Health minister Kalumbi Shangula says Namibia has recorded a new Covid-19 case involving a woman who travelled from Tanzania. The woman is quarantined in Windhoek.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula. Photo: MICT

Shangula said the 38-year-old Namibian woman started experiencing symptoms on 7 April while in Tanzania but was not tested there. However, she self-isolated. She travelled back to Namibia on 23 May and was swabbed on 27 May.

“The team learned that she had posted on social media while in Tanzania that she had recovered from Covid-19,” Shangula said.

This takes the country’s number of confirmed coronavirus infections to 23, with 14 recoveries, nine active cases and no death recorded to date.

Shangula said today a Covid-19 patient admitted to an intensive care unit at Walvis Bay in a critical condition remains in the ICU.

Fisheries minister Albert Kawana briefed the nation on the status of the applications of new fishing rights at the Covid-19 communication centre in Windhoek.

Kawana says the government will allocate about 19 800 metric tonnes of horse mackerel quotas and about 5 800 metric tonnes of hake quotas to about six companies that are expected to absorb at least 1 300 fishermen who lost their jobs in the fishing sector due to various reasons, among them the much-publicised Fishrot scandal.

Kawana says about 104 new applicants for fishing rights were successful and will be allocated rights. The minister says about 81 companies previously allocated fishing rights will have their rights renewed based on various issues, including the maintenance of about 7 000 current jobs.

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