Family reports man

The family feared for their lives after the man was not screened for the coronavirus or subjected to quarantine.

28 May 2020 | Health

Kenya Kambowe









RUNDU

A Namibian man from Mbambi village in Kavango West is being kept at a quarantine facility in Nkurenkuru after his family reported him upon his return from Angola.

The family feared for their lives after the man was not screened for the coronavirus or subjected to quarantine.

This according to Kavango West regional council spokesperson Salomon Tenga, who said the man travelled to Angola and returned via the Kavango River over the weekend.

“The man’s family, upon realising that he returned from Angola by means of illegally crossing the river, alerted the authorities. As we speak, he is being kept at the quarantine facility in Nkurenkuru,” Tenga said.

Angola has 70 confirmed coronavirus cases, of which 18 have recovered while four people have died.

Six in quarantine

Tenga said the man is now the sixth person to be accommodated at the quarantine facility.

Of the group, two are truck drivers who had transported goods from Johannesburg to Nkurenkuru.

The truck drivers, who tested negative upon arrival on 15 May, will be tested again after completing their 14-day quarantine period.

The other three in quarantine are Namibian nationals who returned from Angola. Their quarantine period commenced on 16 May.

Tenga said tests were conducted on the trio on Tuesday and their results are expected by the end of this week.

Community policing encouraged

Meanwhile, Tenga said despite the strict measures implemented, such as the patrolling of the Kavango River, the vast area poses a challenge to law enforcement agencies.

He added that the Kavango West Covid-19 taskforce strongly encourages community policing to avoid the spread of the virus.

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