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Namibia to move to stage three of State of Emergency

All 14 regions, with the exception of the Walvis Bay Local Authority area, will transition to stage three of the State of Emergency instituted to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on Monday for a period 28 days, President Hage Geingob has announced.
Updating the public here on Thursday, Geingob said the Walvis Bay Local Authority area will revert to stage one of the lockdown with immediate effect for a period of seven days, which will lapse at midnight 08 June 2020.

Namibia tests 2 434 samples out of 100 000 targeted

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has so far tested 2 434 samples for COVID-19 out of 100 000 targeted for the duration of the state of emergency.
This was said by Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services Esther Muinjangue on Tuesday, after she announced at the COVID-19 Information Centre in Windhoek that there are no changes in the Coronavirus situation in the country.
The testing was done by the Namibia Institute of Pathology (NIP) and Pathcare.

Salary cuts loom at NMH amid COVID-19

Employees of Namibia Media Holdings (NMH) might soon feel the COVID-19 pinch as the company reportedly plans to slash their salaries by 20 per cent in efforts to align its business.
Nampa has been reliably informed that the decision is yet to be implemented, but an internal communique has been sent out to the affected employees.
Approached for comment, NMH Chief Executive Officer Albe Botha disputed the 20 per cent proposed salary cut but presented no alternative figure.

Stolen church bell recovered

The church bell stolen at Ondangwas last week, was on Wednesday discovered metres away from the church by members of the public.
The N.dollars 50 000 bell of the Oshitayi Evangelical Lutheran Church of Namibia (ELCIN) church was stolen on either Thursday or Friday, Pastor Kleopas Amaambo told Nampa on Monday.
“We only realised it was missing when I was helping elders from Okankolo,” Amaambo said.
A case was opened at the Ondangwa Police Station on Friday.
Amaambo said they also announced on local radio that the bell was missing.

Medipark donates medical equipment to Oshakati Intermediate Hospital

The Ongwediva Medipark Private Hospital on Wednesday handed over medical equipment valued at N.dollars 791 000 to the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The equipment includes two ventilators, monitors, suction units and an emergency trolley.
Handing over the equipment, Ongwediva Medipark Private Hospital Managing Director Dr Tshali Iithete said there is a critical shortage of ventilators worldwide, a shortage which is even more glaring in Namibia.