Covid grips State House as three die

Among measures put in place to mitigate chances of infection at State House, which employs some 300 people, is a staff rotation system.

03 June 2021 | Health

STAFF REPORTER







WINDHOEK

Three State House employees died from Covid-19 in the past 30 days, after a total of eight tested positive for the virus.

Presidential spokesperson Dr Alfredo Hengari confirmed this yesterday, saying the office continues to observe Covid-19 protocols as laid out by health authorities.

On Tuesday, State House’s deputy director for the division of household services Hilde Petrus-Sakala died from the virus.

A fortnight ago, another employee from the maintenance division in the presidency died. It is not clear who the third employee was. State House has about 300 employees in total.

Namibian Sun understands that among the sick employees, one is admitted to an intensive care unit (UCI), while another required admission but this could not happen because “hospitals are full”.

Hengari said among measures put in place to mitigate chances of infection is a staff rotation system, which allows some to work from home as part of efforts to decongest the office and create distances between colleagues.

President ‘fully recovered’

Meanwhile, President Hage Geingob and First Lady Monica Geingob were confirmed to have been infected by the virus recently.

Hengari yesterday said Geingob has “fully recovered” from the virus but remains in isolation as per Covid-19 health protocols.

“The president has been cleared by his doctor and has fully recovered,” Hengari told Namibian Sun.

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