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COVID-19 CRISIS

by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced that 810 newly confirmed coronavirus infections, 51 deaths linked to Covid-19 and 849 new recoveries from the novel coronavirus were recorded in Namibia on Saturday.

The country’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 116 603
Deaths: 2 811
Active cases: 20 902
Recoveries: 92 879

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COVID-19 CRISIS … The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced that 784 newly confirmed coronavirus infections, 46 deaths linked to Covid-19 and 1 269 new recoveries from the novel coronavirus were recorded in Namibia on Friday.

The country’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 115 793
Deaths: 2 760
Active cases: 20 992
Recoveries: 92 030

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COVID-19 CRISIS:

by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced that 609 newly confirmed coronavirus infections, 49 deaths linked to Covid-19 and 283 new recoveries from the novel coronavirus were recorded in Namibia on Thursday.

The country’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 115 009
Deaths: 2 714
Active cases: 21 523
Recoveries: 90 761

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COVID-19 CRISIS

by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced that 495 newly confirmed coronavirus infections, 45 deaths linked to Covid-19 and 289 new recoveries from the novel coronavirus were recorded in Namibia on Wednesday.

The country’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 114 400
Deaths: 2 665
Active cases: 21 236
Recoveries: 90 448

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COVID-19 CRISIS

by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced that 467 newly confirmed coronavirus infections, 63 deaths linked to Covid-19 and 1 189 new recoveries from the novel coronavirus were recorded in Namibia on Tuesday.

Rehoboth recorded the highest number of deaths with 14 deaths in total, followed by Oshakati with 13 deaths, Engela with eight, Outapi with seven, and Tsandi, Windhoek and Swakopmund with three deaths each, while fewer deaths were recorded at other locations.

The country’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 113 905
Deaths: 2 620
Active cases: 21 075
Recoveries: 90 199

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COVID-19 CRISIS:

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced that 614 newly confirmed coronavirus infections, 25 deaths linked to Covid-19 and 1 232 new recoveries from the novel coronavirus were recorded in Namibia on Monday.

The country’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 113 438
Deaths: 2 557
Active cases: 21 860
Recoveries: 89 010

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COVID-19 CRISIS …

by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced 571 newly confirmed coronavirus infections, 30 deaths linked to the virus, and 1 984 new recoveries on Wednesday.

The age range is from three days to 108-years-old.

The  Khomas region (Windhoek) reported highest number of cases (180) accounting for 32% of the confirmed cases.Other towns which reported a high number of new infections are Oshakati (67), Otjiwarongo (65), Lüderitz (63) and Rundu (37).

“Among the confirmed cases are 32 pupils, four teachers and six students from different institutions. We also have seven health care workers from different health

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COVID-19 CRISIS …

by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services announced 150 deaths linked to the coronavirus, 1 941 new infections, and 1 513 new recoveries on Tuesday.

The age range is from nine months to 101-years-old.

“This is the highest number of deaths announced in a single day. However, it should be noted that they are distributed over a specific period as follows: 12 died during the reporting period (24 hours); 93 died between 1-11 July, while 45 died in June,” the ministry noted.

Gobabis recorded the highest number of fatalities with 34 deaths in total. This is followed

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COVID-19 CRISIS …

by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced 71 deaths linked to the coronavirus in Namibia on Monday, 1 176 new infections, and 329 new recoveries.

Windhoek recorded the highest number of deaths (24), followed by Rundu with 19, Gobabis with 10, Katima Mulilo with four, Swakopmund and Onandjokwe with three deaths each, Nyangana, Okahao and Outapi with two each, and Okahandja and Tsandi with one each.

Of these deaths, only one person has received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The rest have not been vaccinated, or their vaccination status could not be established,

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COVID-19 CRISIS:

by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced 1 284 new Covid-19 infections in Namibia on Sunday, 28 deaths, and 622 new recoveries.

The ages of the newly infected range from three days to 93 years old.

The Khomas region (Windhoek) reported the highest number of new cases, with 317.

This is followed by the Erongo region with 165 new cases, of which 97 are at Walvis Bay, 47 at Swakopmund, 17 at Usakos, and four at Omaruru.

Other towns which recorded a high number of new cases include Tsumeb (98), Rundu (91), Katima Mulilo (65),

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COVID-19 CRISIS …

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced another 71 deaths linked to Covid-19 in Namibia, 1 372 newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections and 252 new recoveries from the virus.

The deaths occurred between 20 June and 7 July.

Windhoek recorded the highest number of deaths (24), followed by Keetmanshoop with 23 deaths, Swakopmund with six deaths, Walvis Bay with five, Eenhana with four, Mariental and Otjiwarongo with three deaths each, Katima Mulilo with two deaths and Onandjokwe with one death.

Of these deaths, two are of people reported to have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine,

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COVID-19 CRISIS:

by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced another 70 deaths linked to Covid-19 in Namibia, 1 193 newly confirmed coronavirus infections and 3 578 new recoveries from the virus.

According to the ministry, 36 of the deaths recorded on Wednesday occurred in June.

“The late announcement of these deaths was occasioned by late audit and verification. The ministry has recruited few staff to reinforce the audit and verification team,” the ministry noted.

Windhoek recorded the highest number of deaths with 26 deaths, followed by Rundu with 12 deaths, Tsumeb with eight, Grootfontein and Oshikuku with

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COVID-19 CRISIS …

by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced that 52 deaths linked to Covid-19 were recorded in Namibia on Tuesday, together with 1 286 newly confirmed coronavirus infections and 3 754 recoveries from the virus.

The Khomas and Erongo regions recorded the highest number of new infections with 209 new cases in Khomas and 202 new cases in Erongo.

Towns which also recorded a high number of new infections are Engela (116), Katima Mulilo (110), Tsumeb (76), Grootfontein (66) and Lüderitz (64).

The age range of new infections is from one month to 104 years old.

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COVID-19 CRISIS …

by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced that 1 435 newly confirmed coronavirus infections were recorded in Namibia on Monday, as well as 28 deaths linked to Covid-19 and 745 new recoveries from the coronavirus.

Out of 3 939 Covid-19 test results received over a 24-hour period to Monday, the newly confirmed infections represent a 36% positivity rate, the ministry noted.

The Oshana region had the highest number of new infections, with 258 infections recorded at Oshakati, followed by the Erongo region with 255, of which 93 were from Swakopmund, 80 from Omaruru and 65

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COVID-19 CRISIS …

by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced that 1 384 newly confirmed coronavirus infections were recorded in Namibia on Sunday, together with 13 deaths linked to Covid-19 and 390 new recoveries from the coronavirus.

Out of the 2 840 Covid-19 test results received over a 24-hour period up to Sunday, the newly confirmed infections represent a 49% positivity ratio, the ministry noted.

The Khomas region (Windhoek) recorded 268 new infections, followed by the Erongo region with 252, of which 156 are from Walvis Bay, 69 from Swakopmund, 16 from Usakos and 11 from Omaruru.

Other

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COVID-19 CRISIS …

by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced 1 656 new Covid-19 infections, 23 deaths related to the virus, and 711 new recoveries in Namibia on Saturday.

Out of the 3 609 Covid-19 test results received over 24 hours, the newly confirmed infections represent a 46% positivity ratio, the ministry noted.

The age range is from five days to 96 years old.

Windhoek recorded 568 new infections, followed by Rundu with 151, Oshakati with 131, Keetmanshoop with 121, Karasburg and Gobabis with 102 each, Lüderitz with 84, and Opuwo with 62.

“Among the cases are 235

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COVID-19 CRISIS

by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced 1 178 new coronavirus infections, 40 deaths related to the virus and 962 recoveries in Namibia on Friday.

Out of the 3 214 Covid-19 test results received over 24 hours, the newly confirmed infections represent a 37% positivity ratio, the ministry noted.

The age range is from six months to 86-years-old.

The Erongo region reported the highest number of new infections (333), accounting for 28% of the new cases.

Of these, 192 are from Swakopmund, 131 from Walvis Bay, six from Usakos, and four from Omaruru. This is

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COVID-19 CRISIS:

by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced 1 661 new coronavirus infections, 30 deaths related to the virus and 939 recoveries in Namibia on Thursday.

Out of the 3 626 Covid-19 test results received over 24 hours, the newly confirmed infections represent a 46% positivity ratio, the ministry noted.

The age range is from 26 days to 100 years old.Windhoek reported the most new infections (556), accounting for 34% of the newly confirmed cases.

This was followed by the Hardap region with 206 new infections, of which 132 are from Mariental, 73 are from Rehoboth

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COVID-19 CRISIS:

by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services announced 1 291 new Covid-19 cases, 35 deaths related to the virus and 450 recoveries in Namibia on Wednesday.

Out of the 3 372 Covid-19 test results received over the past 24 hours, the newly confirmed infections represent a 38% positivity ratio, the ministry said.

The age of newly infected people range from 21 days to 95 years old.

Windhoek reported the most new infections, with 418, accounting for 32% of new cases.

This is followed by Oshakati with 140, Okahandja with 92, Rehoboth with 80 and Otjiwarongo with 60

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COVID-19 CRISIS …

by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced 1 364 new Covid-19 infections in Namibia on Tuesday, 54 deaths linked to the virus, and 433 new recoveries.

Out of the 3 166 Covid-19 test results received over the past 24 hours, the newly confirmed infections represent a 43% positivity ratio, the ministry said.

The Khomas region (Windhoek) recorded 382 new infections, which is among the lowest number of cases reported in a day over recent weeks in the region.

This is followed by the Erongo region with 268 new cases, of which 135 were at Walvis

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COVID-19 CRISIS

by Arlana Shikongo

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced 1 904 newly confirmed coronavirus infections in Namibia on Monday, 22 deaths linked to the virus and 1 997 new recoveries.

Out of the 4 436, Covid-19 test results received over the past 24 hours, the newly confirmed infections represent a 43% positivity ratio, the ministry noted.

Windhoek recorded 741 of the newly confirmed infections.

This is followed by Gobabis with 174 new infections, Swakopmund with 128, and Walvis Bay with 108.

The age range of new infections is from two months to 91-years-old.

“Among the confirmed cases

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COVID-19 CRISIS:

by Arlana Shikongo

THE Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced 1 944 new Covid-19 infections in Namibia on Sunday, 45 deaths linked to the virus, and 968 new recoveries.

Out of the 4 220 Covid-19 test results received over the past 24 hours, the new infections represent a 46% positivity ratio, the ministry said.

Windhoek recorded 299 new cases, but towns in the Erongo and Otjozondjupa regions cumulatively recorded a higher number of infections.

The Erongo region recorded 315 new infections, of which 174 were at Swakopmund, 111 at Walvis Bay and 30 at Usakos.

The Otjozondjupa region

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COVID-19 CRISIS:

by Arlana Shikongo

THE Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced 1 007 new Covid-19 infections in Namibia yesterday, 55 deaths linked to the virus, and 575 recoveries.

Out of the 3 342 test results received over the past 24 hours, new infections represent a 30% positivity ratio, the ministry said.

Windhoek recorded 477 new infections, followed by Gobabis with 96, Oshakati with 69, Lüderitz with 68, Walvis Bay with 46, Katima Mulilo with 43, and Swakopmund with 38.

The ages of the infected range from three days to 91 years old.

“Among the confirmed cases are 103 pupils,

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COVID-19 CRISIS:

by Arlana Shikongo

THE Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced 2 428 newly confirmed coronavirus infections in the country, 40 deaths linked to Covid-19 and 1 097 recoveries from the virus yesterday.

Out of the 4 350 Covid-19 test results received over the past 24 hours, the newly confirmed infections represent a 56% positivity rate, the ministry noted.

The age range is from three days to 101 years old.

Once again, Windhoek reported the most new infections (1 244), accounting for 51% of the newly confirmed cases.

This is followed by Gobabis, which recorded 201 new infections, Rundu

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COVID-19 CRISIS:

by Arlana Shikongo

THE Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced that a record 2 547 newly confirmed coronavirus infections were recorded in Namibia yesterday.

“We have recorded the highest number ever of new Covid-19 positive cases. This is a matter of grave concern,” health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said in a statement released on Friday.

“There is active transmission taking place in the community on a massive scale when half of the sample tested turns out positive,” Shangula remarked.

“It is even worse in Khomas where six out of ten people tested are positive. The result

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COVID-19 CRISIS:

by Arlana Shikongo

THE Ministry of Health and Social Services has announced a new one-day record of 55 deaths linked to Covid-19 in Namibia.

The deaths, announced in an update on Namibia’s Covid-19 pandemic situation on Thursday, were recorded between 14 and 23 June.

Of the 55 deaths, 52 people died at a health facility while three died at home.

“Among the deaths announced today is one maternal death and three home deaths. The importance of seeking early medical assistance cannot be overemphasised,” the ministry stated.

It also noted that none of the people who died had been fully vaccinated

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Spreading Covid-19 lies could cost you

by Frederico Links

IT appears many people need reminding that under the health regulations in place to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, people can be criminally charged and fined for spreading pandemic-related falsehoods.

A short video of provocative figure Michael Amushelelo making all sorts of false claims about the Covid-19 vaccines and in which he clearly discourages people from going to get vaccinated has been circulating virally in WhatsApp groups lately.

Amushelelo is not the only prominent personality that has been making false claims about the Covid-19 pandemic or vaccines on social media recently, as even media personalities and media

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Rehoboth hospital cancels visits due to Covid

by Ellen Albertz

THE Rehoboth State Hospital has cancelled daily visits and has urged the public not to visit the hospital unless critically ill.

The hospital has furthermore dispensed three months’ treatment to patients on chronic medication to decongest the hospital premises.

The Hardap region currently has the fourth highest number of Covid-19 infections, with Rehoboth as the epicentre.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic in March last year, 90 Rehoboth residents have succumbed to the virus, with 75 healthcare workers infected.

Last week, the region reported 444 new infections, of which 364 were from Rehoboth alone, accounting for more

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COVID-19 CRISIS …

by Arlana Shikongo

Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula announced a one-day record of 45 deaths linked to Covid-19 in Namibia on Wednesday morning.

“This is the highest number ever announced in a single day,” Shangula stated. “However, the deaths did not occur within 24 hours. There has been delays in audit and verification of some of the deaths,” he noted.

Of the 45 deaths announced, 24 were recorded in Windhoek, five at Oshakati, four at Walvis Bay, three each at Swakopmund and Engela, two at Rundu, and one at Grootfontein, Otjiwarongo, Khorixas and Onandjokwe, respectively.

Shangula also announced

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What to do when pregnant during the pandemic

by David Emvula

PREGNANCY is a special time full of joy and anticipation.

Unfortunately, for many expectant mothers, the Covid-19 pandemic has clouded this period with fear, anxiety and uncertainty.

Pregnant women do not appear more likely to contract Covid-19 infection when compared to the general population.

However, pregnancy puts you at higher risk of severe illness compared to women who are not pregnant. Pregnant women and have higher rates of intensive care unit (ICU) admission – particularly in the third trimester.

Emerging evidence suggests that pregnant women who have tested positive for Covid-19 at the time of birth had

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Erongo back in Covid-emergency mode

by Adam Hartman

DUE to the increase in Covid-19 infections and deaths in the region, Erongo governor Neville Andre yesterday announced the restart of emergency operation centre meetings during which key stakeholders discuss the status quo of the pandemic in the region.

There are currently 891 active cases in the region, mostly at Swakopmund, with 143 deaths due to the virus.

A total of 125 positive cases are currently hospitalised, with eight in intensive care units across the region.

“These figures may seem low, but the pressure it puts on our healthcare facilities is immense. All indications are that the

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Covid-19: Churches struggle to rake in offerings

by Hileni Nembwaya

THE Covid-19 pandemic has severely hampered church donations, resulting in congregations being cash-strapped.

Church attendance has rapidly decreased due to the fear of contracting the virus and health regulations prohibiting large public gatherings.

Many smaller congregations especially are said to be hard hit.

Reverend Thomas Uushona, the information coordinator of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (Elcin), says many Elcin congregations countrywide are currently struggling financially.

“The pastors are complaining they are not doing well financially, and only receive offerings during gatherings such as weddings and burials.

“Many congregation members are also struggling to pay their tithes

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COVID-19 CRISIS:

by Arlana Shikongo

THE Ministry of Health and Social Services announced 1 084 newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections in Namibia, 15 deaths linked to Covid-19 and 808 recoveries from the coronavirus on Monday evening.

The Otjozondjupa region recorded the highest number of new infections (265), of which 114 were at Okahandja, 86 at Otjiwarongo, 45 at Grootfontein and 20 at Okakarara.

The Hardap region recorded 261 new coronavirus infections, of which 168 are at Rehoboth and 78 at Mariental, followed by the Khomas region with 216 and the Erongo region with 154, which include 81 infections at Omaruru.

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Health update….

by Werner Menges

COVID-19 CRISIS: The Ministry of Health and Social Services announced today that 1 518 newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections were recorded in Namibia on Sunday, together with three deaths linked to Covid-19 and 427 recoveries from the coronavirus.

The newly confirmed infections represent a positivity ratio of 40% out of 3 794 test results.

The Khomas region is still reporting the largest share of new infections, with 927 of the latest positive test results, followed by the Erongo region with 256 infections.

Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula noted in the ministry’s statement that only 17

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Health update…

by Arlana Shikongo

COVID-19 CRISIS: The Ministry of Health and Social Services announced 1 403 newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections in Namibia, 27 deaths linked to Covid-19 and 279 recoveries from the virus on Saturday.

The age range of people with newly confirmed infections is from seven months to 121 years, according to the ministry.

The Khomas region is still reporting the largest share of new infections, with 40% (568 people), followed by the Erongo region with 12% (164 people), the health ministry said.

At Oshakati, 102 new infections were recorded, while 86 were recorded at Walvis Bay.

Out of

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Health update..

by Arlana Shikongo

COVID-19 CRISIS: The Ministry of Health and Social Services recorded 1 649 newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections in Namibia, 27 deaths linked to Covid-19 and 1 254 recoveries from the virus on Friday.

The age range of new infections is from four months to 96 years.

The Khomas region is still reporting most new infections, with 48% of the newly confirmed cases from Khomas, the health ministry stated in an announcement released on Saturday.

Windhoek recorded the highest number of new infections (785), followed by Swakopmund with 190 and Oshakati with 163.

Out of the 27 new

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JUST IN: Ovaherero Traditional Authority chief dies

OVAHERERO Traditional Authority chief Vekuii Rukoro has died.

He was 66. Rukoro died in the early morning hours of Friday.

This was confirmed by the traditional authority’s secretary general Mutjinde Katjiua.

On Wednesday, the Ovaherero Traditional Authority announced that Rukoro had tested positive for Covid-19.

*This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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COVID-19 CRISIS:

by Arlana Shikongo

Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula on Thursday evening announced 1 016 newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections in Namibia, and 34 deaths linked to the virus.

Out of the 3 080 novel coronavirus test results received over the past 24 hours, the newly confirmed infections represent a 33% positivity ratio, Shangula said.

The majority of new infections (317) are in Windhoek in the Khomas region, followed by the Erongo region with 131, Oshana with 102 and the //Kharas region with 100.

The majority of deaths were reported at Rehoboth (10), followed by Windhoek (5), three each

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COVID-19 CRISIS:

by Werner Menges

Namibia recorded another one-day record number of newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections and deaths linked to Covid-19 on Wednesday.

The Ministry of Health and Social Services announced on Thursday that out of 5 823 test results received over the last day, 2 075 were positive, which is a positivity ratio of 36%. It also announced another 33 deaths linked to Covid-19.

Of the new infections, 1 128 were recorded in Windhoek, where 11 of the deaths also took place. Twelve of the deaths took place at Gobabis, where 119 newly confirmed infections were recorded.

Four hundred people

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COVID-19 CRISIS:

by Werner Menges

Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula announced 884 newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections in Namibia and another two deaths linked to Covid-19 on Sunday evening.

A one-month-old baby who tested positive for the novel coronavirus is included among the newly confirmed infections.

One of the deaths and 292 of the newly confirmed infections were recorded in Windhoek, and 103 infections were recorded at Rehoboth.

Out of the 2 468 novel coronavirus test results received over the past 24 hours, 884 were positive, which is a positivity ratio of 36%, Shangula stated.

The country’s hospitals now have

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COVID-19 CRISIS:

by Werner Menges

Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula announced 1 399 newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections in Namibia and another 20 deaths linked to Covid-19 on Saturday evening.

Twelve of the deaths and 664 of the newly confirmed infections were recorded in Windhoek.

The announcement follows a day after a one-day record of 1 432 new coronavirus infections in Namibia were announced on Friday evening.

Out of the 3 973 novel coronavirus test results received over the past 24 hours, 1 399 were positive, which is a positivity ratio of 35%, Shangula stated.

The country’s hospitals now have

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COVID-19 CRISIS:

by Werner Menges

The surge in novel coronavirus infections in Namibia is continuing, with newly confirmed coronavirus infections reaching a new one-day record of 1 045 cases on Thursday.

Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula announced this evening that out of 3 178 novel coronavirus test results received over the past 24 hours, 1 045 were positive, which is a positivity ratio of 33%.

The Khomas region recorded 619 of the newly confirmed infections.

Shangula also announced that another 18 deaths linked to Covid-19 have been recorded in Namibia.

The country’s hospitals now have 369 patients with Covid-19 admitted

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//Kharas elderly fear dying before Covid jab

by Ellen Albertz

Elderly residents of the //Kharas region say they fear for their lives as they have not yet been vaccinated against Covid-19.

Ernst Jacobs (82) of Berseba, about 70 kilometres north-west of Keetmanshoop, feels they are the vulnerable members of the community and should be made a priority in receiving the vaccine.

Berseba constituency is home to about 9 000 people and comprises Tses village, Vaalgras, Gainachas, and Bethanie, among others.

Jacobs said they live with young adults who are constantly exposing themselves to the virus as they go out to socialise. He said this scares them as the

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Covid-19: Union proposes that schools close for June and July

by Mercy Karuuombe

THE Teachers Union of Namibia (TUN) has proposed that all schools close for the rest of June and July.

TUN secretary general Mahongora Kavihuha said this in a letter addressed to education executive director Sanet Steenkamp.

He said that the proposal was driven by the alarming increase in Covid-19 cases among pupils and teachers.

Kavihuha also proposed that the health ministry allow vulnerable teachers with underlying health conditions and pregnant educators to work from home immediately.

He said that schools should be provided with personal protective equipment as it has been observed that they are running out

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COVID-19 UPDATE:

by Shelleygan Petersen

Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula announced 722 newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections in Namibia – including 395 in Windhoek – this evening (Tuesday).

The country has also recorded another 16 deaths linked to Covid-19, bringing Namibia’s novel coronavirus death toll to 936.

Shangula said 324 people are hospitalised with Covid-19 currently, with 61 of the patients in intensive care units.

Namibia’s latest coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 59 814
Deaths: 936
Active cases: 6 221
Recoveries: 52 646

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COVID-19 UPDATE:

Namibia reported a record 24 Covid-19-related deaths today, as well as 263 newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula has announced.

Shangula also said 280 people are hospitalised with Covid-19 currently, with 47 of the patients in intensive care units.

Over the past 14 days, Namibia has announced 121 deaths linked to Covid-19, showing a spike in deaths due to novel coronavirus infections.

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 55 812
Recoveries: 50 948
Active cases: 3 999
Deaths: 854

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[LIVE ended] 28th Covid-19 Public Briefing on National Response Measures

NON-COMPLIANCE … Health minister Kalumbi Shangula this morning stressed that the country’s new Covid-19 cases are as a result of the non-compliance with public gathering regulations.

He is speaking during the national Covid-19 briefing.

“The increased cases put immense pressure of the country’s health systems,” he said.

Journalist Arlana Shikongo receives the Sinopharm vaccine at Windhoek Central Hospital. Photo: Shelleygan Petersen

Shangula said vaccination efforts will be not successful if Namibians continue to disregard Covid-19 regulations.

“Currently new infections, hospitalisations and deaths are reported in almost all regions daily,” he said.

In the past 27 days, Namibian has reported over

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55 Covid-19 deaths in eight days

by Shelleygan Petersen and Charmaine Ngatjiheue

THE coronavirus disease (Covid-19) has caused the death of 53 people in the last seven days, as more patients are admitted into hospitals countrywide.

Since the beginning of May, Namibia has recorded 116 Covid-19 deaths, bringing the death tally to 765. This represents an average 38 deaths per week since the beginning of this month. Last month, the Ministry of Health and Social Services recorded 115 Covid-19 deaths in 30 days.



This comes after The Namibian last week reported that Windhoek is facing a crisis in the intensive care units (ICUs) for Covid-19 patients,

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Windhoek faces Covid-19 ICU crisis

by Charmain Ngatjiheue, Shelleygan Petersen and Charlotte Nambadja

THE increasing hospitalisation of people with Covid-19 has led to a shortage of beds in the intensive care units (ICU) of Windhoek’s hospitals, especially private facilities.

As of Wednesday, the number of Covid-19 patients who have been admitted to ICUs in Namibia stood at 54. This is out of a total of 200 people hospitalised countrywide with Covid-19.

Of the patients in ICU, 35 are in Windhoek, particularly in private hospitals, which are facing a shortage of beds.

In addition to a shortage of ICU beds, some hospitals are experiencing a lack

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Shangula makes first visit to Walvis after lockdown

by Ester Mbathera

MINISTER of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula on Friday made his way to Walvis Bay for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out in Namibia.

“I could not come last year during the lockdown, because of a Cabinet decision that members of the executive should remain in Windhoek due to meetings on almost a daily basis,” he said.

Without formal operating procedures, the region navigated the virus mainly through the intervention of the Erongo Covid Care initiative and the assistance of security forces.

The team behind the initiative was able to mobilise financial resources

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Spike in Covid-19 ICU cases worries Shangula

CHARMAINE NGATJIHEUE and SHELLEYGAN PETERSEN

MINISTER of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula says the increasing number of intensive care unit (ICU) Covid-19 patients and hospitalisations is worrying for Namibia, indicating that Namibians have stopped being cautious.

The number of people hospitalised and in ICU after contracting the virus has been on the rise with intensive care unit (ICU) patients hovering around 40 from 1 May to 45 on 8 May, a situation Shangula described as worrying.

In an interview with The Namibian yesterday, Shangula said the spike in ICU cases actually started on 23 April, which recorded the highest

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SA reports cases of devastating Indian Covid-19 variant

South Africa’s health ministry over the weekend said four cases of a coronavirus variant fuelling a devastating surge of Covid-19 in India had been recorded in the country.

The four cases of B.1.617.2 have been detected in (the provinces of Gauteng (2) and KwaZulu-Natal (2) and all have a history of recent arrival from India,” health minister Zweli Mkhize said in a statement late Saturday.

Eleven cases of another variant first detected in the United Kingdom and known as B.1.1.7 have also been found, the statement added, noting that community transmission of that variant had “already set in”.

South Africa

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Sinopharm gets WHO green light

by Shelleygan Petersen

THE Chinese-manufactured Covid-19 vaccine Sinopharm has received clearance for emergency use from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

China donated 100 000 doses of the vaccine to Namibia earlier this year.

