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Namibia records 18 cases of Omicron


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  • Two weeks ago, Angola shut its borders with seven southern African countries, including Namibia, to curb the spread of the new variant.
  • It joined several countries globally, including the UK, France and the US, which banned flights from southern Africa following the detection of the variant.
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By ARNALDO VIEIRA


Namibia has detected 18 cases of the Omicron coronavirus strain in the country, President Hage Geingob announced Monday during a Covid-19 public briefing.

“It is not time to panic,” he said.

He said, however, that the government could be forced to impose strict measures to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Namibia’s Health Minister Kalumbi Shangula suggested that the virus spreads faster and they are seeing more re-infections with multiple mutations.

On November 25, Botswana recorded four cases of the new Covid-19 variant, B.1.1.529.

Two weeks ago, Angola shut its borders with seven southern African countries, including Namibia, to curb the spread of the new variant.

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It joined several countries globally, including the UK, France and the US, which banned flights from southern Africa following the detection of the variant.

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