Namibia’s founding president tests positive for COVID-19

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HARARE, ZIMBABWE - SEPTEMBER 14: Former President of Namibia Sam Nujoma makes a speech during a funeral ceremony of former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe at the National Sport Stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe on September 14, 2019. Mugabe, who passed away in a Singapore hospital at the age of 95. (Photo by Wilfred Kajese/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
HARARE, ZIMBABWE – SEPTEMBER 14: Former President of Namibia Sam Nujoma makes a speech during a funeral ceremony of former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe at the National Sport Stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe on September 14, 2019. Mugabe, who passed away in a Singapore hospital at the age of 95.
(Photo by Wilfred Kajese/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Namibian President Hage Geingob on Monday announced that the country’s Founding President Sam Nujoma has been hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19.

“I hereby wish to inform the Namibian people that Sam Nujoma, the Founding President of the Republic of Namibia was admitted to hospital on Dec. 6, 2020, after testing positive for COVID-19,” he said.

Geingob added that Nujoma is in a stable condition and is showing encouraging signs of improvement.

“I wish to reassure the Namibian people that there is no cause for concern at the moment. I appeal for calm and wish to assure that the Namibian public will be informed regularly on progress regarding the medical condition of the Founding President. I wish the Founding President a prompt recovery, ” he said.

Nujoma was Namibia’s president from 1990 to 2005.

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