing sections by tomorrow or by the time they’ve … Read More
City of Windhoek chief executive Robert Kahimise says they have set up a response team committee headed by city police chief Abraham Kanime. Kahimise says the municipality’s operations have been impacted by Covid-19.
The majority of employees providing essential services, and front line staff are provided with personal protective equipment. The municipality plans on opening cash halls for three days from Wednesday where residents can make payments.
Kahimise says they have no other option, because some people refuse to deposit money. The municipality has over 300 000 employees and receives a budget of N$4,3 billion. They are considering … Read More
THE World Health Organisation donated personal protective equipment (PPE) to Namibia.
WHO country representative Charles Sagoe Moses presented the PPE to health minister Kalumbi Shangula at the Covid-19 communication centre on Monday afternoon.
“We have enough PPE in terms of gloves, face masks, and they can take care of over 1 000 health workers. We want them to be assured that their needs are protected. If they are not safe, then … Read More
Deputy health minister Esther Muinjangue says there are no new confirmed Covid-19 cases. There are currently six recoveries and 10 active cases who are asymptomatic.
The deputy minister said the ministry has started rolling out testing for those under quarantine and 160 people have been tested. The ministry will further conduct testing at the Covid-19 Communication Centre this week.
Muinjangue says the reason for social mobilisation is to keep community members informed and updated on Covid-19 issues. She said community health workers are provided with a tool kit to guide them on what to focus on when informing … Read More
PRESIDENT Hage Geingob has announced that the Covid-19 lockdown will be extended from midnight on Friday, 17 April, to midnight on 4 May. The president said the country will effectively re-open on 5 May; movement within the whole country will be restricted until then.
Geingob said that all regions will thus be grouped into zones and added that the health of all Namibians remains a top priority.
“The current lockdown in the two regions (Khomas and Erongo) has not been efficient,” health minister Kalumbi Shangula said.
A country world lockdown is needed to curtail the further spread … Read More
Minister of tourism Pohamba Shifeta says the tourism and hospitality industry has already felt the reverberating effects of the lockdown as the majority of approximately 120 000 directly employed people in that industry are sitting at home with no pay.
Namibia Tourism Association chairman Bernd Schneider says tourism is going to be in for a tough ride not only for the next few months, but in the following year. “This is going to impact us quite until 2021.”
Schneider says lodges currently have no business because the majority of the industry’s income is generated through foreign travellers. He … Read More
THE Namibia Medicines Regulatory Council has warned the public against doing home-testing for Covid-19 to accurately detect active infections.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the council’s registrar of medicine Johannes Gaeseb said the rapid test [also referred to as the point-of-care antibody test] is not intended for self-testing and is only designed for use by health care professionals.
“It has come to the attention of NMRC (Namibia Medicines Regulatory Council) that there are rapid-testing kits available in the country intended for home use, that is, self-testing. Please, note that due to the seriousness of … Read More
The government is pondering the possibility of providing guarantees to financial institutions giving consumers loan and mortgage holidays in a bid to cushion the effects of Covid-19.
Finance Minister Iipumbu Shiimi yesterday said the focus is on optimally utilising scarce resources to improve key sectors.
He said while banking clients are considered, education is another sector to be pondered.
“It may not be easy to convince banks to give zero … Read More
The economic income grant (EIG) is for people who lost their livelihoods in the informal sector as well as the unemployed, says finance minister Iipumbu Shiimi.
As long as you are between 18 and 59 years and you are not benefiting from any other social grants, you qualify for this grant.
Students do not qualify for the EIG because they didn’t not lose any livelihood incomes. People who lost jobs in the formal sector do not qualify for EIG, as they will be catered for under different schemes. As they are known through the taxbase.… Read More
The police in Erongo say their stations in the region are inundated with requests by the public to travel out of Erongo for emergency purposes.
The Namibian Police’s community affairs commander for the Erongo region, Ileni Shapumba, says on a daily basis since the lockdown was implemented police stations in the region have been handling more than fifty emergency travel requests related to deaths and funerals.
According to Shapumba, a few of the requests are genuine but most are not, but the police cannot verify each and every request.
SOME 37 gender-based violence cases have been reported in Windhoek since the start of the Covid-19 lockdown, with alcohol abuse as the main contributing factor.
Robert Kahimise, the chief executive officer of the City of Windhoek, revealed this on Thursday at a press conference where he updated the media of the city’s efforts towards fighting Covid-19.
He said people are still using alcohol despite the state of emergency prohibiting the selling of alcohol. “Hence, we are issuing a general warning to perpetrators that the law will take its course,” he said.
Kahimise said the city authorities have … Read More
A Namibian citizen working in Ecuador is urging Namibians to comply with the coronavirus lockdown rules. Moderatha Shaduka says she sees the Namibian situation in the media, and is shocked at how some people are behaving.
“We have been on lockdown for the past 15 days, and it has not been easy, but we have to comply to the rules. Nobody is allowed to even go out to see friends and family. I had to call paramedics when I fell ill the other day. They come to you because you cannot go to hospital, for fear that … Read More
HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula today said the patient regarded as the third confirmed case of the coronavirus in Namibia has recovered and will be returning to Germany.
The minister said he was the only patient who was admitted to hospital after testing positive several weeks ago. He added that the patient was tested twice and as both results came back negative, he was discharged yesterday from Windhoek Central Hospital.
“This is case number three, who will soon be going to his home as a healthy person,” Shangula said.… Read More
THE business community at Walvis Bay has started to sacrifice some of their profits in aid of the fight against the novel coronavirus.