The Sinopharm vaccine is produced by the Beijing Bio-Institute of Biological Products.

Vaccines undergo WHO emergency use listing (EUL) assessment to evaluate their quality, safety and efficacy, risk management plans and programme suitability, including factors such as cold-chain requirements.

In the case of the Sinopharm vaccine, the WHO assessment included on-site inspection of the production facility. 

Sinopharm is said to be 79,8% effective.

The WHO recommends the

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US Govt donates more Covid-19 equipment

by John-Colin Namene

THE United States government recently donated equipment to the Erongo health directorate to support the national response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Through its embassy, the US donated 70 blood pressure machines and 41 patient monitors to strengthen the Ministry of Health’s ability to provide quality patient care, monitoring and required support.

The equipment, valued to be just over N$462 000, was handed over in February.

The US government ensured that the equipment was handed over for immediate use in order for the public to benefit from it as soon as possible. On a recent site visit in

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US embassy establishes testing sites at Gobabis, Omaruru

by John-Colin Namene and Mercy Karuuombe

THE United States embassy in partnership with the Namibian Correctional Service, has opened two HIV testing sites at the Gobabis and Omaruru Correctional Facilities.

The embassy in a media statement said the initiative aimed to increase all Namibians’ access to HIV services.

“These testing sites will make it easier for inmates to voluntarily test for HIV. Previously, inmates needed to go to a local clinic for HIV testing,” the statement read.

Additionally, embassy spokesperson Walter Parrs said the establishment of the facilities would reduce delays in testing and HIV prevention and treatment services.

“Through

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No crowds for Nujoma’s birthday

by Hileni Nembwaya

THERE will be no public gathering to celebrate founding president Sam Nujoma’s 92nd birthday on 12 May.

Nujoma’s senior special assistant Paul Shipale said this was in line with the Covid-19 regulations issued by the government, and the fact that the elderly are in the vulnerable category of those susceptible to easily contracting the disease.

All well-wishers with congratulatory messages are encouraged to send them to Nujoma’s office.

Last year’s birthday celebrations were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nujoma was born on 12 May 1929 at Ongandjera in northern Namibia.

He was the country’s president from

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Health ministry secretive on Sputnik V doses

by Shelleygan Petersen

HEALTH executive director Ben Nangombe has refused to divulge the amount of Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine doses the country has ordered and also declined to comment on 34 health workers who have reportedly not been paid since the beginning of the year.

The media have been speculating that the government is procuring about 60 000 vials of the Russian vaccine.

Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula shoved the question on Sputnik V procurement to Nangombe during a Covid-19 briefing at State House yesterday.

Shangula confirmed to Windhoek Observer that Namibia will import the Sputnik V vaccine

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Rampant lies cloud vaccine acceptance

by Frederico Links

COVID-19 vaccines continue to swirl at the epicentre of anti-vaccine propaganda as Namibia’s vaccine roll-out gathers pace.

Of late it has become clear that many Namibians have been exposed to and been sharing a lot of anti-vaccine propaganda via social media platforms and more traditional media.

CLAIM: Covid-19 vaccines are ‘experimental’

This claim has three strains: Firstly, it is suggested that the techniques and technologies used are new and thus not to be trusted.

Secondly, the vaccines have not undergone or are not undergoing animal trials, which could indicate a substandard process, and, thirdly, some vaccines have

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27th Covid-19 Public Briefing

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula says Namibia has at least 383 Covid-19 vaccination sites, while 20 315 people have received their jab so far.

Shangula further clarified that no eligible person should be turned away from the vaccination sites. If someone does not have their identity document (ID), they can be vouched for by a friend or family member with an ID card. They can also provide their birth date.

The minister said president Hage Geingob is currently out of town and therefore could not attend the briefing.

Shangula has warned that the number of new Covid-19 infections remain high, and

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2 500 need food aid at Walvis Bay

by Esther Mbathera

REQUESTS for food aid continue increasing at Walvis Bay as more people are losing jobs due to the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

More than 2 500 people have registered for food parcels at the office of the mayor and offices of the Walvis Bay Rural and Urban constituency councillors.

Rural constituency councillor Florian Tegako says his office is inundated with requests for basic food items on a daily basis.

“These days our office is dealing very seldom with housing issues and more with requests for food. It is so bad that sometimes I have to

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Covid-19 vaccination in full swing

by John-Colin Namene

THE Covid-19 vaccination rollout went into full gear in Windhoek when the Lady Pohamba Private Hospital, constructed a vaccination centre under the guidance of the Ministry of Health and Social Services on Monday.

This comes after the Katutura Intermediate Hospital, the Windhoek Central Hospital and the Rhino Park Private Hospital had already established their vaccination centres and started administering vaccines.

General manager of the Lady Pohamba hospital, Hannelie Botha, on Wednesday urged members of the public to get vaccinated against Covid-19 as a starts to the fight against the virus.

The vaccination at the centre started on

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Covid-19 Update …

Namibia has recorded 134 new coronavirus infections, four deaths linked to Covid-19 and 160 recoveries from the novel coronavirus over the past day, minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula announced on Thursday.

There are currently 119 people hospitalised due to Covid-19, with 33 of them in intensive care units in hospital.

Furthermore, 350 Covid-19 vaccine doses were administered yesterday, bringing the total number of doses administered to 3 587.

The country’s current Covid-19 figures are:
Confirmed cases: 46 185
Recoveries: 44 322
Active cases: 1 256
Deaths: 596
Vaccinated: 3 587

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Covid-19 Update …

Namibia has recorded 102 new coronavirus infections, six deaths linked to Covid-19 and 178 recoveries from the novel coronavirus over the past day, minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula announced on Wednesday.

There are currently 129 people hospitalised in Namibia due to the virus, with 35 of them in intensive care units in hospital.

Furthermore, 160 doses of vaccine against Covid-19 were administered in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of vaccine doses administered in Namibia to 3 282.

The country’s current Covid-19 figures are:
Confirmed cases: 46 051
Recoveries: 44 162
Active cases: 1 286

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Covid-19 Update …

Namibia has recorded 11 deaths linked to the novel coronavirus, 162 new Covid-19 cases, and 263 recoveries, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Tuesday.

In the last 24 hours, 247 Covid-19 vaccine doses were administered, of which 228 in Khomas and 19 in Erongo region.

Cumulatively, a total of 3 122 vaccine doses have been administered since the roll-out.

The minister said among the confirmed cases, 122 people are hospitalised, and 53 of them are in intensive care.

“In recent days, we have observed more severe cases, as reflected by the number of people admitted in critical

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Covid-19 Update …

Namibia has recorded 260 new coronavirus infections, another five deaths linked to Covid-19 and 81 recoveries from the novel coronavirus, minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula said on Monday.

Of the new infections, 120 are school pupils, with the majority of them from Rehoboth High School, Shangula said.

The country’s current Covid-19 figures are as follows:

Confirmed cases: 45 787

Recoveries: 43 721

Active cases: 1 480

Deaths: 575

Vaccination doses administered: 2 875

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Covid-19 Update …

NAMIBIA has recorded five deaths linked to the novel coronavirus, 235 new Covid-19 cases, and 62 recoveries, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the total number of people vaccinated stands at 1 857, of which 356 vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours.

The minister said among the confirmed cases, 152 people are hospitalised, 33 of them in the intensive care unit.

Shangula warned people avoid unnecessary travel and gatherings.

“As we are approaching the Easter holidays, we urge all citizens to exercise extreme caution to prevent infection and further spread of the

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Covid-19 Update …

Namibia has recorded another seven deaths linked to Covid-19, 128 new coronavirus infections and 221 recoveries from the virus, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the total number of people vaccinated against Covid-19 has risen to 1 215. In the last 24 hours, 334 vaccine doses were administered.

Shangula said 162 of the people currently infected with the virus are hospitalised, and of those, 34 are in intensive care units.

Namibia’s current coronavirus figures are:
Confirmed cases: 44 051
Recoveries: 41 676
Active cases: 1 845
Deaths: 520
Vaccinated: 1 215

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More new vaccinations than new cases

NAMIBIA on Friday vaccinated 193 people against Covid-19, recorded 169 new cases, two deaths and 269 recoveries.

This according to minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula.

Of the confirmed cases, 166 people are hospitalised, with 35 are in the intensive care unit.

Since the inception of the Covid-19 vaccination programme, 411 people have been vaccinated, of which 342 are from the Khomas region and 69 are from the Erongo region.

Confirmed cases: 43 179
Recoveries: 41 153
Active cases: 1 512
Deaths: 504
Vaccinated: 411

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Covid-19 Update … 50 Namibians vaccinated so far

NAMIBIA has recorded 176 new Covid-19 infections, 154 recoveries and two deaths linked to the virus, minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula said on Monday.

The recovery rate for Namibia currently stands at 93%.

Shangula said 158 people are hospitalised with Covid-19 currently, with 26 of these patients in intensive care units.

The 176 new cases include 41 pupils, 20 inmates from the Omaruru Correctional Facility, and eight healthcare workers from different health facilities.

Since Friday 50 Namibians have been vaccinated against Covid-19, comprising 30 from the Khomas region and 20 from the Erongo region.

Shangula said no

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Covid-19 Update:

Namibia has recorded 281 new coronavirus infections, another three deaths linked to Covid-19 and 116 recoveries from the novel coronavirus, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Friday.

Shangula also said 162 people are hospitalised with Covid-19 currently, with 24 of the patients in intensive care units.

The 281 people with newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections include 65 school pupils, 14 healthcare workers, 15 teachers from different schools, six employees in the mining industry and three students.

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 41 965
Recoveries: 39 221
Active cases: 2 249
Deaths: 486

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Covid-19 Update:

Namibia has recorded another six deaths linked to Covid-19, 138 new coronavirus infections and 163 recoveries from the virus, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Thursday.

Shangula also said 173 people are hospitalised with Covid-19 currently, with 23 of the patients in intensive care units.

The 138 people with newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections include 29 school pupils, four healthcare workers and three students.

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 41 684
Recoveries: 39 105
Active cases: 2 087
Deaths: 483

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Covid-19 Update …

Namibia has recorded three deaths linked to Covid-19, 80 new coronavirus infections and 149 recoveries from the virus, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Wednesday.

Of the confirmed infections, 179 people are hospitalised, with 26 in intensive care units.

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 41 546
Recoveries: 38 942
Active cases: 2 118
Deaths: 477

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11 Swakop pupils test positive for Covid-19

by Adam Hartman

AT least 11 pupils from the three different high schools at Swakopmund tested positive for Covid-19 over the weekend.

What complicates the issue is that all the infected children are boarders at the Namib High School hostel, which serves as a collective boarding facility for pupils from different high schools at the coastal town.

While the health ministry on Sunday confirmed that Swakopmund had 23 new infections, and that 11 of these were from Namib High School, Erongo education director Erenfriede Stephanus told The Namibian yesterday that this is not entirely correct as the 11 are accommodated

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Covid vaccine coming today

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue, Shelleygan Petersen and Tutaleni Pinehas

NAMIBIA will receive its first doses of Covid-19 vaccine from China this afternoon.

Deputy prime minister and international relations minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah will receive the vaccines at Hosea Kutako International Airport, together with China’s ambassador to Namibia, Zhang Yiming, and health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula.

Zhang said last month that China would donate 100 000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine to Namibia.

Namibia is one of three out of nine countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) that have not received vaccines yet.

Zambia is also yet to receive vaccines,

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Covid-19 Update …

NAMIBIA has recorded another seven deaths linked to Covid-19, 224 new coronavirus infections and 44 recoveries from the virus over the past day, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Monday.

Shangula also said 187 people are hospitalised with Covid-19 currently, with 25 of the patients in intensive care units.

The 224 people with newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections include 78 school pupils, nine healthcare workers, eight teachers and nine students Shangula said.

Namibia’s seven most recent deaths linked to Covid-19 include a 44-year-old man who died at Otjiwarongo and did not have comorbidities, and a 90-year-old woman

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Health update..

Namibia has recorded six new deaths linked to the coronavirus, 179 new infections and 113 recoveries from the virus, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Friday.

Shangula also said 150 people are hospitalised with Covid-19 currently, with 29 of the patients in intensive care units.

Among the 179 cases of newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections are six healthcare workers and six teachers.

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 40 810
Recoveries: 38 217
Active cases: 2 129
Deaths: 456

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SA Covid variant confirmed in Namibia

by Shelleygan Petersen

A FEW days before the anniversary of Namibia’s first coronavirus cases, the country has confirmed the presence of the South African variant while the Namibia Medical Regulatory Council (NMRC) approved the use of the Covid-19 vaccine.

This was confirmed by health minister Kalumbi Shangula yesterday.

“Yes, the results are out and we have some cases of the variant that is found in South Africa. Secondly, Covishield vaccine has been registered in Namibia,” he said.

Namibia announced it had started testing for the South African Covid-19 variant in early January while the country was experiencing its second wave

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AstraZeneca vaccine still safe to use – WHO

by Sakeus Iikela

WORLD Health Organisation representative to Namibia Charles Sagoe-Moses says the Covid-19 vaccine produced by AstraZeneca is still scientifically safe to use in Namibia despite the country recording various cases of the new variant.

The ministry of health yesterday announced that Namibia has recorded 16 cases of the Covid-19 Variant of Concern (VoC), which was reported in South Africa late last year.

The AstraZeneca vaccine, which Namibia has ordered in large quantities, has not been effective against this variant, as reported in South Africa.

To date, the government has paid at least N$29 million or 15% of the

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Covid-19 Update …

NAMIBIA has recorded two deaths linked to the novel coronavirus infection, 331 recoveries and 80 new infections.

Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula on Wednesday said 147 people are hospitalised with 18 of them under intensive care.

He further said 30 of the new cases are pupils from different schools, 17 are employees from the mining industry, four are health care workers and three are teachers at different schools.

Confirmed cases: 37 976
Recoveries: 35 750
Active cases: 1 805
Deaths: 413

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16 cases of SA’s virus variant confirmed in Nam

by Shelleygan Petersen

EXECUTIVE director of health and social services Ben Nangombe on Wednesday afternoon announced that 16 people in the country have tested positive for the South African variant of Covid-19.

This comes after the government sent a specified number of stored samples of positive Covid-19 tests to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases in South Africa for genomic sequencing.

Nangombe said conducting genomic sequencing is important to investigate outbreak dynamics, changes in the growth of the epidemic over time, the spread of the virus, and its transmission routes.

“Virus genome sequencing is helpful in disease surveillance and the

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Covid-19 Update …

NAMIBIA has recorded 315 recoveries from coronavirus, five deaths linked to the virus and 150 new infections, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Tuesday.

Shangula also said 159 people are admitted in hospital with Covid-19 currently, and 28 of these patients under intensive care.

The 150 people with newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections include 87 pupils, six teachers and seven prison inmates.

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:

Confirmed cases: 40 337
Recoveries: 37 893
Active cases: 1 992
Deaths: 444

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Covid-19 Update …

Namibia has recorded 157 new coronavirus infections, 58 recoveries from the virus and one death linked to the virus, Health and Social Services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Monday.

Shangula also said 152 people are admitted to the hospital with Covid-19, with 24 of them under intensive care.

Of the 157 people diagnosed with novel coronavirus infections, 62 are school children and 12 are health care workers.

Namibia’s current coronavirus figures are:

Confirmed cases: 40 187
Recoveries: 37 578
Active cases: 2 162
Deaths: 439

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‘Prioritise fishermen for Covid-19 vaccine’

by Esther Mbathera

THE Confederation of Namibian Fishing Associations (CNFA) wants fishermen to be prioritised for receiving Covid-19 vaccines once they become available in Namibia.

Chairperson Matti Amukwa tabled this proposal last week at the fishing industry consultative meeting with minister of fisheries and marine resources Albert Kawana at Swakopmund.

Amukwa said fishermen should be prioritised, because the fishing industry has under Covid-19 emergency regulations been classified as an essential industry.

“The nature of fishing requires that a number of people live and work in close contact on fishing vessels. Fishing is the first link in the value-creation chain of

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Covid-19 Update …

NAMIBIA has recorded 153 new coronavirus infections, 154 recoveries from the virus and one death linked to Covid-19 over the past day, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Sunday.

Shangula also said 147 people are hospitalised with Covid-19 currently, with 23 of the patients in intensive care units.

The 153 people with newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections include 62 school pupils, five teachers and ten healthcare workers along with seven pensioners.

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:

Confirmed cases: 40 030
Recoveries: 37 520
Active cases: 2 064
Deaths: 438

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Sinopharm vaccine awaits WHO approval

by Shelleygan Petersen

THE Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine, which the Chinese government promised to Namibia as a donation, has not received emergency use clearance from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

China will be donating 100 000 doses of the vaccine to Namibia.

WHO programme area manager on immunisation and vaccine development Dr Richard Mihigo confirmed yesterday that the Sinopharm vaccine has not yet been given the WHO emergency use listing (EUL) authorisation.

“The review of data is still ongoing and we are expecting a decision point by mid to end March,” he said.

This means the rollout of the Sinopharm vaccine

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Hesitancy, disinformation cloud Africa’s vaccine roll-outs

by Frederico Links

AS the global roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines is picking up steam, so too are attempts by disinformation peddlers to discredit the vaccines.

The International Fact-Checking Network’s (IFCN) CoronaVirusFacts alliance reported at the start of this month that Covid-19 vaccine-related disinformation “made up a third of fact checks submitted to the database since the start of 2021”.

According to the alliance, among the viral false claims have been attempts to cast the vaccination of prominent figures, such as the televised vaccination of South African president Cyril Ramaphosa, as stunts or hoaxes, false claims about the efficacy of various

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Covid-19 Update …

NAMIBIA has recorded 63 recoveries from the coronavirus, two deaths linked to the virus and 169 new infections, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Thursday.

The recovery rate for Namibia stands at 94%.

Shangula also said 153 people are hospitalised with Covid-19, with 21 of the patients in intensive care units.

The 169 newly confirmed cases include 91 pupils, six teachers, nine students and five health care workers.

Namibia’s total coronavirus pandemic figures are:

Confirmed cases: 39 466

Recoveries: 37 043

Active cases: 1 979

Deaths: 436

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Covid-19 Update … Over 100 currently hospitalised

Namibia has recorded two deaths linked to Covid-19, 149 new coronavirus infections and 163 recoveries from the virus, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Tuesday.

The latest two deaths linked to Covid-19 are of men aged 41 and 75, who died in Windhoek and Rehoboth, respectively. Neither of them had other health problems associated with an increased mortality rate following a novel coronavirus infection.

Shangula also said 151 people are hospitalised with Covid-19 currently, with 20 of the patients in intensive care units.

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 39 182
Recoveries: 36 498
Active

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Covid-19 Update:

NAMIBIA has recorded another four deaths linked to Covid-19, 188 new coronavirus infections and 74 recoveries from the virus, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Monday.

Currently, Namibia’s recovery rate from novel coronavirus infections stands at 93%.

Shangula also said 138 people are hospitalised with Covid-19 currently, with 22 of the patients being treated in intensive care units.

The 188 people with newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections include 71 school pupils, five teachers and one healthcare worker.

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:

Confirmed cases: 39 033
Recoveries: 36 335
Active cases: 2 262
Deaths: 428

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Health update

NAMIBIA has recorded three deaths linked to coronavirus, 230 new infections and 38 recoveries from the virus, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Thursday.

Shangula also said 150 people are currently admitted in hospital with Covid-19, with 19 of them under intensive care.

The 230 people with newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections include 78 pupils, 14 employees in the fishing industry, three employees from the mining industry, 11 teachers and 16 healthcare workers.

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:

Confirmed cases: 38 206

Recoveries: 35 788

Active cases: 1 994

Deaths: 416

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Covid-19 Update …

NAMIBIA has recorded five deaths linked to coronavirus, 154 new infections and 146 recoveries from the virus, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Tuesday.

Shangula also said 146 people are admitted in hospital with Covid-19, with 15 of them under intensive care.

The 154 people with newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections include 69 pupils, 15 inmates at Etayi police holding cells, three teachers and four healthcare workers.

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:

Confirmed cases: 37 896
Recoveries: 35 419
Active cases: 2 058
Deaths: 411

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Health update

Namibia has recorded 259 new coronavirus infections, four deaths linked to the virus and 183 recoveries from infection since Saturday, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Monday.

Shangula also said 139 people are hospitalised with Covid-19, with 15 of the patients under intensive care.

The 259 people with newly confirmed coronavirus infections include 141 pupils, 11 teachers and three healthcare workers.


Shangula added that the ministry is currently conducting targeted Covid-19 testing in schools for pupils and staff in regions that have a high number of active Covid-19 cases.

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases:

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Covid-19 Update:

Namibia has recorded 188 new coronavirus infections and 55 recoveries from an infection with the virus since Saturday, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Sunday.

Shangula also said 128 people are hospitalised with Covid-19 currently, with nine of the patients in intensive care units.

The 188 people with newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections include 91 school pupils, eight teachers and three healthcare workers.

Namibia’s current coronavirus pandemic figures are:
Confirmed cases: 37 483
Recoveries: 35 090
Active cases: 1 983
Deaths: 402

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Covid-19 Update …

At least 190 school pupils have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Namibia in the last 24 hours.

The country recorded 302 new coronavirus infections since Friday, three deaths linked to the virus and 148 recoveries from an infection with the virus, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Saturday.

“More positive cases are still being reported from Ekulo Senior Secondary School in Omuthiya district, as today we have 90 new cases, 28 from Haudano Senior Secondary School in Oshikuku district, 18 from Leevi Hakusembe Senior Secondary School in Rundu district and the rest are from different schools,” Shangula said.

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Health update

NAMIBIA has recorded 240 new novel coronavirus infections, 136 recoveries and no deaths linked to the virus, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Thursday.

“Among the confirmed cases are 93 pupils, 52 of whom are from Uukulo Senior Secondary School (SSS) in Omuthiya district, 16 from Onesi Senior Secondary School in Tsandi district and the rest from different schools,” Shangula added.

Of the 1 702 active cases, 104 patients are admitted in hospital with 11 in intensive care.

Confirmed cases: 36 680
Recoveries: 34 576
Active cases: 1 702
Deaths: 394

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Health update

Namibia recorded two deaths linked to the novel coronavirus, 74 new infections and 77 recoveries, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Wednesday.

Among the confirmed cases, 13 are pupils, three are teachers, and five are health care workers.

Of the 1 598 active cases, 118 are hospitalised, with 14 of them in the intensive care unit.

Confirmed cases: 36 440

Recoveries: 34 440

Active cases: 1 598

Deaths: 394

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Covid-19 Update:

NAMIBIA schools continue to be Covid-19 hotspots as 93 pupils have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours.

In total the country recorded 141 new coronavirus infections, three deaths linked to the virus and 102 recoveries from the virus since Monday, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Tuesday.

“Among the confirmed cases are 33 learners from Uukule Senior Secondary School in Onandjokwe district, 26 from Haudano Senior Secondary School in Oshikuku district and 14 from Gabriel Taapopi Senior Secondary School in Oshakati district. The rest of the learners are from 15 different schools.”

He added that

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Covid-19 Update…

NAMIBIA has recorded one more death linked to the novel coronavirus, 273 new cases and 120 recoveries, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Monday.

Meanwhile, 118 people are hospitalised, with 12 in the intensive care unit.

Among the new cases are 182 pupils, of which 101 are from Ekulo Senior Secondary School in Omuthiya district, and two health care workers.

“The Ministry of Health and Social Services is currently working in close collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture and stakeholders to urgently address the increase in cases among learners,” Shangula added.

Confirmed cases: 36 25
Recoveries: 34

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Health update…

NAMIBIA has recorded 155 new novel coronavirus infections, two deaths linked to the virus and 42 recoveries, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Sunday.

“Number of cases reported from Kavango East and Kavango West regions are of learners from different boarding schools,” Shangula added.

Of the 1 416 active cases, 119 patients are hospitalised and 14 in intensive care.

Confirmed cases: 35 952
Recoveries: 34 141
Active cases: 1 416
Deaths: 388

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118 Covid-19 patients in hospital

NAMIBIA has recorded 243 new Covid-19 infections, two deaths and 97 recoveries, minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula announced on Saturday.

Of the 1 305 active cases, 118 patients are currently hospitalised and 12 are in the intensive care unit.

Confirmed cases: 35 797
Recoveries: 34 099
Active cases: 1 305
Deaths: 386

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Health update…

NAMIBIA has recorded 201 new Covid-19 infections, two deaths linked to the virus and 52 recoveries, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Friday.

“Among the confirmed cases are 87 pupils from different schools accounting for 43% of newly confirmed cases,” he added.

Of the 1 161 active cases, 135 patients are hospitalised with 13 under intensive care.

Confirmed cases: 35 554
Recoveries: 34 002
Active cases: 1 161
Deaths: 384

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Covid-19 Update

NAMIBIA has recorded 111 new coronavirus infections, four deaths linked to the virus and 172 recoveries, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Thursday.

“Among the confirmed cases are four healthcare workers from different districts,” he added.

Of the 1 014 active cases, 120 are admitted in hospital and 12 are under intensive care.

Confirmed cases: 35 353
Recoveries: 33 950
Active cases: 1 014
Deaths: 382

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Covid-19 Update …

Namibia has recorded one new death linked to the novel coronavirus, 41 new cases and 103 recoveries, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, 111 people are hospitalised with 15 under intensive care.

Confirmed cases: 35 242
Recoveries: 33 778
Active: 1 079
Deaths: 378

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Covid-19 hits Karasburg old-age home

NAMIBIA has recorded 97 new novel coronavirus infections.

No new deaths have been recorded, and 119 infected people have recovered from the virus.

Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula on Monday said among the newly reported cases are two healthcare workers, 39 pupils and one teacher – all from various parts of the country.

“We are also reporting four pensioners and two caregivers from an old-age home in the Karasburg district,” the minister said.

Meanwhile, 119 people are currently hospitalised for Covid-19, and 13 patients are in the intensive care unit.

Confirmed cases: 35 070
Recoveries: 33 573

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Covid-19 hits Karasburg old-age home

NAMIBIA has recorded 97 new novel coronavirus infections.No new deaths have been recorded, and 119 infected people have recovered from the virus.

Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula on Monday said among the newly reported cases are two healthcare workers, 39 pupils and one teacher – all from various parts of the country.

“We are also reporting four pensioners and two caregivers from an old-age home in the Karasburg district,” the minister said.

Meanwhile, 119 people are currently hospitalised for Covid-19, and 13 patients are in the intensive care unit.

Confirmed cases: 35 070
Recoveries: 33 573
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NAMIBIA has recorded 129 new coronavirus infections over the past day, four deaths linked to Covid-19 and 95 recoveries from the coronavirus, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Sunday.

“Among the confirmed cases are seven healthcare workers from different districts, 32 learners from different schools and five workers from the fishing industry,” Shangula said.

The number of people hospitalised with Covid-19 decreased from 141 on Saturday to 138 on Sunday, with 14 people being treated in intensive care units.

Namibia’s latest coronavirus figures are:
Confirmed cases: 34 973
Recoveries: 33 454
Active cases: 1 137
Deaths: 375

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NAMIBIA has recorded 229 new coronavirus infections, from 13 regions of the country, over the past day.

Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula on Saturday said the Erongo region reported the highest number of newly confirmed infections with 76 cases, followed by the Khomas region, where 44 new infections were reported.

Meanwhile, the death of a 79-year-old woman in Windhoek has brought the country’s death toll linked to Covid-19 to 371.

Shangula also said Namibia has recorded 139 new recoveries from an infection with the coronavirus, and that 141 people are hospitalised due to Covid-19, with 15 of those

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HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula says 11 pupils and three teachers from different schools have tested positive for the novel coronavirus a week after classes resumed.

In total, the country recorded 102 new coronavirus infections, four deaths linked to Covid-19 and 38 recoveries from the virus between Tuesday and Wednesday.

“We are reporting cases from 11 regions, with Khomas reporting the highest number of cases (62%), followed by Oshana and Zambezi regions,” Shangula announced on Wednesday evening.

The number of people hospitalised due to Covid-19 decreased from 146 on Tuesday to 144 a day later, with 13 people in intensive care

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NAMIBIA has recorded another two deaths linked to Covid-19, 175 recoveries from novel coronavirus infections and 102 new infections with the virus.

Thirty-two of the newly confirmed infections were recorded in the Kavango East region, followed by 21 in Erongo and also 21 in Omaheke.

Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Tuesday that 146 people are hospitalised with Covid-19 in Namibia, with 13 of those being treated in intensive care units.

Namibia’s coronavirus figures are now as follows:
Confirmed cases: 34 270
Recoveries: 32 739
Active cases: 1 169
Deaths: 355

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KAVANGO East recorded three-digit Covid-19 infections in 24 hours totalling 113.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula on Wednesday said 95 cases from the region are inmates at the Divundu correctional facility.

In total, the country recorded 308 new coronavirus infections, 778 recoveries and four more deaths linked to the virus.

Of the 1 717 active cases, 164 are hospitalised with 21 in intensive care.

Confirmed cases:  33 265
Recoveries: 31 210
Active cases: 1 717
Deaths: 332

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NAMIBIA has recorded 365 new novel coronavirus infections, six deaths linked to the virus and 260 recoveries from an infection with the virus since the previous day, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Saturday.

The number of people hospitalised with Covid-19 has increased from 197 on Friday to 199 on Saturday, with 29 of those patients in intensive care units.

“We urge the public to disinfect their dwellings and workplaces by wiping frequently used surfaces with disinfectants and letting them dry for not less than 10 minutes,” Shangula said.

Namibia’s current Covid-19 figures are as follows:

Confirmed cases: 32 213

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NAMIBIA recorded 225 new coronavirus infections, 250 recoveries and no new deaths linked to the virus, health minister Kalumbi Shangula announced on Monday.

Of the 2 055 active cases, 188 are hospitalised with 27 in intensive care, the minister said.

Confirmed cases: 32 650
Recoveries: 30 270
Active cases: 2 055
Deaths: 319

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Namibia recorded 212 new coronavirus infections, 189 recoveries and two more deaths linked to the virus on Sunday.

The country again recorded cases in all 14 regions.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula said the number of cases hospitalised remains at 197 while 29 patients are in intensive care.

Confirmed cases: 32 425
Recoveries: 30 020
Active cases: 2 080
Deaths: 319

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NAMIBIA has recorded 333 new novel coronavirus infections, one death linked to the virus and 341 recoveries.

“Today, we announce three hundred and thirty-three (333) new Covid-19 confirmed cases identified from two thousand seven hundred and sixty- nine (2 769) results received from the laboratories in the last twenty-four (24) hours,” health minister Kalumbi Shangula said Friday.

Meanwhile, the number of cases hospitalised continues to gradually decrease from 235 yesterday to 197, while 27 patients are in the intensive care unit.

Confirmed cases: 31 848
Recoveries: 29 571
Active cases: 1 960
Deaths: 311

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Namibia has another record 1 004 recoveries from the novel coronavirus, nine deaths linked to the virus and 262 new infections, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said Thursday.

Meanwhile, the number of cases hospitalised have decreased from 257 on Wednesday to 235, while 27 patients are in the intensive care unit.

Confirmed cases: 31 515
Recoveries: 29 230
Active cases: 1 968
Deaths: 310

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NAMIBIA recorded 258 new coronavirus infections, 368 recoveries and five more deaths linked to the virus on Wednesday.

Deputy health minister Ester Muinjangue said 257 patients are hospitalised, 24 of them in intensive care.

“//Karas region’s hospitalised confirmed cases has doubled in the last 24 hours,” the minister said.

Confirmed cases: 31 253
Recoveries: 28 226
Active cases: 2 721
Deaths: 301

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Namibia has recorded 242 new coronavirus infections, three more deaths linked to the virus and 365 recoveries from the virus, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the number of people hospitalised with Covid-19 decreased from 273 on Monday to 267 on Tuesday, with 27 people being treated in intensive care units.

Shangula discouraged Namibians from travelling without negative Covid-19 test results, saying it posed a risk to others and was worsening the country’s current situation.

“We urge all members of the public who have been swabbed and are waiting for their Covid-19 results to avoid travel until they

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NAMIBIA has recorded another eight deaths linked to the novel coronavirus, 390 new coronavirus infections and 562 recoveries from the virus, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Monday.

Meanwhile, 273 people infected with the virus are hospitalised, with 28 of those in intensive care units.

“Today we are reporting cases from all the 14 regions, with Khomas region reporting the highest number of cases followed by Oshana region, representing 44% and 23% of all confirmed cases respectively,” Shangula said.

Of the 390 newly confirmed coronavirus infections recorded in Namibia since Sunday, 170 were located in Khomas.

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NAMIBIA has recorded 312 new Covid-19 infections, seven deaths linked to the virus and 470 recoveries from the disease.

Meanwhile, 297 people are hospitalised with 33 of them in intensive care, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Wednesday.

“Today we are reporting cases from 13 (93%) regions, with Khomas region accounting for 23% of all confirmed cases followed by Omaheke (18%).

“Cases are increasing in the different regions as indicated by the continuous change in the top two regions,” the minister added.

Confirmed cases: 29 183
Recoveries: 25 408
Active cases: 3 499
Deaths: 271

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LIVE [Ended] … 23rd Covid-19 Response Public Briefing

Covid-19 Update … Health minister Kalumbi Shangula says the Covid-19 situation in Namibia has worsened since the previous public briefing and there is evidence that the current rate of infections has “far exceeded the previous wave”.

He said the situation is affecting and is being felt in most regions.

So far 1,350 healthcare workers have tested positive for the novel coronavirus and six have died.

Shangula added that both state and private hospitals are nearing full capacity, while other facilities are unable to accept new patients, especially in the intensive care units.

Shangula reiterated that there are strong suspicions which

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NAMIBIA has recorded 269 new Covid-19 infections, 476 recoveries and three deaths linked to the virus, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Tuesday.

The number of patients in hospital stands at 297 with 32 in intensive care, he said.

“Today we are reporting cases from all the 14 (100%) regions, with Khomas region accounting for 20% of all confirmed cases followed by //Kharas region with 15%,” the minister noted.

Shangula further encouraged those who have been exposed to the virus to quarantine to help curb the further spread of the virus. This is because one may be

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NAMIBIA has recorded 343 new Covid-19 infections, 170 recoveries and seven more deaths linked to the virus.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula announced on Monday that 273 patients are hospitalized due to the virus, a reduction from Sunday’s 303 cases.

Of those cases, 32 are under intensive care.

“Today we are once again reporting cases from 13 (93%) of the 14 regions, with the Khomas region accounting for 25% of all confirmed cases followed by Oshana region with16%,” Shangula added.

Confirmed cases: 28 602
Recoveries: 24 462
Active cases: 3 874
Deaths: 261

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NAMIBIA has recorded 363 novel coronavirus infections, 466 recoveries and five new deaths linked to the virus.

This was announced by health minister Kalumbi Shangula on Thursday who said the number of patients hospitalised due to the virus now stands at 312 with 38 of them in the intensive care.

Of the new cases, 158 (44%) are contacts to confirmed cases and 218 (60%) are symptomatic.

Khomas and Erongo regions represent 29% and 28% of all confirmed cases respectively.

“It is concerning that Erongo is starting to come up again as a hotspot for Covid-19 infection, which could possibly be

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NAMIBIA has another record 13 deaths linked to the novel coronavirus, 432 new infections and 423 recoveries, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Wednesday.

The number of cases hospitalised increased from 268 yesterday to 289, with 38 people in intensive care.

Confirmed cases: 26 319
Recoveries: 22 200
Active cases: 3 881
Deaths: 235

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NAMIBIA has recorded 501 new Covid-19 infections, four new deaths linked to the virus and 610 recoveries, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the number of cases hospitalised increased from 255 yesterday to 268, with 36 people in intensive care.

Confirmed cases: 25 887
Recoveries: 21 777
Active cases: 3 885
Deaths: 222

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Namibia on Monday recorded 270 novel coronavirus infections, three deaths linked to the virus and 112 new recoveries, the health minister Kalumbi Shangula said.

Meanwhile, the country has 255 people hospitalised as a result of the virus, with 39 in the intensive care unit.

Of the total new confirmed cases, 107 (40%) are contacts to confirmed cases and 181 (67%) are symptomatic.

“Today, we report a Covid-19 death of a healthcare worker and this brings the total number of healthcare workers who succumbed to the disease to four,” the minister added.

Confirmed cases: 25 386
Recoveries: 21 167
Active cases:

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Namibia has recorded 462 new coronavirus infections, two deaths linked to the virus and 124 recoveries over the past day, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the country has 261 people hospitalised with Covid-19, with 41 of those patients being treated in intensive care units.

Of the total new confirmed cases, 177 (38%) are contacts to confirmed cases and 260 (56%) are symptomatic.

“Windhoek cases are sporadically located from all suburbs,” Shangula said. “We continue to observe a high number of cases from all the regions especially among the 20 to 49 years age group.

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Namibia has recorded 109 new coronavirus infections, five deaths linked to Covid-19 and 204 recoveries from the virus, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Saturday.

Shangula also said 241 people infected with the novel coronavirus are hospitalised, with 39 of those being treated in intensive care units.

Of the newly confirmed cases, 35 (32%) are contacts to confirmed cases and 73 (67%) are symptomatic.

“Today we are reporting low figures compared to the past days as some laboratories did not send the results. The figures may be extremely different tomorrow,” Shangula cautioned.

Namibia’s overall novel coronavirus figures

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Namibia has recorded 604 new coronavirus infections, three additional deaths linked to Covid-19 and 651 recoveries from the virus, health minister Kalumbi Shangula announced on Friday.

Meanwhile, 231 patients with Covid-19 are hospitalised, with 36 of them being treated in intensive care units.

Shangula said 42% of the newly confirmed infections were recorded in the Khomas region.

He said infections in Windhoek were sporadically located from all suburbs of the city, while the country continued to observe a high number of cases from all regions.

“In the [past] seven days we have recorded a total of 3 283 confirmed cases,”

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Namibia has reported a record number of 608 new novel coronavirus infections, 421 recoveries and nine deaths, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Thursday.

The country has also recorded the youngest death of a two-month-old baby girl with no underlying health conditions at Walvis Bay.

Namibia has also recorded 211 hospitalised cases, of which 37 are in intensive care units.

“We continue to experience an increased geographical spread and increased transmissibility, as today we report confirmed cases from 13 (93%) of the regions. Windhoek cases are sporadically located from all suburbs. Covid-19 cases are still increasing daily.

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Namibia has over the past day recorded 482 new coronavirus infections, 912 recoveries from the virus and one death linked to Covid-19, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Wednesday.

Shangula said 196 people confirmed to have been infected with the novel coronavirus are currently hospitalised, with 36 people being treated in intensive care units.

Of the newly confirmed cases, 185 (38%) are contacts to confirmed cases and 242 (50%) are symptomatic.

“The Khomas region represents 47% of all confirmed cases. Among the Windhoek district cases, there are eleven employees from Ocean Basket restaurant,” Shangula said. “Windhoek cases

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Namibia has recorded 564 new Covid-19 infections, 466 recoveries and two deaths, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Tuesday.

Of the new cases, 234 are hospitalised patients and 43 are in intensive care units.

“Today we are reporting results from 13 regions, with the Khomas and Erongo regions representing 52% and 16% of all confirmed cases, respectively. The past week we have recorded an average of 460 confirmed cases per day,” the minister said.

Of the total new confirmed cases, 252 (45%) are contacts to confirmed cases and 381 (68%) are symptomatic.

“We urge all citizens to

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Namibia has reported 364 novel coronavirus infections, 268 recoveries from the disease and two deaths, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Monday.

Meanwhile, of the confirmed cases, 248 are hospitalised and 44 are in the intensive care unit.

He said Khomas and Erongo regions contribute 41% and 25% respectively of all confirmed cases.

“Windhoek cases are sporadically distributed across the suburbs. We continue to record confirmed cases of learners who are on school holidays across different regions,” Shangula said.

Of the total new confirmed cases, 189 (51%) are contacts to confirmed cases and 263 (72%) are symptomatic.

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Namibia has reported 525 novel coronavirus infections, 188 recoveries with four deaths, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Sunday.

The minister added that today’s cases are all reported from across all the regions in the country, while Khomas region contributes 46 % of all confirmed cases.

Of the total new confirmed cases, 255 (49%) are contacts to confirmed cases and 358 (68%) are asymptomatic.

The country currently has 231 patients hospitalised with 35 in the intensive care unit.

Confirmed cases: 21 923
Recoveries: 18 039
Active cases: 3 690
Deaths: 191

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NAMIBIA has recorded 136 novel coronavirus infections, with 249 recoveries, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Saturday

Meanwhile, 224 people are hospitalised and 36 are in the intensive care unit.

According to the minister, the country is reporting low figures compared to the past days because some of the laboratories did not send the results on time.

“The situation may change drastically tomorrow. The Khomas region contributes 32% of all confirmed cases, sporadically distributed across different parts of Windhoek,” he added.

Total confirmed cases: 21 398
Recoveries: 17 851
Active cases: 3 357
Deaths: 187

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Namibia has reported the highest number ever recorded in 24 hours with 683 novel coronavirus infections recorded on Friday. Meanwhile, the country reported 404 recoveries, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said.

According to the minister, Khomas region contributed 57% of all confirmed cases, sporadically distributed across all suburbs in Windhoek.

Of the confirmed cases, 224 are hospitalised and 36 are in the intensive care unit.

Total confirmed cases: 21 262
Recoveries: 17 602
Active cases: 3 470
Deaths: 187

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Namibia has reported another record of 595 novel coronavirus infections with 306 recoveries and four deaths , health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Thursday.

He said this is a record number of confirmed cases from all the 14 regions and the highest number ever recorded in 24 hours in the country.

According to Shangula, 229 people are hospitalised with 36 in the intensive care unit.

Khomas contributes 43% to the total confirmed cases which are recorded in the last 24 hours. 2

“Of the total new confirmed cases, 530 (89%) are contacts to confirmed cases and 583

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Namibia has recorded 355 novel coronavirus infections, 575 recoveries and two deaths, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Wednesday.

Khomas region contributed 43% to the total confirmed cases.

Of the total new confirmed cases, 140 (39%) are contacts to confirmed cases and 222 (63%) are asymptomatic.

“The second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic is currently unravelling in the country. We urge the public to abide by the public health measures announced this morning on public gatherings, restriction of movement, sale of alcohol, compulsory and correct wearing of face masks in public places, including in vehicles and aircraft

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[Live Ended] Covid-19 Public Briefing by health minister

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula (centre), justice minister Yvonne Dausab (right) and attorney general Festus Mbandeka are about to address the nation on new regulations to curb the spread of the second Covid-19 wave in Namibia.

Speaking at State House, Shangula said president Hage Geingob introduced stricter measures to address the Covid-19 pandemic a week ago.

He said the number of people at gatherings were reduced, and citizens were told to wear their masks and adhere to regulations.

He said the measures were to last for 14 days.

In the past few days, the number of cases, however, reached records, hospitals

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Namibia has reported 330 new Covid-19 infections on Tuesday and one more death.

The country has also recorded 276 recoveries, minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula said.

“The Khomas region contributes 69% to the total from different institutions. Twelve cases involve pupils from different schools, six are healthcare workers and five are teachers from different schools,” he said.

A total of 155 of the new cases are contacts of confirmed cases, and 212 are symptomatic.

“We would like to inform the public that laboratories are experiencing a backlog in tests due to the increased demand for testing. Consequently,

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Covid-19 Update:

Namibia has recorded 277 new coronavirus infections, with another six deaths linked to Covid-19 and 118 recoveries from the virus, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Sunday.

Shangula said the Khomas and Erongo regions have contributed 35% (96 cases) and 32% (89 cases) respectively to the total number of newly confirmed infections.

“We are receiving reports of members of the public who are violating the set Covid-19 regulations deliberately,” he remarked. “We strongly condemn this attitude of laxity and advise the general public that the security force has been deployed to ensure compliance.”

Shangula also stated: “As

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Covid-19 Update:

Namibia has recorded a record number of 434 new coronavirus infections, with 253 recoveries from the virus and five deaths linked to Covid-19, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Friday.

Shangula said the country has recorded a 31% increase in the number of reported cases compared to those reported yesterday.

“Today 12 of the 14 regions in Namibia have recorded new Covid-19 positive cases. Khomas region alone has contributed 62% (271) to the total confirmed cases,” Shangula said.

Among the positive cases, 39 are healthcare workers, of which 24 are from Windhoek.

Shangula added that of the

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Covid-19 Update:

Namibia has recorded 331 new coronavirus infections and 177 recoveries from the virus, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula announced on Thursday.

Windhoek recorded the highest number of new cases, with 163 or 49% of the total number of newly confirmed infections.

Shangula said the country currently has 157 people hospitalised due to Covid-19, and 29 reportedly in intensive care units.

Total confirmed cases: 17 607
Total recoveries: 15 373
Active cases: 2 067
Total deaths: 164

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LIVE [Ended] … 21st Covid-19 briefing on national response measures

President Hage Geingob says 2020 has been an extraordinary and challenging year. He says since the Covid-19 outbreak in March, the government has been dealing with safeguarding lives while addressing economic growth.

He says since the last update in November, he expressed concerns that Namibians have become complacent. In 15 days, Namibia has recorded 13 Covid-19-related deaths alone, bringing total deaths to 164. The total number of infections increased to 16 913.

Geingob says it is evident the country is experiencing a second wave of infections and new measures need to be taken.

Public gatherings are being limited to 50

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Namibia pays N$29m for vaccine

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula says Namibia has settled the 15%, or roughly N$29 million, meant to show its commitment to accessing the novel coronavirus vaccine through the Covax facility.

The country in August expressed interest in officially joining the global move to develop a vaccine against Covid-19.
Following this, the country needed to pay 15% of the N$193 million needed for it to participate in the facility.


With the vaccine, the country targets 20% of the population, which are mainly healthcare workers and vulnerable Namibians.


“The 15% had to be paid upfront, and

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LIVE [Ended] : Covid-19 National Response Update (State House)

NEW REGULATIONS

(As announced by President Hage Geingob on Monday, 30 November)

From 1 December 2020 to 25 January 2021:

▩ Public gatherings remain limited to 200 people

▩ Incoming travellers must present a Covid-19 test results not older than 72 hours

▩ Returning Namibians with test result older than 72 hours must quarantine at home

Additional measures from 1 December 2020 to 25 January 2021:
▩ Namibians with a positive test result will be placed in isolation 

▩ Sale of alcohol at shebeens and night clubs extended to midnight

▩ No more Covid-19 registers 

▩ Testing of a corpse

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Windhoek records 105 new cases

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

THE capital recorded 105 new cases on Thursday with the majority coming from schools, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said this afternoon.

The country recorded 149 cases in total of which 79 are females and 70 males, the youngest of which is two months old and the oldest is 75 years of age.

Lüderitz recorded 38 new cases, Swakopmund three, Otjiwarongo, Tsumeb and Katima Mulilo one each.

Shangula said among the 105 cases from Windhoek district, 73 are pupils from different schools who are all contacts to confirmed cases, with 58% of them showing symptoms for Covid-19.

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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

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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

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Namibia records 53 new Covid-19 cases

Health update … Namibia has recorded 53 new coronavirus infections, another death linked to Covid-19 and 449 recoveries from the virus.

Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula, who said Windhoek and Rehoboth each reported 15 newly confirmed infections, announced this on Thursday.

Seven new infections were recorded at Keetmanshoop and also seven at Oshakati, three at Lüderitz and two at Okahandja.

One newly confirmed infection was recorded at Karasburg, Omaruru, Swakopmnund and Tsandi each.

The Khomas region reported 441 new recoveries, Erongo seven and Kunene one.

The latest death linked to Covid-19 is that of a 73-year-old man from

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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

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Namibia records 13 new Covid-19 cases

Health update: Namibia has reported 13 new coronavirus infections and 81 recoveries from the virus, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Tuesday.

Lüderitz had the highest number of newly confirmed cases with six, followed by Windhoek with three and Karasburg with two. One newly confirmed infection was also recorded at Rehoboth and one at Walvis Bay as well.

Fifty-one of the recoveries are from the Hardap region, 22 from Khomas, four from Oshana and two each from //Kharas and Omusati.

Namibia has so far recorded 13 253 confirmed coronavirus infections, 134 deaths linked to Covid-19 and 11

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Namibia records 29 Covid-19 cases

Health update: Namibia has recorded 29 new coronavirus infections out of 1 066 tests and 15 recoveries from the virus, deputy health minister Ester Muinjangue said on Monday.


Sixteen of the newly confirmed infections were recorded at Oshakati, five each at Rehoboth and Windhoek, two at Omuthiya and one at Onandjokwe.


Muinjangue said the country was recording many confirmed cases coming from institutions, with 16 of the new infections reported from the Oshana region and 13 of those from schools and a correctional facility.


She urged the public to continue to adhere to prevention measures, particularly in enclosed spaces.


“We

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Update: First Covid-19 death in 16 days

Health update: Namibia has recorded 27 new Covid-19 cases, 24 recoveries and one death. Ben Nangombe, executive director of health and social services, announced this on Saturday.

Of these cases, 17 involve women and 10 men.

The youngest is five months old and the oldest is 89.

Windhoek recorded 18 new cases, Oshakati three, Walvis Bay two, and Swakopmund, Engela, Rehoboth and Lüderitz one each.

The total number of active cases in Namibia now stands at 1 432.

Of these cases, four are severely to critically ill.

The country today reported its first Covid-19-related death in 16 days.

The deceased

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Udpate: Namibia records 53 Covid-19 cases

Health update … Namibia today recorded 53 new Covid-19 cases and 140 recoveries.

Ben Nangombe, executive director of health and social services, announced this on Friday.

Oshakati reported the highest number of new cases with 24, Windhoek 16, Engela four, and Swakopmund and Rehoboth three each.

Keetmanshoop, Lüderitz and Walvis Bay reported one each.

“Of the 24 cases reported from the Oshana region, 23 are pupils from Iipumbu SSS,” Nangombe said.

Namibia now has 13 143 confirmed Covid-19 cases, 11 578 recoveries and 133 deaths.

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NAMIBIA has recorded 44 new Covid-19 cases and 94 recoveries.

This was announced on Thursday afternoon by deputy health minister Ester Muinjangue.

The new cases are 24 males and 20 females, with the youngest being three months and the oldest 66 years.

Windhoek recorded 17 new cases, Oshakati 13, Rehoboth six, Walvis Bay and Engela two each, Onandjokwe, Omuthiya, Karasburg and Lüderitz one each.

Muinjangue said five of the Windhoek cases are pupils from three different schools while 13 from Oshakati are from the correctional facility and schools.

She advised the public to continue adhering to the preventative measures, warning

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Covid-19 customer register stolen

by Heleni Nembwaya

A COVID-19 customer register was allegedly stolen from the Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust (NFCPT) fish shop at Ondangwa by unknown suspects over the weekend.

The NFCPT marketing and communications officer De Wet Siluka urged customers to be vigilant as the contact details in the register may be used for fraudulent activities.

In a press release Siluka said NFCPT is committed to the highest standards of accountability and responsibility.

“We do not call our customers or public requesting for their personal information or offering any kind of assistance over the phone. If you suspect or are aware

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Covid-19 Update …

NAMIBIA has recorded 16 new Covid-19 cases and 40 recoveries. This was announced on Wednesday afternoon by deputy health minister Ester Muinjangue.

The new cases are nine females and seven males, the youngest being eight months old and the oldest 69 years.

Windhoek recorded 12 new cases and Karasburg four.

Muinjangue said Windhoek cases include four pupils from Gammams Primary School.

Hardap recorded 15 recoveries, Otjozondjupa 14, Khomas seven and Erongo four.

The total number of active cases now stands at 1 568. Of the active cases, four are in severe to critical condition.

Namibia now has 13 046 confirmed

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Update: Namibia records 18 Covid-19 cases

NAMIBIA has recorded 18 new Covid-19 cases and 103 recoveries. This was announced on Tuesday afternoon by health deputy minister Ester Muinjangue.



Of these new cases, 14 are males and four are female, with the youngest being 21 years and the oldest 69.

Oshakati recorded seven new cases, Windhoek four, Engela two, Okahao, Outapi, Karasburg, Lüderitz and Opuwo one each.

The Oshakati cases include four inmates from Oluno Correctional Facility.

Oshana recorded 76 recoveries, Khomas 20, //Kharas three, Omusati two, Kunene and Omaheke one each.

The total number of active cases now stands at 1 593. Of the active cases,

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Teacher tests positive for Covid-19

LUQMAN CLOETE

A TEACHER at Mina Sachs Primary School tested positive for Covid-19 last Thursday, and five colleagues who came into contact with her have been placed quarantine. 

This was confirmed by the school principal Richard Namaseb on Monday. 

He said the 28 pre-primary pupils, who were in direct contact with the teacher, had been sent home. 

Namaseb said the pupils will be tested for Covid-19 on Wednesday. 

“Health officials will contact their parents to get consent for them to undergo a Covid-19 test,” he added. 

The principal said teaching and learning will continue at the school as relief teachers

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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

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Covid-19 Update …

Namibia has recorded 28 coronavirus infections and 36 recoveries, health and social services executive director Ben Nangombe said on Saturday.

Windhoek reported the highest with 14, Rehoboth eight, Swakopmund three, Walvis Bay two and Otjiwarongo one.

In terms of recoveries, the Khomas region recorded 26, Kharas four, Erongo three, Omaheke two and Kunene one.

Namibia now has 12 935 confirmed cases, 11 036 recoveries and 133 deaths.

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Covid-19 Update …

The country has recorded 49 new Covid-19 cases and 28 recoveries. This was announced this afternoon by health ministry executive director Ben Nangombe.

Of these new cases, 31 are males and 18 females. The youngest is 17 years old and the oldest 81-years-old.

Oshakati recorded 26 new cases, Windhoek 16, Rehoboth two, and Keetmanshoop, Outapi, Rundu, Onandjokwe and Engela one each.

Nangombe said the confirmed cases from Oshakati district include 19 inmates from Oluno Correctional Facility and three pupils from Iipumbu Senior Secondary School.

