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In the face of deadlier and more contagious Covid-19 variants, southern African health ministers have requested the World Health Organisation (WHO) to help member states track and tackle new variants. The Namibian Correctional Service (NCS) says there is no overcrowding or need for decongestion of offenders due to Covid-19 in the country’s 14 correctional facilities. Namibia recorded a record 1 432 Covid-19 positive cases on Friday, and the Students Union of Namibia (SUN) has joined a growing chorus of concerned Namibians demanding the immediate closure of schools. To support Namibia in building climate resilience in the water sector, the Agence Française De Développement (AFD) has committed approximately N$8 million to carry out underground water studies, exploration and management in the Kunene and Omusati regions. Tourism and hospitality players say Namibia’s classification, as a high-risk destination is a huge blow to the already struggling sector due to uncontrollable levels of Covid-19 new infections and deaths. President Hage Geingob believes real leisure industry recovery will only be possible when international tourism returns to pre-Covid-19 levels. The defence ministry says investigations are still underway to ascertain the cause and estimated losses of the fire that engulfed the Suiderhof base military hospital on Sunday. As another round of online learning comes into effect today, university students have expressed unhappiness over the delayed arrival of Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) laptops. On Tuesday, President Hage Geingob once again announced new measures to curb the spread of Covid-19, including suspending face-to-face learning. The education ministry yesterday clarified that the suspension of face-to-face teaching and learning as from today until 30 June is only applicable to three heavily affected localities, namely Windhoek, Rehoboth and Okahandja. The Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) says the new public health regulations, which will expire on 30 June 2021, do not in any way hamper or restrict the government’s ongoing tourism revival initiative. Namibia continues to record a high number of coronavirus deaths with 33 fatalities reported on Wednesday. Namibia is yet to detect the delta Covid-19 variant, which was first detected in India and has now spread to more than 80 countries. Namibia has been classified as one of the many African countries where there is growing concern over Covid-19 variants.