Tourism: Six elderly tourists from South Africa die after 37 out of 40 on Namibian tour bus test positive for Covid


Six elderly tourists from South Africa have died from Covid-19 after 37 out of 40 travellers on a bus trip in Namibia tested positive for the coronavirus.

According to Netwerk24 the party left South Africa on 10 May and every tourist had to present a letter certifying that they had tested negative.

Four later died in Windhoek, while two died after their return to South Africa. One of the deceased is Danie Blom, owner of Savanna Tours, the company that arranged the trip.

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He was airlifted to Johannesburg and died last Sunday.
One of the elderly tourists’ children, Chris Zondacht, told Netwerk24 that most of the party were sick by day nine of the tour, after which it was confirmed that almost everyone had tested positive for Covid-19.

One of the tourists told Netwerk24 that it was unclear when the group contracted the virus.

Another touring company, Paarl Rock Tours, dispatched two buses to ferry 33 of the tourists back to the country.
They arrived back on 28 May.


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