President Hage Geingob has said the new measures announced today will last for 36 days from 25 February to 31 March 2021.

Regarding the restriction of movement, Geingob said the curfew times are from 22h00 until 04h00.

Namibia has recorded 37 896 cumulative cases, 2058 active case and 411 deaths linked to Covid-19.

“We have seen a rising trend with the highest recorded in the Kavango East and West regions,” he said.

Geingob said he sympathises with those who have lost loved ones and said he understands those who want life to return to normal.

“I understand but we must realise that this is a matter of absolute necessity. Our efforts to curb the spread of this virus has paid dividends and continues to do so,”  he added.

He said the restrictions under the Public and Environment Health Act remains Namibia’s only line of defence until the Covid-19 vaccine arrives in the country.

The president announced that India has committed to providing 30 000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine along with the 100 000 doses from China.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula

Minister of Health and Social Services Kalumbi Shangula said the results of the South African variation presence in Namibia will be available later this week.

The minister said there has been an upward trend in the number of new infections, especially in boarding schools in various parts of the country. “We call for greater vigilance and compliance with the measures by our school learners and teachers alike,” he said.

While most of the regulations remain unchanged, out-weekends have been suspended in schools where cases of Covid-19 have been detected or are suspected.

Education minister Anna Nghipondoka said the government is worried about the upward trend of cases in schools.

She said for this reason, out-weekends for hostels learners are suspended to curb the spread of the virus.

“However, next Friday is a long weekend and we request learners who do go out of hostels to do what they can to be cautious,” Nghipondoka said.

The health minister says Namibia has done well in most areas of its Covid-19 response in regard to the disease projection models, however, regarding the number of deaths attributed to Covid-19, the numbers have exceeded projections.

“While it was estimated that Namibia would record 338 deaths attributable to Covid-19 by March 2021, this number has been overshot and 411 deaths have been recorded by 23 February,” he said.

Shangula said Namibia has completed its National Covid-19 Deployment and Vaccination Plan. Furthermore, the country has initiated the procurement process of the vaccine through the pooled procurement mechanisms such as the COVAX Facility and the Africa Medicines Supply Platform (AMSP) of the African Union, he said.

Crate with full beer bottles

Regarding the sale of liquor, the regulation remains mostly unchanged. However, liquor may be sold to and purchased on Sundays and public holidays by guests booked in or staying at establishments such as hotels, guesthouses, bed and breakfast facilities and casinos, Shangula announced.

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