Khomas recorded 15 recoveries, Oshana nine, Omaheke and Omusati two each.

The total number of active

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Covid-19 Update …

Namibia’s number of confirmed novel coronavirus infections rose by 52 on Thursday, with another 43 recoveries from the virus also reported, according to health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula.

Windhoek recorded the highest number of new infections at 15, followed by Oshakati and Rehoboth with seven each and Outapi with five.

Walvis Bay and Gobabis reported four new infections each, while Swakopmund and Karasburg have three each and Onandjokwe two. Meanwhile, Usakos and Lüderitz each reported one newly confirmed infection.

The recoveries are from Kavango East region with 26, Khomas with 10, four in //Kharas, two in Otjozondjupa and

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Update: Namibia records 54 Covid-19 cases

Health update … Namibia has recorded 54 new coronavirus infections and another 65 recoveries from the virus.

This is according to health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula, who announced the country’s latest daily figures on the novel coronavirus pandemic at the Covid-19 communication centre in Windhoek on Tuesday.

Omuthiya recorded the highest number of newly confirmed infections with 34, followed by Windhoek with seven,  Swakopmund with six and Okahandja with four. Oshakati and Engela recorded two and one, respectively.

Shangula said all of the 34 cases at Omuthiya are from the police holding cells at the town.

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Covid-19 Update …

NAMIBIA has recorded 15 new coronavirus infections and 34 recoveries from the virus, deputy minister of health and social services Ester Muinjangue announced on Monday.

Seven of the newly confirmed infections were recorded in Windhoek, two each at Swakopmund, Usakos and Rehoboth, and one each at Gobabis and Okahandja.

Khomas recorded the recovery of 24 people who had been infected with the virus, Hardap seven, Ohangwena two and Omusati one.

The total number of active coronavirus infections in Namibia cases now stands at 1 729. Of the active cases, three are in a severe to critical condition.

Namibia has recorded

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Namibia records 81 new Covid-19 cases


Covid-19 update . . . Namibia has reported 81 new Covid-19 cases and four new recoveries.

This was announced by minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula on Sunday.

Oshakati reported the highest number of new cases with 58, Windhoek reported eight, Mariental six, and Outapi, Gobabis and Karasburg two each.

Aranos, Okahandja and Engela reported one new case each.

“Oshakati’s cases include 57 pupils, of whom 56 are from Iipumbu Senior Secondary School, who were tested through expanded targeted testing. One pupil is from Erundu Combined School,” Shangula said.

The cases at Mariental involve inmates from the Mariental

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Virus still rife in prisons

Health update: Namibia has recorded 78 new coronavirus infections and 72 recoveries.

This was announced this afternoon by executive director of health and social services Ben Nangombe.

Of the new cases, 57 are men and 21 women.

The youngest is two years old and the oldest 85.

Mariental recorded the highest number of new cases with 25, Windhoek 17, Oshakati 15, Okahandja, Omuthiya and Swakopmund four each, Engela three, Okakarara two, and Rehoboth, Grootfontein, Otjiwarongo and Onandjokwe one each.

Of the 26 cases reported in the Hardap region, 25 are inmates at the Hardap Correctional Facility.

Among the 15 cases

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Update: Namibia records 41 new Covid-19 cases

Covid-19 Update … Namibia has recorded 41 novel coronavirus cases with 139 new recoveries, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Friday.

Omuthiya recorded the highest number of cases at 15, followed by Windhoek with 12, Mariental four and Karasburg two.

Rehoboth, Keetmanshoop, Oshakati and Rundu have one case each.

“All 15 cases are inmates at Omuthiya police holding cells. The Hardap cases include four inmates from Hardap Correctional facility,” the minister said.

The recoveries are from Oshana region with 44, Hardap 38, Oshikoto 22, Khomas 18, Kunene 11, Omaheke three, Karas two and Ohangwena one.

The country’s

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Update: Namibia records 54 new Covid-19 cases

NAMIBIA has recorded 54 new coronavirus cases and 22 recoveries, deputy health minister Ester Muinjangue this afternoon said.

Of these cases, 31 are males and 23 females, the youngest is one year old and the oldest 75 years.

Oshakati recorded 18 new cases, Windhoek 16, Rehoboth five, Walvis Bay and Otjiwarongo three each, Swakopmund, and Gobabis two each and Mariental, Okahandja, Oshikuku, Outapi and Tsumeb one each.

Muinjangue said Oshakati cases include, 12 pupils from Oshakati Senior Secondary School and five inmates at Oluno correctional facility. The two institutions have been the hotbed of Covid-19 transmission in Oshana, contributing significantly

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Covid-19 Update …

Namibia has recorded 39 new Covid-19 cases.

A total of 59 recoveries and one death have also been recorded, deputy minister of health and social services Esther Muinjangue said on Wednesday.

Of the new cases, Windhoek has recorded 14, Oshakati 10, Gobabis five, Walvis Bay three, and Swakopmund and Okahandja two each.

Keetmanshoop, Lüderitz and Onandjokwe recorded one new case each.

Muinjangue said a 62-year-old man from Walvis Bay succumbed to the virus.

Namibia’s confirmed cases now stand at 12 406, with 10 587 recoveries and 133 deaths.

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LIVE: Update on national Covid-19 response

Covid-19 response:

PRESIDENT Hage Geingob is addressing the nation on the country’s Covid-19 response plan amid fears of a second wave of infections.

Speaking at the 19th Covid-19 briefing, Geingob said since the outbreak in March, the regulations enforced in September are due to lapse at midnight on Wednesday.

He said by Tuesday, the country had recorded 12 367 confirmed cases, of these, 10 528 or 85% have recovered while 1 707 are active.

“We regret the loss of 132 Namibians to Covid-19 or related illnesses,” he said, adding that this is only 1% of the total infections.

The president

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Covid-19 Update … Namibia records 41 new infections

NAMIBIA has recorded 41 new coronavirus infections, 102 recoveries and one death, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Tuesday evening.

Of these new cases, 32 are males and nine are females, the youngest being 13 years old and the oldest 75 years.

Oshakati recorded 27 new cases, Windhoek 13 and Karasburg one.

The Oshakati cases include 25 pupils from Oshakati Senior Secondary School and the Windhoek cases includes one tourist from South Africa who came in the country with a PCR negative results.

The recoveries are 56 from Oshana, Khomas 33, Erongo nine, Ohangwena three and one from Omaheke.

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Covid-19 Update …

NAMIBIA has recorded 33 new Covid-19 cases, eight of them pupils at Oshakati Senior Secondary School, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Monday.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula

The country has also recorded four recoveries, all from the Ohangwena region.

Oshakati reported the highest number of cases, with nine, followed by Rundu and Okahandja with six and five respectively.

Windhoek recorded four, followed by Walvis Bay with two while Otjiwarongo, Outapi, Okahao, Onandjokwe, Engela, Rehoboth and Katima Mulilo with one each.

Namibia now has 12 326 confirmed cases, 10 426 recoveries with 1 769 active cases and 131

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Covid-19 Update …

Namibia has recorded 30 new coronavirus infections and three recoveries from the virus, health minister Kalumbi Shangula announced on Sunday.

Of the new cases, 12 were recorded in Windhoek, five at Oshakati, three each at Walvis Bay and Oshakati, two at Engela, and one each at Tsandi, Rundu, Outjo, Rehoboth and Lüderitz.

Two of the recoveries were recorded in the Omusati region and one in Erongo. This brings the country’s number of recoveries from an infection with the virus to 10 422.

The country now has 1 740 active infections with the virus, of which five are in a severe

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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

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Covid-19 Update … Namibia records 112 new cases

Namibia has recorded 112 new coronavirus infections, one more death linked to Covid-19, and 31 recoveries from the virus, health minister Kalumbi Shangula announced on Friday.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula

Sixty-nine of the newly confirmed infections were recorded at Oshakati, 13 at Opuwo, eight in Windhoek, five at Omuthiya, three at Swakopmund, two each at Onandjokwe, Rundu and Walvis Bay, and one each at Eenhana, Engela, Rehoboth, Otjiwarongo, Okahandja, Mariental, Karasburg and Lüderitz. 

The Oshakati cases include 15 inmates from Oluno Correctional Facility who are all contacts of confirmed cases and 53 cases from Oshakati Senior Secondary School, Shangula said.

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Update: Namibia records 34 Covid-19 cases

Health update … Namibia on Thursday reported 34 newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections and 184 recoveries from the virus, the executive director of the health and social services ministry, Ben Nangombe, said.

Windhoek reported 18 new infections, followed by Rehoboth with five and Okahandja with four. At Swakopmund and Gobabis each two newly confirmed infections were recorded, with Walvis Bay, Rundu and Mariental reporting one each.

The Oshikoto region saw 168 recoveries from the virus, followed by Khomas with nine, Otjozondjupa four, Erongo two and //Kharas one.

Namibia has recorded 12 103 confirmed coronavirus infections so far, 130 deaths linked

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Update: Namibia records 69 new Covid-19 cases

Namibia has recorded 69 new coronavirus infections, one more death linked to Covid-19 and 25 recoveries from the virus. This was announced by health minister Kalumbi Shangula on Wednesday.

Thirty of the newly confirmed infections were recorded in Windhoek, 28 at Oshakati, three each at Okahandja and Mariental, two at Gobabis and one each at Karasburg, Lüderitz and Walvis Bay.

Shangula said the newly confirmed infections from Windhoek include pupils from different schools, prison inmates and correctional officers. All of the cases from Oshana are from one correctional facility, made up of 26 inmates and two officers.

The country’s latest

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Covid-19 Update …

NAMIBIA has recorded eleven new coronavirus infections and 207 recoveries from the virus, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Wednesday.

Of the new infections, seven are from Windhoek and two from Lüderitz, while Mariental and Walvis Bay reported one each.

The country has now reached the 12 000 mark in the total number of confirmed novel coronavirus infections.

Eighty-four of the latest recoveries are from the Hardap region, 76 from Khomas, 38 from Otjozondjupa, seven from Erongo, and one each from the Oshana and Omaheke regions.

The country has so far recorded 12 000 confirmed novel coronavirus

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Namibia records 53 new Covid-19 cases

Covid-19 Update … Namibia has recorded 53 new coronavirus infections, one death linked to Covid-19 and 96 recoveries from the virus. This was announced by health minister Kalumbi Shangula on Monday.

Of the new cases, 37 are male and 16 female, with the youngest seven years old and the oldest 68 years of age.

Windhoek recorded 40 newly confirmed coronavirus infections, Rehoboth and Otjiwarongo three each, Mariental two, and Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Okahandja, Rundu and Katima Mulilo one each.

Shangula said of the 40 cases recorded in Windhoek, 23 were reported from Windhoek Correctional Facility.

“We advise that the congestion

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Health update: Namibia records 45 new Covid-19 cases

Namibia has recorded 45 new Covid-19 cases and 10 recoveries, executive director of health and social services Ben Nangombe said on Sunday.

A total of 25 cases are from Windhoek, five from Otjiwarongo, two each from Grootfontein, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Oshakati, Eenhana, and Outapi, and one each from Onandjokwe, Rehoboth and Rundu.

The Omaheke region has registered five recoveries, Kharas four and Ohangwena one.

Namibia now has 11 936 confirmed cases, 9 817 recoveries, 1 991 active cases and 128 deaths.

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Update: Tourist tests positive

OKERI NGUTJINAZO

NAMIBIA recorded 62 new coronavirus cases, 29 recoveries and one death. This was announced this afternoon by health executive director Ben Nangombe.

Of these cases, 33 are males and 29 are females, the youngest is seven months old and the oldest is 77 years.

Windhoek recorded 33 cases, Onandjokwe 14, Outjo five, Otjiwarongo and Rehoboth three each, Okahandja two, and Karasburg and Katima Mulilo one each.

Nangombe said among the cases reported from Outjo, one is a tourist who arrived in the country on 2 October with a valid negative Covid-19 result which was done on 30 September.

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Health update: Namibia records 41 new Covid-19 cases

Namibia has recorded 41 new Covid-19 cases, 62 recoveries and one death, Ministry of Health and Social Services executive director Ben Nangombe said on Wednesday.

The cases are from Windhoek with 22, Oshakati 7, Onandjokwe and Rundu four each with Rehoboth, Walvis Bay, Gobabis and Keetmanshoop one each.

“We have been observing that the majority of confirmed cases reported from Windhoek are mainly coming from densely populated areas such as Khomasdal, Otjomuise, Katutura among others.

“Although some regions reported few cases, this should not make us believe that Covid-19 is over, not as yet. We strongly encourage compliance with the

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Covid-19 Update …

NAMIBIA has recorded 67 new coronavirus infections, 86 recoveries and one death, health minister Kalumbi Shangula announced on Thursday afternoon.

This brings the country’s total confirmed cases to 11 781 of which 1 895 remain active; while total recoveries are at 9 759 and total deaths stand at 127.

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Update: Namibia records 41 new Covid-19 cases

Covid-19 Update … Namibia has recorded 41 new Covid-19 cases, 62 recoveries and one death, Ministry of Health and Social Services executive director Ben Nangombe said on Wednesday.

The cases are from Windhoek with 22, Oshakati 7, Onandjokwe and Rundu four each with Rehoboth, Walvis Bay, Gobabis and Keetmanshoop one each.

“We have been observing that the majority of confirmed cases reported from Windhoek are mainly coming from densely populated areas such as Khomasdal, Otjomuise, Katutura among others.

“Although some regions reported few cases, this should not make us believe that Covid-19 is over, not as yet. We strongly encourage

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Health update: Namibia records 19 new Covid-19 cases

THE country has recorded 19 new coronavirus cases and 160 new recoveries. This was announced on Tuesday afternoon by the health minister Kalumbi Shangula.

Of these cases, 14 are males and five are females, with the youngest eight years old and the oldest is 65 years.

Oshakati recorded eight, Windhoek six and Onandjokwe five.

Meanwhile the recoveries are distributed as follows; Khomas 63, Ohangwena 40, Hardap 33, Erongo 19, //Kharas four and Omaheke one.

Shangula said the total number of active cases now stands at 1 937. Of the active cases, seven are in severe or in critical conditions.

Namibia

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Covid-19 Update …

NAMIBIA has recorded two new Covid-19 deaths, 28 new Covid-19 cases, and 22 recoveries, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Monday.

Windhoek recorded 12 new cases, Oshakati six, Mariental four, Walvis Bay three, with Okahandja, Rundu and Karasburg one each.

The two deaths are both from Windhoek and are of a 52-year-old woman and a 58-year-old man.

The minister said 18 of the recoveries are from the Hardap region with Omusati and Ohangwena regions reporting two recoveries each.

Namibia now has 11 654 confirmed cases in total, 9 451 recoveries with 2 078 active cases and 125

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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

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Covid-19 Update …

Namibia has recorded 107 new coronavirus infections, with 268 fresh recoveries from the virus, the Ministry of Health and Social Services’ executive director, Ben Nangombe, said on Friday.

Windhoek reported 82 new infections, Swakopmund six, Walvis Bay five, Rundu seven and Okahandja two, while one infection was recorded at Katima Mulilo, Gobabis, Rehoboth, Mariental and Karasburg each.

“We are still seeing cases coming from crowded places,” Nangombe said. “Of 82 cases reported from Windhoek today, 55 (67%) are inmates from Windhoek Correctional Facility. Again out of seven reported from Rundu, six are inmates from police holding cells,” he said.

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Covid-19 Update …

Namibia has recorded another two deaths linked to Covid-19, 108 new coronavirus infections and 69 recoveries of people who contracted the virus, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Thursday.

The two persons who died after contracting the virus are men aged 66 and 60, respectively, who died in Windhoek and at Walvis Bay, Shangula announced.

Their deaths bring the country’s death toll linked to Covid-19 to 123.

Thirty-four of the new coronavirus infections recorded on Thursday are from Windhoek, with Eenhana recording 25 confirmed infections, Rundu 17, Oshakati 10, Onandjokwe seven, Okahandja five, Karasburg four, Mariental three

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Over 300 pupils infected countrywide

by Arlana Shikongo

MORE than 300 primary and secondary pupils around the country have contracted the novel coronavirus to date.

Image used for illustrative purposes.

This was revealed by health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula during yesterday’s daily Covid-19 update.

Shangula said the ministry has observed an increase in the number of pupils testing positive, especially in boarding schools. He also noted that there was a growing number of cases coming from police holding cells.

“This is true for Onandjokwe, Eenhana, Rundu and Usakos districts. All stakeholders involved should continue putting all efforts to contain the transmission in closed

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Covid-19 Update

NAMIBIA has recorded 125 new coronavirus infections, with the majority coming from Onandjokwe in the Oshikoto region. This was announced by health minister Kalumbi Shangula on Wednesday.

Of the 125 new cases, 58 were recorded at Onandjokwe, 17 from Windhoek, 14 at Rundu, 11 at Eenhana, five at Omaruru and Walvis Bay each, four from Rehoboth, three from Swakopmund and Okahandja each, and one each at Katima Mulilo, Okakarara, Usakos, Gobabis and Karasburg.

The country also recorded 77 new recoveries from the coronavirus, bringing its total number of recoveries to 9 014.

Namibia has recorded a total of 11 265

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Coronavirus outbreak hits Oshikoto school

by Hileni Nembwaya

The health and education authorities in the Oshikoto region are scrambling to contain a coronavirus outbreak at a secondary school after about 100 pupils tested positive for the virus.

Nehale Secondary School at Onayena near Ondangwa was temporarily closed down earlier this week as a result of a coronavirus outbreak among pupils at the school.

Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula on Monday said it was likely that there had been active transmission of the virus at the school for a while, but that it had not been noticed at first.

“Usually, young adults are generally

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Covid-19 Update …

Namibia has recorded 19 new coronavirus infections and 150 new recoveries, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Tuesday.

Windhoek recorded 12 new infections, Oshakati five and Karasburg and Oshikuku one each.

The new recoveries are from the Khomas region with 89, Erongo with 22, Hardap with 19, //Kharas with 17 and Zambezi, Kunene and Omusati reported one recovery each.

Namibia has now recorded 11 140 confirmed coronavirus infections, 121 deaths linked to Covid-19, 8 937 recoveries from the virus, and still has 2 082 active infections.

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Covid-19 Update … Namibia records 88 new cases

NAMIBIA has recorded 88 new coronavirus infections, 11 new recoveries and one death, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Monday.

Onandjokwe reported the most cases with 38, followed by Windhoek with 24, Rundu with 11, seven at Oshakati, three at Swakopmund, two at Keetmanshoop, and one each at Okahao, Okahandja and Gobabis.

All of the positive results received from Onandjokwe are again from the secondary school where a number of pupils tested positive previously.

In the Rundu district, all of the new confirmed cases were detected in police holding cells.

In terms of recoveries, Khomas recorded five,

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Virus infections pass 11 000 mark

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

NAMIBIA has recorded more than 11 000 novel coronavirus infections since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula said yesterday.

Shangula announced 115 new confirmed coronavirus infections, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the country to 11 033. The country also recorded 27 more recoveries of people who had contracted the virus, he announced.

Namibia’s number of confirmed coronavirus infections passed 10 000 on 17 September.

Onandjokwe in northern Namibia reported the most new cases yesterday, with 48, followed by Windhoek with 37, 13 at Swakopmund, five at Otjiwarongo

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Update: Namibia records 115 new Covid-19 cases

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Namibia has recorded 115 new cases of Covid-19 and 27 recoveries, Health and Social Services minister Kalumbi Shangula announced on Sunday.

The youngest case is two-months old and the oldest is 75 years.

Onandjokwe recorded the highest cases with 48, followed by Windhoek with 37, Swakopmund 13, Otjiwarongo 5 and Okahandja 3. Okakarara, Mariental and Rundu recorded three each, with Omaruru, Rehoboth and Katima Mulilo report one case each.

“Today we record a high number of 48 pupils testing positive for Covid-19 from a Senior Secondary School in Onandjokwe district, Oshikoto region. These are contacts of pupils

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Walvis Bay hospital gets additional Covid-19 station

by Ester Mbathera

SANLAM Namibia on Friday donated two containers to the Walvis Bay State Hospital to be used as a respiratory tract infection clinic for patients with signs and symptoms of Covid-19.

Walvis Bay deputy mayor Penelope Martin, Sanlam Agency Manager Alix Husselmann, Head of Covid-19 case management at Walvis bay state hospital Dr Augustu Gawab and some hospital staff during the handover of the containers. Photo: Ester Mbathera

The head of Covid-19 case management at the hospital, Dr Augustu Gawab, explained the containers would be more convenient for patients, who are currently served in a small room inside

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Covid-19 Update … Namibia records 95 new cases

NAMIBIA has recorded 95 new Covid-19 cases and 87 recoveries, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula announced on Friday.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula

Windhoek recorded 33 cases, Mariental 29, Oshakati 7, Rehoboth and Walvis Bay six each, Karasburg three, Omaruru, Onandjokwe, and Eehnana two each, while Luderitz, Omuthiya, Okongo, Gobabis, and Katima Mulilo one each.

The minister said they had noticed an increase of cases in crowded facilities this week including school hostels, correctional facilities and police holding cells.

“As mentioned previously, crowded setting provides the conducive environment for transmission of the communicable disease, therefore it remains critical that

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Update: Namibia records 77 new Covid-19 cases

NAMIBIA has recorded 77 new coronavirus infections, 51 recoveries and two deaths.

This was announced by health minister Kalumbi Shangula on Thursday afternoon.

Of these new cases, 37 are males and 40 are females, the youngest being two years and the oldest 86 years.

Windhoek recorded 50 new cases, Karasburg 6, Rehoboth and Okahandja 5 each, Oshakati 4, Omaruru 2, and Keetmanshoop, Mariental, Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Tsumeb one each.

Khomas recorded 40 recoveries, Oshikoto 8 and Omaheke 3.

The total number of active cases now stands at 2 139. Of the active cases, 15 are in severe or critical

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Covid-19 Update …

NAMIBIA has recorded 57 new Covid-19 cases, 72 new recoveries and one death, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula announced on Wednesday.

Windhoek reported 39 cases, followed by Mariental with 6, Swakopmund 4, and Walvis Bay 2. Keetmanshoop, Eehnana, Tsumeb, Oshakati, and Okahandja report one each.

He said the backlog at the Namibia Institute of Pathology has been cleared and testing capacity has increased as the country now has six local laboratories with a combined capacity of 2 400 tests per day.

He said going forward, test results would be available between 24 and 48-hours.

“Therefore we are strategising

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Update: Namibia records 81 new Covid-19 cases

THE Minister of Health and Social Services Kalumbi Shangula on Tuesday afternoon announced that the country had recorded 81 new coronavirus infections, 247 recoveries and three deaths.

Of the new cases, 48 are males and 33 females, with the youngest six months and the oldest is 68 years of age.

Windhoek accounted for 46 of the new cases, Mariental 5, Rundu 4, Karasburg, and Okakarara three each, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Lüderitz, Okahandja, Eenhana, Onandjokwe and Katima Mulilo two each, and Usakos, Omaruru, Keetmanshoop, Rehoboth, Engela and Omuthiya one each.

Shangula said they have noticed an increase in the number of

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Update: Namibia records 149 new Covd-19 cases

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

THE Minister of Health and Social Services, Kalumbi Shangula, announced on Monday that Namibia had reported 149 new Covid-19 cases, 79 recoveries and one death.

He said Windhoek recorded 75 cases, Eehnana 20, Onandjokwe and Swakopmund 10 each, Usakos 9, Otjiwarongo 7, Walvis Bay 5, Oshakati, and Rundu three each, Tsumeb two,  with Omaruru, Opuwo, Gobabis and Okahandja recording one case each.

Ten more pupils have tested positive for Covid-19 at the same school at Onandjokwe where others tested positive as announced on Sunday and classes have been suspended.

The 79 new Covid-19 recoveries have brought the

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Covid-19 Update:

Namibia has recorded 85 new coronavirus infections, 64 recoveries from the virus and one Covid-19 related death.

This was announced by deputy minister of health and social services Ester Muinjangue on Sunday.

Of the new cases, 52 are men and 33 women, with the youngest four years old and the oldest 69 years of age.

Windhoek recorded 37 confirmed infections, Oshakati and Onandjokwe 12 each, Rehoboth seven, Walvis Bay five, Swakopmund and Mariental four each, Okahandja two, and Usakos and Rundu one each.

Of the recoveries, 35 were recorded in Khomas, 21 in Erongo, and four each in //Kharas and

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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,

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Covid-19 Update … Namibia records 129 new cases

Namibia has recorded 129 new confirmed coronavirus infections, 262 recoveries and no new fatalities linked to Covid-19.

This was announced by health minister Kalumbi Shangula on Friday afternoon.

Of the new cases, 67 are female and 62 male, with the youngest two months old and the oldest 73 years of age.

Windhoek recorded 67 new confirmed cases, Mariental 15, Rehoboth 12, Oshakati and Okahandja six each, Walvis Bay five, Keetmanshoop three, Katima Mulilo, Omuthiya, Tsumeb, Omaruru, Gobabis and Swakopmund two each, and Grootfontein, Otjiwarongo and Lüderitz one each.

The new recoveries are distributed as follows: Oshana 87, Erongo 65, Khomas

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Namibia exits state of emergency

by OKERI NGUTJINAZO, TAATI NIILENGE, YOKANY OLIVEIRA and VICTORIA WOLF

THE government has decided not to extend the state of emergency which was implemented six months ago to curb the impact of the novel coronavirus.

The state of emergency lapsed last night.

President Hage Geingob yesterday said to manage the pandemic under the Covid-19 state of emergency, the Cabinet adopted five levels of restriction, ranging from a full lockdown of social and economic activities under stage 1, to more moderate and gradually relaxed precautionary measures under stages 2, 3 and 4.

Stage 5 had envisaged ‘a new normal’ under which

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Update: Namibia records 114 new Covid-19 cases

HEALTH UPDATE … Deputy health and social services minister Utjiua Muinjangue says the country has recorded 114 new coronavirus infections, as well as 183 recoveries from the virus.

She on Thursday evening said the bulk of the new cases were from Windhoek, with 62, followed by Swakopmund with 10, nine at Oshakati and seven at Gobabis. At Keetmanshoop, Karasburg and Okahandja each four new infections were recorded, and at Walvis Bay, Rehoboth and Engela three each.

Outapi, Onandjokwe, Omuthiya, Rundu and Omaruru each recorded one new infection.

“For the last three days, our daily new cases were below 100, after

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Namibia’s Covid-19 pandemic state of emergency will expire at midnight tonight (Thursday), president Hage Geingob has announced.

Hage Geingob

Geingob said at State House in Windhoek this afternoon that following the novel coronavirus outbreak in March, he declared the pandemic as a national disaster with the support of the National Assembly. 

He said the idea was to safeguard the health of Namibians while ensuring the economy stayed intact. He, however, added that the economy was adversely affected by the state of emergency regulations. In line with that,

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Namiabia records 63 new Covid-19 cases

HEALTH UPDATE: Namibia has recorded 63 new confirmed coronavirus infections, with 144 new recoveries from the virus and two more deaths, the Ministry of Health and Social Services’ executive director, Ben Nangombe, said on Wednesday.

