by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

THE health ministry is searching for a South African couple that tested positive for the novel coronavirus in that country and travelled to Namibia.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula confirmed to The Namibian on Monday that the ministry is tracing the couple and contacts, and said he suspected they were tested in South Africa before travelling to Namibia.

He, however, noted that Namibia’s number of confirmed coronavirus infections remained at 11 and the couple was included in South Africa’s coronavirus numbers.

“Those are not our cases. I suspect that the couple got tested in SA before travelling to Namibia. They are SA cases. We are tracing the couple and the contacts,” he said.

The health ministry couldn’t provide details of when the couple arrived in Namibia.

Shangula added that he did not have any details as Namibia had no records of the couple.

“I don’t know the details. All I know is that they were not tested in Namibia and their results were not announced by us. We have no records of the couple. Since it is said that they are in Namibia, we have to trace them to do contact tracing in order to protect Namibians.”

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