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 … Read More
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
The state of emergency lapsed last night.
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 … Read More
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 … Read More
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Namibia’s Covid-19 pandemic state of emergency will expire at midnight tonight (Thursday), president Hage Geingob has announced.
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, … Read More
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 … Read More
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 … Read More
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.
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
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 … Read More
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 … Read More
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 … Read More
Namibia has recorded 167 new confirmed coronavirus infections and 913 new recoveries. There were no deaths recorded today.
This was announced this afternoon by the health ministry’s deputy minister Ester Muinjangue.
Of these new cases, 90 are males and 77 are females, the youngest is four months and the oldest is 71 years age.
Windhoek recorded 114 cases, Karasburg 9, Okahandja 8, Rehoboth 5, Otjiwarongo, Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Rundu four each, Okongo and Oshakati three each, Lüderitz, Onandjokwe and Tsumeb two each, and Mariental, Engela and Outapi one each.
Meanwhile the recoveries are distributed as follows: Erongo 498, Khomas … Read More
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.… Read More
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 … Read More
The ministry of health says only health workers in high-risk facilities will be separated from their families to avoid transmission.
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.
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, … Read More
HEALTHCARE workers in the northern regions are increasingly getting infected with Covid-19, as the virus takes a toll on the frontline workers.
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 … Read More
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, … Read More
Walvis Bay today did not record a single Covid-19 case after more than three months since the town reported its first case involving a truck driver on 25 May.
The governor of the Erongo region, Neville Andre, said this is a good sign for the town, which has been the epicentre of the virus for three months consecutively.
“We still have to monitor the days following. It’s a good sign. It just tells us we can eliminate the virus within our community if we continue to follow the set protocols. Hopefully we will be the first region … Read More
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.
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, … Read More
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 … Read More
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.
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 … Read More
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 … Read More
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 … Read More
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
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.
far the medication has been distributed to some health facilities,
while others are still ordering it from the Central Medical Stores.
would like to clarify that this medicine is neither a cure … Read More
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 … Read More
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 … Read More
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 … Read More
More than 300 health workers in Namibia have contracted the novel coronavirus, health minister Kalumbi Shangula says.
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 … Read More
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.
Namibia received its first batch of remdesivir, an antiviral drug used in patients with severe Covid-19 symptoms, last week Monday.
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 … Read More
DEPUTY health minister Ester Muinjangue on Monday afternoon announced the death of a health worker infected with the novel coronavirus.
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).
FAMILIES of those who succumbed to the novel coronavirus may
transport their loved ones’ remains only if the deceased was cremated at
In addition, the families would have to provide two caskets for cremation and burial purposes.
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.
pandemic has affected and changed all aspects of life. This includes the
way … Read More
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 … Read More
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 … Read More
JUST IN: President Hage Geingob will brief the country on national response measures taken against Covid-19 at 15h00 on Friday, 28 August. The public is advised to follow the event on the presidency’s social media where it will be live-streamed.
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.
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 … Read More
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 … Read More
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.
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 … Read More
POLICE in Omusati region arrested and fined more than 20 people for violating Covid-19 state of emergency regulations last weekend.
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 … Read More
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 … Read More
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.
THE government has announced plans to decongest the Khomas region’s sprawling shacks to ease the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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 … Read More
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, … Read More
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 … Read More
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, … Read More
THE Katima Mulilo Town Council’s offices will be closed temporarily after a staff member tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
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 … Read More
A NAMIBIA De Beers (Namdeb) employee at Oranjemund has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
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 … Read More
THIRTEEN inmates are among the new Covid-19 cases confirmed yesterday.
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.
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.
yesterday recorded the second … Read More
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, … Read More
HEALTH and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula has announced that the first death linked to Covid-19 has been recorded in the Oshana region.
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.
LOCAL authorities have been told to develop urgent decongestion plans to reduce the spread of Covid-19.
directive is contained in a letter minister of urban and rural
development Erastus Uutoni wrote to mayors and regional governors last
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 … Read More
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 … Read More
FOUNDING president Sam Nujoma’s sister Sofia Asino died of Covid-19 last week Friday.
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 … Read More
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.
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 … Read More
CITY of Windhoek chief executive officer Robert Kahimise has tested positive for Covid-19.
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.… Read More
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.
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 … Read More
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 … Read More
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.
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.
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 … Read More
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 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.
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 … Read More
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. … Read More
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
“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. … Read More
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.
THE Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has given a thumbs-up to the responses the government has implemented to combat Covid-19.
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 … Read More
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 … Read More
The Covid-19 pandemic situation in Windhoek is becoming “increasingly worrisome”, with an exponential increase in recent infections, health minister Kalumbi Shangula has warned.
The country has recorded 50 new Covid-19 cases and 65 recoveries, Shangula said on Saturday.
He said of the new confirmed cases, Windhoek recorded the highest number with 32, while Walvis Bay recorded 10, Swakopmund six and Otjiwarongo and Okakarara one each.
“The [health] ministry wishes to record that the situation in Windhoek is becoming increasingly worrisome, as the number of positive cases is growing exponentially. The public is once again urged and … Read More
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.
NAMIBIA has recorded another three deaths related to Covid-19, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Thursday.
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.… Read More
A GROUP of disgruntled members of the public at Walvis Bay and
Swakopmund plan to hold a demonstration against the extended travel ban
on three towns in the Erongo region.
President Hage Geingob last week announced a further 31 days travel restriction to and from Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Arandis in an effort to curb the further spread of the coronavirus.
According to the founding statement, Namibians United Against the Lockdown “the group was created to support any initiative against the new lockdown of the Erongo region, specifically or any other initiatives that have been launched or … Read More
The Bank of Namibia has reported its first Covid-19 case at its disaster recovery site.
As a result, the site will be closed off for disinfection. The bank’s head office will also be partially disinfected, the central bank’s strategic communications director, Emma Haiyambo, said in a statement on Wednesday.
“The bank remains dedicated to protect the well-being of its staff members and the public is urged not to panic as all necessary measures have been put in place to adhere to health protocols established with regards to Covid-19,” she said.
Haiyambo said the bank is still operational … Read More
A POLICE officer based at the Wanaheda police station in Windhoek has tested positive for Covid-19.
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 … Read More
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.
HEALTH UPDATE: Namibia has recorded a twelfth death related to Covid-19, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Monday.
Shangula said a 49-year-old man who was in Windhoek Central Hospital for urgent surgery developed complications after undergoing an operation, and his coronavirus test results also came back positive. He added that the patient had a chronic condition, which was being ruled out as the cause of his death on Sunday, after his condition gradually deteriorated.
The country also recorded another 112 confirmed novel coronavirus infections on Monday, bringing Namibia’s confirmed cases to 2 406, with 2 207 active … Read More
THE Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVAF) will reopen its Katutura satellite office tomorrow after a five-month closure.
The fund will maintain Covid-19 regulations, it assured.
“The MVA Fund will reopen its Katutura satellite office on Monday, 3 August, after a five-month closure as a safety measure to stop the spread of Covid-19 during the first wave of the outbreak,” chief of corporate affairs Surihe Goamas-Guchu said in a statement on Friday.
Goamas-Guchu said the satellite office will be open Mondays to Fridays from 07h30 until 16h30, where the fund’s case coordinators, hospital case managers and rehabilitation case … Read More
A third employee at the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
This was confirmed by the public broadcaster’s director general Stanley Similo today.
“It is with a heavy heart that I need to announce that one of the staff members who went into self-isolation last Sunday, started having flu symptoms and went to see the doctor on Monday, and was treated and tested for Covid-19,” Similo said in a statement.
He said the employee’s results were released late Saturday night, saying the case does not pose any danger to the NBC and its … Read More
HEALTH UPDATE: Namibia has recorded its 11th Covid-19 death.
Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula this evening announced a 53-year-old male with known chronic renal failure and multiple medical comorbidities was admitted to a private hospital at Swakopmund on 22 July.
He was tested on 21 July at Walvis Bay at the dialysis isolation unit.
He has been sick but stable, and suddenly experienced severe shortness of breath on 29 July, after which he died.
Shangula urged the public to practise extra precautionary measures around vulnerable groups and to adhere to regulations.
President Hage Geingob is addressing the nation on new Covid-19 measures. He says 2 129 cases are confirmed in Namibia as of today, with ten deaths. He says the rate of cases in the country is rising, with Namibia being in the top five of Covid-19 cases in Africa.
Erongo region will remain in lockdown until the end of August, Geingob says
Twelve regions countrywide have confirmed cases, with the exception of Omaheke and Kavango West. Geingob says community transmissions of the virus is suspected in Khomas and //Kharas regions, and not only Erongo.
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.
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 … Read More
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.
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.
President Hage Geingob has called on corporates and individuals to contribute towards Namibia’s Covid-19 fight on his 79th birthday instead of placing advertisements of congratulations in newspapers and publications.
Geingob turns 79 on Monday.
“In the form of Covid-19, we are faced with a deadly and invisible enemy. During this period, the health of Namibians remains the biggest priority,” the president said in a statement today.
He said the government alone cannot defeat the virus and needs everyone to fight its spread and help the vulnerable.
The president thanked corporates and individuals who have so far contributed … Read More
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.
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 … Read More
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.
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 … Read More
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.
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.
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 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, … Read More
Health minister Kalumbi Shangula this afternoon said Namibia has recorded 74 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours.
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
Shangula also announced
that another three people previously diagnosed with the novel
coronavirus have recovered, bringing Namibia’s total number of
recoveries … Read More
HEALTH UPDATE … Health minister Kalumbi Shangula says Namibia on Monday recorded 68 new coronavirus infections and 26 recoveries of people who had been diagnosed with the virus. The new infections are from the Erongo, Khomas and //Kharas regions.
The minister says Walvis Bay has 60 new cases, Windhoek six and Swakopmund and Keetmanshoop one each. According to Shangula, the ages of the 68 people who have now tested positive for the virus range from six to 68 years old.
All of the Windhoek cases have no travel history and have not been in a quarantine facility, … Read More
A Namibian Broadcasting Corporation staff member from the newsroom in the broadcaster’s Windhoek headquarters has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
The staff member is one of 88 new coronavirus infections announced by health minister Kalumbi Shangula on Sunday.
NBC director general Stanley Similo made the announcement in a statement on Sunday afternoon. He said some parts of the NBC headquarters in Windhoek would be closed immediately.
“The NBC news offices have already been disinfected today and given the decontamination and sanitation treatment certificate to confirm that the building was fumigated as prescribed by the health regulations,” … Read More
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.… Read More
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.
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 … Read More
HEALTH UPDATE … Namibia has recorded 96 new coronavirus infections, and the recovery of three people who had been infected with the virus.
The newly recorded cases are from Erongo, Khomas, //Kharas, Ohangwena, Otjozondjupa and Omusati. According to minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula, 75 of the new cases were recorded at Walvis Bay, four at Swakopmund, 10 in Windhoek, two at Keetmanshoop, two at Engela, one at Okakarara, one at Otjiwarongo and one at Oshikuku.
“Sixty-seven are males and 29 are females. Ages range from six to 64 years old. Contact tracing has been … Read More
THE Erongo region emergency operation centre has put together a
regional Covid-19 management plan, which it presented to a visiting task
team at Walvis Bay on Wednesday.
The plan was proposed to
address the current situation in the region, as the framework to deal
with the Covid-19 crisis was found to be inadequate.
colonel Aktofel Kwedhi, operations officer at the Erongo region
emergency operations centre, said the current management plan failed
because resources deployed to manage the novel coronavirus outbreak have
been overwhelmed by the increasing number of cases.
left communities, especially at Walvis … Read More
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, … Read More
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.