Windhoek has recorded 44 new coronavirus infections, Rundu five and Rehoboth three, while Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Tsumeb recorded two each. Oshakati, Otjiwarongo, Omaruru, Gobabis and Mariental recorded one new infection each.

The two deaths are from Windhoek and Swakopmund, involving a 61-year-old and a 28-year-old respectively. Meanwhile, Windhoek recorded 103 recoveries from the virus, Omusati 12, Kunene 10, //Kharas nine, Erongo eight and Omaheke

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Covid-19 Update

THE Ministry of Health and Social Services’ executive director, Ben Nangombe, says Namibia has recorded 665 new recoveries from novel coronavirus infections, 83 newly confirmed infections and another three deaths linked to Covid-19.

Speaking at the Covid-19 communication centre in Windhoek on Tuesday, Nangombe said recoveries from the coronavirus in Namibia now number 7 358, out of 9 901 confirmed cases registered countrywide. The country’s Covid-19 death toll has reached 106, and active cases now number 2 437.

Of the new cases, 41 are from Windhoek, seven from Rehoboth, six from Walvis Bay, five from Onandjokwe, four from Swakopmund, while

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732 Covid-19 cases at learning institutions

by Hileni Nembwaya, Okeri Ngutjinazo and Luqman Cloete

TWO schools in the Oshana region and one in the //Kharas region have suspended face-to-face classes after positive cases of the novel coronavirus were confirmed at these institutions.

SUSPENDED … PK de Villiers High School at Keetmans­hoop also suspended classes yesterday after a teacher and a Grade 12 pupil tested positive. Photo: Luqman Cloete

Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula yesterday during the daily Covid-19 briefing said out of the 9 818 confirmed cases the country has recorded, 732 involve teachers, students and pupils in 12 regions.

This accounts for

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Shangula dismisses rumour about remdesivir injection

by Okeri Ngutjinazo 

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula has dismissed rumours that the Ministry of Health and Social Services is carrying out mandatory vaccinations with the antiviral medicine remdesivir. 

Medication prepared for people affected by Covid-19, Remdesivir is a selective antiviral prophylactic against virus that is already in experimental use, conceptual image.

He, however, noted on Monday that the health ministry is carrying out routine immunisation for women and children which is implemented every year and forms part of the ministry’s events calendar.

Shangula said an audio recording and a certain narrative have been circulating on social media, seeking to instill

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Update: Namibia records 99 news Covid-19 cases

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

Health update: Namibia has recorded 99 new coronavirus infections, 150 new recoveries and another two deaths linked to Covid-19.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula on Monday said the two most recent deaths linked to an infection with the novel coronavirus were of men aged 57 and 64, respectively, who died in Windhoek. Shangula noted that Namibia’s case fatality ratio stands at 1,0%.

Windhoek recorded 60 new confirmed cases, Oshakati six, Rehoboth five, Walvis Bay and Onandjokwe four each, Engela and Keetmanshoop three each, Eenhana, Outapi and Okakarara two each, and Omuthiya, Rundu, Otjiwarongo, Okahandja, Usakos, Gobabis, Karasburg and

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Windhoek inmates fear for their safety

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

INMATES at Windhoek Correctional Facility fear contracting Covid-19 after four of them, who spent time in a cell with other inmates, tested positive for the novel coronavirus last week.

“We are at risk; we have children; we cannot die like this,” one of the inmates told The Namibian.

The facility’s total population cstands at 1 020.

The inmate said some of his fellow inmates have started showing symptoms of Covid-19, but have not been isolated.

He also complained of overcrowded cells.

In addition, an inmate died last Monday, possibly of Covid-19.

The inmate said the deceased inmate

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Geingob ponders lifting state of emergency

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue and Sakeus Iikela

PRESIDENT Hage Geingob is pondering lifting the state of emergency imposed six months ago among a raft of measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 as the country reported its 100th death over the weekend.

Geingob on Friday said key considerations will be made in the next five days while moderate level three restriction measures will be extended across the country.

The state of emergency, which was imposed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus earlier this year, ends on Thursday, 17 September.

“We will see within the next five days if there

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Update: Namibia’s records 115 new Covid-19 cases

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

NAMIBIA has recorded 115 new coronavirus cases, 732 new recoveries and three deaths.

This was announced on Sunday afternoon by health deputy minister Ester Muinjangue.

Of these new cases, 62 are males and 53 females, the youngest is 17 days old and the oldest 69 years.

Windhoek recorded 60 new cases, Rehoboth 19, Usakos 7, Mariental, and Keetmanshoop 5 each, Walvis Bay 4, Okahandja and Outapi 3 each, Otjiwarongo and Rundu 2 each, and Swakopmund, Okakarara, Tsumeb, Gobabis and Katima Mulilo one each.

Of the recoveries, Khomas recorded 618, Kavango East 58, Hardap 27, Ohangwena 14, Oshana

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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

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We won’t be guinea pigs – Geingob

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

President Hage Geingob today said Namibia and other African countries will not offer to be guinea pigs for a Covid-19 vaccine.

The president said Namibia will participate in any vaccine trial that has been tested elsewhere, but will not allow her people to be used in a trial-and-error process for vaccines.

“If the vaccine is tested in America or elsewhere we will definitely take it, but what we are not open to is the vaccine being tried on our people. We want to find a way that will benefit our people, but not expose them,” he said.

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Update: Khomas, Erongo cases drop

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

Namibia has recorded 181 new Covid-19 cases and two deaths. Some 131 recoveries have also been recorded today.

This was announced this evening by deputy minister of health and social services Ester Muinjangue.

Of the new cases 100 involve women and 81 men.

The youngest is a year old and the oldest is 80.

Windhoek recorded 60 new cases, Keetmanshoop 27, Walvis Bay 16, Swakopmund and Mariental 11 each, Okahandja and Rehoboth seven each, Karasburg and Otjiwarongo six each, Usakos, Oshakati and Eenhana four each, and Lüderitz and Oshikuku three each.

Grootfontein, Gobabis, Khorixas, Rundu and Katima

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Only high-risk health workers to be isolated

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

The ministry of health says only health workers in high-risk facilities will be separated from their families to avoid transmission.

Photo: Reuters

This was said by executive director Ben Nangombe on Friday afternoon at State House while responding to questions on a circular directing health workers quarantined at hotels, guest houses and lodges to vacate these facilities by 13 September.

Nangombe said the rationale of isolating all health professionals was to avoid transmissions however as time went on, the ministry developed a document stating that they will assess the health workers’ possible exposure to coronavirus.

“So initially

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State House: Update on Covid-19 national response measures

President Hage Geingob says Namibia now has 9 437 confirmed Covid-19 cases, with 4 898 recoveries and 4 441 active cases.

He added that the country now has 98 deaths of which two are health care workers at Erongo and in Khomas regions.

The president noted that the number of cases reported daily have drastically dropped by 20%, saying the numbers would continue to fluctuate.

“Namibians should continue to be vigilant to drop rate of infections,” he said.

Speaking during the 17th Covid-19 briefing at statehouse said the government is increasing testing capacity in addition to increasing hospital based isolation.

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Covid-19 Update …

NAMIBIA has recorded 148 new coronavirus infections, 127 recoveries and three deaths.

This was announced on Thursday afternoon by health executive director Ben Nangombe.

He said of the new cases, 81 are male and 67 female, with the youngest being three years old and the oldest 87 years.

Windhoek recorded 85 new infections, Walvis Bay 9, Okahandja 8, Swakopmund 7, Oshakati, Rehoboth, Gobabis, Lüderitz and Keetmanshoop four each, Rundu three, Nankudu, Katima Mulilo, Omuthiya, Tsumeb, Otjiwarongo and Karasburg two each, Grootfontein, Eenhana and Engela one each.

The recoveries are distributed as follows; Khomas 100, Oshana 9, Ohangwena 7, Otjozondjupa 6,

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Namibia records 659 recoveries

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

THE country has recorded 659 new recoveries bringing the total to date to 4 640.

This was announced afternoon by the health minister Kalumbi Shangula on Wednesday.

The recoveries are from Khomas 545, Erongo 59, Ohangwena 18, Hardap 12, Kavango East 11, Omusati 10 and Otjozondjupa 4.

The minister said there were 180 Covid-19 cases confirmed on Wednesday. Of these 91 are male and 89 female, the youngest is one year and the oldest is 78 years old.

Windhoek recorded 99 new cases, Walvis Bay 23, Swakopmund 13, Rundu 9, Rehoboth 8, Okahandja 7, Keetmanshoop and Katima

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More health workers contracting Covid-19

by Hileni Nembwaya

HEALTHCARE workers in the northern regions are increasingly getting infected with Covid-19, as the virus takes a toll on the frontline workers.

Image used for illustrative purposes.

The coronavirus has so far infected more 20 healthcare workers in the northern regions, placing a great strain on the already fragile healthcare services in the communities.

According to the Ministry of Health and Social Services Covid-19 daily updates, Ohangwena region has so far recorded six health care workers infected with Covid-19, Oshana recorded eight, Omusati recorded five, and Oshikoto has recorded four.

Among those infected are nurses, doctors and

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Covid-19 Update …

Namibia has recorded 118 new confirmed coronavirus infections and 175 recoveries from the virus causing Covid-19.

This was announced by health minister Kalumbi Shangula on Tuesday evening.

Of the newly confirmed coronavirus infections the youngest is four months old and the oldest 88 years of age.

Shangula said the number of new test results was low compared to the usual amount of tests done recently, due to technical challenges experienced. Outstanding results would be added to the number to be announced on Wednesday.

Windhoek recorded 81 newly confirmed coronavirus infections, Rehoboth eight, Swakopmund six, Oshakati and Rundu three each, Omuthiya,

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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

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Northern trips irk authorities

by Hileni Nembwaya

NAMIBIA’S northern regions are seeing a surge in Covid-19 cases as many of its inhabitants are returning from the Erongo region.

Image used for illustrative purposes.

The high movement of people from the former epicentre of the pandemic in the country to the northern regions is raising fears as the number of cases continue to rise.

As of 5 September the Oshana region has recorded a total of 169 cases and three deaths, and the Omusati region recorded a total of 35 cases and one death.

The Ohangwena region by 5 September had a total of 93

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Covid-19 cases on the decrease – Shangula

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula says the curve of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the country looks encouraging, as there is a decrease in the number of cases reported daily.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula

Namibia yesterday recorded 125 confirmed Covid-19 cases, 20 new recoveries and two deaths.

Of the confirmed cases, 66 are men and 59 women, the youngest being a 10-month-old and the oldest 90 years old.

Windhoek recorded 81 cases, while seven cases each were reported from Walvis Bay, Rehoboth and Keetmanshoop. Omaruru, Mariental, Okahandja and Otjiwarongo reported four cases each and Gobabis had three, Swakopmund two,

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UPDATE: Namibia records 125 new Covid-19 cases

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

NAMIBIA has recorded 125 new Covid-19 cases with 20 recoveries and two deaths.

This was announced by health minister Kalumbi Shangula on Monday afternoon.

Of the confirmed cases, 66 are males and 59 females, the youngest being 10 months old and the oldest 90 years old.

Windhoek recorded 81 cases, with Walvis Bay, Rehoboth and Keetmanshoop having seven cases each.

Four cases each were recorded from Omaruru, Mariental, Okahandja and Otjiwarongo while Gobabis had three, Swakopmund two, and one each from Usakos and Rundu. Shangula said the new recoveries are from Hardap 8, Khomas 7 and //Kharas

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‘Patients show recovery’ after remdesivir treatment

by Okeri Ngetjinazo

LOCAL specialist physician Dr Ishmael Katjitae says the condition of two patients, who have been treated with remdesevir – an antiviral medicine used in patients with severe Covid-19 symptoms, has shown improvement so far.

Dr Ishmael Katjitae. Photo: MICT

The country received 1 000 ampoules of the antiviral medicine two weeks ago, which has been distributed to state and private hospitals. The ministry of health ordered 3 000 ampoules in total with the rest yet to arrive.

The drug is only administered to hospitalised patients with severe Covid-19 symptoms and it has been found to shorten the

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Millions for Covid-19 vaccine trial

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

DESPITE Namibia’s medium-income status, which disqualifies the country from accessing grants, it will be forking out millions to access a new trial vaccine.

Covax will be on trial in 54 African countries.

The vaccine, called Covax, will be on trial in 54 African countries.

About eight medium to high-income African countries, including Namibia, will have to pay for the vaccine, while 46 poor to very poor countries on the continent will receive it at a subsidised fee.

Namibia in August expressed the country’s interest in officially joining the global move to develop a vaccine against Covid-19.

Minister

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Coronavirus tests increasing

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

NAMIBIA has recorded 171 newly confirmed coronavirus infections, 143 new recoveries from the virus and two deaths linked to Covid-19.

This was announced by health ministry executive director Ben Nangombe on Sunday evening.

Nangombe said the youngest of the newly confirmed cases is one month old and the oldest is aged 79.

Windhoek recorded 120 new coronavirus infections over the past day, Swakopmund 15, Walvis Bay 12, Okahandja 7, Rehoboth 5, Grootfontein, Otjiwarongo, Mariental, Rundu and Katima Mulilo two each, and Andara and Okakarara one each.

Nangombe said the total number of samples tested since the outbreak

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Covid-19 Update:

Namibia has recorded 191 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 32 new recoveries. There were no deaths recorded.

This was announced this evening by the health ministry’s executive director Ben Nangombe. He said of the confirmed cases, 99 are male and 92 are female. The youngest is one and the oldest is 92 years old.

Windhoek recorded 87, Keetmanshoop 17, Walvis Bay 14, Rundu 13, Mariental 9, Tsumeb 7, Usakos 6, Oshakati 5, Gobabis 4, three each from Omaruru, Rehoboth, Otjiwarongo, Okahandja and Engela, two each from Karasburg, Swakopmund, Okakarara, Oshikuku and Outapi, and one each from Lüderitz, Onandjokwe, Opuwo and Katima

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Nam records one more Covid-19 death, 128 recoveries

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

THE country has recorded one more death and 128 new recoveries, bringing the total recoveries to 3 611.

This was announced this afternoon by health minister Kalumbi Shajngula. The minister said the death is of a 51-year-old man from Outapi district in Omusati region with no known co-morbidities.

He said the recoveries are from Khomas (112) and Ohangwena (16).

Meanwhile, the country has recorded 241 new Covid-19 confirmed cases of which 135 are males and 106 are females. The youngest is a one-month-old baby and the oldest is 81 years old.

Windhoek recorded 170, Walvis Bay 11,

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‘Remdesivir does not cure Covid-19’

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

MINISTER of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula yesterday said remdesivir, an antiviral medicine used in patients with severe Covid-19 symptoms, should not be seen as a cure or a vaccine for the novel coronavirus.

Photo: radio.wosu.org

The country received 1 000 ampoules of the treatment last Monday and is awaiting 2 000 more.

The ampoules cost the ministry more than N$3 million.

So far the medication has been distributed to some health facilities, while others are still ordering it from the Central Medical Stores.

“I would like to clarify that this medicine is neither a cure

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Difficult to isolate inmates, says prisons chief

by Eliaser Ndeyanale and Victoria Wolf

Namibian Correctional Service commissioner general Raphael Hamunyela says it is difficult to isolate prison inmates because there are not enough rooms for prisoners who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Hamunyela made this comment after an official from Windhoek Correctional Facility contacted The Namibian to complain that no social distancing measures were in place at the prison and no masks were provided at the facility. 

“The inmates are overcrowded and there’s no testing happening. It’s not right and we are at risk,” the official said. 

Hamunyela said the correctional facility could not afford

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400 health workers receive Covid-19 training

by Victoria Wolf

More than 400 healthcare workers have received online Covid-19 training from the health ministry’s National Healthcare Training Centre.

A member of the medical staff listens as Montefiore Medical Center nurses call for N95 masks and other ëcriticalí PPE to handle the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on April 1, 2020 in New York. – The nurses claim “hospital management is asking nurses to reuse disposable N95s after long shifts” in the Bronx. (Photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP)

Funded by the United States’ Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Foundation, the training took place over the past two weeks

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Namibia records four more Covid-19 deaths

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

HEALTH UPDATE: The deaths of four more people who contracted the novel coronavirus has brought Namibia’s Covid-19 death toll to 86.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula on Thursday afternoon announced that another four people – three men, aged 64, 49 and 41, and a 32-year-old woman – who had been infected with the coronavirus have died. Two of the people who died were from Windhoek, while one died at Oshakati and one at Walvis Bay.

Shangula further said the country has recorded 238 new confirmed coronavirus infections. Of these, 126 are male and 112 female. The youngest is

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Walvis Bay residents let pandemic precautions slide

by Taati Niilenge

The Namibian Police’s community affairs commander in Erongo has urged residents at especially Walvis Bay to keep adhering to Covid-19 safety measures.

Inspector Ileni Shapumba on Tuesday said although people are now allowed to travel to and from Walvis Bay, residents still have to act responsibly to prevent contracting the novel coronavirus and spreading it to other people.

Some residents have started walking around without masks, assuming the virus has moved to Windhoek – which could set a dangerous example for children who restart school next week.

“Some residents have been relaxing the use of face masks

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Lung specialist shares Covid-19 encounter

by Yokany Oliveira

“IT’S quite an emotionally draining thing to be by yourself the whole time, but I didn’t want to expose my kids.”

Doctor Willie Bruwer

Windhoek-based pulmonologist Dr Willie Bruwer says the time he spent in self-isolation after testing positive for Covid-19 was frustrating, but it had to be done.

Frontline healthcare workers such as Bruwer put themselves and their families at risk every day to save the lives of people who have contracted the novel coronavirus.

The specialist, who recovered from Covid-19 last month, says his case was not severe and he recovered within 10 days.

As

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Coronavirus takes toll on health workers

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

More than 300 health workers in Namibia have contracted the novel coronavirus, health minister Kalumbi Shangula says.

More than 300 health workers in Namibia have contracted the novel coronavirus. Photo: Reuters

Shangula said during the daily briefing on the Covid-19 pandemic on Wednesday that 333 health workers have been infected with the coronavirus, with 223 of these people employed in government health facilities, 109 working in the private health sector, and one attached to a non-governmental organisation.

“We noticed that the number of health workers infected is high in areas with a high burden of confirmed cases

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Hospitals get new Covid-19 drug

by Okeri Ngutjinazo and Yokany Oliveira

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula says the country’s first batch of remdesivir, an antiviral drug used in patients with severe Covid-19 symptoms, has been distributed to various hospitals.

Photo: Reuters

The health ministry has ordered more than N$3 million worth of the medication so far.

Namibia received 1 000 ampoules of the drug on Monday last week and is still waiting for more. The minister, however, did not indicate to which hospitals the first batch was sent to.

Remdesivir is an antiviral drug which was developed by an American biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences to treat

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Quarantine numbers surge in August

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

THE number of people who have been in quarantine facilities in Namibia during the Covid-19 pandemic increased drastically from 6 539 to 10 229 in August.

Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula yesterday said this is an increase of 3 690 in one month.

Among a sample of 3 218 people in quarantine who were tested, 112 (3,5%) were positive for Covid-19.

“Quarantining the contacts of cases plays an essential role in preventing the spread of Covid-19 among populations,” Shangula said at the Covid-19 communication centre in Windhoek yesterday.

As of yesterday, Shangula said, the

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Walvis Bay hospital readies for Covid-19 peak

Ester Mbathera

Welwitschia Hospital at Walvis Bay has opened a 40-bed container-based ward for Covid-19 isolation purposes.

Infection prevention and control coordinator Sister Eleanor Jansen

According to Eleanor Jansen, infection prevention and control coordinator at the hospital, the ward will complement its existing 33-bed ward currently filling up with coronavirus patients.

She says despite the number of novel coronavirus infections stabilising in the Erongo region, the hospital wanted to be ready for any eventuality as “the virus is unpredictable”.

“As we all know that the epicentre was us [Walvis Bay], as the prediction goes we will definitely have slowed in

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Six Covid-19 deaths reported

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

THE country has recorded another six deaths related to Covid-19.

Namibia has also reported 142 newly confirmed novel coronavirus infections and 52 new recoveries from the virus.

This was announced by the minister of health and social services, Kalumbi Shangula, on Tuesday afternoon.

Shangula said two of the six people who died after contracting the coronavirus are male and four are female, with their ages ranging from 43 to 88 years. Three of the people died at Rehoboth, two in Windhoek and one – an 88-year-old man – at Walvis Bay.

The minister said 94 of the

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Covid-19 drug treatment arrives in Namibia

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

Namibia received its first batch of remdesivir, an antiviral drug used in patients with severe Covid-19 symptoms, last week Monday.

Photo: Reuters

Remdesivir is an antiviral medication originally developed by US-based biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences to treat Ebola. Although the drug did not work well against that disease, it later showed promise fighting SARS and MERS (illnesses caused by coronaviruses) in animal and lab studies.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula told The Namibian this morning that the government has received 1 000 ampoules of the drug and are still waiting for more. He noted that the drug can

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Health worker dies of Covid-19

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

DEPUTY health minister Ester Muinjangue on Monday afternoon announced the death of a health worker infected with the novel coronavirus.

Deputy health minister Ester Muinjangue

The health worker – a 59-year-old female from the Swakopmund district – was known to have multiple comorbidities, Muinjangue said.

She recounted that the woman presented to a health facility on 20 August with Covid-19 symptoms and was swabbed for the coronavirus. Muinjangue said the patient’s results came out as positive and she remained in a severe state. Her condition deteriorated and she died on Sunday (30 August).

The country also recorded

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Jauch shares near-death Covid-19 experience

by Charmaine Ngtujinazo

LABOUR expert Herbert Jauch has given a harrowing account of his battle against Covid-19, giving hope for many who have fallen victim to the ravaging pandemic.

After being discharged from Lady Pohamba Private Hospital in Windhoek on Friday, Jauch recounted his experience, which he describes as near-death, on camera.

The labour expert paid a moving tribute to front-line health workers who he said, despite not knowing him, did their best to save his life.

Jauch (61) contracted the potentially deadly disease about 12 days ago, and over time his condition deteriorated and had him preparing for the

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Pay for cremation, or leave it to state

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

FAMILIES of those who succumbed to the novel coronavirus may transport their loved ones’ remains only if the deceased was cremated at their cost.

File photo.

In addition, the families would have to provide two caskets for cremation and burial purposes.

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has compiled a document setting out procedures and legal requirements related to the burial of those who succumbed to Covid-19, minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula announced on Friday at State House.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has affected and changed all aspects of life. This includes the way

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Distraught mother believes negligence killed baby

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

THE Ministry of Health and Social Services is investigating a complaint by a mother who says her baby did not die of Covid-19 as the government announced on Saturday.

GOODBYE SHILOH … Baby Shiloh-Dane Ponhele Kosmas (inset), who died
on 21 August, was buried on Friday in Windhoek.
NO CAUSE INDICATED … Baby Shiloh-Dane Ponhele Kosmas’ death certificate does not specify his cause of death.

Ndillimekkeh Kanyumbo (26) told The Namibian yesterday her three-month-old son died in her arms of what health minister Kalumbi Shangula said was Covid-19.

“I was holding my son’s lifeless body in my

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Fear spreads as Erongo rushes out

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue and Taati Niilenge

PRESIDENT Hage Geingob on Friday made leeway for people living at Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Arandis to access all other regions of the country, except Windhoek.

Yesterday, residents started travelling out of the Erongo region in droves amid fears that the virus would now spike in the northern and other parts of the country.

The move brought a sigh of relief to coastal residents who had endured roughly three months under a hard lockdown.

The president on Friday said: “For the Khomas region, the current dispensation will be maintained and extended. Travel restrictions remain

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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

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Windhoek boss cleared of Covid-19

by Victoria Wolf

CITY of Windhoek chief executive officer Robert Kahimise has recovered from Covid-19, the city announced in a statement today.

“We are pleased to inform you that Mr Robert Kahimise, chief executive officer of the City of Windhoek, has been cleared of Covid-19,” spokesperson Harold Akwenye said.

Kahimise is expected back in the office tomorrow, he said.

Kahimise tested positive for the virus two weeks ago and went into self-isolation.

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Baby succumbs to coronavirus

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

A three-month-old baby in Windhoek has died of the novel coronavirus, minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula announced on Saturday.

He said the baby was presented to a local health facility on 17 August with a loss of appetite and vomiting.

The minister said the baby boy was also due for routine immunisation, which was duly administered.

“He later developed fever and died at home on 21 August. He was swabbed on 24 August and his test results came back positive on 26 August,” Shangula said.

The country has also reported three other Covid-19 deaths

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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

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Delay in test results angers quarantined resident

by Luqman Cloete

Potential Covid-19 patients kept at a quarantine facility at Keetmanshoop on Friday threatened to leave in protest of the delay in getting their test results.

Potential Covid -19 patients kept in quarantine at Keetmanshoop have expressed their concerns over delayed Covid-19 test results.

Johanna Rooi (26) said she was admitted to the facility on 13 August, and was tested for Covid-19.

According to her, her children aged three ande five years were also taken without her consent to a quarantine facility at Rosh Pinah.

She said the children were released after week and had been in the

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State House (Live): Covid-19 national response update

COVID-19 UPDATE: President Hage Geingob says Namibia is working to strengthen its Covid-19 testing capacity seeing that the country has the highest rate of infections in Africa.

Geingob says the country is monitoring the geographic spread of the virus, saying the Khomas region has shown a sharp rise in the number of cases. He says the top three regions with high cases are Erongo, Khomas and //Kharas while the other regions are experiencing sporadic and cluster community transmissions.

To date, Geingob says 65 people have succumbed to the deadly virus.

He stressed that most of the deaths were recorded in

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1 900 Covid-19 cases at home

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

A DIRE shortage of isolation facilities in the Khomas region has left 1 941 Covid-19 patients isolating at home as the virus spreads unabated.

UP AND RUNNING … Health minister Kalumbi Shangula tours the mobile field hospital set up at the Hosea Kutako International Airport earlier this year, to be used for the testing, treatment and quarantine of individuals suspected of having contracted the coronavirus. Photo: Henry van Rooi/File

This means out of 2 050 active cases, only 109 are currently in isolation facilities.

The total confirmed cases in the region stood at 2 563 on Wednesday,

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Virus worries Zambezi

by Lugeretzia Kooper

RESIDENTS of the Zambezi region are concerned about the recent increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in the region.

It has reported about 15 positive cases on Thursday, which is the highest number in a day so far.

The region currently has 37 confirmed cases, 14 recoveries, 109 active contacts and 77 people in quarantine.

Residents say this increase is a clear indication that regulations are not adhered to.

“Citizens should change their mindset and act responsibly, and not expect law-enforcement officers to help them wear masks and adhere to social distancing. If need be, let

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Mines records six cases

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

THE Ministry of Mines and Energy has confirmed six novel coronavirus cases.

The ministry said in a statement on Thursday that the cases were recorded since 7 August 2020.

The ministry said since recording the cases, set health protocols and standards as guided by the health and social services ministry were followed.

“The ministry would like to further inform the public that the operations of the ministry shall continue as usual.

The ministry encourages the public to adhere to the Covid-19 safety protocols at all times,” the ministry added.

