by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

The Ministry of Finance on Monday announced the closure of its customs and excise office at Walvis Bay following possible exposure to a novel coronavirus case.

In a statement, finance ministry spokesperson Tonateni Shidhudhu said the office would be closed from 4 to 5 August as a precautionary measure.

“We are suspecting possible exposure to a confirmed Covid-19 case. A colleague’s spouse tested positive. The office will be disinfected on Tuesday or Wednesday,” he said.

Shidhudhu added that the ministry has introduced work shifts and its staff members on duty on Tuesday may not have come into contact with the suspected case.

“So it will be safe to reopen on Thursday after the office has been disinfected. This is the second time that our ministry is being directly affected by Covid-19 in Walvis Bay. Two weeks ago, the Inland Revenue Department office at Walvis Bay was closed for the same reason. It has since reopened after all precautionary measures were employed,” he stated.

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