by Ester Mbathera

The Fisheries Observer Agency office at Walvis Bay was closed on Tuesday afternoon after an employee tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The employee was taken into state isolation while two others are in self-quarantine.

The agency’s chief executive officer, Stanley Ndara, confirmed the closure. He said the employee who tested positive for the virus visited the agency’s operations and administration departments on 25 June, and considering that the employee had contact and interaction with other staff members the associated risk of the virus spreading was “very likely”.

Ndara added that the departments would be decontaminated on Wednesday and the whole premises of the agency would be closed for seven days from Tuesday until 13 July.

He added that all staff members at the agency’s Walvis Bay office would work from home during this period. For the deployment of fisheries observers clients should contact the acting head of operations, Joesephat Iipinge.

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