by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

HEALTH and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula has announced that prime minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila is in isolation at home after coming in contact with a positive case.

The deputy prime minister and minister of international relations Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah is also in home isolation after a staff member at the ministry tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

“This does not mean that they are positive but they have to be tested as a precautionary measure,” Shangula said.

The minister was responding to questions from The Namibian on whether any Cabinet ministers are in isolation or quarantine after the Secretary to Cabinet, George Simataa, tested positive for Covid-19.

“Arrangements at Cabinet are such that coronavirus exposure is limited,” he noted.

He further said he would also be subjected to a Covid-19 test after employees at his ministry’s headquarters tested positive for Covid-19.

“One employee travelled to a wedding and tested positive for Covid-19 on return.

The building is closed off for fumigation and cleaning to be conducted. The rest of the staff would be tested,” Shangula added.

He noted that the government had done what it needs to in addressing the spread of the novel coronavirus and citizens must to meet the government halfway.

“Covid-19 does not move on its own, it’s the people that move it. We need introspection on how best to deal with virus as Namibians,” the minister added.

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