Baleia Do Mar Industrial Safety Supplies has donated face masks, overalls, cover suits and examination gloves to the Walvis Bay Municipality and the Namibian Police. Part of the donation will also go to the new Covid-19 containerised ward that is under construction at Walvis Bay State Hospital.
THE health ministry is searching for a South African couple that tested positive for the novel coronavirus in that country and travelled to Namibia.
Health minister Kalumbi Shangula confirmed to The Namibian on Monday that the ministry is tracing the couple and contacts, and said he suspected they were tested in South Africa before travelling to Namibia.
He, however, noted that Namibia’s number of confirmed coronavirus infections remained at 11 and the couple was included in South Africa’s coronavirus numbers.
“Those are not our cases. I suspect that the couple got tested in SA before travelling to … Read More
A GROUP of 35 Namibians and residence permit holders were moved from Greiters Conference and Rehabilitation Centre over the weekend due to water supply problems.
The group were instead relocated to Okapuka Lodge and Daan Viljoen Lodge.
The group arrived in the country on 21 March from Europe and were staying at the facility under supervised quarantine for 14 days as part of the government’s precautionary measures against the spread of … Read More
THE restrictions on business activities and the free movement of people under the coronavirus outbreak state of emergency apply countrywide, the government says.
In a statement issued on Sunday, the minister of information, Peya Mushelenga, said most of the state of emergency regulations published in the Government Gazette on Saturday apply countrywide.
This includes regulations forbidding the sale of alcohol until the end of 17 April, and ordering the closure of bars, shebeens, nightclubs and open markets, as well as stopping informal trading, until 18 March.
People not employed in what is regarded as “critical … Read More
IT was business as usual at the Ongwediva open market when heavily armed police officers, together with officials from the Ongwediva town council, sneaked up on the unsuspecting vendors on Saturday morning.
The police forced the vendors, who were preparing their stalls for business, to stop everything they were doing and closed their stalls without warning.
The seemingly distressed vendors, who looked on as the police closed their stalls, said they were busy laying their stalls while others were preparing cooked meals just as they always do.
However, the police immediately ordered them to close shop and … Read More
HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula says Windhoek’s compliance with measures introduced to contain Covid-19 has been “pathetic”.
“I’m very concerned, to say the least,” Shangula told The Namibian on Saturday night.
“I spent the morning up to lunch time in Katutura to see how people complied with the lockdown instructions. It’s pathetic. People think it’s Christmas. They are going around in big groups. It’s really bad,” he said.
THREE employees of Namibia Wildlife Resorts’ Hobas Lodge in southern Namibia have been told to self-quarantine for 14 days after they came into contact with a French tourist who tested positive for Covid-19.
The lodge, situated near the Fish River Canyon, was put in a lockdown on Friday to safeguard its staff and visitors.
Health ministry officials from the Keetmanshoop area visited the lodge to study the situation and ensure that no staff or visitors contracted the virus.
NWR acting managing director Matthias Ngwangwama said the employees who came into contact with the guest did not show … Read More
HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula says the new regulations aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus apply to all the regions across the country.
The government announced strict measures on Friday to contain the spread of the virus, including a ban on alcohol sales and public gatherings of more than ten people and the suspension of non-essential services.
There has been confusion on whether the regulations announced on Friday were only applicable to the Khomas and Erongo regions, where a lockdown including restrictions on the movement of people came into effect at the start of Saturday.
THE once-bustling streets of the Khorixas town centre are empty, as most people have stayed home amid coronavirus disease (Covid-19) fears.
When The Namibian visited the town centre at the north-western town, only a handful of people were seen. Street vendors could also be seen awaiting customers for their wares ranging from clothes, spices, cigarettes to vegetables.
A street vendor, who identified herself as Lydia, said the business was slow since the Covid-19 outbreak in the country.
TAXI drivers have been restricted to just three passengers per ride, in an attempt by the Namibian Police to enforce the social distancing rules in place to curb the spread of Covid-19.
The Khomas regional commander, commissioner Joseph Shikongo, said the police have no intention of stopping the transport system, but have rather introduced measures to reduce the number of people that can be transported in a vehicle.
“In a taxi, it should be three. In a car that transports seven [people], it should be four and in a minibus of six, it should … Read More
THE tabling of the national budget, which was scheduled for the end of this month, has now been delayed till further notice, said the minister of finance, Iipumbu Shiimi, yesterday.
The Namibian Constitution dictates that the ministry of finance presents the country’s expenditure plans and revenue forecast every end of the financial year, which in this case falls on the 31 March.
Shiimi attributed the delay in tabling the national budget to the declaration of a state of emergency on 18 March by the president due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
TWO people who recently returned to Namibia from Angola are currently under quarantine at Oshikango in the Ohangwena region for a 14-day period.
The two are said to have entered the country a few days ago through the Oshikango border and were placed under quarantine on arrival.
Ben Nangombe, the executive director of the health ministry, confirmed to The Namibian this evening that one of the individuals is a Namibian national, while the other is a permanent resident … Read More
PROACTIVE employee engagements can calm the uncertainty
surrounding the information being disseminated on the spread of the
novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
After Namibia reported
its first two cases (now at four), the health ministry introduced and
implemented stringent measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
Group human capital group executive Stephanie Viljoen said the general
uncertainty as to the impact the pandemic will have on daily lives was
prevalent with many left with more questions than answers of how the new
normal will be.
“By its very nature, Covid-19 has created a
crisis for both … Read More
PROVIDERS of healthcare and hygiene products, including distributors, pharmacies and supermarkets have hiked prices of essential products in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak hindering the fight against the spread of the pandemic.
The inflated prices have compromised hygiene standards as the … Read More