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Coronavirus to hit local tourism hard

The local tourism industry is one of the sectors that are hard hit by the global outbreak of the coronavirus. The Hospitality Association of Namibia (HAN) says the pandemic has resulted in major cancellations, especially business meetings and conferencing.

Over the weekend, the health minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula announced that two Romanians who travelled to Namibia last week tested positive for coronavirus. The couple were immediately quarantined and contact tracing has since commenced. HAN CEO Gitta Paetzold told New Era that some major companies and organisations, including SADC, have cancelled call conferencing. “Our industry is currently feeling the storm, worse than anyone could have anticipated a few weeks, or even days ago,” she reacted.

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