By Amanda Xoagus – Windhoek, Namibia, Thursday, July 2, 2020.
The Namibian police in the Erongo region raided property and businesses of a Chinese couple living in Walvis Bay after being alerted by locals of a Chinese remedy that cure COVID-19 at one of the couple’s businesses.
The incident occurred on Monday evening around 17h000 in the Kuisebmond suburb where the couple operates three Chinese shops, National Telegraph has confirmed.
Locals during the week flocked to the shop desperately seeking for the alleged cure as the town recorded a sharp rise in locally transmitted COVID-19 cases predominantly from the suburb.
The couple during interrogation told police that they only bought the tea for themselves and their employee as an immune booster, however the package clearly states that it is a COVID-19 prevention remedy.
Crime investigations commander for the region, Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, reported that police found 26 of the said Chinese remedy packets during the raid.
They also found a sales register at one of their shops clearly showing that they were selling the remedy for N$400, about U$26,86.
“The confiscated tea was sent to the Namibian Police Forensic Science Institute to determine whether the tea contains any illegal/prohibited/harmful substance. The investigation will also establish whether the tea was imported into Namibia through the right procedures, as selling medicine without the right is a punishable crime,” Iikuyu explained.
The Governor of the region, Neville Andre-Itope, also expressed his concern over the black market fake medicine and appealed to residents not to be misled and put their lives at risk by consuming any remedies but rather consult health facilities.
Competent authorities have reminded residents that no medicine has been approved for COVID-19 thus they should not buy any medicine on the streets. Namibia now has 285 confirmed cases, no deaths and 24 recoveries.