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.
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.
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 … Read More
The Erongo Regional Council’s head office at Swakopmund and constituency offices at Swakopmund and Walvis Bay will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday due to a possible coronavirus contamination.
Chief regional officer Habatte Doeses confirmed the closure of the offices, saying it is being done to have the premises disinfected while waiting for a further directive from the Ministry of Health and Social Services.
In a letter to Juuso Kambweshe, chairperson of the Erongo Regional Council, Doeses said a staff member of the council’s head office came into contact with a person who tested positive for the … Read More
The Ministry of Health and Social Services has given the go-ahead for the preparation of a 130-bed Covid-19 isolation facility at Walvis Bay State Hospital.
The project is spearheaded by the Erongo Region Covid Care (ERCC) team that was driving the construction of a 150-bed containerised facility that never took off.
Anton Pretorius, a member of the ERCC task committee, in an interview with The Namibian said the team is now converting garages and two general wards at the state hospital into high-oxygen Covid-19 isolation wards.
“We need to prepare for the worst case. The first phase … Read More
People being quarantined at Henties Bay due to the novel coronavirus outbreak claim the treatment from health officials at the quarantine facilities is substandard and they are being kept in quarantine for longer than necessary.
Some of the people quarantined at Henties Bay threatened to leave the quarantine facilities on Tuesday morning.
Law enforcement officers and some officials from the health and social services ministry, including the Erongo Health directorate chief principal officer Dr Amir Shaker, had to intervene, requesting the group not to … Read More
The health ministry has temporarily closed the Lüderitz clinic after a health worker tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
constituency regional councillor Jan Scholtz made the announcement in a
statement issued on Tuesday, and said staff members at the clinic as
well as identified contacts have been placed under quarantine.
He said the local hospital for now only attends to emergency cases until operations at the clinic resume, and added most health services such as immunisations, family planning and antenatal care have been suspended temporarily until the clinic reopens.
Scholtz advised residents with chronic … Read More
HEALTH UPDATE… Namibia has recorded 22 new Covid-19 positive cases and three new coronavirus related deaths, health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Tuesday.
Shangula said all are Namibians and 16 are from Walvis Bay, five from Swakopmund and one from Windhoek. The minister said 17 are male and the rest are female. The Windhoek case is a woman who was referred from Walvis Bay.
He said the case announced yesterday from Katima Mulilo is a healthcare worker at a local clinic.
So far, Namibia has seen 15 recoveries, a new record of recoveries according … Read More
Walvis Bay’s Welwitschia Hospital says it remains committed to the fight against the novel coronavirus after one of its patients died of Covid-19 on Monday.
The patient, a 55-year-old man, became the fourth person recorded to have died of Covid-19 in Namibia, as announced by health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula on Monday.
Welwitschia Hospital manager Matthias Braune said in a statement on Monday that during the last two weeks the hospital looked after a few Covid-19 patients who were, and are, extremely sick and required ventilation or oxygen therapy.
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.
THE Erongo police have urged the public to avoid attending and hosting large gatherings at Arandis, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. Gatherings here are restricted to a maximum of 10 people.
Ileni Shapumba, community affairs commander for the Erongo region, says the public is exposing themselves to Covid-19 by attending such gatherings.
“During the state of emergency no demonstrations are allowed in these three restricted areas, but we have seen people running around calling people to demonstrate. This should cease in accordance with the law and to protect people from the virus,” Shapumba says.
The country has recorded its third Covid-19 death.
This was announced by the minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula this evening.
“A 45-year-old man passed on at home and his body was brought to the mortuary on 13 July by the police. He was known to be on chronic medication. According to the information provided by relatives he was tested on 15 July and the result came back positive on 18 July. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends,” he said.
Namibia has recorded 44 new Covid-19 cases. Shangula said six involve non-Namibians on a … Read More
ERONGO governor Neville Andre called a
meeting with representatives from the Narraville on Saturday community to
deliberate on the burial site for people who die from Covid-19.
Addressing the community, the governor
apologised for the way proceedings had been handled.
“We did things in line with the WHO
rules and I understand that it is strange to all of us. We have a burial
committee and we were supposed to consult with the community. I accept the blame
personally and apologise. This is a first experience for all of us, and I hope
we will learn together … Read More
HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Saturday afternoon the country has recorded 125 new Covid-19 cases.
The minister said of these two are South
African truck drivers and the rest are Namibians.
He added that one case is from Windhoek,
two from Swakopmund, two are truck drivers from Keetmanshoop, one from
Lüderitz, one from Engela, and 118 from Walvis Bay.
“The one in Windhoek is an in-patient at
the local hospital. Those who were tested in Keetmanshoop are South African
truck drivers. One delivered cargo at Rossing in Arandis. He was tested on his
way back and has already gone … Read More
Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula this evening said the country has recorded 46 new Covid-19 cases of whom 45 are Namibians and one is a Malawian truck driver residing in South Africa.
Shangula said three cases are from Windhoek, two from Swakopmund, one from Keetmanshoop and 40 from Walvis Bay.
The Windhoek cases involve two students and a truck driver. The students arrived in the country on 10 July and were tested on the same day. They are quarantined.
The Namibian truck driver went to South Africa on 27 June and came back on 1 July through … Read More
THE site where the first person to succumb
to Covid-19 in Namibia is buried is an approved cemetery that is part of the
Narraville Extension 8 layout.
This was said by Walvis Bay municipality communications
manager Kevin Adams who said approval for the site to be a cemetery was granted
even before the Covid-19 breakout, and public consultation was undertaken by
the municipalities’ town planning officials.
The layout was presented to the public at a
meeting held at Narraville in July 2014, according to Adams who was responding
to the concerns of the residents on why people … Read More
Health update: Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula this afternoon said the country has recorded 72 new Covid-19 cases. Namibia has now passed the 1 000 mark. Shangula said one of the confirmed cases is from Windhoek, two from Katima Mulilo, two from Swakopmund and 68 from Walvis Bay.
The case in Windhoek was admitted to a local hospital, while the case at Katima Mulilo travelled from Walvis Bay.
He said 39 of the new cases involve males and 33 females. The youngest new case is nine months old, and the oldest is a 62-year-old. The country now … Read More
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 … Read More
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.
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 … Read More
HEALTH UPDATE: Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula this afternoon said the country has recorded 76 new Covid-19 cases. Of these 75 are Namibians and one is a foreigner. Namibia now has 861 Covid-19 cases, 28 recoveries and one death.
The minister said 73 are from Walvis Bay, two from Windhoek, and one from Keetmanshoop. He said 41 are male and 24 female.
The youngest case is three years old and the oldest is 49. All are clinically stable and contact tracing is ongoing.
Shangula said the Keetmanshoop case involves a male Zimbabwean national, who lives in South … Read More
NAMIBIA has reported its first Covid-19 death, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said on Friday afternoon.
According to the minister, the patient, a 45-year-old man from Walvis Bay, complained of respiratory ailment and showed signs of severe renal failure and sepsis.
On 8 July 2020, the patient’s condition worsened, he became restless and he hyperventilated and died on the same day.
“On 10th July 2020, the results indicated that the patient was Covid-19 positive. He therefore died as a result of Covid-19. Namibia has gone 116 days without registering a single death case. Today I have the unenviable … Read More
Electoral Commission of Namibia might have trouble maintaining physical
distancing of people during the counting and verification of votes in
the upcoming regional and local authority elections scheduled for
November this year.
The ECN’s chief electoral officer, Theo Mujoro, says this is one of the challenges the commission faces in its attempt to organise the upcoming elections under the unfamiliar circumstances of a pandemic.
“The counting and verification of votes requires that other people would want to see what you are doing. I think that is one of the things that we will have … Read More
The Electoral Commission of Namibia will arrange special voting for Covid-19 patients for the upcoming regional and local authority elections.
This will be informed by the number of people who will be in hospitals, isolation and quarantine facilities during the period determined for the conduct of the elections.
ECN’s chief electoral officer Theo Mujoro said the commission will put together teams that will be sent to various quarantine facilities to register and facilitie the voting process for these people. Mujoro said the commission will work hand in hand with the health ministry to conduct this process.
Zimbabwean health minister Obediah Moyo, who has been implicated in alleged corruption with the purchase of Covid-19 tests involving a company registered in Namibia, has been dismissed.
Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa sent his beleaguered health minister packing for conduct inappropriate with his duties in a statement on Tuesday.
The statement was signed by Zimbabwe’s chief secretary to the president and cabinet, Mischeck Sibanda.
Moyo handpicked a Namibian-registered company, Jaji Investments, owned by medical doctor Prince Mushininga, who is working in Namibia and closely linked to Mnangagwa, to supply rapid Covid-19 test kits from … Read More
The Fisheries Observer Agency office at Walvis Bay was closed on Tuesday afternoon after an employee tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
The employee was taken into state isolation while two others are in self-quarantine.
The agency’s chief executive officer, Stanley Ndara, confirmed the closure. He said the employee who tested positive for the virus visited the agency’s operations and administration departments on 25 June, and considering that the employee had contact and interaction with other staff members the associated risk of the virus spreading was “very likely”.
Ndara added that the departments would be decontaminated on … Read More
ERONGO police regional commander commissioner Andreas Nelumbu says a number of security force members are in mandatory quarantine while others are in self-quarantine after coming into contact with members of the community who tested positive for the novel coronavirus at Walvis Bay.
In an interview with The Namibian on Tuesday, Nelumbu could not give the exact number but says the security force members are part of the community where they live with their families and have to be removed should they be identified as possible coronavirus contacts, to contain the further spread of the virus.… Read More
FNB NAMIBIA has temporarily shut down its Klein Windhoek branch after one of its employees came in contact with a Covid-19 positive case.
The branch will be closed down for one week, beginning 6 until 13 July, as a precaution to protect staff and customers from possible infection.
“An FNB Namibia employee, who was contact-traced by the Ministry of Health and Social Services’ task force after suspected contact two weeks ago with a since-diagnosed Covid-19 case, will receive testing and the branch has been closed to undergo strict sanitisation,” … Read More
Ministry of Health and Social Services says it is still discussing the
question whether healthcare workers dealing with Covid-19 should be paid
a risk allowance.
Speaking at a briefing at State House in Windhoek on Namibia’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic on Monday, the health ministry’s executive director, Ben Nangombe, said the issue of paying risk allowances to health workers dealing with Covid-19 was raised with the health ministry and it has discussed it with the Office of the Prime Minister and the Public Service Commission (PSC), which is responsible for human resources in the public … Read More
THE Namibia Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Namcor) has announced a temporary lockdown of its head office in Windhoek for seven days after an employee tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday.
This was announced in an internal memo sent to staff on Monday by managing director Immanuel Mulunga, who also confirmed the lockdown to The Namibian.
“One of our employees tested positive with the coronavirus on Friday, 3 July 2020. The employees in question, along with about three colleagues who he closely interacted with, are currently under quarantine,” … Read More
PRESIDENT Hage Geingob on Monday announced plans to temporarily relocate residents of informal settlements at Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Arandis to unallocated mass houses in the coastal towns.
Speaking at the Covid-19 response for Erongo region at State House on Monday afternoon, the president said this is in an effort to decongest informal settlements of those towns, as the spread of Covid-19 has risen sharply there in recent weeks.
“The Ministry of Urban and Rural Development, together with the regional … Read More
Secretary general of the United Democratic Front Women’s League (UDFWL) Dorcas Shikongo says parents should not be at liberty to send their children to school amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I believe the government is keeping parents hostage psychologically when expecting them to decide whether to send their kids to school or not. Let it be categorically clear that parents can’t be at liberty to risk the precious lives of the future generations,” Shikongo says.