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Windhoek has youngest coronavirus death

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

NAMIBIA has recorded the death of a 25-year-old man due to Covid-19 in Windhoek, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Thursday.

This brings the total death toll in the country to 60. Meanwhile, the country recorded 281 new Covid-19 cases, with Windhoek reporting 163 cases, Swakopmund 24, Oshakati 19, Katima Mulilo 15, Walvis Bay and Keetmanshoop 13 each.

Engela recorded six, Okahandja five, Otjiwarongo and Mariental four each, while Rundu three, Rehoboth, Lüderitz, and Gobabis had two each, and Grootfontein, Outapi, Oshikuku and Onadjokwe one each.

The minister added that the number of new

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More troops raked in against Covid-19

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue and Victoria Wolf

THE Ministry of Health and Social Services has appointed 2 627 more workers to help in the fight against Covid-19 as more healthcare workers test positive for the virus.

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has appointed 2 627 more workers to help in the fight against Covid-19. Photo: Contributed

As of Tuesday, 229 healthcare workers have tested positive for the virus.

“We have appointed various categories of people for Covid-19. As the number of cases increases and some health workers are quarantined or isolated, they have to be substituted,” minister of health

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Khomas virus situation still worrying

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Khomas regional governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua says the region continues to record shocking numbers of new Covid-19 cases.

Speaking at the region’s Covid-19 response briefing today, she said the region reported a staggering total of 736 cases in the past five days.

She said the region currently has 2 400 confirmed cases, with 2 033 active cases, 513 recoveries, and 24 deaths.

Only 109 people are still in isolation.

The governor said the region’s hotspots are Khomasdal, Otjomuise, Goreangab, Greenwell, Okuryangava, Olympia and Cimbebasia among others.

“As local residents, we must not take the situation lightly. We need

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Covid-19 cases continue soaring

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

NAMIBIA has recorded 271 new Covid-19 cases and two more deaths, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Wednesday afternoon.

He said of the confirmed cases, 144 are males and 127 are females. The youngest is three months old and the oldest 83 years old.

Windhoek recorded the highest number of cases with 170, Mariental 18, Walvis Bay 14, Swakopmund 13, Keetmanshoop 12, Oshakati 9, Rehoboth 6, Outapi 5, three each from Otjiwarongo, Grootfontein, Okongo and Gobabis.

There are two cases each from Lüderitz, Engela, Tsumeb and Katima Mulilo while Karasburg, Okakarara, Rundu and Opuwo recorded one case

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Dirk Mudge dies at 92

by Eliaser Ndeyanale

VETERAN politician Dirk Mudge succumbed to Covid-19 last night.

Dirk Mudge. Photo: Contributed

According to his son Henk, Mudge died at the Windhoek Mediclinic. He was 92 years old.

“Yes, he died of Covid-19 last night. He had some problems [. . .] he had a lung infection,” his son said.

It is not clear when Mudge would be laid to rest.

“We are waiting for Friday to see what the new regulations are,” Henk said.

Mudge was a member of the Constituent Assembly, which wrote Namibia’s Constitution after the 1989 election that led to the country’s

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Windhoek closes electricity department offices

by Charlotte Nambadja

THE City of Windhoek has announced the temporary closure of its main electricity department office building, located at the old power station, due to a possible risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus.

Image used for illustrative purposes. Photo: Stockimage

With the electricity department’s offices closed with immediate effect on Monday, the city said walk-in customers would not be allowed to enter the department office building until the end of the stage 3 Covid-19 lockdown period.

Building plans and engineering design approvals will only be handled after the lifting of the stage 3 lockdown restrictions, the city

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One death, 169 Covid-19 recoveries

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

NAMIBIA today recorded one Covid-19-related death at Rundu, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula announced.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula. Photo: MICT

He said the deceased was a 41-year-old with no known underlying conditions. This brings the country’s total death toll to 57.

Namibia reported 130 new cases today.

Windhoek reported 62, followed by Walvis Bay with 32 and Swakopmund with 14, while Rehoboth and Usakos reported six and four new cases respectively.

Karasburg and Lüderitz reported two each, while Mariental, Keetmanshoop, Okahandja, Okahao, Gobabis, Rundu and Outjo reported one each.

A total of 169 new recoveries

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100 inmates contract Covid-19

by Eliaser Ndeyanale

ABOUT 100 prisoners at the Windhoek Correctional Facility have contracted Covid-19.

The Windhoek Correctional Facility. Photo: Henry van Rooi

This was revealed by Raphael Hamunyela, commissioner general of the Namibian Correctional Service (NCS) on Sunday.

He said all these cases were recorded within one week.

Hamunyela said although the affected inmates are in separate cells, it is feared that more inmates may contract the virus as the facility does not have enough cells to keep more cases separate.

He said the involved inmates are fed food rich in vitamin C and protein.

“The virus is already here.

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Omusati police crack on Covid-19 violators

by Hileni Nembwaya

POLICE in Omusati region arrested and fined more than 20 people for violating Covid-19 state of emergency regulations last weekend.

Omusati police regional commander Titus Shikongo

Of those arrested, two were a bride and a groom arrested at two different weddings and were each found hosting large numbers of people at wedding receptions at their homesteads.

According to Omusati police regional commander, Titus Shikongo, many of these arrests were made at wedding ceremonies as many couples continue hosting large wedding receptions in disregard of the Covid-19 regulations.

“We are not against people getting married, we want people

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Khorixas reacts to Covid-19 case

by Clemans Miyancwe

AFTER the first Covid-19 case was reported at Khorixas, residents realized that the virus was real and spoke of what must be done.

Julien /Uises, a caretaker for the Namibian Red Cross Society at Khorixas said she was not shocked as she had undergone training on Covid-19 and urged the community to adhere to government regulations.

“Let’s be serious and adhere to government regulations. Khorixas is a small town and things might get out of hand,” /Uises said and also advised parents to stop sending their children on countless errands and that people should avoid going out

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UPDATE: Namibia reports four more Covid-19 deaths

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Namibia reports four more Covid-19 related deaths, deputy health and social services minister Utjiua Muinjangue said Monday.

Two of the deaths are from Windhoek, while Swakopmund and Walvis Bay have one each.

The deputy minister added that the country also reports 176 new positive novel coronavirus cases.

Windhoek recorded the highest cases at 126, followed by Swakopmund and Oshakati with nine each, while Onandjokwe reported eight cases followed by Mariental with seven, Walvis Bay four and Rehoboth three. Tsandi, Katima Mulilo and Engela each report two new cases, while Otjiwarongo, Grootfontein, Khorixas and Gobabis one each.

Muinjangue

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Government to decongest Khomas

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue and Wilka Kayoka

THE government has announced plans to decongest the Khomas region’s sprawling shacks to ease the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Havana informal settlement in Windhoek. Photo: Nampa/File

Minister of urban and rural development Erastus Uutoni has revealed this yesterday, saying plans were afoot to identify an area where residents can be relocated to with sufficient amenities.

“We have requested local authorities to try their level best to identify areas to help the process of decongestion. The City of Windhoek has been tasked with that as well, and it is our hope that they

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Nam Covid-19 infections rate top in Africa

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue and Ester Mbathera

NAMIBIA has surpassed other African countries on the rate at which the country is reporting new cases of the coronavirus.

TESTED … Samples are taken from Ronney Hangula from the ministry of information to be tested for Covid-19. Photo: MICT/File

As per global statistics, Namibia now tops African countries in the number of confirmed cases reported daily, with an average of eight cases per 100 000 people daily.

South Africa is reported to be at seven cases per 100 000 people, minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula said over the weekend.

As

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Six deaths take Covid-19 toll to 52

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

DEPUTY health minister Ester Muinjangue on Sunday evening announced that another six people have died in Namibia after being infected with the novel coronavirus.

The grave of the first Covid-19 death in Namibia, located in the Narraville neighborhood at Walvis Bay. Photo: Ester Mbathera

With the six deaths included, the country has now recorded 52 fatalities linked to the coronavirus disease, Covid-19.

Muinjangue also announced that Namibia has recorded another 316 confirmed novel coronavirus infections, taking the country’s total number of infections with the virus to 5 854.

She added that 170 of the people newly confirmed

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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

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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

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Virus infections up by record 315

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

NAMIBIA has recorded 315 new coronavirus infections – the most the country has registered in a single day.

The country has also recorded another Covid-19-related death, with a 44-year-old man who had underlying health conditions dying on Sunday last weekend.

Deputy health and social services minister Esther Muinjangue said on Friday that the man from Windhoek presented to a local healthcare facility on 13 August with symptoms consistent with Covid-19 and was swabbed for the novel coronavirus and discharged to return home.

On 16 August he experienced severe symptoms and was brought to a local health facility,

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Khomas becomes virus hotspot

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Khomas governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua says the region has now been declared a hotspot due to its increasing number of novel coronavirus infections.

She says the Khomas region’s confirmed cases stand at 1 482, with 1 208 active cases, 259 recoveries and 17 deaths linked to the novel coronavirus.

Speaking at the Covid-19 communication centre in Windhoek on Friday, she added that 115 people are in isolation facilities in Khomas and 200 people are quarantined.

McLeod-Katjirua said the region plans to acquire three new isolation facilities with a capacity to accommodate 68 people and also wants to acquire

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Oshakati closes offices after Covid-19 scare

by Hileni Nembwaya

The Oshakati Town Council has temporarily closed its offices after one of the members of the interview panel had tested positive for Covid-19 from today until further notice.

The offices are said to be undergoing thorough disinfection during the period of closure.

The council’s management committee members and senior officials who were part of the interview panel had been in self-isolation for about two weeks now after it was announced that the City of Windhoek, chief executive officer (CEO) Robert Kahimise had tested positive for Covid-19.

Kahimise was part of the interview panel for the interview of

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Update: Namibia records two more Covid-19 deaths

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

HEALTH UPDATE … Namibia has recorded another two deaths linked to the novel coronavirus, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Thursday.

He said the deaths are both from Windhoek, and are of a 72-year-old man and an 82-year-old woman.

This brings the country’s coronavirus death toll to 41.

Shangula said the country has also recorded 247 new coronavirus infections, with Windhoek reporting the most at 149, Walvis Bay recording 46 new infections, Oshakati 15, Swakopmund 10, Onandjokwe and Engela four each, Rundu, Katima Mulilo and Tsumeb three each, Grootfontein, Gobabis and Rehoboth two each,

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Katima Town Council offices close

by Lugeretzia Cloete

THE Katima Mulilo Town Council’s offices will be closed temporarily after a staff member tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The Katima Mulilo Town Council offices. Photo: File

In a public notice on Thursday, the town council’s chief executive officer, Raphael Liswaniso, said the closure was done as a precautionary measure to ensure the health and safety of the council’s employees and customers. He said the council’s offices would be closed from Thursday (20 August) to 31 August for comprehensive disinfection.

“All close contacts will be isolated,” Liswaniso added.

He also said the closure would not include

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Covid-19 deaths mount

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

DEATHS attributed to the novel coronavirus have spiked to 39, with two more fatalities announced yesterday.

The death toll is expected to spike even further with the high numbers of Covid-19 cases being recorded, especially in Windhoek, which has now become the epicentre, eclipsing Walvis Bay.

Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula yesterday announced 201 new coronavirus cases with 158 of them from Windhoek, with Walvis Bay reporting 17 and Swakopmund 11.

The director of the Centres for Disease Control Eric Dziuban said the increases in numbers of deaths due to Covid-19 are usually delayed by

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Namdeb records positive case

by Arlana Shikongo

A NAMIBIA De Beers (Namdeb) employee at Oranjemund has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Namdeb records positive case. Photo: Namdeb

In a news alert issued on Monday, Namdeb chief operating officer Jurgen Jacob confirmed the infection of an employee who travelled to Keetmanshoop to attend a family event where someone from Windhoek who later tested positive for the novel coronavirus was also present.

Jacob said the employee from Namdeb’s southern coastal mines reported for work on 12 August, but was booked off from 13 August as he was unwell.

“The employee sought medical attention at the

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Update: Two more Covid-19 deaths, 201 new infections

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Namibia has recorded another two deaths linked to the novel coronavirus, 201 new infections with the virus, and the recovery of 19 people who contracted the virus.

Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula on Wednesday said 158 of the new coronavirus cases are from Windhoek, which is now the epicentre of the virus outbreak in Namibia.

Walvis Bay has reported 17 new cases, Swakopmund 11, Oshakati seven, Otjiwarongo, Rehoboth and Katima Mulilo two each, and Okahandja and Okakarara one each.

The 19 recoveries are all from the Khomas region, while the two latest deaths are from

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Teachers refuse to return to work

by Cloete Luqman

TEACHERS at Mariental Primary School refused to return to work after two colleagues tested positive for Covid-19.

TESTING … Staff of Mariental Primary School undergo Covid-19 tests last Thursday after two of their colleagues tested positive for the coronavirus. Photo: Contributed

Last Thursday, all staff at the school underwent Covid-19 tests following confirmation of the status of their two colleagues.

The school was disinfected the same day the teachers took the Covid-19 tests.

The teachers said the principal, Manfred Morris Isaack, had instructed them through the school’s WhatsApp group platform, except those with high-risk for Covid-19, to

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Fear mounts as virus hits 13 inmates

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

THIRTEEN inmates are among the new Covid-19 cases confirmed yesterday.

Announcing the latest update on the pandemic, minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula confirmed the Namibian Correctional Service has been hit by the pandemic.

He said Namibia yesterday recorded 120 new Covid-19 cases, with 72 from Windhoek.

“It is imperative that people in secluded places like prisons, holding cells, hospitals, hostels, police camps, military barracks et cetera observe more precautionary measures, as the risk of fast transmission to a number of people is very high in these settings,” Shangula said.

Swakopmund yesterday recorded the second

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Infected driver’s contacts ‘not quarantined’

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

STAFF of a state ambulance service claim they had to return to work after a driver tested positive for Covid-19 last Saturday.

Current regulations dictate that when an individual is suspected or confirmed to have the coronavirus, the person should be isolated and the area concerned should be closed off for disinfection for 24 hours.

But on 9 August, after the ambulance driver tested positive, his colleagues were tested and continued their duties, they say.

Of these colleagues, seven received their test results on Thursday, which was positive for Covid-19.

Only then were they isolated, they say,

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First coronavirus death in Oshana region

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

HEALTH and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula has announced that the first death linked to Covid-19 has been recorded in the Oshana region.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula. Photo: File/MICT

Shangula on Tuesday said a 65-year-old man from Ongwediva who was known to have multiple comorbidities died on Sunday, twelve days after being admitted to a private hospital and eleven days after he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

“He was admitted and tested on 4 August at a local private hospital, as he presented with symptoms consistent with Covid-19,” Shangula said.

“The result came out positive

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Covid-19: Local authorities told to decongest

by Eliaser Ndiyanale

LOCAL authorities have been told to develop urgent decongestion plans to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

This directive is contained in a letter minister of urban and rural development Erastus Uutoni wrote to mayors and regional governors last week.

Uutoni said his instruction is in line with a directive of minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula on the country’s migration from stage 4 of state of emergency regulations to stage 3 as announced on 12 August.

Uutoni implored Namibia’s local authorities to identify settlements or residential areas in their localities and establish the number of

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Covid-19 victims may be cremated

by Arlana Shikongo and Victoria Wolf

NAMIBIANS who have succumbed to the novel coronavirus may be cremated by their next of kin.

Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula yesterday said this is part of the standard operating procedure for Covid-19-related deaths.

All deaths and funerals related to Covid-19 will be handled by the government with psychosocial support to the family of the deceased, he said.

Shangula’s response addressed claims of preferential treatment shown to founding president Sam Nujoma’s sister, Sofia Asino, who died of Covid-19 on Friday.

Shangula, who confirmed Asino’s death, said her body had been cremated

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Nust confirms two new Covid-19 cases

by Wilka Kayoko

THE Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust) has confirmed that two more of its staff members have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The Namibia University of Science and Technology. Photo: Contributed

The university has now recorded six confirmed coronavirus infections to date.

One of the two staff members now confirmed to have contracted the virus works in the office of the registrar, while the other is attached to the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences.

Nust’s acting vice chancellor, Andrew Niikondo, said the two employees received their positive test results on 14 and 16

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Windhoek infections shoot past 1 000 mark

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

THE novel coronavirus cases in Windhoek have increased exponentially in the past few weeks, with total cases exceeding the 1 000 mark.

TEST RUSH … Dozens of Windhoek residents queued up at Robert Mugabe Street Clinic yesterday to get tested for the novel coronavirus. With the number of Covid-19 infections in the capital shooting up sharply in the past two weeks, 1 111 of Namibia’s 4 344 confirmed infections were recorded in the city by yesterday. Fourteen of the 36 people whose deaths have been linked to Covid-19 in Namibia died in Windhoek. Photo: Werner Menges

As

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Dundee worker tests positive for Covid-19

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

A worker at Dundee Precious Metals at Tsumeb has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The company’s vice president and managing director Zebra Kasete announced this in an internal communique issued Monday.

 Kasete said the employee was on site prior to being tested in Windhoek and is currently in the capital in an isolation facility.

Kasete reassured all employees that the Dundee’s emergency response protocol was immediately initiated and that contact tracing has commenced. 

“All employees who worked in close contact with the infected employee are currently receiving necessary support including emotional support. Employee safety and that

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Update: Namibia records another Covid-19 death

Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula says Namibia has recorded another death linked to a novel coronavirus infection in Windhoek.

He said a 69-year-old woman with Covid-19 symptoms was admitted to a health facility on 11 August and died two days later. She is known to have had underlying health conditions.

This brings Namibia’s total number of deaths related to Covid-19 to 36.


Shangula on Monday also announced 190 new coronavirus infections in Namibia, with 152 of those infections recorded in Windhoek. 

“The Windhoek cases are increasing exponentially. In the last two weeks alone, cases reported on a daily

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Frontliners risk Covid-19 infection

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue and Hileni Nembwaya

MORE than 100 of Namibia’s healthcare workers have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

A member of the medical staff listens as Montefiore Medical Center nurses call for N95 masks and other ëcriticalí PPE to handle the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on April 1, 2020 in New York. – The nurses claim “hospital management is asking nurses to reuse disposable N95s after long shifts” in the Bronx. (Photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP)

This was revealed by ministry of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula who announced on Saturday that 11 healthcare workers –

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Nujoma’s sister dies of Covid-19

by Victoria Wolf and Arlana Shikongo

FOUNDING president Sam Nujoma’s sister Sofia Asino died of Covid-19 last week Friday.

Sofia Asino. Photo: NBC


Asino died in Windhoek, where she had come to receive treatment for her knee.

Health minister Kalumbi Shajngula, who confirmed her death, said Asino’s body has been cremated and can therefore be transported for burial without posing a public health risk.

“The body of Ms Asino was cremated within 48 hours. It is no longer a risk for Covid-19 infection and can safely be transported to a burial site which the family chooses,” he told The Namibian

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Sanlam client service office closed

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Sanlam Namibia’s client service department in Windhoek has been temporarily closed after two staff members tested positive for the coronavirus. 

The department will be closed for two days – from Monday 17 August and Tuesday 18 August 2020 for comprehensive disinfection.

This is a precautionary measure to reduce further exposure to staff and clients.

“The public is hereby informed that the organisation is still operational, only the walk-in client service office will be closed. No major disruptions are envisaged,” said Sanlam Group spokesperson Hilaria Graig in a statement released on Sunday.

She added that to support the

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New Era records two Covid-19 positive cases

by Eliaser Ndeyanale

TWO employees of New Era Publication Corporation have tested positive for Covid-19, the company’s chief executive officer, Christof Maletsky, said in an internal memo on Saturday.

“The staff member has been in isolation [not in the office] for the last two weeks. We are glad to report that both colleagues are already showing signs of recovery but will not be back to the office until all procedures are completed to ensure their health status as well as prevention of any spread,” he said.

He added that since the deep-cleaning of the offices was done on Friday, there

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UPDATE: Namibia reports record number of cases in one day

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

Namibia has recorded 247 new Covid-19 cases this evening, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said.

The minister said this is the highest number of cases reported in a single day.

Of these cases, the Khomas region reported 136, Erongo 71, Oshana nine, Oshikoto five, Otjozondjupa seven, //Kharas seven, Hardap seven, Omaheke two, Omusati two and Kavango East one.

Shangula said the number of cases in the Oshana and Oshikoto regions are increasing with many linked to Walvis Bay, but increasingly linked to Windhoek through travelling and contacts.

He said cases at Okahandja have also been increasing. Most of

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Update: Covid-19 hits Windhoek salon

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Namibia reported four new Covid-19 deaths and 181 new cases today.

Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula says 109 of the new cases were reported in Windhoek.

Three of the four deaths reported were in Windhoek and one at Walvis Bay.

Walvis Bay reported 44 new cases, Swakopmund 13, Arandis one, Onandjokwe seven, Katima Mulilo three, Oshakati two, Outapi two, and Okahao one.

Among the Windhoek cases, four are working at the same salon, Shangula says.

“We need to take note of places where transmission is likely to be high, and avoid such places if

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Natis offices stay open during pandemic restrictions

by Victoria Wolf

The Roads Authority has announced that its Natis offices will stay open countrywide while stage 3 of the Covid-19 state of emergency is in force.

Services will, however, be limited and there will be reduced staff, to comply with Covid-19 preventative measures.

“We wish to appeal to clients to visit our offices for urgent Natis services only to avoid long queues and congestion,” Roads Authority spokesperson Hileni Filemon said in a statement.

She added that the transport regulations permits office in Windhoek would also continue to operate.

Filemon also said applications for learners driving licences at Natis

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Update: Namibia records four new Covid-19 deaths

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

NAMIBIA reported four new Covid-19 related deaths and 182 new cases, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Friday.

One death, is from Swakopmund while three others are from Windhoek.

Windhoek reported 91 cases of Covid-19, Walvis Bay 58, Swakopmund 16, Gobabis 5, Okahandja 2, Oshakati 3, Luderitz 3, Okakarara 1, Otjiwarongo 1, Rundu 1 and Katima Mulilo 1.

The minister said from the cases announced on Thursday, 15 were health care workers.

Namibia has however recorded 1 494 recoveries, with 1 458 of them from Erongo.

Namibia now has 3 726 confirmed cases , 2 342 recoveries,

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Presidential advisor contracts Covid-19

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

PRESIDENTIAL advisor Inge Zaamwani-Kamwi has tested positive for Covid-19.

Inge Zaamwani-Kamwi

A statement from the presidency said she tested positive for the virus on 13 August 2020.

According to the statement, the advisor remains asymptomatic.

Zaamwani-Kamwi commenced with self-isolation on Tuesday, 11 August 2020 after coming in close contact with a confirmed case.

“The Presidency will be disinfected over the weekend and staff members will work from home for the coming seven day period. Only essential staff will report for duty.

“The Presidency wishes to thank you, the Namibian public for your understanding during this period,” the

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Kahimise tests positive for Covid-19

by Eliaser Ndeyanale

CITY of Windhoek chief executive officer Robert Kahimise has tested positive for Covid-19.

Robert Kahimise

The city’s acting chief executive officer O’Brien Hekandjo said Kahimise is currently in self-isolation and the city council is busy with contact tracing.

“You are hereby informed that our chief executive officer Mr Robert Kahimise has tested positive for Covid-19. He is currently in self-isolation as per the relevant guidelines,” Hekandjo said in an internal memo.

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DBN offices temporarily closed



by Arlana Shikongo

SOME of the Development Bank of Namibia support offices in Windhoek will be closed for disinfection after a member of staff tested positive for coronavirus.

File photo.



In a statement issued on Thursday, DBN corporate communication and stakeholder relations specialist Di-Anna Grobler said the bank’s support offices and the SME Centre in the Development Fund of Namibia (DFN) building will be closed until Sunday.



The DFN building is adjacent to the DBN head office. Both buildings are sanitised every weekend, Grobler detailed.



“In line with national Covid-19 protocols, the DFN building will be closed for disinfection and

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UPDATE: Windhoek has highest new cases

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula announced on Thursday afternoon that the country had recorded 138 new Covid-19 cases.

Of these cases, 71 are male and 67 are female. The youngest is two months old and the oldest 78 years old.

The minister said Windhoek recorded the highest cases with 64, followed by Walvis Bay with 44, Swakopmund 15. Oshakati and Keetmanshoop recorded three cases each while Usakos, Mariental, Rehoboth, Onandjokwe, Okakarara, Okahandja, Otjiwarongo, Oshikuku and Okongo reported one each.

Shangula said eleven recoveries were reported from Erongo and two from Omaheke while other regions are yet to verify

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Covid-19 curfew in motion

by Okeri Ngutjinazo and Charmaine Ngatjiheue

THE government has imposed a curfew on the Erongo and Khomas regions starting today, following a spike in Covid-19 cases in these regions.

The curfew means no movement of people will be permitted in the restricted areas between 20h00 to 05h00 daily for the next 16 days – unless they are in possession of an authorising permit as an essential service provider.

The curfew will lapse on 28 August midnight.

The government is set to release full regulations on the curfew, including penalties for those found to be contravening regulations, today.

The last time

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Covid-19 deaths at 22

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

NAMIBIA’S novel coronavirus deaths currently stand at 22 after the country today reported three new deaths.

Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said the country also reported 177 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total confirmed cases to 3 406.

“Of these 102 are male and 75 are female. The youngest is a one-year-old, while the oldest is 82,” Shangula said.

Walvis Bay recorded the highest cases at 77, followed by Windhoek with 67, Swakopmund 18, Oshakati eight, Usakos two, Mariental two, Onandjokwe two and Rehoboth one.

The minister said the deaths are reported at Swakopmund, Windhoek

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Walvis delegation quarantined

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula has said the high level delegation that went to assess the Covid-19 situation at Walvis Bay and the Erongo region at large is currently subjected to mandatory quarantine.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula

The delegation returned to Windhoek after visiting various places in the region, which was at the time the epicentre of the novel coronavirus, to assess the situation.

The delegation was led by deputy minister of labour and employment creation, Hafeni Ndemula – who was previously a regional councillor at Walvis Bay – as the head of delegation. He was accompanied by

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Prime minister, deputy in isolation 



by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

HEALTH and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula has announced that prime minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila is in isolation at home after coming in contact with a positive case.

The deputy prime minister and minister of international relations Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah is also in home isolation after a staff member at the ministry tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

“This does not mean that they are positive but they have to be tested as a precautionary measure,” Shangula said.

The minister was responding to questions from The Namibian on whether any Cabinet ministers are in isolation or quarantine after the

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LIVE (Ended) … Update on national response measures for Covid-19

PRESIDENT Hage Geingob says Namibia has reported more novel coronavirus cases in July than any other month and August is projected to record more cases.

The president said it took Namibia 11 days to reach 3 000 cases.

Speaking at State House, he said the government is monitoring the situation seeing that all 14 regions of the country now have confirmed cases. Geingob said decisions need to be taken but safe guarding people’s livelihoods is of utmost importance.

The president further expressed concern over the number of health care workers that have contracted the virus.

The president further urged Namibians

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When Covid-19 enters the office

THE Ministry of Health and Social Services has compiled guidelines on how to deal with exposure to the novel coronavirus in public areas and at work.

