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President calls off independence celebrations over COVID-19

President Hage Geingob called of Namibia’s 30th Independence celebrations after two cases of of COVID-19 were confirmed in Namibia.

Health Minister Kalumbi Shangula, on Saturday said two cases of the novel coronavirus had been confirmed.

Two tourists, a Romanian couple who are permanent residents in Spain, who arrived in Namibia on Wednesday, had tested positive for the virus.

“The couple to who the positive result relate was immediately quarantined and contact tracing commenced. Laboratory test results were received from South Africa on Friday night.”

The couple were attended to by a private doctor who sent samples to South Africa for testing and the tests returned positive. They are now being monitored under the World Health Organization guidelines.

Although the independence celebrations were suspended to avoid further spread of the virus, the inauguration of the head of state would, be held at state house.

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