She says no parent feels like homeschooling amid the pandemic and many have no or inadequate resources … Read More
THREE community trusts at Walvis Bay have decided to meet the government halfway by distributing food to the needy.
Topnaar Community Foundation Trust, Topnaar Concession Trust and Kuiseb
Delta Development Trust handed over food hampers to over 200 households
and individuals in the Topnaar community on Wednesday.
decided to help the government in this Covid-19 fight. Attempts are
already being made by the … Read More
IN NAMIBIA WE went into lockdown with very few Covid-19 cases, thinking it would be quick and we would be back in business in no time.
For the first time since independence our government had all the power, with a state of emergency called. The old saying goes: Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Our already struggling economy has almost come to a standstill. People are losing their jobs and businesses are closing their doors. Yet as far as I know our government ministers and employees have not taken a reduction in pay, although you struggle to get service … Read More
A NEWBORN baby has tested positive for Covid-19, health minister Kalumbi Shangula announced on Saturday afternoon.
The newborn is part of Namibia’s 26 new positive Covid-19 cases recorded.
The baby tested positive for coronavirus after the mother had contracted the disease, Shangula told The Namibian.
According to the minister, all the new cases are of Namibians with 25 from Walvis Bay and one from Windhoek. This brings Namibia’s total number of cases to 375. The country now has 360 active cases and 25 recoveries.
“Among them is a newborn baby from Windhoek. The rest are from Walvis … Read More
Former mayor of Khorixas, Elizabeth Geises (55), and her family are in self-quarantine.
said she, two children and two grandchildren have self-quarantined at
their house, after it emerged a visitor from Walvis Bay was alerted to
the nearest health facility. “This after someone who visited a shop (at
Walvis Bay), that the visitor also visited, tested positive for
Covid-19,” Geises said.
“Our temperature is taken daily, and it’s fine,” the former mayor said.
The Namibian learnt that the visitor is quarantined at a local lodge at the northwestern town.
STATE facilities are overwhelmed with specimen for Covid-19 and
the ministry of health has engaged private laboratories to assist with
Covid-19 testing due to the expansion of targeted testing.
executive director Ben Nangombe told The Namibian yesterday that the
process will be facilitated by a team responsible for laboratories under
the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s nine pillars for the management
of the response to Covid-19.
“The backlog is indicative of hard
work being done by the surveillance team and also an indication that the
expanded targeted testing that is underway is producing results. People
are being … Read More
THE police in the Erongo region have warned church and traditional
authority leaders in the region against issuing community members with
letters recommending travel.
Movement from Walvis Bay, Arandis and Swakopmund is restricted in line with Covid-19 stage 3 regulations, but people at these towns may apply for permits to travel in case of essential medical treatment, or any other reason considered sufficient by an authorised police officer.
Police community affairs commander for the Erongo region Ileni Shapumba says police stations are inundated on a daily basis with applications for travel permits related to death, … Read More
Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula this morning said there are 42 new Covid-19 cases, one in Windhoek and the rest at Walvis Bay. He said 36 are female and 16 male. The youngest case is two months old and the oldest is 56. All of them are in a satisfactory condition.
The minister said there is one new recovery, case number 24. The country now has 335 confirmed cases, 25 recoveries and 310 active cases. There are no deaths.
Total samples tested stand at 10 253 and 592 tests were conducted yesterday, which is a new record.… Read More
Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula says Namibia has eight new Covid-19 cases. All are Namibians from Walvis Bay. Four are males and four females. They are all in a stable condition, he said.
Case number 286 is a 28-year-old woman and a contact of a confirmed case.
Case number 287 is a 26-year-old man and also a contact of a confirmed case. He is displaying symptoms.
Case number 288 is a 13-year-old girl and a contact of a confirmed case.
Case number 289 is a 30-year-old woman and a contact of a confirmed case. She is displaying … Read More
THE United Nations Population Fund office in Namibia handed over
personal protective equipment to the health ministry for its workers on
UNFPA country representative Dennia Gayle said the equipment is in support of government’s ongoing efforts to protect health workers and to respond to president Hage Geingob’s call for all stakeholders to hold hands in the spirit of Harambee to collectively respond to and defeat this pandemic in Namibia.
A 20-YEAR-OLD pupil at Mweshipandeka Secondary School in
Ongwediva, Oshana region, tested positive for Covid-19, leaving more
than 300 pupils and teachers at the school in panic.
During the lockdown, the pupil allegedly travelled to Walvis Bay, the epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic in Namibia and returned to resume face-to-face learning at the school on 5 June.
He and six other pupils who had travelled from towns in Erongo region have since been placed under quarantine in isolated rooms in an effort to curb any possible further spread and risks of infections.
Namibia reports 52 new Covid-19 cases, minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula said at the Covid-19 communication centre this morning. He said 51 are from Walvis Bay and one is from a quarantine facility.
He said 34 of the new cases involve males and 18 females. The youngest one is a year old and the oldest is 59.
One of the new cases is a Polish national.
This brings Namibia’s total number of cases to 257, with 24 recoveries. The total number of tested samples stand at 9 551, with 811 contacts.… Read More
Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula on Tuesday night announced two new positive Covid-19 cases. “One from Walvis Bay and one from Oshana. One has no established contacts with a confirmed case. One presented with symptoms at the time of specimen collection. Both are in a stable condition,” he said.
This brings Namibia’s total number of Covid-19 cases to 205.
Shangula said case number 204 is a 39-year-old Namibian and a resident of the Ohangwena region. She went to Oshakati on 24 June to visit her child.
Shangula said the patient visited relatives at Walvis … Read More
Health update: Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula this morning announced seven new Covid-19 cases, all from Walvis Bay, and all in a satisfactory condition. This brings the total confirmed cases countrywide to 203, with no deaths, 24 recoveries and 179 active cases.
A total of 9 118 samples have been tested and 875 are people in quarantine.
As all 13 regions enter stage 4 of the state of emergency, Shangula urged the public to familiarise themselves with the new measures and comply with them.… Read More
HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula announced on Monday evening a spike in the novel coronavirus cases which have hit 196.
Speaking on state broadcaster the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation, Shangula said the figure had shot up by 13 cases with eight coming from Walvis Bay, three from Hardap and one each from Oshana and Zambezi regions.
He also said the government has so far swabbed 8 913 people for testing.… Read More
ERONGO region governor Neville Andre is concerned about the high number of young people between the age of 24 and 40 contracting Covid-19 at Walvis Bay.
Although the governor could not explain the reason why young people are the ones contracting the virus, he urged the youth to minimise their movement, which he believes could help protect elderly members in the communities from contracting Covid-19.
“The statistics show that more young people are contracting the virus at Walvis Bay. This is worrisome as we know that most young people in Kuisebmond live with elderly people. … Read More
Health minister Kalumbi Shangula this morning announced that 14 new Covid-19 infections have been recorded at Walvis Bay, bringing the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country to 150.
Shangula in a statement said all cases are from Walvis Bay and some are infections from people who had contact with people previously confirmed to have contracted the virus.
“We have 14 new confirmed cases. The total number of confirmed cases is at 150. They are all from Walvis Bay. Three are part of active case search. Eleven presented with Covid-19 related signs and symptoms. The persons … Read More
The education directorate in the Oshana region has placed 11 pupils who recently travelled from high-risk areas in Erongo region under quarantine.
Some of the pupils have been placed under quarantine at isolation facilities in Oshana while others have been directed to go into self-isolation until health officials have cleared them of possible novel coronavirus infection.
The acting deputy director of education in Oshana, Hilma Nuunyango-George, told The Namibian that none of the pupils under quarantine or in self-isolation is showing any signs of Covid-19.
However, the directorate is still waiting for their coronavirus test results from … Read More
EVERY TIME someone demands the list of names of those who tested positive for Covid-19, I cringe.
Have we now turned into hell’s judges and jury whose job is to separate the saints from the sinners? Unlike other viruses, this one gets to you when you least expect it. So what is the rationale for wanting to know who has the virus?
No one deserves to contract Covid-19.
More so, no one deserves to be treated with disgust when in most cases one is innocently exposed to the virus.
Namibia has recorded four new positive cases of Covid-19, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said this morning. All four are imported cases and each of them are quarantined in Windhoek. This brings the country’s total positive cases to 76.
Case number 73, 74 and 75 are Indian nationals who travelled to Namibia on 17 June.
Shangula said the three women travelled from India through South Africa.
Furthermore, the three showed no symptoms of the virus but were placed in quarantine, as per protocol, Shangula said.
Health minister Kalumbi Shangula says now that the whole country is out of stage 1 of the Covid-19 state of emergency restrictions the responsibility to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus lies on each individual.
In an interview with The Namibian this afternoon, Shangula urged the public to still practise social distancing and all other Covid-19 guidelines to reduce the chances of getting infected with the virus.
“We are now in the stage where the responsibility falls on the individual rather than the government. Government responsibility was on stage one where government enforced measures. Now when … Read More
A testing exercise aimed at having 2 000 people at Walvis Bay checked for Covid-19 by Friday is set to start tomorrow.
The active case identification exercise’s objective is to establish the extent of the spread of Covid-19 in the Walvis Bay district, and to use data collected to plan for response activities in the district, Erongo governor Neville Andre announced on Tuesday afternoon.
“Erongo is faced with the mammoth task of ensuring that we contain the virus – it is here with us and amongst us,” he said during a press conference at Swakopmund.
FOUR teachers at a primary school at Outjo were told to self-quarantine as they were at a funeral at the Kunene region town which was also attended by a woman from Walvis Bay who tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
In a letter dated 22 June, a school principal said Outjo circuit inspector Thomas Amutenya was informed that the four teachers had been in contact with people from Walvis Bay and the school management was requesting that they should stay at home for self-quarantine “as there … Read More
Restaurant owners, arts and craft vendors, boat operators and residents of Walvis Bay were smiling this morning, as they could finally operate and enjoy meals with friends and family.
Places like the Walvis Bay waterfront, which looked like a ghost town for the past three months, was busy today as locals were looking for their favourite meals.
Some customers said they especially looked forward to sitting at restaurants situated near the water again. Others said they have missed enjoying drinks with family and friends, as sitting at home alone or ordering food was not fun.
… Read More
Namibia Ports Authority employees are undergoing a contact testing and self isolation process after a spouse of a staff member from the harbour parastatal’s administration block at Walvis Bay recently tested positive for Covid-19.
Tino !Hanabeb, commercial executive at Namport, told The Namibian that operations are continuing as precautionary disinfection of areas in which the employee’s movements were traced have taken place.
!Hanabeb said the company has adopted a rotational shift system and the shift of the affected employees ended on Monday.
“Nothing has been closed; the department is still operational. No one was sent home as the … Read More
Justice minister Yvonne Dausab has called on the public to refrain from stigmatising lorry drivers and people from the Erongo region.
Speaking at a Covid-19 situation update at State House in Windhoek on Monday, Dausab said the public needs to learn that the country finds itself in the current situation and it should be dealt with as a collective.
“Members of the public should not stigmatise people from Walvis Bay and truck drivers, especially because of the situation we find ourselves in. To stigmatise or discriminate against people because of the situation … Read More
THE government has implored businesses to avoid retrenchments at all costs, to safeguard livelihoods while boosting the economy.
Speaking during the Covid-19 update at State House and answering a question from The Namibian on Monday, finance minister Iipumbu Shiimi called on businesses to find solutions that can mitigate job losses.
