Pupil exposed to Covid-19 spits on desks

Six learners who had come into contact with the learner have been placed in isolation, while the school waits for his Covid-19 test results.

30 July 2020 | Health

KENYA KAMBOWE

RUNDU

A Grade 11 learner at Mupewa Combined School at Oshikuku in the Omusati Region, who had been in close contact with a Covid-19 patient, went on a spitting spree in his classroom on Monday while waiting for his test results.

School principal Steven Nelumbu said the learner spat on all the desks in the classroom and on the door handle.

Nelumbu said the information about the spitting spree was shared with the school management hours after the school had decided to isolate six learners who had been in contact with the said learner.

Nelumbu said they then decided on Tuesday not to allow any grade 11 learners back onto the school premises.

Classes suspended

Their parents were informed what had happened and that face-to-face classes would be suspended until the environment was safe for their return.

Nelumbu said if the learners’ test results are negative, they would be allowed to return to school next Monday.

If any of them test positive, the school’s next step would be guided by the town’s coronavirus task force.

Nelumbu said the learner confessed that he was a friend of the Covid-19 patient reported at Oshikuku last week, and that they had drunk from the same beer bottle recently.

Asked whether disciplinary steps would be taken against the learner, Nelumbu said that would depend on the test results.

Not yet tested

Yesterday afternoon, Nelumbu said the learners sent home to self-isolate had not yet been tested, although the Covid-19 task force had been informed about the incident on Monday.

Their parents apparently only received calls yesterday morning that the learners would be picked up and tested.

“We at the school are now concerned about all this. It cannot be right, as we reported the matter to them on Monday yet on Wednesday the children are still at home and not yet tested,” Nelumbu argued.

Nelumbu said they hoped that the leaners would test negative and that teaching could resume.

Cases continue to pile up

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula yesterday afternoon announced 69 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the country’s total number of confirmed cases to 1 986.

Of the new cases, 57 are from Walvis Bay, while Windhoek recorded eight new cases, including one at the Suiderhof military base. Swakopmund, Usakos, Mariental and Engela all recorded one case each.

Shangula also announced the death of a 44-year-old woman from Walvis Bay, who had underlying chronic conditions, bringing the country’s death toll to nine.

Similar News

 

We are not out of the woods - Geingob

1 hour ago | Health

JEMIMA BEUKESWINDHOEKThe Covid-19 state of emergency expired last night and the onus is now on each individual to exercise maximum personal responsibility and vigilance, President...

Ohorongo and Support e.V. not deterred to donate

8 hours ago | Health

While the Covid-19 virus caused turmoil all over the world, Ohorongo’s partner in health, Support e.V. Ulm did not let the pandemic deter it from...

Indiscriminate Covid-19 robs Namibia

1 day - 17 September 2020 | Health

JEMIMA BEUKESWINDHOEKAs the Covid-19 pandemic is ripping through the country, it has swept through all classes of society, claiming the lives of eminent persons and...

Government sees Covid silver lining

1 day - 17 September 2020 | Health

JEMIMA BEUKESWINDHOEKNamibia's post-Covid-19 health system is likely to set the country on track towards a universal healthcare system, given the generous investments during the pandemic...

Safeguarding children’s mental health

3 days ago - 15 September 2020 | Health

Ayesha Wentworth Life is tough, no doubt about it. Just assess your own life and all the things that are thrown at you on a...

'Love' the key to prison Covid-19 recoveries

4 days ago - 14 September 2020 | Health

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEK Loving care given to offenders at correctional facilities in Windhoek and Walvis Bay was instrumental in high Covid-19 recovery rates, says Namibia Correctional...

752 suicides in 19 months

4 days ago - 14 September 2020 | Health

JANA-MARI SMITHWINDHOEKA shocking 752 Namibians committed suicide between January 2019 and 31 July 2020, as fears abound that suicides could spike in the months to...

Families panic over anti-psychotic drugs

1 week ago - 09 September 2020 | Health

TUYEIMO HAIDULA OSHAKATI Namibia is experiencing a nationwide shortage of anti-psychotic medication, and although in the past patients resorted...

Covid-19 invades high school

1 week ago - 07 September 2020 | Health

JEMIMA BEUKESWINDHOEKTwenty-two learners, a teacher and three institutional workers have tested positive for Covid-19 at St Joseph's Roman Catholic High School in Döbra, while 27...

Shangula rubbishes 'inflated deaths' claims

2 weeks ago - 04 September 2020 | Health

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKHealth minister Kalumbi Shangula has dismissed any notions that the government is registering Covid-19 deaths as a means to access funding from the World...

Latest News

Ohorongo and Support e.V. not...

8 hours ago | Health

While the Covid-19 virus caused turmoil all over the world, Ohorongo’s partner in health, Support e.V. Ulm did not let the pandemic deter it from...

The power of books

9 hours ago | Education

The Readathon is a week-long program of reading activities, organised by the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, through the Directorate Namibia Library and Archives...

Oryx suffers loss in 2020...

14 hours ago | Business

Jo-Maré Duddy – Locally-listed Oryx Properties reported a loss of more than N$88 million for its financial year ended 30 June 2020, compared to a...

Beverages industry punch drunk

1 day - 17 September 2020 | Business

Jo-Maré Duddy – With Covid-19 measures ravaging production and export earnings of the entire beverages industry in the country, investors should expect no fizz in...

Indiscriminate Covid-19 robs Namibia

1 day - 17 September 2020 | Health

JEMIMA BEUKESWINDHOEKAs the Covid-19 pandemic is ripping through the country, it has swept through all classes of society, claiming the lives of eminent persons and...

Robbers rape girl while mother...

1 day - 17 September 2020 | Crime

DENVER KISTINGWINDHOEKThe Namibian police are in pursuit of two unidentified men who raped a 12-year-old girl in front of her mother and eight-year-old sister on...

'Worried' Swapo says Zimbabwe can...

1 day - 17 September 2020 | International

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKSwapo says it is 'worried' about the deteriorating human rights situation in Zimbabwe, punctuated by an increasing crackdown on protests and arrests of journalists,...

Government support business sector

1 day - 17 September 2020 | Economics

Government has paid out N$ 3.8 billion for outstanding invoices and value-added tax in support of the business sector including small and medium enterprises (SMEs)...

Whk informal settlements don’t have...

1 day - 17 September 2020 | Economics

Windhoek mayor Fransina Kahungu said unplanned informal settlements in Windhoek will be declared reception areas that will be decongested in order to reduce the spread...

Load More