by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

A Bank Windhoek employee at Walvis Bay has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the bank announced on Tuesday.

This comes after the employee came into contact with a Covid-19 case at the coastal town, which led to the bank closing its Walvis Bay branch on Thursday last week.

As a precautionary measure, the branch will be disinfected and will reopen on Monday next week (27 July), the bank’s executive officer of retail banking services, Chris Matthee, said in a statement.

Since the start of the lockdown period Bank Windhoek’s Walvis Bay branch has been operating at 50% capacity, with staff members divided into two shifts, Matthee said.

“These two groups have been kept separate at all times. The group that our staff member belongs to is now self-quarantined and will also be tested. We are providing all possible support to them,” he said.

The bank assured customers that the health protocols of wearing masks and social distancing will continue to be implemented and monitored at all of its branches.

“Where possible, we encourage our customers to make use of our digital channels instead of visiting our branches and in instances where it is absolutely necessary to visit a branch, we encourage our customers to adhere to and respect the strict hygiene and social distancing measures,” he said. – [email protected]

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