“Covid-19 is a global problem and certain issues may not be avoided, but we are asking businesses to avoid retrenchments and rather come up with job saving solutions. Job losses bring forth a change in livehoods, and if companies can by all costs avoid retrenchments, they … Read More
HEALTH UPDATE: Health minister Kalumbi Shangula this morning said the country has eight new confirmed coronavirus infections – all from the Erongo region – and two new recoveries from Covid-19, which brings the number of Covid-19 cases recorded in Namibia to 63.
Cases 56, 57, 58 and 59 are all contacts of case 37, while case 60 is a contact of case 35.
Case 61 is a 24-year-old woman from Walvis Bay who does not have any known history of contact with another infected person. At the time she has no symptoms or related signs of … Read More
WALVIS Bay, which has become the epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic in Namibia, is short of 600 beds for quarantine purposes.
The coastal town’s Covid-19 response team is in dire need of beds for contact isolation.
beds are part of a list of requirements sent to Walvis Bay Urban
constituency councillor Knowledge Ipinge’s office on 18 June.
email correspondence seen by The Namibian yesterday, the acting senior
medical officer at Walvis Bay State Hosptial, Dr Martha Ntinda, said the
hospital also requires accommodation facilities for medical staff, six
cellphones, 100 boxes of … Read More
THE usually busy streets of Kuisebmund were empty today. Most residents are staying indoors after the recent spike in Covid-19 cases in the area.
“We were complaining about the police and leaders, but they were only trying … People are shaken for the first few hours when they hear about cases, but then they go out again,” Meitavelo Simon from Kuisebmund said.
“I didn’t see many people outside today. It is kind of funny to see my street less busy. Maybe we are finally listening,” Amutenya … Read More
MEMBERS of the Walvis Bay community flocked to the Kuisebmond community hall on Saturday to be tested for Covid-19 after a message was circulated on social media that mass testing for the virus was taking place at the venue.
The residents were however turned away and told that the testing was only for those who had been contacted during contact tracing.
The anxious residents said they were disappointed at being turned away because are eager to know their status.
Some were hoping to get their results written on paper so that they can present them to the … Read More
Air Namibia has announced its head office in Windhoek wil be a restricted area until 5 July.
The company’s acting chief executive officer, Elia Erastus, said this measure was taken after an investigation confirmed one of their staff members visited the Namibian Airports Company (NAC) head office on 15 June.
Yesterday, the NAC announced a 14-day stage 1 lockdown of their head office, because one of its employees resides at 77 on Independence, reported as one of the places visited by Covid-19 case number 33.
“The suspected officer has been on duty since then and … Read More
CHIEF executive officer of the Namibia Airports Company (NAC) Bisey Uirab today announced a 14-day stage1 lockdown of the company’s head office.
The lockdown is effective from 22 June until 6 July.
“The decision comes after careful consideration of a possible risk of exposure as one of our employees who works at the head office resides at 77 on Independence that was reported as one of the places case number 33 visited,” Uirab said.
Meanwhile, FNB Swakopmund has also temporarily closed its doors for two days after reports of a close relative of a … Read More
A YOUNG Walvis Bay couple has taken it upon themselves to lessen the burden of families negatively affected by the lockdown by feeding children.
Anastacia de Klerk and Justin Herbert of Narraville decided to mobilise resources from other residents of the town to buy food, as they realised that many children at the town were roaming the streets hungry.
“Many people’s salaries were cut. Those who used to sell things cannot do … Read More
THE Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture has instructed Mariental Secondary School to suspend classes for 14 days after a pupil at the school tested positive for Covid-19.
The pupil, who was on Thursday announced as the country’s 37th Covid-19 case, is a Walvis Bay resident who attends school in Mariental. He is a boarder at the school’s hostel.
He travelled to the town from Walvis Bay on 2 June and attended classes on 11 June, but has stayed home since 12 June after exhibiting symptoms of a runny nose, headache and loss of taste and smell. … Read More
Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula says Namibia has three new Covid-19 cases.
Case number 37 is a Namibian man from Walvis Bay, case number 38 is a Namibian student who arrived from England and case number 39 is a 55 year-old Namibian female from Swakopmund.
Case 37 is a 20-year-old man who is a resident of Walvis, but a pupil at Mariental. According to health ministry spokesperson Manga Libita, the case was tested in the Hardap region and thus became that region’s cases.
This means Namibia has now recorded a total … Read More
THE purpose of this article is to appeal to the Namibian
government to fulfil or at the very least bring closer to fulfillment
its promises to the masses through its laws.
In 2003, the World Health Organisation (WHO) adopted the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), one of the first global public health treaties aimed at reducing the demand for tobacco products and addressing supply issues.
Its main objective is to protect present and future generations from the devastating health consequences of tobacco consumption and exposure to tobacco smoke.
In 2010, Namibia enacted the Tobacco Products Control … Read More
Namibia stands at 34 confirmed Covid-19 cases, with 18 recoveries and 16 active cases.
The country’s testing capacity has been extended to Keetmanshoop, which means it is no longer centralised.
As of yesterday (Tuesday), 6 100 tests have been conducted, 635 contacts have been identified, and cumulatively 2 961 people have been quarantined, with 639 people still in quarantine facilities. … Read More
ABOUT eighteen people were slapped with a fine of N$2000 each over the weekend in Zambezi region for violating the Covid-19 State of Emergency regulations.
Zambezi regional police spokesperson inspector, Kisco Sitali, whom The Namibian spoke to today, noted that they are facing a challenge with regards to the operating hours put in place for sale of alcohol in the region since the ban was lifted in the beginning of this month.
“Several cases were open against individuals over the weekend for offences such as drinking in public and selling alcohol after … Read More
THE Social Security Commission (SSC) and the Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) announced financial aid to those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
This was announced last Friday at Swakopmund during the Erongo governor’s weekly Covid-19 update.
Unomengi Kauapirura, head of communications at the SSC, said the commission will provide 6 300 employees whose income has been affected by the pandemic with financial relief, while 850 affected employers will receive subsidies at the end of the month.
Simeon Kahona, Erongo DBN portfolio representative said the bank extended its payment holiday to clients from … Read More
Namibia reports a new positive Covid-19 case at Walvis Bay. Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula announced this at the Covid-19 communication centre this morning.
The new case involves a 31-year-old Namibian woman from Kuisebmond who works at the prison. She has no travel history. The minister says investigations are underway to determine the source of infection.
This means Namibia has 32 cases, with 17 recoveries and 15 active cases.
So far 5 682 tests have been conducted, with 713 people in quarantine facilities.… Read More
THE Social Security Commission (SSC) said it will give financial assistance to 6 300 employees whose jobs and incomes have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The commission’s head of communications, Unomengi Kauapirura, said this during the Erongo governor’s weekly Covid-update press conference at Swakopmund today.
She said 13 300 employees who had their salaries cut due to the impact of the pandemic had registered for the stimulus assistance to date, and that 6 300 had been verified, while the rest are still being verified, and may be assisted … Read More
HEALTH UPDATE … Namibia still has 31 confirmed Covid-19 cases, with 17 recoveries and one patient still in intensive care, but stable. A health official this morning said Namibia has tested over 5 000 people, with over 200 tested on Thursday alone.
AVAILABILITY OF MEDS … Panellists at the Covid-19 communication centre are discussing the availability and affordability of pharmaceutical products and services during the Covid-19 pandemic.
This morning’s speakers are Uli Ritter of the Pharmaceutical Society of Namibia, Seija Nakamhela, chief pharmacist at the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Elina Veijo, wholesale representative, and Tracy Makoni, pharmacy owner.… Read More
TRUCK drivers across the country have complained about the state
of the facilities where they are kept for their mandatory 14-day
Damien Mabengano, deputy director of
transportation regulations in the Ministry of Works and Transport,
yesterday at the Covid-19 communication centre in Windhoek said they
have done an assessment of the facilities and noted some do not meet the
Adherence to regulations in the transport sector was discussed.
just call it a quarantine facility, but the things that are happening
there . . . the conditions are not conducive and they (drivers) have
… Read More
HEALTH officials this morning said malaria is an epidemic within the Covid-19 pandemic, and efforts to combat infection should be intensified.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Malaria Elimination 8 (E8) ambassador Richard Kamwi said while Covid-19 is the new number-one enemy, malaria has always been around and kills far more people.
He said sub-Saharan Africa is home to 90% of malaria cases globally.
Speaking at a press conference on malaria amid Covid-19, Kamwi said malaria … Read More
COVID-19 UPDATE … Speaking at the Covid-19 Communication Centre this morning, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said the Namibia Institute of Pathology yesterday conducted its highest number of tests in 24 hours.
This comprised 216 samples, which all tested negative. “Our testing capabilities continue to improve. We commend the NIP on this milestone,” Shangula said.
The minister revealed that Namibia has now conducted over 5 000 tests for Covid-19, with positive cases remaining at 31, with 17 recoveries.
Shangula said case number 22 is still in intensive care, but in a stable condition and is showing progress. … Read More
THE Covid-19 tests conducted on four pupils at Swakopmund on Monday returned negative earlier today.
Heath minister Kalumbi Shangula made the announcement on NBC’s 20h00 news broadcast this evening.
Shangula said the students were tested in line with the ministry’s protocol for expanded targeting testing, which mandates that anyone who presents themself at a heath facility with respiratory ailments is tested for the virus.
“Anybody who comes to the health facility with flu-like symptoms, will be tested.
“We have been doing it before and we will continue to do it. There is nothing special about … Read More
Deputy health minister Ester Muinjangue this morning said there are no new confirmed Covid-19 cases.
The country still has 31 confirmed cases with 16 recoveries and 15 active cases. A total of 4970 people were tested and 496 contacts have been identified and are being monitored.
Meanwhile 737 people are in quarantine.
Today’s discussion is on the adherence to Covid-19 regulations in the transport industry.
The panelist include Khomas regional commander commissioner Joseph Shikongo, deputy director of transportation regulations in the works ministry Damien Mabengano and chief executive officer of FP du Toit Stephan Terblanche.… Read More
FOUR pupils at a Swakopmund secondary school were yesterday morning tested for Covid-19 after displaying flu-like symptoms.
was announced in a statement by the Ministry of Health and Social
Services, in conjunction with the Ministry of Basic Education, Arts and
Culture, stating that the four male pupils who reside at the Namib High
School Hostel have since been placed in separate rooms in the hostel
while awaiting their results.
“We understand that learners, and
family of learners, attending this school will be concerned at this
time. As an immediate step, the imperative of … Read More
President Hage Geingob is currently giving a Covid-19 update on the Erongo region and Walvis Bay lockdown.
When the rest of the country moved to Stage three of lockdown roughly a fortnight ago, Walvis Bay was reverted to stage one because of the number of positive Covid-19 cases.
President Hage Geingob says many have made sacrifices to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic but the situation remains difficult. He says despite new cases being reported, Namibia has not reported any deaths.
He said as of 7 June, Namibia reported 29 Covid-19 positive cases, of which eight of those … Read More
//Kharas governor Aletha Frederick has stressed the importance of wearing face masks in public spaces in an effort to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It is imperative to wear face masks at all times in the public space as part of the ongoing fight against the invincible enemy Covid-19,” she said at the handing over of masks to patients at Keetmanshoop State Hospital on Friday.
Small and medium-sized entrepreneurs manufactured the masks with material donated by the industrialisation and trade ministry.
Frederick lauded the empowerment of //Kharas SMEs through the donation of the material that … Read More
HEALTH UPDATE: Namibia’s Covid-19 cases now stand at 29, with the possibility of a local transmission at Walvis Bay.