Image used for illustrative purposes. Photo: Pexels

Transmission of Covid-19

Through droplets when someone speaks, coughs or sneezes;
Close contact such as touching and hand shaking;
Touching surfaces such as doorknobs and tables that are contaminated with the virus; and
Aerosolisation medical procedures, among others.


What to do when a case is suspected or confirmed at a public or workplace

* In the event where a person (whether an employer, employee or visitor) in

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‘Covid-19 transgressions are criminal’

by Yokany Oliveira and Charmaine Ngatjiheue

INDIVIDUALS who deliberately ignore the advice of health authorities to self-isolate after testing positive for Covid-19 should be criminally charged.

This is according to police chief inspector general Sebastian Ndeitunga in response to a video that went viral on social media showing a young man attending a house party after being told to self-isolate by the authorities.

On his WhatsApp status the young man confirmed he tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday, and requested all those who were in contact with him this past weekend to be tested.

“Just in: Tested positive for Covid-19.

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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”.

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Update: Windhoek cases continue rising

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula announced that Namibia reported 128 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday.

He said 79 cases are from Windhoek, 35 from Walvis Bay, 10 from Swakopmund with Onadjokwe, Oshakati, Outapi, Keetmanshoop all having one case each.

“Windhoek cases continue to increase rapidly and among them are three health care workers. As I emphasised yesterday, our health workers need to protect themselves and need to be protected because we need them to care for others,” he said.

The minister added that the country is increasingly seeing cases with Covid-19 symptoms, which is becoming a worrying trend.

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Windhoek tax office worker contracts Covid-19

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

The finance ministry on Tuesday announced that a staff member based at its Inland Revenue office in Windhoek tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

As a precautionary measure, the entire building where the offices are housed will be closed from today until tomorrow for disinfection.

Normal businesses at the building will resume on 13 August 2020.

“During this temporary closure of the building, the tax services such as income tax assessments, tax directives, payments  reconciliation, customer care and cash offices will unfortunately be closed,” the finance ministry’s spokesperson Tonateni Shidhudhu said.

He said services offered at the

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Covid-19 strikes gender ministry

by Victoria Wolf

TWO employees at the Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare have tested positive for Covid-19.

This follows an announcement by the ministry earlier today that its head office would be closed for disinfection for the remainder of the week.

Both employees work at the ministry’s head office.

Ministry spokesperson Lukas Haufiku says: “We have a high influx of people, especially in our children’s department, so this is a precautionary measure.”

Haufiku says through contact tracing, three additional people with exposure to Covid-19 were found to have visited the ministry’s head office recently.

“Our employees

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Capital poised to be Covid-19 epicentre

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

TESTING capacity for the novel coronavirus will be intensified in Windhoek after the city reported 73 new Covid-19 cases yesterday.

TESTED … Samples are taken from journalist Shelleygan Petersen to be tested for Covid-19. Photo: MICT

This also follows after experts said the city is poised to become the epicentre of the outbreak in Namibia.

The 73 positive cases in Windhoek are part of 152 new cases in the country as announced by minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula yesterday.

Shangula said 28 cases are from one area, while 10 cases were reportedly from the

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Govt praised on coronavirus fight

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

THE Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has given a thumbs-up to the responses the government has implemented to combat Covid-19.

TESTED … Samples are taken from Ronney Hangula from the ministry of information to be tested for Covid-19. Photo: MICT

In their latest paper titled ‘Helping the people: Welfare and assistance measures, the story so far’, independent think tank IPPR said Namibia’s efforts in the midst of a ravaging pandemic represents a far greater challenge than getting through a harsh but limited coronavirus-imposed lockdown.

“The crisis has shown that the government can respond swiftly and decisively

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Meat Board closes office

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

THE Meat Board of Namibia will be closing its Windhoek head office from Monday to 26 August as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

In a statement released on Monday, the company said during this period the Meat Board ear tag, NamLITS helpdesk, producer registration and stock brands offices will be closed.

The classification services will however be unaffected and continue working as long as the export abattoirs are operational. The border personnel will continue operating and rendering border inspection services.

The finance division will prepare and do payments only on Fridays and the

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Windhoek records highest cases

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

NAMIBIA has recorded 152 new Covid-19 cases, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Monday.

Windhoek reported the highest number with 73, Walvis Bay followed with 64, Swakopmund 9, Okahandja 2, Otjiwarongo 2, Nankudu 1, Outapi 1, Mariental 1.

Shangula said 28 of the Windhoek cases are from one suburb. He said the Windhoek cases are linked and increasing as 10 cases are from one household and four cases are health care workers.

“We are strengthening control measures in Windhoek as well as in all areas, to curb the further spread. These include increasing testing, increasing isolation and

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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

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School at Walvis Bay temporarily closed

by Arlana Shikongo

DUINESIG Combined School at Walvis Bay will be closed this week after a staff member tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

“Learners and parents/guardians are therefore informed that the school will be closed for the week of 10-14 August 2020,” the school’s principal, Stanley Uri-Khob, announced in a letter on Sunday.

Uri-Khob said online learning would continue, but all other services provided by the school would be suspended for the week.

Furthermore, the school buildings will be disinfected on Monday.

Students in grades 11 and 12 are expected to resume classes on Monday next week (17 August).

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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

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Covid-19 Update … Namibia records one new death

NAMIBIA has recorded one new Covid-19-related death and 150 new infections, health minister Kalumbi Shangula announced on Friday.

This brings the country’s total death toll to 16 and the cumulative confirmed cases to 2 802.

The latest Covid-19-related death is that of an 84-year-old woman who was admitted to a local hospital in Windhoek for a surgical condition.

The minister said she had multiple comorbidities and also presented with some Covid-19 symptoms.

The minister said Walvis Bay recorded 62 new cases, while Swakopmund recorded 40, Windhoek recorded 42 and Gobabis recorded two. Eenhana, Oshakati, Okahandja and Rehoboth each recorded one

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Delayed test results frustrate quarantined group in //Kharas

by Luqman Cloete

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.

“After the intervention of

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Central bank reports second coronavirus case

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

The Bank of Namibia reported a second novel coronavirus case on Thursday.

According to the bank’s strategic communications director, Emma Haiyambo, the case involves a staff member from the bank’s head office who was last at the office on Tuesday last week (28 July).

“As a result, the head office shall be disinfected on Friday, 7 August,” she said.

Haiyambo informed the public that the bank is still operational, and no disruptions are envisaged.

However, the bank’s public tellers will be open for business only until 13h00 on Friday.

“The bank remains dedicated to protecting the well-being

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Covid-19 Update … Namibia records three new deaths

NAMIBIA has recorded another three deaths related to Covid-19, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Thursday.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula

Shangula said two people at Walvis Bay and one at Swakopmund died due to the novel coronavirus disease, bringing the country’s Covid-19 death toll to 15.

He added that Namibia has also recorded 112 newly confirmed coronavirus infections over the past day.

Forty-two of the new coronavirus cases were recorded at Walvis Bay, 36 at Swakopmund, 19 in Windhoek, nine at Oshakati, two in the Ohangwena region (Engela included), and one each at Rundu, Omuthiya, Okahao and in Kavango West.

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Erongo plans march against lockdown

by Ester Mbathera

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

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Namibia reports 345 Covid-19 recoveries

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

NAMIBIA has reported a record 345 novel coronavirus recoveries yesterday.

This brings the total number of recoveries to 556.

According to minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula at the Covid-19 communication centre yesterday, Walvis Bay recorded 325 recoveries out of the total recoveries announced.

This is the highest number out of the eight towns that reported recoveries.

Oshakati and Mariental followed with six and five recoveries, respectively, while Windhoek had four recoveries.

Okakarara, Otjiwarongo, Oshikuku, Outapi and Keetmanshoop each recorded one recovery.

“Again, this is a result of the shift in the de-isolation policy,” Shangula

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Central bank reports first coronavirus case

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

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

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Confirmed Covid-19 cases in //Kharas at 35

by Luqman Cloete

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the //Kharas region now stands at 35, while 13 people who had the novel coronavirus in the region have recovered.

//Kharas governor Aletha Frederick said this while delivering her maiden state of the region address at Keetmanshoop on Wednesday.

Frederick said inter-regional and cross-district migrations of people are the main factors contributing to the spread and transmission of the novel coronavirus disease in the region.

She said the construction of a 12-bed isolation unit was completed at Keetmanshoop recently, and screening and testing facilities, each with four beds, are also

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Police officer tests positive for coronavirus

by Eliaser Ndeyanale

A Namibian Police officer based at Wanaheda Police Station in Windhoek has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The Namibian Police’s chief spokesperson, deputy commissioner Kauna Shikwambi, confirmed this on Wednesday. She said the police station would not be closed unless that is advised by health experts.

She said the officer had already been in isolation before his coronavirus test result came back as positive on Tuesday.

“So far the colleagues who shared an office are in isolation and all heath Covid-19 measures are being implemented, including disinfecting of the premises,” Shikwambi said.

“The pandemic indeed affects

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Update: Namibia records 556 Covid-19 recoveries

Namibia reports 70 new Covid-19 cases at Walvis Bay 30, Swakopmund 10, Windhoek 26, Otjiwarongo one, Okahandja one, and Keetmanshoop one.

According to the health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula, 13 of the cases in Windhoek have no known cases to confirmed cases, but they presented with symptoms consistent with Covid-19.

Katutura reported ten cases, which is of grave concern according to the minister. He said the patients all attended a church ceremony.

“It is likely that more people have been exposed and we are cautioning the people to call the hotline to be tested,” Shangula said.


Weddings, funerals

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Police officer tests positive for Covid-19

by Eliaser Ndeyanale

A POLICE officer based at the Wanaheda police station in Windhoek has tested positive for Covid-19.

The Wanaheda Police Station. Photo: Contributed

Namibian Police spokesperson deputy commissioner Kauna Shikwambi confirmed the case this morning. Shikwambi said the police station will not be closed unless otherwise advised by health officials.

“Yes, one of the officers’ results came back positive yesterday [Tuesday]. He was already in isolation.

“So far, the colleagues who shared an office are in isolation and all health measures are being implemented, including disinfectant of the premises. The pandemic indeed affects us all and thus we

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Covid-19 Update…

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula says the country has recorded 64 new coronavirus infections and 24 new recoveries.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula

Out of the new cases, Shangula said on Tuesday, 44 are from Walvis Bay, five from Swakopmund and 15 from Windhoek.

Thirty-four are men and 30 are women, and their ages range from six to 64 years.

Shangula said the ages of the 15 new cases reported from Windhoek range from 22 to 54 years, with nine women and six males.

Six of the people confirmed infected with the coronavirus in Windhoek had been in contact with previously confirmed

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Cran records first Covid-19 case

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

THE Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (Cran) has closed its offices in Windhoek until 11 August after a staff member tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

In a statement issued Tuesday, head of communications Katrina Sikeni said all employees who were direct contacts to the employee are currently in self-isolation and as a precautionary measure, the affected offices were temporarily closed for sanitation on Monday, 3 August.

“The entire Cran offices will be closed for physical contact business and all team members will work from home with immediate effect commencing Tuesday, 4 August,” she said.

Sikeni advised

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Mixed feelings about Walvis Bay face-to-face learning

by Taati Niienge

Face-to-face learning for Grade 11 and 12 pupils started at Walvis Bay on Monday, after they had to stay home for about four months.

BACK TO SCHOOL … Some Grade 11 and 12 pupils showed up for school at Walvis Bay for the first time in about four months on Monday, while others decided to rather study from home.

There were mixed feelings from parents, teachers and pupils about the resumption of face-to-face classes, though.

Some teachers said they had no choice but to start teaching, although Walvis Bay has become Namibia’s novel coronavirus pandemic epicentre.

Teachers

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Walvis Bay tax office closed due to Covid-19

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

The Ministry of Finance on Monday announced the closure of its customs and excise office at Walvis Bay following possible exposure to a novel coronavirus case.

In a statement, finance ministry spokesperson Tonateni Shidhudhu said the office would be closed from 4 to 5 August as a precautionary measure.

“We are suspecting possible exposure to a confirmed Covid-19 case. A colleague’s spouse tested positive. The office will be disinfected on Tuesday or Wednesday,” he said.

Shidhudhu added that the ministry has introduced work shifts and its staff members on duty on Tuesday may not have come into

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Namibia records another Covid-19 death

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

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DBN worker at Walvis tests positive for Covid-19

By Charmaine Ngatjiheue

A DEVELOPMENT Bank of Namibia employee at Walvis Bay has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, which has prompted the closure of that office.

The company in a statement on Monday said all staff members at the Walvis Bay branch are being tested and are in quarantine until further notice.

“The branch is closed until further notice and will be disinfected during that period,” Di-Anna Grobler, the spokesperson of the bank said.

According to Grobler, staff who are in quarantine will continue working from home in the meantime.

She said in the event of disruption of Walvis

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Accident Fund reopens Katutura satellite office

by Yokany Oliveira

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

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Third NBC worker contracts Covid-19

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

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

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Namibia records 70 new Covid-19 cases

HEALTH UPDATE: Namibia on Sunday recorded 70 new Covid-19 cases and 16 new recoveries.

Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula said the new cases are from the Erongo, Khomas, Ohangwena and //Kharas regions.

Walvis Bay reported the highest number of new cases at 43, followed by Swakopmund with 12, Windhoek with 13, Engela with one and Lüderitz with one.

“With the implementation of the new de-isolation protocol, we expect to see a radical increase in the number of recoveries,” Shangula said.

The country now has 2 294 confirmed Covid-19 cases with 187 recoveries and 11 deaths.

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Namibia records another Covid-19 death

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.

The country has recorded 95 new

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Namibia records 77 new cases

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

Health update: Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula announced the country has recorded 77 new Covid-19 cases from 635 tests.

Of the new cases, 62 are from Walvis Bay, eight from Swakopmund, five from Windhoek, and two from Okahandja.

Shangula said 38 of the new cases are men and 39 women. Their ages range from one to 58 years.

Shangula said one Windhoek case is a 56-year-old woman with no known contact with a confirmed case.

She has been conducting meetings at work and has attended a funeral recently where residents from Walvis Bay may

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State House: Covid-19 national response measures

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.

Hage Geingob

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.

He says the government

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Oshana parents demand school closure

by Hileni Nembwaya

PARENTS at Charles Anderson Primary School at Ongwediva in the Oshana region are demanding the immediate closure of the school after two pupils’ parents allegedly tested positive for Covid-19.

Charles Anderson primary school in Ongwediva. Photo: Contributed

The affected parents are said to be nurses at the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital.

A concerned parent claims the two parents alerted the school immediately after testing positive, but the school management tried to hide the information while allowing the two affected pupils to continue going to school.

“We want to know how many children were in contact with these pupils

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Windhoek records first Covid-19 death

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula has announced that Windhoek reported its first Covid-19 related death on Thursday. The death is of a 41-year-old man and it brings the total Covid-19 deaths in the country to 10.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula

Meanwhile Namibia has recorded 66 new positive cases. Shangula said Walvis Bay reported 47, Windhoek 14, and Swakopmund five cases. Contact tracing has been initiated, Shangula said.

Most of the Windhoek cases have no travel history nor do they have known contacts with a positive cases. One of the Windhoek cases is a taxi driver.

Namibia on Thursday

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Fight virus on birthday, president asks

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

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

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Coronavirus deaths set to spike

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

THE country director for the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Namibia, Eric Dziuban, says the spike in Covid-19 cases will most likely push up the death toll.

Image used for illustrative purposes.

This could lead to deaths reported in Windhoek within a month, as seen at the coast.

The country’s Covid-19-related death toll currently stands at nine, after the minister of health and social services, Kalumbi Shangula, announced a new death at Walvis Bay, involving a 44-year-old woman.

In the past two weeks Windhoek has been seeing a spike in coronavirus cases, with most

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Covid-19 Update … Namibia records ninth death

MINISTER of Health and Social Services Kalumbi Shangula on Wednesday afternoon announced a new Covid-19 related death involving a 44-year-old woman from Walvis Bay. This brings the total death toll to nine.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula

Meanwhile, the country has recorded 69 new Covid-19 cases from 527 samples tested in the past 24 hours.

Walvis Bay has the bulk of the cases at 57, Swakopmund has one, Usakos one, Windhoek eight, Engela one and Mariental one.

Namibia has a total of 1 986 positive cases, 1 873 of which are active cases.

According to the minster, 38 of the cases

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Covid-19 local transmissions rise

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula yesterday said new Covid-19 cases reported over the past few weeks mean that people are becoming infected in their localities during their everyday activities.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula. Photo: File

The country recorded 74 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, which brings the total cases to 1 917 with eight deaths and 104 recoveries.

Shangula said 56 of the new infections were recorded at Walvis Bay, three at Swakopmund, four each in Windhoek and at Rosh Pinah, two each at Oshakati and Rundu and one each at Okahandja, Omaruru and Onandjokwe.

Fifty-four of the new

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Three courts closed over Covid-19

by Werner Menges

THE Windhoek Magistrate’s Court in Katutura, the Katima Mulilo Magistrate’s Court and the traffic court in Windhoek will be closed for two weeks after people working at the courts or who had visited the premises were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.

The Windhoek Magistrate’s Court in Katutura. Photo: Werner Menges

The courts were closed yesterday after a judicial officer at the Katima Mulilo Magistrate’s Court, a public prosecutor stationed at the court in Katutura, and an accused person who appeared in the traffic court, where he was in contact with court officials, tested positive for the coronavirus,

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Covid-19 Update …

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula this afternoon said Namibia has recorded 74 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula

Shangula said 56 of the new infections were recorded at Walvis Bay, three at Swakopmund, four in Windhoek and at Rosh Pinah, respectively, two at Oshakati and Rundu, respectively, and one each at Okahandja, Omaruru and Onandjokwe.

Fifty-four of the newly infected people are men, while 20 are women. Their ages range from 15 to 77.

Shangula also announced that another three people previously diagnosed with the novel coronavirus have recovered, bringing Namibia’s total number of recoveries

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City police staffer has Covid-19

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

THE Windhoek City Police headquarters will be closed for two days for disinfection after an employee tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

A Windhoek City Police employee tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Photo: Garwin Beukes

City police chief Abraham Kanime confirmed the closure, but could not reveal which department or how many people are affected by the case.

He said all health protocols are in place to better deal with the situation and affected parties.

“We were prepared for such incidents and made sure all protocols were followed. The headquarters will be reopened tomorrow after all

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Unam records Covid-19 case

by Tuyeimo Haidula

ONE of the University of Namibia’s staff members at its main campus tested positive for Covid-19.

The University of Namibia main campus entrance. Photo: File

Unam’s vice chancellor, Kenneth Matengu, announced today in an internal memo that the last time the staff member was present on campus was on 14 July.

Matengu said the individual is in a stable condition at an isolation facility.

“According to him, the staff member started feeling unwell on 18 July while at home. He got tested on 21 July and was confirmed positive on 22 July. He has been in isolation

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//Kharas Council offices closed

by Luqman Cloete

THE //Kharas Regional Council offices including those of the education directorate in Keetmanshoop were temporarily closed as of Monday.

The //Kharas Regional Council office.

The council’s chairperson, Jan Scholtz, said on Monday the decision came after one of the council employees’ spouse tested positive for coronavirus last Friday.

The affected staff member was immediately put under quarantine, said Scholtz.

“Since the staff member was at work on Friday, the entire council offices will be disinfected, thus affecting normal contact service delivery,” he said.

According to Scholtz, normal services at the office will resume on Friday.

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Bank Windhoek staffer positive for Covid-19

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

A BANK Windhoek staff member at the main branch in Windhoek has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, which has resulted in the branch being closed.

The Bank Windhoek main branch in Windhoek. Photo: File

The bank also closed its Auas Valley and Ashirwad agencies because they are served from the main branch.

The offices were closed over the weekend and were disinfected and as a precautionary measure. All workers were sent home to self-isolate until further notice.

According to a statement from the bank on Monday, the branch will reopen on Wednesday, 29 July 2020.

“Our

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UPDATE: Namibia reports 68 new Covid-19 cases

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

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,

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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,”

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Namibia records new Covid-19 death

By Charmaine Ngatjiheue

NAMIBIA has recorded one new Covid-19 related death at Walvis Bay, bringing the total death toll to eight.

This is according to the health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula who announced 88 new Covid-19 cases. This brings the total confirmed cases to 1 775.

The country also reported three new recoveries, bringing the total to number of recoveries to 75.

The cases are from are Erongo, Khomas, Kharas, and Hardap.

Walvis bay had the most cases with 62, followed by Swakopmund with 19, Windhoek 5, Keetmanshoop 1, and Mariental 1.

According to Shangula, 59 are males

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Covid-19 Update:

Namibia has recorded 69 new coronavirus infections out of 786 test results received over the past hours. The regions where new cases were recorded are Erongo, Khomas, //Kharas, Oshana, Oshikoto, Kunene and Zambezi.

In a statement on Saturday health minister Kalumbi Shangula said 36 of the newly infected people are men and 33 are women. The youngest patient is seven months old and the oldest 58 years old.

Walvis Bay reported 50 new infections, Swakopmund five, Windhoek five, Keetmanshoop three, Oshakati two, and Onandjokwe, Opuwo and Katima Mulilo one each.

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Oshana education directorate gets N$59,5m for Covid-19

by Hileni Nembwaya

THE Oshana education directorate has been allocated more than N$59,5 million by the ministry of basic education to upgrade and renovate school infrastructure as part of efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

Image used for illustrative purposes.

The directorate intends to set aside about N$15,7 million for the renovation and construction of ablution facilities, while N$43,7 million has been set aside for the renovation and construction of hostels in the region.

Hilma Nuunyango-George, the acting deputy director of the Oshana education directorate, said this at Oshakati on Thursday during a briefing of the regional leadership on capital

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UPDATE: Namibia records 96 new Covid-19 cases

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

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

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Covid-19 plan proposed for Erongo

by Ester Mbathera

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.

Lieutenant 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.

This has left communities, especially at Walvis

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Covid-19 Update … Namibia records 120 new infections

Namibia has recorded 120 new coronavirus infections.

The new cases are distributed across five towns, with Walvis Bay recording the highest number of new infections, 106 cases, Swakopmund five cases, Windhoek seven cases, and Keetmanshoop and Katima Mulilo one case each.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula said all cases recorded today are Namibians – 86 being male and 34 female. They are all in a stable condition and contact tracing has been initiated, Shangula said.

All of the Windhoek cases come from different suburbs: Ludwigsdorf, Auasblick, Otjomuise, Khomasdal, Cimbebasia, Goreangab and Havana.

Only one case from Windhoek has been in quarantine,

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HIV patients exposed to Covid-19

by Adam Hartman

AT least 100 patients may have been exposed to a confirmed coronavirus case, a health worker at the ARV clinic at Swakopmund said.

File photo.

The clinic was closed on Monday after the health worker was confirmed Covid-19 positive, resulting in the 11 other staff members being quarantined.

A nurse, who declined to be identified, informed The Namibian on Monday that the other staff, which includes five nurses, four health assistants and two cleaners, were also tested.

Most of the staff are quarantined at the Swakopmund bungalows, while some, who do not live alone, are self-quarantined at

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Ministerial delegation to be quarantined

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

THE high level delegation that went to assess the Covid-19 situation at Walvis Bay and the Erongo region at large will be subjected to mandatory quarantine upon their return to Windhoek.

Deputy minister of labour and employment creation Hafeni Ndemula is the head of the delegation that went to assess the Covid-19 situation at Walvis Bay. Photo: Nampa

The delegation left for Walvis Bay on Wednesday, with the aim to visit various places to assess the situation at the town and the region at large, which has become the epicenter of the novel coronavirus.

Information minister Peya

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Walvis Bay graveyards to be used for Covid-19 burials

by Taati Niilenge

Erongo governor Neville Andre has announced that people who died of Covid-19 at Walvis Bay will now be buried in existing graveyards at the town.

This comes after consultations between the Covid-19 burial committee and some Walvis Bay residents who were opposing burials at a site that had been chosen at the town’s Narraville area.

The families of people who died of Covid-19 at Walvis Bay are now free to indicate where they want to bury their family members.

The announcement by André was made at a meeting between stakeholders and a delegation that arrived in Walvis

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Zambezi school closes due to possible Covid-19 threat

by Lugeretzia Cooper

MAVULUMA Adventist Primary Private School at Katima Mulilo has temporarily cancelled face-to-face teaching due to possible contact between a pupil and a nurse who recently tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Mavuluma Adventist Primary Private School at Katima Mulilo. Photo: School Facebook Page

The acting regional education director in Zambezi, Joseph Kawana, confirmed the temporary closure of the school to The Namibian.

The school informed parents of its pupils on Tuesday that the school will be closed for 14 days from 22 July to 4 August.

“The school is in a critical situation, as there is

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Covid-19 Update:

NAMIBIA has recorded 36 new Covid-19 cases, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Wednesday afternoon.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula. Photo: MICT

He added that all the new cases are Namibians and 28 are from Walvis Bay, four from Swakopmund, three from Windhoek and one from Lüderitz.

The youngest case is a 20-day-old baby and the oldest is 54 years old.

According to the minister, contact tracing is ongoing. He said there are 12 patients at Walvis Bay who are critically ill and in need of oxygen.

“On the bright side, we have recorded seven new recoveries,” he

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Lüderitz gears up to fight Covid-19

by Hileni Nembwaya

THE Lüderitz Town council has stepped up efforts in readiness to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.

The council is currently reactivating its screening point at the entrance of the town as some of the stringent measures to ensure better case tracing and control of residents.

According to Lüderitz mayor, Brigitte Frederick, residents who enter and leave the town will be screened and registered, in order to curb possible local transmission of Covid-19.

“We already started preparing in March. A screening point was put up at the town entrance. It was later moved to Aus, but we are currently

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Erongo Regional Council office closed due to Covid-19

by Ester Mbathera

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

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Walvis Bay prepares more isolation beds

by Ester Mbathera

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

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Quarantined people at Henties Bay bemoan treatment

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

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.

BREAKFAST … Henties Bay quarantined individuals’ ate dry oatmeal for breakfast on Tuesday.

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

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Walvis Bay bank employee contracts coronavirus

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

A Bank Windhoek employee at Walvis Bay has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the bank announced on Tuesday.

This comes after the employee came into contact with a Covid-19 case at the coastal town, which led to the bank closing its Walvis Bay branch on Thursday last week.

As a precautionary measure, the branch will be disinfected and will reopen on Monday next week (27 July), the bank’s executive officer of retail banking services, Chris Matthee, said in a statement.

Since the start of the lockdown period Bank Windhoek’s Walvis Bay branch has been operating at

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Lüderitz clinic temporarily closed

by Luqman Cloete


The health ministry has temporarily closed the Lüderitz clinic after a health worker tested positive for the novel coronavirus. 

File photo.

!Nami≠Nüs 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

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UPDATE: Namibia reports three new Covid-19 deaths

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

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

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Nam records fourth Covid-19 death

by Ester Mbathera and Charmaine Ngatjiheue

NAMIBIA’s fourth Covid-19 fatality was in hospital while his family was in isolation at home at Walvis Bay.

The 55-year-old man tested positive for the novel coronavirus towards the end of June.

