Coronavirus: Namibia stops mining activities until April 16

Like similar measures already taken elsewhere on the continent, Namibia – in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic – on Saturday ordered mining companies to cease operations for three weeks as the country began its first day of partial containment, which will last until April 16. This is a heavy blow to the players in the sector, which generates about 50% of the export earnings of this southern African nation. According to the latest figures provided by the Namibian authorities, eight people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the country.