China: No Namibians infected

The health ministry has also installed a thermal imaging camera at the Hosea Kutako International Airport as the country remains on alert because of the coronavirus.

05 February 2020 | Health

No Namibian has so far been infected by the coronavirus in China, the country's ambassador to the Asian nation, Elia Kaiyamo, has said.

“We are in constant contact with our nationals. Their concerns have been forwarded to the government,” Kaiyamo said. He stressed that the Chinese government was serious about controlling the virus, and that the World Health Organisation's (WHO) official website was providing updated information.

“I have been giving the nation all those particulars.”

On his Facebook page on Monday, Kaiyamo also announced that they would suspend the issuing of visas to Chinese nationals, but that exceptions could be made –such as for diplomats.

Meanwhile, the health ministry has installed a FLIR A320 Tempscreen thermal imaging camera at the Hosea Kutako International Airport.

According to the Namibia Airports Company (NAC) the camera is preconfigured to pick up temperature deviations in passengers by utilising different temperature alarms.

Air Namibia has also assured its passengers that the airline remains on high alert and is complying with all safety measures against the virus.

In a statement, the airline said it continued to monitor developments regarding the coronavirus in liaison with the health ministry.

Air Namibia said since the first case of coronavirus was detected on 31 December 2019 in Wuhan, China, the health ministry has strengthened surveillance to detect, diagnose and contain the virus should it occur in Namibia.

The airline added it has created awareness within the organisation on how ground staff and crew can handle the situation.

“Preventive and control measures are strengthened at all levels of our operation.

“The safety of our employees, passengers and clients remains at the heart of our operations.”

Meanwhile, the results of laboratory tests conducted in South Africa on a 30-year-old Namibian woman who was quarantined at Swakopmund are expected by tomorrow.


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