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 from phase four to phase three on 1 June. He said to curb the virus, discipline from the community is required.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah

Today Africa celebrates Africa Day under the theme ‘Health Security in the Context of Covid-19′.

Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity on 25 May 1963. It is celebrated in various African countries, as well as around the world.

Shangula noted that stigmatisation is the result of ignorance on the part of the community, citing examples like tuberculosis, HIV-AIDS and now Covid-19. He said that is why the ministry is educating the public to ensure that they know about the virus.

The deputy minister said Africa is working as a team and not relying only on Europe with regard to looking for a vaccine.

When asked about a Namibian who died in the United Kingdom, the deputy minister said a Namibian who is a permanent resident in the UK died last on Saturday this past weekend due to Covid-19.

Responding to a question on Namibian students in Cuba who have not received funding, Nandi-Ndaitwah said there are some who are funded by the government and others who fund themselves. She noted that if there are some who have not received funding from the government it could be because of technical issues.

HEALTH UPDATE: Health minister Kalumbi Shangula this morning said there are no new confirmed Covid-19 cases. The country still has 21 confirmed cases with 14 recoveries and seven active cases. The ministry has conducted 3 117 tests, and 597 people are in quarantine.

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