by Roxane Bayer

No more taxi and learners’ licences until mid-April

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

SA Covid-19 cases increase

SOUTH African president Cyril Ramaphosa announced yesterday that the number of Covid-19 cases in that country has reached 150. This is an increase of 34 from the 116 reported previously this week. According to Ramaphosa, the number is expected to rise even further. While most of the confirmed cases are related to international travel, cases of local transmission have been reported as well. 

Bank Windhoek preventative measures

IN response to the outbreak of the Covid-19, Bank Windhoek has implemented measures to ensure the health and safety of both staff and clients all over the country. All branches are in the process of receiving additional disinfectants. ATMs, point-of-sale devices and any other surfaces that are human contact points will undergo additional cleaning. While the bank will remain open, it encourages clients to use the Bank Windhoek mobile app, internet banking, easy-wallet and cellphone banking. Clients can also email or call the 24-hour customer contact centre should they need any service. The bank also informed its staff of certain measures that can be taken to prevent the spread of the virus. Additionally, all events sponsored by Bank Windhoek will be postponed for the following 30 days. 

NSA census mapping exercise on halt

THE Namibia Statistics Agency has postponed its census mapping exercise until 14 April due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The census, which started in October 2019, aims to contribute to the development of a statistics business register. The census was originally scheduled to end in November this year. However, as the exercise requires mapping field staff to go to numerous houses and have face-to-face interviews, the risk of exposure to the coronavirus for both staff and the general public will be increased. NSA urges the public to limit visits to its offices and to instead use its website, email, or NSA mobile app. 

Clean and disinfect surfaces

CURRENT evidence suggests that the novel coronavirus may remain viable from hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials. Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is the best practice to prevent Covid-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in household and community settings.

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