Independence celebrations will go ahead despite coronavirus fears: Ua-Ndjarakana

Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology Executive Director Mbeuta Ua-Ndjarakana said, despite the COVID-19 or Corona virus threats, Namibia’s 30th independence anniversary celebrations will go ahead because there is no case confirmed in the country.

Ua-Ndjarakana said this in an interview with Nampa on Thursday and said that, government is aware of public concern to allow visitors into the country for the celebrations. But government also believes that the invited guests are not as open as ordinary citizens to the Corona viruses because they are high ranked officials in their respective countries.

He said that, even though a lot of people are expected to travel from all over the country to the Independence stadium and others will travel from various countries all over the world, there is no need to panic because there is no confirmed case of Corona virus in the country, and there are measures in place to detect it.

“The world has not come to a standstill, tourists are still flocking into the country as per our investment invitation. We have invited various heads of states and governments from across the globe, who are friends to Namibia whether in times of pandemic or ordinary times, and they are coming from nations who are also aware of Corona virus, surely we believe these high delegates will not be open to the virus as ordinary citizens,” said Ua-Ndjarakana.

He added that, the Namibian government is confidence that if there is a member in the delegates that is not feel well, then they would not be tempted to travel to Namibia and their countries would rather send members that are health. Therefore, it is not expected for the quests to be suspects of Corona virus transmitters.

Various countries around the world have been forced to cancel major events and discouraged people from public gathering in an attempt to stop the spread of Corona viruses.

According to the World Health Organization, the virus has so far affected 118,000 people in 114 countries and caused about 4,291 deaths worldwide.

Source: Namibia Press Agency