Some of his family members have been in self-isolation at home because of a lack of facilities in the Erongo region.

The deceased’s employer, who wants to remain anonymous at this stage, says he feels helpless and does not know how to assist the family at home.

“The whole family is in isolation. There is little we can do, because we can

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Home affairs reopens coastal offices

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

The offices of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security in the Erongo region reopened on Monday, after it had been disinfected against the novel coronavirus.

The offices were temporarily shut following possible Covid-19 exposure when staff members came into contact with suspected Covid-19 cases at Walvis Bay.

The ministry’s spokesperson Sakeus Kadhikwa said the Kuisebmond sub-regional office, the Walvis Bay harbour and airport offices and the Swakopmund offices reopened on Monday.

“The offices have been disinfected. In order to protect the well-being of staff and the public, the ministry will continue adhering to Covid-19

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Walvis Bay private hospital battles on in coronavirus fight

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

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.

“This morning, sadly, one of our

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Three health workers contract Covid-19

…  as Nam reports fourth Covid-19 death

NAMIBIA has recorded 97 new Covid-19 cases, including a fourth death, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Monday.

Of these cases, three are healthcare workers from Walvis Bay.

He said 90 of the cases are from Walvis Bay, three from Swakopmund, two from Engela, one from Outapi and one from Katima Mulilo. The cases in Engela came in contact with a prior confirmed case at the town.

The minister said 81 are males and the rest are female. “The oldest is 66 years. Contact tracing is ongoing,” Shangula said.

He

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Erongo police warn against large gatherings

by Ester Mbathera

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.

Of great concern are

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UPDATE: Namibia reports 44 new Covid-19 cases

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

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Walvis residents hold drive-in church

by Taati Niilenge

WALVIS Bay residents have found an innovative way of worshiping together amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Residents drove to the town’s waterfront area on Sunday morning, for the first drive-in church service for the town.

The service was organized by the Walvis Bay Community church, which usually has two Sunday services in Afrikaans and English.

The services were suspended due to the lockdown about four months ago, leaving families to pray at home.

“We just decided to do something different. We cannot cope with this lockdown. Everyone wants to get together for prayer. There is power in togetherness.

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Second Covid-19 burial postponed

by Taati Niilenge

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

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UPDATE: SA truck drivers among new Covid-19 cases

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

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Erongo pupils to return to school

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

THE ministry of education, arts and culture has announced the reopening of schools and face-to-face learning for Grade 11 and 12 pupils at Arandis, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay on Monday.

Executive director of education, arts and culture, Sanet Steenkamp, said in a statement on Friday the return of pupils to school is voluntary.

In the event where a school records a confirmed case of Covid-19, the education ministry together with the health ministry will assess the situation before taking appropriate action.

“In addition, the ministry has developed compliance standards for the operation of schools, and schools that

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Narraville residents overnight at Covid-19 burial site

by Taati Niilenge

Some residents of Narraville spent the night at the burial site where a Covid-19 victim was buried. They are determined to stop the burial of the second victim.

The say they will block the area when the burial continues today.

“We are concerned about our health and the inhumane way these people are buried. Everybody deserves a proper burial. Look at this place. It looks like a dumpsite,” they say.

Residents say they never agreed to the site being used for Covid-19 deaths.
They will make sure the deceased’s remains are moved to a proper site, away

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Second Covid-19 funeral halted

by Taati Niilenge

Disgruntled Narraville residents flocked to the second Covid-19 burial at Walvis Bay this evening.

Health oficials and security forces eventually had to turn around with the body as residents were blocking the entrance to the site.

The group has expressed their dissatisfactionwith the site being used as a Covid-19 graveyard, as well as the burial method.

Erongo regional governor Neville Andre urged residents to remain calm.

“Please do not panic. We are determined to look after the health of Walvis Bay residents. We are humbly asking residents to allow us to bury the body. That place was

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UPDATE: Namibia reports 46 new Covid-19 cases

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

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Cemetery approved before Covid-19

by Taati Niilenge

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

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NIP 2 200 tests behind

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

THE Namibia Institute of Pathology says they have moved from a backlog in Covid-19 test results of around 5 000 to nearly 2 200.

Acting chief operations officer at the institute, Boniface Makumbi, says the delay is due to the spike in cases in the Erongo region – particularly at Walvis Bay.

Makumbi was speaking at the Covid-19 communication centre this morning.

“When that spike came, it exceeded our capacity to test. When we started testing, we were doing below 50 tests per day, we moved to 90, then 200, and this was before Erongo and Walvis

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Karasburg schools close after Covid-19 case

by Luqman Cloete

SCHOOLS at Karasburg in the //Kharas region have closed today after a local teacher tested positive for Covid-19.

Image used for illustrative purposes.

The regional education director , /Awebahe //Hoeseb, confirmed classes were suspended at all local schools.

This on the recommendation of the Ministry of Health and Social Services, to which the executive director of education, arts and culture, Sanet Steenkamp, concurred, //Hoeseb said.

//Hoeseb said teachers will return to schools on 31 July, while pupils will resume classes on 3 August.

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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

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Second foreign fisherman Covid-19 positive

by Ester Mbathera

A SECOND foreign specialist fisherman on board one of Erongo Marine Enterprises (EME) vessels tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

One of the Erongo Marine vessels on which 30 foreign fishermen are quarantined. Photo: Contributed.

The person is part of the specialist crew that arrived in the country on a chartered flight from Frankfurt last Friday, as part of a horse mackerel fishing team.

Six Namibians were on the same flight with the fishing crew. A Namibian studying in Russia who was on the same flight, also tested positive for the virus on Monday.

EME managing director

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Quarantined residents threaten to escape

by Hileni Nembwaya

A NUMBER of people in mandatory quarantine facilities in the Oshana region are threatening to escape from the facilities, citing a lack of cooperation of health authorities.

Oshana health director Johanna Haimene took reporters around the Covid-19 hospital after it’s opening in April. Photo: File

They say authorities have extended their quarantine periods from the initial mandatory 14 days to more than 21 days – sometimes without any tests conducted, while laboratory test results are delayed.

Even though many people are kept in relatively comfortable quarantine facilities around Oshakati and Ongwediva, some are complaining of a lack

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Covid-19 Update

The country has recorded 96 new Covid-19 cases. This brings the total number of cases to 960.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula this afternoon said among the confirmed cases is one South African. He said two cases are from Karasburg, two from Keetmanshoop, one from Windhoek and the rest from Walvis Bay.

Shangula said 51 are males and 45 females. The youngest is a four-year-old and the oldest is 50.

The country has also registered two more recoveries – cases number 33 and 186. This brings the total number of recoveries to 31.

Two deaths have been recorded. A total of

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Covid-19 death exposes cracks in health system

by Ester Mbathera and Charmaine Ngatjiheue

A SECOND Covid19 death in less than a week has exposed limitations in the way the country is handling the pandemic.

Critics have accused the government of mishandling the pandemic in Erongo region, which is now the epicentre of the virus.

The second death has also shown that doctors and nurses, particularly at Walvis Bay, are overwhelmed with the number of cases as state facilities have been stretched to the limit.

Announcing the death yesterday, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said the deceased had diabetes before the Covid-19 diagnosis.

He visited the state hospital on

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Covid-19 Update … Namibia records second death

Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula says Namibia has recorded a second Covid-19 death and three new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours.

According to the minister, all three new cases are Namibians from Walvis Bay. Two are male and one female. The youngest is 21 years old and the oldest 44.

The case which passed away was a 44-year-old male and had diabetes. He died on 11 July at home.
He was tested for Covid-19 and the result came back positive yesterday.

Shangula said Namibia now has 864 confirmed Covid-19 cases, with 29 recoveries and 833

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Foreign fishing crew member positive for Covid-19

by Ester Mbathera

ONE of the foreign fishing crew members on one of Erongo Marine Enterprises (EME) vessels, who is part of the group that landed in Namibia on Friday, 10 July, tested positive for Covid-19.

Specialised foreign fishing crew members who arrived in Namibia last Friday to work on vessels. Photo: File

EME managing director Martha Uumati confirmed that the ministry of health had informed her about the test result this morning.

“The person remains asymptomatic and in a healthy condition and is currently being kept in isolation in a separate cabin on the affected vessel. This is currently

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285 mining jobs lost amid Covid-19

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

THE mining sector has lost about 285 jobs as a result of the Covid-19 imposed lockdown and state of the emergency regulations.

According to the Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) general secretary Ebben Zarondo, the job losses are from 15 March to date and were recorde at 17 companies in the mining industry.

Namib Lead and Zinc had the highest job losses at 71, followed by D.Y.S Manufacturers with 52 and Lewcor and Kaokoland Mining with 25 and 24 respectively.

Some losses have been blamed on Covid-19 retrenchments, while others are because the mines had to close.

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Covid-19 wrecks environment funding

by Arlana Shikongo

THE Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia (EIF) faces reduced funding contributions from its international sources as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The EIF mobilised funding, mostly from international institutions, as our domestic sources of funding are not expanded yet,” minister of environment Pohamba Shifeta said last week.

He was responding to questions from the media after the inauguration of the fund’s new board of directors.

Shifeta said the countries which usually contribute funds to the institution are also struggling with their economies due to Covid-19, thus directing their attention towards their own domestic organisations.

“There is

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Covid-19 death sparks panic

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue and Ester Mbathera

PANIC has gripped the country following the announcement of the first Covid-19-related death at Walvis Bay over the weekend.

The country also continues to record a high number of positive cases at the coastal town, raising fears the disease’s community spread could be wider than anticipated.

On top of this, rumours circulated that the deceased did not die of the virus, adding to confusion.

On Friday, minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula announced Namibia’s first Covid-19-related death at Walvis Bay, involving a 45-year-old man who presented to the Walvis Bay State Hospital

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UPDATE: Namibia reports 76 new Covid-19 cases

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

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Erongo needs more resources as Covid-19 cases rise

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

THE Erongo region, which is the epicentre of the Covid-19 outbreak, needs more quarantine and isolation facilities to deal with the increasing numbers of confirmed cases and their contacts.

Image used for illustrative purposes.

The region is also in need of human resources to deal with contact tracing as confirmed cases might have come in contact with 20 to 30 people.

The region’s health director Anna Jonas who said the bulk of the confirmed Covid-19 cases are from the region, revealed this at the Covid-19 communication centre virtually on Sunday.

The confirmed cases in the Erongo region

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Covid-19 Update

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula says Namibia has recorded 72 new positive cases of Covid-19, bringing the total confirmed cases to 785.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula

According to the minister, 71 are Namibians and one is a South African national.

From the new reported cases, 68 are from Walvis Bay, one is from Swakopmund, one at Oshakati, one at Keetmanshoop and one at Engela.

Shangula added that 41 of the cases are males and 31 females, with the youngest being 1 years old and the oldest is 58 years old.

“They are all clinically stable and contact tracing ongoing,” the minister

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Nust in Covid-19 scare

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

A COVID-19 scare at the Namibia University of Science and Technology campus in Windhoek has resulted in the institution suspending face-to-face classes.

The Namibia University of Science and Technology campus in Windhoek. Photo: File

The development has affected one of Nust’s faculties, which the university declined to name to quell panic after a student came into contact with a person who had contact with a Covid-19 patient.

According to the university’s acting vice chancellor, Andrew Niikondo, the move is a cautionary measure aimed at ensuring the safety of all students and staff.

The student is currently in

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BREAKING: Namibia reports first Covid-19 death

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

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

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Virus shuts home affairs offices in Erongo

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Some of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security’s offices in the Erongo region have been closed, following possible Covid-19 exposure.

According to the ministry’s spokesperson Sakeus Kadhikwa, the closure is a precautionary measure, after staff members came into contact with suspected Covid-19 cases at Walvis Bay.

As result, the ministry temporarily closed its Kuisebmond, Walvis Bay harbour and airport, and Swakopmund offices.

“This is to allow for the office premises to be disinfected. All staff members have been placed in self-quarantine,” Kadhikwa said.

He noted that the closure is currently indefinite as the primary

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Covid-19 Update:

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula says Namibia has recorded 22 new Covid-19 positive cases in the past 24-hours. All the new cases are Namibians with the exception of one.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula

According to the minister, 20 are from Walvis Bay, one from Oshana region, and the other one is from Lüderitz in //Kharas region.

The youngest case is two years and the oldest is 60 years old.

All the new cases are in stable condition and contact tracing is ongoing.

Namibia now has 615 confirmed cases, with 25 recoveries and 590 active cases.

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Elections chief foresees physical distancing challenge

by Sakeus Iikela

The 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.

Photo: File-Nampa

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

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SSC pays N$22m to workers affected by pandemic

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

The Social Security Commission has paid out N$22,1 million to people who lost their employment as a result of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

These funds form part of the commission’s national employment and salary protection scheme.

Labour minister Utoni Nujoma said in the National Assembly on Wednesday the money was paid out in respect of 5 483 out of 6 300 applications from unemployed workers.

“This process continues,” Nujoma said, noting that the protection scheme ends on 31 July.

He said to date, the SSC has received a total of 2 200 applications from employers for cash

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Special voting arrangements for Covid-19 patients

by Sakeus Iikela

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.

Any

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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.

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Zim minister axed over Nam-linked Covid-19 tests supply deal

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

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.

Photo via Twitter @EversonMushava

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

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Fisheries Observer Agency office at Walvis Bay closed

by Ester Mbathera

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

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Security force members in quarantine

by Ester Mbathera

ERONGO police regional commander commissioner Andreas Nelumbu says a number of security force members are in mandatory quarantine while others are in self-quarantine after coming into contact with members of the community who tested positive for the novel coronavirus at Walvis Bay.

Andreas Nelumbu

In an interview with The Namibian on Tuesday, Nelumbu could not give the exact number but says the security force members are part of the community where they live with their families and have to be removed should they be identified as possible coronavirus contacts, to contain the further spread of the virus.

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Imported Covid-19 test kits safe – Shangula

by Sakeus Iikela

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula says coronavirus test kits imported and donated from China were not contaminated as is being alleged by some members of the public.

The Chinese embassy in March donated 1 000 Covid-19 testing kits to Namibia. Photo: Henry van Rooi

Shangula said the test kits meet worldwide standards and produce authentic results.

He was responding to questions posed by UPM parliamentarian Jan van Wyk in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

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FNB Klein Windhoek temporarily closed

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

FNB NAMIBIA has temporarily shut down its Klein Windhoek branch after one of its employees came in contact with a Covid-19 positive case.

The FNB Branch in Klein Windhoek. Photo: Contributed

The branch will be closed down for one week, beginning 6 until 13 July, as a precaution to protect staff and customers from possible infection.

“An FNB Namibia employee, who was contact-traced by the Ministry of Health and Social Services’ task force after suspected contact two weeks ago with a since-diagnosed Covid-19 case, will receive testing and the branch has been closed to undergo strict sanitisation,”

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COVID-19 UPDATE

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula says there are 54 new positive Covid-19 cases. All cases are from Walvis Bay.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula. Photo: MICT

This brings the total cases to 539, with 25 recoveries and 514 active cases.

The minister said from the new cases, 35 are females and 19 are males, with the youngest being five years old and the oldest is 60-years old.

“They are all in stable condition and contact tracing is ongoing to establish the source of infection,” the minister said.

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Govt yet to address risk allowance debate

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue 

The 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

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Namcor confirms Covid-19 case at headquarter

by Arlana Shikongo

THE Namibia Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Namcor) has announced a temporary lockdown of its head office in Windhoek for seven days after an employee tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday.

The Namcor head office in Windhoek. Photo: File

This was announced in an internal memo sent to staff on Monday by managing director Immanuel Mulunga, who also confirmed the lockdown to The Namibian.

“One of our employees tested positive with the coronavirus on Friday, 3 July 2020. The employees in question, along with about three colleagues who he closely interacted with, are currently under quarantine,”

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Plans to decongest informal settlements at coast

by Arlana Shikongo

PRESIDENT Hage Geingob on Monday announced plans to temporarily relocate residents of informal settlements at Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Arandis to unallocated mass houses in the coastal towns.

A mass housing project pictures at Walvis Bay in 2017. Image used for illustrative purposes. Photo: File

Speaking at the Covid-19 response for Erongo region at State House on Monday afternoon, the president said this is in an effort to decongest informal settlements of those towns, as the spread of Covid-19 has risen sharply there in recent weeks.

“The Ministry of Urban and Rural Development, together with the regional

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Covid-19 status quo remains for Nam

by Arlana Shikongo and Charmaine Ngatjiheue

PRESIDENT Hage Geingob this afternoon said Namibia’s 13 regions will remain in the current stage 4 of the Covid-19 state of emergency, while Erongo remains in stage 3.

President Hage Geingob. Photo: Nam Presidency

The president made this announcement during a media briefing at State House on Monday afternoon, in which he indicated that 90% of the Covid-19 positive cases are from Walvis Bay.

He added that while Namibia’s new cases are increasing at a fast pace due to the spread in Walvis Bay, there is no evidence at the moment of transmission of

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Covid-19 strikes blow on new mother

CHARMAINE NGATJIHEUE and ESTER MBATHERA

A WALVIS BAY mother who passed the contagious novel coronavirus on to her newborn child is now hoping for the best for both of them as the country grapples with a spiking number of cases.

Her pain is much the agony of the multitudes of Covid-19 stricken victims in the Erongo region, which has now become the epicentre of the virus in Namibia.

This comes after minister of health Kalumbi Shangula announced another set of bad news yesterday, showing a challenging scenario at the coastal town.

Yesterday, the minister announced 38 new infections, 37 of

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Covid-19 Update … Nam records 73 new cases

The country has recorded 73 new confirmed Covid-19 cases. All of them are Namibians, with one from Windhoek and the rest from Walvis Bay.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula. Photo: MICT

This was announced by health minister Kalumbi Shangula this morning.

The confirmed case from Windhoek is a 44-year-old man who has a history of travelling from Walvis Bay. He has been in quarantine since 27 June.

The minister said 37 of the confirmed cases are female while 36 are male. The youngest is five years old and the oldest is 55 years old.

Shangula added that they are all in

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UPDATE: Covid-19 reaches Ohangwena

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

NAMIBIA has recorded 38 new Covid-19 positive cases, health minister Kalumbi Shangula announced on Sunday.

In a statement, the minister said the new cases are all are Namibians.

“One case is from Engela, in Ohangwena region and the rest are from Walvis Bay,” the minister said.

He added that the Engela case is a 25-year-old woman who travelled from Walvis Bay on17 June 2020. She was put in quarantine on 25 June 2020.

“A specimen was taken from her on 26 June 2020,” the minister added.

Of the new cases, 22 are females and 16 male with

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Parents shouldn’t be free to risk their children’s lives – Shikongo

by Clemans Miyanicwe

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.

Photo used for illustration purposes only.

“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

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Walvis Bay field hospital ready

by Ester Mbathera

The Namibian Defence Force yesterday handed the new military field hospital over to the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) at the Walvis Bay District Hospital.

The facility was built in anticipation of a growing number of Covid-19 cases in the Erongo region.

The 18-bed field hospital was constructed at the same site the failed 150-bed containerised Covid-19 hospital was to be built by the private sector in April.

Erongo regional health director Anna Jonas received the field hospital on behalf of the health ministry.

“We have increasing cases daily, and this will just augment what

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Topnaar trusts feed community

by Taati Niilenge

THREE community trusts at Walvis Bay have decided to meet the government halfway by distributing food to the needy.

HELPING HAND … Glen Kasper (20), the youngest member of the Topnaar Community Foundation Trust, and Rooidon Manale pictured handing over food parcels to ouma Katrina Swartbooi of Klipneus farm on Wednesday.

The 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.

“We decided to help the government in this Covid-19 fight. Attempts are already being made by the

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Letter: “Let the Virus Take its Toll”

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

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Update: Newborn contracts Covid-19

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

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

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Khorixas former mayor and family in self-quarantine

by Clemans Miyanicwe

Former mayor of Khorixas, Elizabeth Geises (55), and her family are in self-quarantine.

Geises 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.

Geises said she and her family were

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Nam records 15 new cases

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Namibia has reported 15 new Covid-19 positive cases, all of which are from Walvis Bay, health minister Kalumbi Shangula announced on Friday evening.

This brings the total cases to 350, with 25 recoveries, the minister said.

Shangula, in a statement, said 13 are females and two are males. The youngest is four years old and the oldest is 51 years old.

“Twelve had symptoms consistent with Covid-19 at the time of specimen collection. Four were identified through active case search,” he said.

The minister added that they are all in stable condition and contact tracing is ongoing.

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Health decentralises Covid-19 testing

by Ester Mbathera

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.

Health 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

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Pastors warned over permit letters

by Ester Mbathera

THE police in the Erongo region have warned church and traditional authority leaders in the region against issuing community members with letters recommending travel.

File photo

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,

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UPDATE: Namibia records 42 new Covid-19 cases

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.

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UPDATE: Namibia’s Covid-19 cases rise to 293

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

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Oshana school closes, all to be tested

by Hileni Nembwaya

The Oshana education directorate has temporarily closed Mweshipandeka Secondary School for face-to-face teaching after one of the pupils at the school tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday.

Photo: Contributed.

A team of health officials will be dispatched to the school to conduct testing on all pupils, teachers and workers.

Boarders at the school’s hostel will be quarantined for four days, or until the test results of all pupils are available and cleared of Covid-19.

Oshana education director Hileni Amukana in a press release said the regional task force on Covid-19 is in charge of the situation and

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UNFPA aids front line health workers

by Tuyeimo Haidula

THE United Nations Population Fund office in Namibia handed over personal protective equipment to the health ministry for its workers on Monday.

FOR THE HEALTH WORKERS … The United Nations Population Fund country representative in Namibia Dennia Gayle and health minister Kalumbi Shangula. Photo: Contributed.

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.

The donation, worth N$2

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Police probe ‘Covid-19 formula’

by Ester Mbathera and Okeri Ngutjinazo

ERONGO police officers have launched an investigation into the sale of an alleged Covid-19 prevention formula being touted by a Chinese national at Kuisebmond, Walvis Bay.

POLICE SEARCH … Members of the police’s investigative unit during a raid on a Chinese shop at Kuisebmond, Walvis Bay, on Monday afternoon. The police were called to the establishment after it was reported that the owner of the shop was selling a formula that is claimed to prevent Covid-19. Photo: Ester Mbathera

On Monday afternoon, officers raided several shops and warehouses as well as a house owned

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Covid-19: Panic strikes at Mweshipandeka school

by Hileni Nembwaya

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.

Photo: Contributed.

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.

He was tested

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UPDATE: Namibia records 52 new Covid-19 cases

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.

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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

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UPDATE: Namibia’s Covid-19 cases at 203

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.

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Covid-19 cases hit 196

by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula announced on Monday evening a spike in the novel coronavirus cases which have hit 196.

Speaking on state broadcaster the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation, Shangula said the figure had shot up by 13 cases with eight coming from Walvis Bay, three from Hardap and one each from Oshana and Zambezi regions.

He also said the government has so far swabbed 8 913 people for testing.

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Erongo quarantine: ‘We’re going to die here’

ADAM HARTMAN and ESTER MBATHERA

NAMIBIANS quarantined at state facilities in the Erongo region have complained about the state of these facilities, saying many are not up to standard.

A patient who spent two weeks in the Walvis Bay State Hospital Covid-19 isolation ward after testing positive earlier this month, has described the treatment at the ward as traumatic. Photo: Contributed

A patient who spent two weeks in the Walvis Bay State Hospital Covid-19 isolation ward after testing positive earlier this month, has described the treatment at the ward as traumatic.

He says it exposes Namibia’s lack of capacity to

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Covid-19 rate among youth worrisome

by ESTER MBATHERA

ERONGO region governor Neville Andre is concerned about the high number of young people between the age of 24 and 40 contracting Covid-19 at Walvis Bay.

Neville Andre

Although the governor could not explain the reason why young people are the ones contracting the virus, he urged the youth to minimise their movement, which he believes could help protect elderly members in the communities from contracting Covid-19.

“The statistics show that more young people are contracting the virus at Walvis Bay. This is worrisome as we know that most young people in Kuisebmond live with elderly people.

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Covid-19 Update … Thirty-three new cases

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula this evening announced that 33 new Covid-19 cases, all from Walvis Bay, were reported.

He further said 20 are contacts of confirmed cases and 13 presented with symptoms at the time of swabbing.

The country now has 183 confirmed Covid-19 cases, 24 recoveries and 159 active cases. Total samples tested are 8 706 and 869 people in quarantine.

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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

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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

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Govt allays fears at Mariental school

by Okeri Ngutjinazo

THE education ministry plans to start school counselling sessions after a pupil at Mariental Secondary School tested positive for Covid-19 on 18 June.

Mariental Secondary School. Photo: Contributed

Hardap regional education director Gerhard Ndafenongo made the announcement during this morning’s Covid-19 information session in Windhoek.

Ndafenongo said their unit on special education is assessing how pupils from other schools were affected.

“If the report comes that we need to move in, we will send in a (health) expert on school counselling to assist,” he said.

However, he noted that they have not received an extreme case which

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Update … Covid-19 cases at 105

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula says Namibia recorded one recovery and three new positive Covid-19 cases. Namibia now has 105 Covid-19 cases.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula. Photo: MICT

According to Shangula, who made the announcement this morning, case number 103 is a 15-year-old Namibian female who travelled from India.

Case number 104 is a 40-year-old Namibian man from Walvis Bay. Case number 105 is a 43-year-old Namibian man, also from Walvis Bay.

The three new cases are all asymptomatic and in satisfactory condition.

Shangula said the recovered patient is case 31.

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UPDATE: Namibia’s Covid-19 cases at 102

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula this evening announced that Namibia has recorded 12 new confirmed coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s Covid-19 cases to 102.

Speaking on the NBC, Shangula said the new cases are from Erongo – eleven at Walvis Bay and one at Swakopmund.

He also said seven of the confirmed cases had contact with other people with the virus, and six of the new cases had no symptoms of Covid-19 when they were tested.

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Oshana pupils under quarantine

by Hileni Nembwaya

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

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Regulations affecting spaces at Kavango schools

by Ndanki Kahiurika

SOME Grade 11 and 12 pupils at Kavango West might have to go home as there will not be enough space for them in the hostels due to Covid-19 regulations.

Teopolina Hamutumua

The region’s education director, Teopolina Hamutumua, said overcrowded schools and hostels was a challenge to education in the region.

She was speaking at the Covid-19 centre in Windhoek during an update on school operations for phase one and two of Otjozondjupa, Kavango West and Zambezi regions.

“The overcrowding of hostels and classes has made it difficult. For instance, a class that has 60 learners will

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COVID-19 UPDATE … Fourteen new positive cases

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula this morning said there are 14 new confirmed novel coronavirus infections in Namibia, bringing the country’s number of Covid-19 cases to 90.

Shangula said eleven of the confirmed cases are from Walvis Bay, one from Swakopmund and two are from a quarantine facility in Windhoek.

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Opinion: Say No to Covid-19 Stigma

by Ester Mbathera

EVERY TIME someone demands the list of names of those who tested positive for Covid-19, I cringe.

Ester Mbathera

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.

Stigma is not something everyone is