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
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