Deputy minister of information and communication technology, Emma Theofelus, opened today’s Covid-19 information centre discussions with prayer. President Hage Geingob declared today a national prayer day.
On today’s panel are Hippy Tjivikua from the Walvis Bay Corridor Group, Jonas Sheelongo, deputy executive director of works, and Leslie Mpofu, Trans-Kalahari Corridor secretariat.
Jonas Sheelongo, executive director of works, says the ministry has drafted regulations for truck drivers regarding the trade of essential goods. He says they are trying to ensure people remain on aircraft and vessels to minimise contact and avoid Covid-19 infection.
Sheelongo expressed appreciation for truck drivers who leave their homes to bring Namibians essential goods during lockdown.
Sheelongo says drivers whose licences have expired during lockdown can consider the expiry date extended for 30 days after measures against Covid-19 have been lifted.
Hippy Tjivikua, representing the Walvis Bay Corridor Group, says ports have been open and operating for the trade of essential goods. He says employees of the group wear protective gear and will get tested for Covid-19 if necessary.
Tjivikua says he cannot estimate their loss, but many transport companies will suffer and even have to shut down. “There are those who can survive this. We must support them,” he says.
Lesli Mpofu says the country normally imports more than it exports, but currently there are less imports as well as exports. He says most exports comprise industrial products from the mining sector.
In terms of trade, he says: “We are in a situation where we don’t have any experience. This has had a big impact on trade and movement.”
Dr Theo Ben Kandetu, a health ministry representative, has revealed that three of the 16 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country have recovered, and no new cases have been recorded yet. He urged people to keep following lockdown regulations.