Namibia cancels independence celebrations, govt traveling over Covid-19

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Tiri Masawi

Windhoek - Namibia on Saturday cancelled independence celebrations slated for March 21 following confirmation of a Covid-19 in the country on Saturday.

Namibian President Hage Geingob announced that the country has suspended in and outbound travel from Ethiopia, German and Qatar with immediate effect.

“The safety of Namibia comes first and today the Minister of Health announced the confirmation of Covid-19 on Namibian soil so with immediate effects we will take drastic measures. The resources that were meant for the independence celebrations will be diverted to fighting Covid-19,” he said.

Geingob said the inauguration of his second term will now be done at the State House on the same day. He also announced inbound suspension of travel by government officials.

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