The Health ministry says it is monitoring the new COVID-19 variant. ‘Eris’ is reportedly found in 50 countries, including neighbouring South Africa, as of 08 August 2023. Executive Director Ben Nangombe explained the new variant is a subvariant of the Omicron lineage and has not been identified in Namibia as yet. He adds that if indeed the health authority picks it up information will be shared with the nation accordingly. He explained that according to the World Health Organisation, the Eris variant does not necessarily result in severe complications.