Shangula, who was speaking at the Covid-19 communication centre this morning in Windhoek, said four students, who are currently quarantined in Windhoek, have also tested positive. The students had travelled from South Africa.
Meanwhile, case 26, which is suspected to be locally transmitted, is a 44-year-old man from Walvis Bay. The man has no travel history and investigations of the source of infection are ongoing.
police in Oshana region have launched an urgent tracing operation of
two truck drivers who allegedly abandoned their work trucks at
Ondangwa and Omahenene border post after arriving in Namibia from
South Africa earlier this week.
trucker drivers are employees of The 6000 Transport at Ondangwa.
It remains unclear whether the truck drivers were placed under mandatory quarantine when they entered the country.
However, the owner of The 6000 Transport, Mario Mwenyo, upon learning that the truck drivers abandoned their trucks, reported the matter to the police to allow … Read More
ERONGO governor Neville Andre has warned public and private institutions not to abuse the Covid-19 pandemic for their own gain and not to throw victims of the virus and its economic impact under the proverbial bus.
He said this at the Anti-Corruption Commission’s (ACC) annual media briefing at Swakopmund on Wednesday.
“It is such abnormal times when the instruments and institutions for integrity, transparency and accountability will come to test to ensure the resources earmarked for activities under Covid-19 are spent on the intended purposes,” Andre said.
He said if care is not taken, vulnerable … Read More
INSPECTOR general Sebastian Ndeitunga yesterday said crime rates
have reduced significantly judging by reports 68 days before and during
the Covid-19 state of emergency.
He was speaking at a press
conference held yesterday in Windhoek at the police headquarters.
Ndeitunga said the reduction in crime is attributed to more visibility
of the members of the security clusters during the state of emergency.
the 68 days before the state of emergency, 1 639 serious crimes were
recorded nationally. This tally dropped to 1 369 during the state of
emergency, accounting for a … Read More
SOME private schools have requested parents to sign Covid-19 indemnity forms once pupils return to school.
One of these schools is St George’s Diocesan School in Windhoek.
Responding to questions from The Namibian yesterday, St Georges’ executive head Berdine Beukes said the recommendation for parents to sign indemnity forms emanates from the best practice guidelines of the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (Isasa), of which the school is a member.
Beukes said the school’s council also approved the decision.
She said the school ordinarily requires … Read More
ALL 26 employees of the Walvis Bay branch of Standard Bank Namibia have tested negative for Covid-19, after they were sent into quarantine a week ago because a client who visited the branch on 12 May tested positive for the coronavirus disease.
In a media statement, Standard Bank spokesperson Magreth Mengo said the bank “took a proactive stance to eliminate any doubts and offer peace of mind to our staff, clients, stakeholders and communities”.
The Walvis Bay branch was disinfected and the entire staff complement who worked in the … Read More
PUPILS are being allowed to go back to school without fear of getting infected with Covid-19, health minister Kalumbi Shangula announced this morning.
He said the decision for Namibia to move to stage three and therefore allow face-to-face education, comes from the fact that there have been no local transmissions and all the cases have been imported into the country.
“There are restrictive measures and there is surveillance to detect any hotspots […] Schools are required to maintain the hygiene, have portable water, hand wash and sanitisers. All managers, teachers and learners are required to … Read More
Health minister Kalumbi Shangula this morning said the country has recorded another Covid-19 positive case of a 51-year-old man who arrived in Namibia on 5 May on a fishing vessel which was the same vessel where case 22 originated from.
The patient is one of the eight crew members comprising four Namibians and four non-Namibians.
The crew departed on 25 April to deliver salt and fish products in the Democratic Republic of Congo. While in that country, all crew members did not disembark from the vessel but Congolese nationals entered the vessel.
The minister, who was speaking at the daily … Read More
The Namibia Red Cross Society currently has 230 volunteers who
have been trained on both Covid-19 prevention measures and psychological
support. These volunteers are involved in risk communication and
community engagement in nine regions across the country.
Aluvilu, one of the volunteers, is serving at the Omahenene border post
village in the Omusati region. He helps villagers install tippy taps
and demonstrates proper hand-washing techniques.
Aluvilu’s commitment garnered the attention of the regional police, who came to his aid with food and accommodation.
to spokesperson Edmund Khoaseb, stakeholders in the region have decided
to set up a team … Read More
Health minister Kalumbi Shangula says Namibia has recorded a new Covid-19 case involving a woman who travelled from Tanzania. The woman is quarantined in Windhoek.
Shangula said the 38-year-old Namibian woman started experiencing symptoms on 7 April while in Tanzania but was not tested there. However, she self-isolated. She travelled back to Namibia on 23 May and was swabbed on 27 May.
“The team learned that she had posted on social media while in Tanzania that she had recovered from Covid-19,” Shangula said.
This takes the country’s number of confirmed coronavirus infections to 23, … Read More
President Hage Geingob this afternoon announced that the country will continue to stage 3 of its Covid-19 restrictions, while Walvis Bay will go back to a more restrictive stage 1.
He said the country will have stage 3 for a period of 28 days from Tuesday next week, while Walvis Bay, where the country’s two most recent coronavirus infections were detected, will revert back to stage 1.
Geingob said this at an update on Namibia’s steps to combat the Covid-19 pandemic at State House today.
The president praised Namibians and health workers for their … Read More
The latest case involves a 63-year-old Namibian man who is admitted in the intensive care unit of a Walvis Bay hospital.
man arrived at the coastal town on a fishing vessel from the Democratic
Republic of Congo (DRC) on 5 May as part of an eight-member crew,
including four Namibians.
Minister of health Kalumbi Shangula
told the daily Covid-19 information session in Windhoek yesterday that
the fishing vessel left Walvis Bay on 25 April to export certain
products to the DRC, which the vessel reached on 30 … Read More
ERONGO region is stepping up measures to stop the spread of
Covid-19, after a truck driver tested positive for the disease over the
weekend at Walvis Bay.
This trucker became Namibia’s 21st case
of the virus. It is alleged he was infected when he was transporting
essential goods from South Africa.
Erongo governor Neville Itope
yesterday told the media that an emergency meeting of members of the
disaster risk management committee was held on Tuesday to discuss a
proper response to the latest case.
Itope said the regional
health directorate will strengthen its testing, screening and education
in … Read More
A company appointed to construct a
Nkurenkuru primary healthcare facility in 2014, which is still not
completed, has since April refused to hand over the site to new
contractors for the completion of the project.
Eedopi Construction was supposed to complete the facility on 15 April
2015, but has until now reportedly been holding up the Ministry of
Health and Social Services after the ministry resolved to appoint six
contractors to finish the structure.
Sirkka Ausiku, governor of
the Kavango West region, says she is disappointed by the contractor’s
conduct during a state of emergency.… Read More
BRASILIA – The
Americas have emerged as a new epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic,
the World Health Organisation (WHO) says, as a United States study
forecast deaths surging in Brazil and other Latin American countries
“Now is not the time for countries to ease
restrictions,” Carissa Etienne, WHO director for the Americas … Read More
JOHANNESBURG – Widows across the globe are
being evicted, forced to give up property or to marry male relatives
after their husbands die from the new coronavirus, land rights experts
said on Tuesday.
Women often only earn legal or socially
recognised rights to land and property through a husband or father,
which are regularly violated during times of crisis, such as war or the
HIV-AIDS pandemic, they said – and the coronavirus is no exception.
is a widow-maker,” Karol Boudreaux, chief programme officer at the land
rights charity Landesa, told a webinar organised by the Land Portal
… Read More
WAKOPMUND – The security forces in Erongo will be enforcing the
strict use of the Dune 7 dual carriageway between Swakopmund and Walvis
Bay to prevent lorries from using the C13 road to enter the town of
This is to ensure the screening of all lorry drivers and escorting of trucks to the port of Walvis Bay and the quarantine facility at the harbour town, Erongo governor Neville Andre-Itope said at a media briefing yesterday. He added that the regional health directorate has been tasked to identify more quarantine and isolation facilities where stringent measures will be put … Read More
The Erongo Regional Electricity Distributor on Tuesday asked about 30 employees from its head office at Walvis Bay to work from home, following reports that two employees had come into contact with a person who had contact with a lorry driver suspected to have been exposed to Covid-19.
A spokesperson of the electricity distributor, Benjamin Nangombe, told The Namibian the employees were sent home to self-isolate, and that they would return to their offices at the start of next week.
He said the closure of ErongoRED’s head office is to have the premises disinfected to minimise the risk of exposure … Read More
WITH the sale and buying of alcohol off limits as part of the state of emergency regulations, many regular drinkers may find it an uphill battle to relax without their favourite beverage.
A wellness centre has urged those struggling with drinking habits to use this period for positive change – even after the two-month long alcohol ban is possibly lifted on 2 June.
Cornerstone Wellness Centre in Windhoek offers support to people struggling with substance abuse and says alcoholics, or those struggling with alcohol, should seek professional help and make use of family support where available.
LOW VIRUS DEATH RATE BUT MIGRANT WORRIES FOR INDIA
MUMBAI – India yesterday recorded a total of 145 380 coronavirus infections and a death toll of 4 167, comparatively low figures for the world’s second most populous country.
But separate states witnessing millions of migrant labourers returning from the big cities were recording rising infections, officials said, fearing that the pandemic could spread through villages where medical care is basic at best.
Health ministry officials said India’s death rate stood at 0,3 deaths per 100 000 people, compared to what they said was a world average of 4,4.… Read More
WALVIS Bay urban constituency councillor Knowledge Ipinge has
ordered a transport company and a bank to close their premises at the
town due to fears of the spread of the coronavirus.
letter to the management of FP du Toit Transport company, Ipinge said he
was ordering the closure of the company’s depot after a truck driver
who was quarantined there tested positive for Covid-19 at the weekend.
said he was acting “through the power vested in me as an authorised
officer in terms of section 33 and 34 of the Disaster Risk … Read More
Namibia has reported another positive Covid-19 case, bringing the total cases to 22. The 63-year-old patient is in a critical condition and is on a ventilator at a Walvis Bay hospital.
Health minister Kalumbi Shangula made this announcement at the Covid-19 communication centre in Windhoek this morning, and said the patient had been on a fishing vessel that had returned from the Democratic Republic of Congo to export products.
Walvis Bay Urban constituency regional councillor Knowledge Ipinge has urged the public to refrain from making discriminatory remarks on social media or other public platforms against the cross-border lorry driver who tested positive for Covid-19 at Walvis Bay.
Ipinge says remarks aimed against the driver have negatively affected him and also his family. The 47-year-old driver is currently helping the health authorities trace people with whom he has been in contact recently.
The driver received a heavy backlash on social media from the public for visiting a local bank and leaving the company premises where he was expected to stay … Read More
PUPILS will be divided into smaller groups for teaching when schools reopen on 3 June, the executive director in the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, Sanet Steenkamp, has said.
This forms part of the recently released guidelines for education staff to ensure continued learning and preparedness for the resumption of face-to-face tuition after the Covid-19 national lockdown.
“Learners should be divided into smaller groups for teaching. This is possible since the other classrooms for Grades 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10 will be empty as they are only expected to return on 20 July 2020. The number … Read More
NAMIBIAN students in various fields of study in Ukraine are facing
financial hardships during that country’s lockdown as the Namibia
Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) has not paid for their
The Namibian understand that NSFAF was supposed to pay the students an allowance of N$14 148 in April for food and other personal expenses.
plight of the students in Ukraine is similar to that of Namibian
medical students in Russia who told The Namibian last week that they are
stranded because the health ministry has not paid their allowances.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, five … Read More
LONDON – British prime minister Boris Johnson faced mutiny in his party and fury across Britain yesterday for refusing to sack his closest aide, Dominic Cummings, accused of flouting the United Kingdom’s coronavirus lockdown by driving 400 kilometres from London.
