by Elias Ndeyanale

ELMA Dienda, Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) member of parliament, will be quarantined for two weeks after she travelled to South Africa about a month ago for her daughter’s funeral.

Elma Dienda

Speaking to The Namibian on Monday morning, Dienda confirmed she is under quarantine in Windhoek after she travelled to Upington on 7 May.

She said when she crossed the Ariamsvlei border in the //Kharas region, she was escorted by police from the border to Windhoek to ensure she was placed in quarantine.

“I arrived this morning from South Africa where I had gone to bury my firstborn. From Ariamsvlei, traffic police escorted me to Grünau. Every time I entered a town, they would hand me over to a new group until we reached the hotel where I am quarantined.

“I also found other people here. We are fine and can stretch a bid. I don’t have a problem, I am at peace. I will be working from the hotel during quarantine,” she said.

South Africa is regarded as a Covid-19 hotspot in southern Africa, with close to 50 000 confirmed cases.

It is not clear whether Dienda is the first public figure to be placed in quarantine since the government is not keen on disclosing the identities of those who have been quarantined.

At the beginning of April this year, one of president Hage Geingob’s bodyguards was put in isolation after his wife, a nurse at Lady Pohamba Private Hospital tested positive for Covid-19.

Presidential spokesperson Alferdo Hengari at the time confirmed the isolation of the bodyguard.

The bodyguard has since returned to work, and his wife has recovered from the virus.

Minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula said yesterday Namibia had 31 confirmed cases of Covid-19, 16 recoveries and 737 people in quarantine.

Quarantine is used to keep people who may have been exposed to Covid-19 away from the public.

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