by Arlana Shikongo
A NAMIBIA De Beers (Namdeb) employee at Oranjemund has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
In a news alert issued on Monday, Namdeb chief operating officer Jurgen Jacob confirmed the infection of an employee who travelled to Keetmanshoop to attend a family event where someone from Windhoek who later tested positive for the novel coronavirus was also present.
Jacob said the employee from Namdeb’s southern coastal mines reported for work on 12 August, but was booked off from 13 August as he was unwell.
“The employee sought medical attention at the Namdeb Private Hospital and was booked off. On Friday he was swabbed for Covid-19 and has been at home under self-quarantine while awaiting his results.
“He has not been in contact with other employees since then until his results came out,” Jacob said.
The employee was recorded as part of the national coronavirus statistics under Lüderitz on Sunday. His wife also tested positive, accounting for the second infection recorded at Luderitz on 16 August.
“The cases in Oranjemund are never recorded under Oranjemund, they are recorded under Lüderitz,” Namdeb spokesperson Shangelao Ndadi said.
However, the individual that tested positive is an Oranjemund resident, Ndadi said.