Defending one of Britain’s most powerful men, Johnson said at the weekend Cummings acted “responsibly and legally and with integrity” when he travelled in March from London to Durham in northern England with his son and his wife, who was ill with Covid-19 symptoms.
Many believe that was hypocritical given the government’s … Read More
DEPUTY prime minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah says Africa is working as a team to find a cure for Covid-19 and to not rely only on Europe and other continents.
She made these remarks at the
Covid-19 communication centre in Windhoek yesterday, while discussing
African governments’ response to the disease caused by the novel
coronavirus that has swept across the planet since first being detected
in China near the end of 2019. Panellists at the information centre also
included health minister Kalumbi Shangula and South African high
commissioner Archie Whitehead.
The continent yesterday celebrated Africa Day under … Read More
by ESTER MBATHERA, OKERI NGUTJINAZO and CHARMAINE NGATJIHEUE
DOZENS of Namibian truck drivers have been crossing borders into dangerous territory to pick up and deliver essential goods – risking their health in the process.
One of them tested positive for
Covid-19 at Walvis Bay over the weekend, as announced by minister of
health and social services Kalumbi Shangula on Sunday, while another
contracted the virus in Zambia where he is currently quarantined.
47-year-old truck driver, who is Namibia’s 21st Covid-19 case, returned
from South Africa on 8 May and was quarantined at the truck depot of
his employer, FP … Read More
This morning’s panellists will discuss African governments’ response to Covid-19. Panellists are deputy prime minister and minister of international relations and cooperation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, health minister Kalumbi Shangula and South African high commissioner Archie Whitehead.
Nandi-Ndaitwah said refugees hosted in African countries are being educated on the pandemic, adding no refugee has tested positive for Covid-19.
Whitehead said once the first case was announced in South Africa, president Cyril Ramophosa quickly implemented a lockdown. He said if the country did not act, they would not have been able to deal with the virus.
South Africa plans on easing the lockdown … Read More
In an effort to meet the government halfway in the fight against Covid-19, a tailor in the Ohangwena region, Helaria Sheehama, trading as Meme Tangeni Tailoring, and a Helao Nafidi resident donated 200 masks to the Ohangwena Regional Council at Eenhana.
The masks are to be distributed to disadvantaged communities in the region.
Ohangwena region disaster risk management chairperson Erickson Ndawanifa, who received the masks on behalf of the regional council, assured the community the masks will be fairly distributed.
WALVIS Bay urban constituency councillor Knowledge Ipinge has urged the community not to panic after reports of a positive Covid-19 case at the town.
A truck driver who reportedly escaped from the company quarantine facility last week tested positive for the virus today.
“The truck driver who tested positive is now in a state of quarantine, meaning that the person should remain under isolation until the Ministry of Health and Social Services determines there’s no longer a risk of secondary transmission to other community members. This notion that the truck drivers snuck out from the remains unclear … Read More
BEIJING – The United States should stop wasting time in its fight against the coronavirus and work with China to combat it, rather than spreading lies and attacking the country, top Chinese government diplomat Wang Yi said on Sunday.
HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula this morning confirmed a positive case of covid-19 at Walvis Bay.
The latest case is a male truck driver aged 47, who had escaped into the community from the truck port quarantine facility with another trucker.
The truck driver travelled from South Africa on 8 May.
“His last trip to South Africa was on 3 May 2020. He was quarantined at Walvis Bay truck port, then he sneaked out into the community with another truck driver. They were apprehended by the police and put in a supervised quarantine … Read More
EDUCATION seems to have been disproportionately affected by the
Covid-19 pandemic because, in as much as schooling is expected to go on
at home, parents at work are expected to supervise the learning process
Many a time, real opportunities to make impactful
changes in society manifest in unfortunate situations. For instance,
this seems true of the internet. Arpanet, the precursor to the internet,
was massively boosted by the cold war of yesteryear.
international agenda on education is set in the sustainable development
goal 4 (SDG 4) as “…ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and
promote lifelong learning … Read More
The fight against Covid-19 will never be defeated without including Africa in the global response, the executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), Winnie Byanyima, has said.
Byanyima in a media statement on Thursday raised concern that in much of the global Covid-19 conversation, Africa is barely mentioned but the risks that the Covid-19 crisis bring are even greater in Africa than elsewhere.
“And those risks will be compounded if Africa is marginalised in the global response,” she said.
She said beating Covid-19 in Africa, in turn, is essential for … Read More
BOTH the Namibia Public Workers’ Union (Napwu) and the Namibia National Teachers’ Union (Nantu) are urging members to remain united and comply with Covid-19 regulations, while they continue monitoring the situation.
In a statement on Friday, Napwu secretary general Petrus Nevonga, and Nantu secretary general Loide Shaanika, said both unions are recognised by the Namibian government as bargaining agents for public servants.
“We have found ourselves in a critical situation since the outbreak of the pandemic, which has threatened the economies of countries around the world, including Namibia,” said Nevonga and Shaanika.
THE annual Ongwediva trade fair, which was scheduled for 21 to 29 August, has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
was announced today by Jackson Muma, Ongwediva Town Council
spokesperson, who said the health and safety of visitors, employees,
exhibitors and stakeholders had to be considered.
“It is in the
best interest of the public to ensure all active economic sectors and
participants in the Ongwediva trade fair join hands in the fight against
the spread of the new coronavirus,” he said.
Muma said plans for 2021’s fair are underway as the event … Read More
The Angolan government withdrew from an agreement that would have seen 39 Angolans returning home today.
Air Namibia has arranged for a repatriation flight scheduled to depart at 07h50 this morning. The airplane left without the Angolan nationals and is scheduled to return tonight from a round trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia and Tanzania with six Namibians to be airlifted from Luanda.
The Namibian embassy in Luanda has reportedly been informed by their host country’s authorities that they are ready to receive their nationals.
The Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation … Read More
THE Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) on Tuesday criticised the Namibian Employers’ Federation (NEF) for dragging the government to court to halt certain Covid-19 labour directives.
government has ordered that employers may not dismiss workers between 28
March and 2 June, which marks the end of stage 2 of Namibia’s lockdown
In reaction, the NEF and various other employers
have filed an urgent application at the High Court against the
president, the government and trade unions to have the suspension of
parts of the Labour Act during the Covid-19 state of emergency … Read More
NAMPORT has announced it will provide berthing (parking) space for empty cruise ships, which are in limbo due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Namport’s acting chief executive officer Kavin Harry in a media statement issued on Wednesday said the provision of parking space to the stranded ships was necessary.
“Whereas this is unfortunate, the turn of events, however, presents an opportunity to Namport to provide berthing space for the empty cruise ships off our ports at designated points of anchorage,” he said.
It involves a 29-year-old Namibian who travelled from South Africa. Health minister Kalumbi Shangula announced the news this morning at the Covid-19 communication centre in Windhoek, saying the patient is in quarantine and will be transferred to an isolation facility today.
“He does not display any symptoms and is in a satisfactory condition,” the minister said.
Latest Covid-19 updates in Namibia from the Ministry of Health:
THE transport giant FP du Toit this afternoon employed the services of a state ambulance to transport two dismissed employees to a state quarantine facility. The employees were dismissed yesterday afternoon after not adhering to quarantine regulations.
This morning another employee was reportedly tasked with transporting his colleagues with a company vehicle, but refused.
The company’s acting manager at their Walvis Bay depot, Callie Schubert, declined to comment on the matter and referred The Namibian to the company’s … Read More
An employee of FP du Toit Transport refused to transport two dismissed employees to a government facility where they will stay for the rest of their quarantine period. Japhet Ndjuluwa and Andreas Hamukwaya were shown the door yesterday for breaking quarantine regulations.
The company charged them with gross negligence and breach of security and safety rules.
Jerobeam Kamulu refused to move his colleagues saying he is not trained to transport people to be quarantined, neither has … Read More
TWO cross-border truck drivers employed by FP du Toit Transport lost their jobs allegedly for breaking quarantine at Walvis Bay on Wednesday.
The company charged the two with gross negligence and breach of security and safety rules.
“. . . you ignored direct instructions from the company and the Namibian authorities not to leave the depot. Furthermore, your gross negligent act/omission potentially harmed, not only the company business and image … Read More
A PLAN by a South African couple to buy cigarettes in Namibia to beat the ban on the sale of alcohol and tobacco products in their country, as part of lockdown regulations, has landed them behind bars.
The //Kharas police crime investigations coordinator, Chrispin Mubebo, today said police arrested the couple for illegally crossing the border into Namibia at Noordoewer on 11 May.
According to Mubebo, the couple crossed the Orange River on foot in their quest to buy tobacco products and other commodities at Noordoewer.
He said in a separate incident another South African man was … Read More
THE Covid-19 pandemic, one of the world’s most significant events, has had far-reaching consequences.
It has resulted in the cessation of economic activities that will lead to a significant decline in production, unprecedented social disruption, and the loss of millions of jobs.
Estimates are that the contraction of the region’s economies will cost Sub-Saharan Africa between US$35 billion and US$100 billion due to a decline in output and a steep drop in commodity prices – especially the crash of oil prices.
More fundamentally, the pandemic has brutally exposed the hollowness of African economies on two fronts: the … Read More
THE Namibian Competition Commission says there is evidence that retailers overpriced Covid-19 essentials such masks, hand sanitisers, and immune boosting products such as oranges, naartjies and raw ginger.
The commission said the prices of these products increased by betwee 14% and 1000%, despite not being affected by supply chain challenges that could have resulted in shortages.
Namibian Competition Commission (NaCC) corporate communications practitioner Dina //Gowases said in a statement this week that consumers have indicated that they are paying a lot more for these essential products.
“The commission has over the past 4-5 weeks received numerous complaints … Read More
United States president Donald Trump threatened on Monday to permanently halt funding for the World Health Organisation if it did not commit to improvements within 30 days, and to reconsider his country’s membership of the agency.
Trump suspended US contributions to the WHO last month, accusing it of promoting Chinese “disinformation” about the novel coronavirus outbreak, although WHO officials denied the accusation and China said it was transparent and open.
“If the WHO does not commit to major substantive improvements within the next 30 days, I will make my temporary freeze of … Read More
This morning’s panel is discussing the reopening of schools and the return of pupils in phases. Panellists include executive director of education Sanet Steenkamp and Khomas education director Gerard Vries.
Steenkamp said the ministry has been planning pupils’ return to schools. She said 80% of schools are ready to receive pupils.
According to her shools have procured soap and tippy taps, and have undergone deep cleaning. The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture will provide funding for schools needing resources, she said.
Steenkamp said children’s health is priority.
She said if a child is sick, he or she … Read More
GENEVA – Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the first African to head the World Health Organisation, faces the towering challenge of coordinating a global pandemic response increasingly complicated by US-China tensions.
The former Ethiopian minister of health and foreign affairs finds himself at the heart of global efforts to rein in the novel coronavirus, which has now infected close to five million people and killed more than 300 000.
On Monday, Tedros opened the United Nations health agency’s main annual event, the World Health Assembly, which due to the pandemic was held virtually and has … Read More
THE deputy minister of information and communication technology, Emma Theofelus, on Monday announced that the daily updates on Covid-19 are being cut down from two session to one, which will take place daily at 10h00.
