The Namibian Embassy in the People’s Republic of China has commenced with a head count exercise of all Namibians in that Asian nation following the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus disease.

According to World Health Organization statistics, the virus has to date affected close to 28 000 lives and is responsible for more than 2 700 deaths. 

The executive director in the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, Selma Ashipala-Musavyi announced that in light of the virus, the Namibian mission in Beijing is in the process of updating the list of all Namibians currently residing in China.

“In this regard the embassy… is requesting the parents, guardians and relatives of Namibians who are living in China, but did not make any contact with the Namibian embassy, to advice their next of kin to contact the Mission urgently for their details to be captured in this voluntary exercise,” said Ashipala-Musavyi on Tuesday.

“Namibians living in China will be expected to submit details including their names, source of funds (whether self-funded or under scholarship), passport number, name of institution, city and province where presently situated.”

Ashipala-Musavyi explained that the  requested details should be forwarded to beijing@mirco.gov.na; rlikoro@mirco.gov.na; nfillemon@mirco.gov.na; and to the WeChat ID: Kwenu_Kuwa.

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