A second Namibian lorry driver is confirmed to have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Zambia.
The two drivers who have tested positive for the virus in Zambia are employed by two different truck companies in Namibia.
Namibia’s high commissioner to Zambia, Sivave Haindongo, reported the second positive test result of a Namibian lorry driver in Zambia in a letter addressed to the international relations ministry’s executive director, Selma Ashipala-Musavyi, today
Haindongo stated that from the information provided to the diplomatic mission, the first case involves a 42-year-old man now in isolation in Zambia. Haindongo reported that the driver entered Zambia through the Wenela border post near Katima Mulilo.
The other driver is 25 years old, passed through Zambia between 17 and 20 April and is currently believed to be in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haindongo also stated.
Queries seeking confirmation from Ashipala-Musavyi went unanswered.
Meanwhile, international relations minister and deputy prime minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said the ministry “heard” of the information about the two Namibians and is doing follow-ups. She said any information her ministry received would be given to the health minister.
“Our minister of health would make the necessary announcements once we have received all the information regarding the cases. We are in touch with the minister of health and Zambia regarding this,” she said.
Sources close to the 42-year-old claim that his results were negative and a re-test had to be conducted. They say he is yet to receive the results of the re-test.