The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Services on 2 April formed a communication focal point centre to distribute information on issues around … Read More
ON account of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration has reiterated the guidelines relating to public gatherings.
The restrictions are part of measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
A media statement made available to Nampa on Monday said the country is still under a state of emergency, therefore, as part of the guidelines by the ministry on account of Covid-19; designated marriage officers (ministers of religion and magistrates) who solemnise marriages are advised to ensure that the regulations prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people are adhered to.
THE ministry of education today said schools will begin with face to face classes in phases, with grade 11 and 12 resuming classes on 3 June.
The ministry’s executive director Sanet Steenkamp said in a statement that phase two will include grade three pupils who will begin on 22 June, phase three will be grades seven and nine on 6 July, and finally phase four which will include grade four, five, six and eight, resuming classes on 20 July.
All pupils will end classes on 18 December.
Steenkamp said a mid-term break for teachers is … Read More
AFRICA BACKS WHO, NEEDS HELP – RAMAPHOSA GENEVA – South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, said yesterday that Africa affirms its “full support” for the World Health Organisation (WHO), which he said had been key in guiding the international response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ramaphosa, speaking to the WHO’s annual assembly being held online, said assistance to Africa needs to include debt relief and help with diagnostics, drugs and medical supplies.
Also addressing the meeting, the United States’ secretary of health and human services, Alex Azar, accused the WHO of having failed to share … Read More
GENEVA – The World Health Organisation said yesterday that an independent review of the global coronavirus response would begin as soon as possible, and received backing and a hefty pledge of funds from China, in the spotlight as the origin of the pandemic.
WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made his promise during … Read More
THE Ministry of Health and Social Services says the man who died
at Mariental State Hospital on Friday did not succumb to Covid-19.
reported online on Saturday that the man, who was employed by Namibia
Wildlife Resort, and was based at its Hardap resort near Mariental, had
sought treatment at the local hospital after experiencing flu-like
symptoms and breathing difficulties.
According to sources, the man collapsed and died shortly after being taken to an isolation unit following a medical check-up.
at the Covid-19 communication centre in Windhoek yesterday, deputy
health minister Esther … Read More
A Mariental resident yesterday died under suspicion of being positive for Covid-19.
Sources said the man, who was an employee of the Namibia Wildlife Resort (NWR) and based at its Hardap resort near Mariental, sought medical treatment at the local hospital after experiencing flu-like symptoms and breathing difficulties.
According to sources, the man collapsed and died shortly after he was taken to an isolation unit following a medical check.
Speculations are rife the man might have contracted the disease at the Hardap resort.
The Hardap resort recently served as accommodation for 40 people who came from Europe … Read More
The Rehoboth Town Council says it does not have the money needed to build a suitable market for hawkers and street vendors at the town to use.
A breakdown of the projected costs indicates that the council would need N$656 880 for an open market which would include 20 stalls and provide for basic hygiene and sanitation standards and the required social distancing.
While discussing measures in place to address Covid-19 and economic hardships of local authorities on Tuesday afternoon, a local economic development officer of the council, Jonathan Ockhuizen, said they have identified two suitable areas … Read More
The salt producer Walvis Bay Salt Refiners has continued to operate and make salt for domestic use and export during Namibia’s Covid-19 fight.
With salt production classified as part of essential services, and a demand from all over the world for the salt it produces, the company has been kept in business since restrictions to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus in Namibia came into force near the end of March.
“We are grateful to have been allowed to operate during the stage 1 lockdown,” the managing director of the company, Andre Snyman, said at a … Read More
The annual Nama Cultural Festival has been postponed for a year. The event was scheduled to take place from 21 to 24 May.
The festival organising committee chairperson, David Eigub, in a press statement issued yesterday announced that this year’s event will be cancelled and postponed to May 2021 due to the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus and the Covid-19 pandemic.
“As organisers of one of the biggest cultural events in southern Africa we cannot understate the importance of ensuring full compliance with the precautionary measures put in place by the Namibian government and the Namibian … Read More
MINISTER of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula yesterday said 84 Namibians returned home from South Africa on Saturday and are in quarantine.
A total of 36 came from Cape Town and 48 from Johannesburg. Shangula said seven of the returnees are kept in Windhoek, while the remainder are in various quarantine facilities in the regions – all at the government’s expense.
“The government has made substantive investments in prevention as we believe it is cheaper to prevent the disease than to treat it,” he said.
Nanso launches food aid programme
THE Namibia National Students Organisation (Nanso) on Friday launched … Read More
Speaking at the Covid-19 Communication Centre in Windhoek this morning, finance ministry spokesperson Tonateni Shidhudhu said the application process for the Emergency Income Grant was designed for Namibians in possession of national documents.
Those without documents do not qualify for the grant.
Shidhudhu said they have targeted 739 000 people for the grant and have received 900 700 applications, of which 576 000 have been approved and processed for payment.
The application period closed on 30 April midnight, but Shidhudhu said the ministry provided three extra days to accommodate applicants who had to reapply. He said lines also closed on … Read More
THE Roads Authority (RA) has announced that all NaTIS offices countrywide will reopen on 11 May.
Motor vehicle licences will be attended to when offices reopen and all licences that expired during the lockdown (between 30 March and 30 April) will not incur penalties. However, licences that expired before or on 29 February will incur penalties up to the date of the start of the lockdown. NaTIS offices will also renew driver’s and learner’s licences, and test applicants whose documents expired during the lockdown. This will only be done from 11 May to 26 May. New applications for … Read More
THE Ministry of Works and Transport has issued a stern warning to all public transport operators to desist from taking advantage of the Covid-19 crisis by increasing fares.
In a press release minister John Mutorwa said excessive pricing is illegal and any operator who is guilty of this will be legally dealt with.
“The ministry has learnt some operators…are charging customers and commuters in excess of the prescribed tariffs in respect of the various routes, throughout the country. The ministry would like to earnestly request all operators to cease from such practice as the right … Read More
This morning’s panellists at the Covid-19 Communication Centre will address the issue of e-learning development by the education ministry.
Nitschke says distance education students are more advantaged than full-time students as they receive all study material when they register. He said face-to-face classes have been disrupted, but Namcol has seen to it that learning sessions reach students. He said they can listen to sessions … Read More
PARENTS have been advised to keep their children from prank calling the Covid-19 call centre.
This was said during a discussion at the communication centre for Covid-19 updates, in Windhoek yesterday afternoon.
Head of the Covid-19 call centre, Lineekela Kalimba said they have experienced a lot of challenges despite trying to fulfil their mandate of advising and answering questions from the public on Covid-19 related matters.
She said the centre was initially set up by the health ministry during the hepatitis E outbreak and has since upgraded to tackle future outbreaks including Covid-19.
This morning’s discussion at the Covid-19 Communication Centre is on the impact of the pandemic on productivity. Panellists are Daan Strauss of the Namibian Employers Federation, deputy director of labour market information David Iigonda, and National Union of Namibian Workers’ Job Muniaro.
NEF Secretary General Strauss said there was a lack of business continuity plans and measuring productivity of those staff working from home. He added that adapting to working remotely was also effected and the psychological aspect and fears of livelihoods and economy which had to be dealt with by employers.
RETAILERS have had to stop the sale of alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content of less than 3% from today until the end of Stage 2 of Namibia’s Covid-19 lockdown period on 2 June.
New state of emergency regulations applying during Stage 2 of the lockdown period are prohibiting the sale and purchase of all alcoholic drinks, regardless of the level of alcohol they contain. The new regulations were published in the Government Gazette on Monday.
According to the Liquor Act of 1998, liquor is defined as “any … Read More
This morning’s discussion at the Covid-19 Communication Centre is on the continuation of teaching and learning in stage 2 of lockdown. Panellists are basic education minister Anna Nghipondoka and basic education executive director Sanet Steenkamp.
Nghipondoka reiterated that schools reopened on 20 April, but teachers are working remotely to ensure education and learning continue through alternative means. She said pupils could learn both online, offline and with printed material.
Nghipondoka says her ministry’s staff can now physically go back to school unless they are considered vulnerable and this is confirmed by a physician. She said pupils will remain at home. … Read More
SCHOOLS around the country are expected to reopen on 3 August for pupils to return to face-to-face education.
Education executive director Sanet Steenkamp made the announcement on Friday, adding schools are expected to open in Stage 3 of the state of emergency that was announced by president Hage Geingob. According to Steenkamp, all schools should follow guidelines to ensure the safety of children, teachers and staff members. Steenkamp said all staff members of the ministry, including teachers, hostel staff and cleaners, are expected to report for duty between today and 11 May. The government has in the meantime … Read More
TOURISM minister Pohamba Shifeta this morning launched a conservation relief, recovery and resilience facility aimed at addressing the long-term impact of Covid-19 on conservancies.
The Environmental Investment Fund will run the facility in addition to the N$6 million it committed.
Speaking at the Covid-19 Communication Centre this morning, Shifeta said the total amount committed to the facility stands at N$16 million, and his ministry is engaging other stakeholders to also … Read More
To support the tourism sector and in addressing the adverse effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on this sector, experts this morning will be launching a conservation relief, recovery and resilient facility at the Covid-19 Communication Centre in Windhoek.
Deputy health minister Esther Muinjangue says confirmed Covid-19 cases still stand at 16, with eight recoveries.
So far 1 163 tests have been conducted, she said at the Covid-19 Communication … Read More
Panellists at the Covid-19 daily updated on Monday morning discussed the dos and don’ts of masks. Included on the panel were technical medical officer Dr Apollo Basenero and WHO medical officer Mary Brantuo.
Basenero explained that reusable masks should be washed and ironed to ensure they are clean.
Brantuo said guidelines about layering and material used should be followed for reusable masks. It should be approved by health authorities before being allowed for use. She says masks are important to use as we interact with people outside our homes, such as at shopping malls and at work.… Read More
A second Namibian lorry driver is confirmed to have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Zambia.
The two drivers who have tested positive for the virus in Zambia are employed by two different truck companies in Namibia.
Namibia’s high commissioner to Zambia, Sivave Haindongo, reported the second positive test result of a Namibian lorry driver in Zambia in a letter addressed to the international relations ministry’s executive director, Selma Ashipala-Musavyi, today
Haindongo stated that from the information provided to the diplomatic mission, the first case involves a 42-year-old man now in isolation in Zambia. Haindongo reported that the driver … Read More
PRESIDENT Hage Geingob this afternoon announced that Namibia would gradually reopen from Tuesday next week, as the country moves into stage two of adopted restrictions meant to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Announcing post-lockdown strategies at State House this afternoon (Thursday), Geingob said the adopted restrictions are in line with global guidelines on national responses to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Following the coronavirus outbreak, Namibia reported 16 confirmed infections with the virus, with eight cases still being active. The country’s number of infections has remained static on 16 since 5 April.
LOCKDOWN … President Hage Geingob says Namibia’s prompt action to close borders and restricted movement has helped contain the spread of the disease. He said the measures were necessary and effective, calling on Namibians to adhere to set regulations.
Speaking at State House this afternoon, Geingob said the countrywide lockdown would lapse on 5 May 2020. Some restrictions would be relaxed in line with that.
The president further said the state of emergency would remain for another six months. He added that in line with that, Namibia has adopted four stages of the current situation; stage one, which is the … Read More
Information minister Peya Mushelenga gives an update on the decisions taken during a Cabinet meeting yesterday.
Touching on open markets reopening, Mushelenga says the reopened informal markets should adhere to health standards set once open, and should keep in mind the regulations set in line with the state of emergency that is in place.
Moreover, Mushelenga said emergency income grant beneficiaries should not apply for food grants as well. He said the construction of a 12-bed isolation facility at Windhoek Central Hospital has been completed and the facility is ready to be used.
Mushelenga added that the government is yet … Read More
COVID-19 UPDATE: Deputy health minister Esther Utjiua Muinjangue says there are seven Covid-19 recoveries so far and still 16 confirmed cases. She says panellists will discuss the deployment of healthcare professionals in the fight against the pandemic so far.
Bertha Katjivena, deputy executive director of health, is discussing the importance of the deployment of healthcare professionals at the Covid-19 Communication Centre this morning. She is joined by deputy director of health Anna Isaacs and moderator Tutu Haukena.
Deputy executive director of health Bertha Katjivena says the ministry is currently recruiting medical graduates as a temporary measure to fight … Read More
Information minister Peya Mushelenga says Namibia had engaged the European Union to find the best way of fighting Covid-19. He was speaking at the Covid-19 Communication Centre (CCC) on Friday discussing the N$172 million EU grant to Namibia for the Covid-19 fight.
Mushelenga said the funds would release the fiscus of a huge budget.
EU ambassador to Namibia Sinikka Antisa said the funds are general budget support and a very particular type of support.
She said the N$172 million will be put … Read More
SOME of the journalists who have undergone Covid-19 testing described the process as uncomfortable but important.
Samples were taken from journalists who took part in testing after the health ministry announced its plan to test 200 000 people.
The targeted testing initiative aims to test people with respiratory issues, people who congregate in groups, and journalists who are exposed. Tests were conducted at the Robert Mugabe Clinic and was done to rule out community transmission.
OSHANA regional governor Elia Irimari, yesterday encouraged the Task Force on Covid-19 in his region to continue educating members of the public why they should remain in their houses and refrain from moving around.
He was speaking at the handing over of 2 000 litres of hand sanitiser by the Rani Group to the Oshana regional task force at Ongwediva. Irimari stressed that incidents of overcrowding observed at certain places in the region cannot be tolerated.
Nudo dishes out food parcels THE National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) handed over N$10 000 worth of food parcels to homeless Namibians … Read More
Speaking at the Covid-19 information centre in Windhoek on Thursday, health ministry executive director Ben Nangombe says Namibia still has the best health infrastructure compared to other African countries, despite some challenges.
Nangombe is speaking with fellow panellist Thomas Mbeeli, acting director of health technology and infrastructure management, on the preparedness of the ministry of health for Covid-19.
Namibia has one main referral hospital, three intermediate hospitals, 31 district hospitals, 43 health centers and 279 clinics.
He said the Windhoek Central Hospital casualty is being used as a ICU facility for infectious diseases, a 12 bed facility has … Read More
THE University of Namibia, in collaboration with the Phoenix
Project from Cardiff University in Wales, on Tuesday donated 3 000 bars
of soap and 80 blankets to the 95 people in temporary shelters during
The donation, which was handed over in Windhoek, is for dwellers at the Khomasdal Stadium and 72 at the Pionierspark dumpsite. Temba Stevens, who is sheltered at the Khomasdal Stadium, thanked those responsible for the donation, saying they are grateful for the food and information they have been receiving. Stevens asked what … Read More
OVER 360 000 calls have been made to the Covid-19 toll-free number, which was set up by the ministry of health to assist with answering questions, receiving complaints and addressing concerns over the Covid-19 pandemic.
The number was set up after the country confirmed its first two coronavirus cases on 13 March. Namibia currently has 16 confirmed cases and six recoveries. Head of the call centre, Lineekela Kalimba said they have received 360 200 calls to date, however, when they started, they … Read More
EXPERTS in the agricultural sector will this morning discuss the impact of Covid-19 on the agricultural sector. Similar to tourism, agriculture is one of the sectors hit the hardest by the pandemic.
Speaking at the at the Covid-19 Communication Centre, Percy Misika said the tough times faced by the agricultural sector is not as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, but rather the devastating three-year drought Namibia has had to face.… Read More
Trade minister Lucia Iipumbu says the government has revisited one of its restrictions of the lockdown and decided to open up shops not only to provide clothing and other materials for expectant mothers and their babies, but also to provide winter clothing and other materials such as blankets as winter approaches. Iipumbu said this at the Covid-19 Communication Centre on Wednesday afternoon.
She added that the ministry has already drafted letters to retailers to open winter clothing sections, especially for children. These shops are expected to open their winter clothing sections by tomorrow or by the time they’ve … Read More
FNB Namibia has announced relief measures for SMEs with an annual turnover of less than N$10 million and with lending facilities of less than N$5 million.
To qualify, customers must have a good track record of honouring their payments prior to 1 March 2020. Qualifying businesses are requested to go to the FNB app, click on the Covid-19 icon and follow instructions. Commercial customers are requested to contact their relationship manager to discuss requirements.
Regional councillors no longer allowed to issue travel permits FROM 20 April regional councillors will not be allowed to issue travel permits during the state of … Read More
THE targeted testing initiative, which aims to test some 200 000
people for the coronavirus, has had a cold start as only 20 people were
tested on the first day of the exercise.
The purpose of the exercise is to detect possible community transmission of the virus.
health ministry on Sunday announced that targeted testing would be done
on people who present themselves to healthcare facilities with
respiratory ailments, health workers, mobile groups … Read More
SANLAM Namibia and its subsidiaries Welwitschia Insurance Brokers and Sanlam Investments have pledged N$3,5 million to support various initiatives to fight the spread of Covid-19.
An amount of N$500 000 will go towards procuring protective wear and equipment for health workers, N$500 000 towards sanitation infrastructure, another N$500 000 towards the National Covid-19 Fund, N$1 million to e-learning and education, N$800 000 for testing and screening equipment, and the last N$200 000 will go to the construction of nurses’ and doctors’ workstations, where testing will be undertaken.
Paying it forward A GROUP of Namibians, forming the Paying It … Read More
THE Oceana Namibia Group is making sure its employees who have to continue working during the Covid-19 lockdown and their families remain sustained.
The group has a long history of operating in the Namibian fishing industry through its subsidiaries Erongo Marine Enterprises (EME) and Commercial Cold Storage (CCS), and its associate company Etosha Fishing Corporation.
The group provides permanent jobs to more than 1 000 Namibians.
City of Windhoek chief executive Robert Kahimise says they have set up a response team committee headed by city police chief Abraham Kanime. Kahimise says the municipality’s operations have been impacted by Covid-19.
The majority of employees providing essential services, and front line staff are provided with personal protective equipment. The municipality plans on opening cash halls for three days from Wednesday where residents can make payments.
Kahimise says they have no other option, because some people refuse to deposit money. The municipality has over 300 000 employees and receives a budget of N$4,3 billion. They are considering … Read More
HEALTH WORKERS … Panellists, health minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula (centre) and World Health Organisation country representative Dr Charles Sagoe Moses (left), discussing the protection of health workers amid the Covid-19 outbreak this afternoon. Health ministry spokesperson Manga Libita moderates the session.
Chairperson of the Public Enterprises CEO Forum Rosalia Martins-Hausiku says the forum is donating N$1,2 million to the health ministry and the Namibian Police towards the Covid-19 fight. She says the donation is the forum’s way of meeting the government halfway.
Martins-Hausiku said this at a press briefing at the Covid-19 communication centre today.
Police inspector general Sebastian Ndeitunga … Read More
HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula says the first Covid-19 case involving the Romanian couple at one point tested negative for the virus, but later tested positive. The health care officials suspect re-infection.
The Romanian nationals, who came to Namibia through Spain, were diagnosed with Covid-19 on 13 March.
Speaking at the Covid-19 Communication Centre this afternoon, Shangula said case one tested positive again because the patient shared a room with the spouse (case two), who was still positive.
The minister noted that the re-infection issue is not new and is well-documented in other countries.
THE World Health Organisation donated personal protective equipment (PPE) to Namibia.
WHO country representative Charles Sagoe Moses presented the PPE to health minister Kalumbi Shangula at the Covid-19 communication centre on Monday afternoon.
“We have enough PPE in terms of gloves, face masks, and they can take care of over 1 000 health workers. We want them to be assured that their needs are protected. If they are not safe, then … Read More
NAMPOWER donated eight 10 000 litre water tanks to assist the local authorities of Omaruru and Karibib with providing people in informal settlements with water.
Omaruru received two water tanks to be shared between the informal settlements of Hakahana, 7de Laan, Sonskyn and Saamstaan. Six tanks were given to the Harambee and Uis informal settlements in Karibib. Filling up the tanks is reportedly the responsibility of the local authorities.
NamPower will also donate 30 dry sanitation toilets to the Erongo region, which will be delivered next week.
NASRIA donates to ministry of health NAMIBIA Special Risks Insurance Association (Nasria) made … Read More
THE spreading of fake news about the new coronavirus and Covid-19 is now a crime in Namibia, following an amendment to the Covid-19 state of emergency regulations.
In terms of amendments to the regulations, published in the Government Gazette on Friday, people publishing any false or misleading statement in connection with the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), including on social media, are committing an offence for which they can be fined up to N$2 000 or be given a prison term of up to six months.
It is also now an offence to publish any statement in the media, … Read More
Deputy health minister Esther Muinjangue says there are no new confirmed Covid-19 cases. There are currently six recoveries and 10 active cases who are asymptomatic.
The deputy minister said the ministry has started rolling out testing for those under quarantine and 160 people have been tested. The ministry will further conduct testing at the Covid-19 Communication Centre this week.
Muinjangue says the reason for social mobilisation is to keep community members informed and updated on Covid-19 issues. She said community health workers are provided with a tool kit to guide them on what to focus on when informing … Read More
HEALTH minister Kalumbi Shangula says a part of Covid-19 tests
targeting 200 000 people would be conducted at the coronavirus pendemic
communication centre in Windhoek on Monday.
Shangula said on
Sunday that people at the centre are recommended to take the test.
People whose samples would be taken at the centre do not need to
self-isolate while waiting for their test results, he added.
said the tests not only target the media, fishing and mining sectors,
but also target areas with large groups of people such as open markets.
NAMIBIA will launch targeted testing for highly exposed professions, including the mining, fisheries and media sectors on Monday.
Health minister Kalumbi Shangula confirmed the move over the weekend, saying it will give a true assessment of whether there are any cases of community spread.
He says the government hopes to test 200 000 Namibians.
“We are now moving foward to a level of targeted testing where we will identify certain exposed groups including mining, fisheries as well as journalist. The targeted testing will continue until we are satisfied with the responses on the ground,” he said.
Widespread … Read More
PRESIDENT Hage Geingob has announced that the Covid-19 lockdown will be extended from midnight on Friday, 17 April, to midnight on 4 May. The president said the country will effectively re-open on 5 May; movement within the whole country will be restricted until then.
Geingob said that all regions will thus be grouped into zones and added that the health of all Namibians remains a top priority.
“The current lockdown in the two regions (Khomas and Erongo) has not been efficient,” health minister Kalumbi Shangula said.
A country world lockdown is needed to curtail the further spread … Read More
Minister of tourism Pohamba Shifeta says the tourism and hospitality industry has already felt the reverberating effects of the lockdown as the majority of approximately 120 000 directly employed people in that industry are sitting at home with no pay.
Namibia Tourism Association chairman Bernd Schneider says tourism is going to be in for a tough ride not only for the next few months, but in the following year. “This is going to impact us quite until 2021.”
Schneider says lodges currently have no business because the majority of the industry’s income is generated through foreign travellers. He … Read More