Health minister Kalumbi Shangula says Namibia has at least 383 Covid-19 vaccination sites, while 20 315 people have received their jab so far.
Shangula further clarified that no eligible person should be turned away from the vaccination sites. If someone does not have their identity document (ID), they can be vouched for by a friend or family member with an ID card. They can also provide their birth date.
The minister said president Hage Geingob is currently out of town and therefore could not attend the briefing.
Shangula has warned that the number of new Covid-19 infections remain high, and there has been no satisfactory downward trajectory in the cases recorded.
He called on traditional and community leaders to step in and assist with enforcing the mandatory wearing of masks.
Covid-19 regulations until 31 May 2021:
Regulation No 2: Application of regulations; duration
The regulation shall remain in force until the 31 May 2021.
Regulation No 3: Wearing of masks
Correct and mandatory wearing of masks remains part of the response. However, enforcement of compliance must be strengthened, with the involvement of community leaders, traditional leaders, religious leaders and law enforcement officers.
Regulation No. 4: Public Gatherings, Curfew and measure related to education
Public gathering remains at 100 persons, both for indoor and outdoor gathering as per the current regulations. Measures related to education remain unchanged.
Curfew starts at 22:00 until 04:00 as per current regulations.
Regulation No. 4B: Education
Learners from Boarding Schools where active transmission of COVID-19 is taking place, will remain in the Boarding facilities.
Regulation No. 7A: Restrictions relating to sporting activities.
Spectators are allowed at sport events. However, the number of spectators shall not exceed 100 persons at any sport events and shall comply with COVID-19 protocols.
Regulation No. 8: Restrictions relating to entry into Namibia
A person who leaves Namibia for another country with a negative COVID-19 result and returns within the validity period of such test shall not be subjected to COVID-19 test upon returning to Namibia.
Regulation No. 9: Quarantine and COVID-19 testing
Namibians who return to the country without COVID-19 results are quarantined either in home quarantine or government supervised quarantine. All persons seeking home quarantine must submit an application for supervised home quarantine.
Home quarantine is approved when the home environment is suitable for effective quarantine. Persons whose homes are unsuitable for home quarantine will be quarantined in identified facilities at own cost. The exemption for those who qualify still applies.
All quarantined persons will be tested on Day 7 and released with negative results or placed in isolation when positive for COVID-19.
Regulation No. 10: Public transport
Public transport operators are permitted to load to full capacity. Enforcement of compliance with Regulations will be enhanced by authorities.
Regulation No. 11: Designation of COVID-19 response centres, quarantine facilities and isolation facilities
This regulation is amended by adding the following phrases: “any other place, premise, establishment or any other place other than health facilities”.|
Regulation No. 13: Testing for COVID-19
The PCR test for COVID-19 remains unchanged. Negative Antigen Rapid Diagnostic results are recognised and accepted in Namibia. Only nasopharengial and oropharyngeal swabs are required and not blood specimen. A person tested for COVID-19 should not travel pending his or her results.
Regulation No. 16: COVID-19 related deaths and Burials
Only two persons are permitted to view a body of the deceased at a time for two minutes. They shall maintain all COVID-19 prevention measures.
The maximum number of people at the burial of COVID-19 death (s) remains the same as for other public gatherings. The law enforcers shall ensure compliance with this regulation taking into account the sensitivity towards the bereaved family.
Regarding persons transferred from one hospital to another in a different town, the Ministry of Health and Social Services is responsible for transporting the body back to the home town if the family cannot afford the undertaker services.
The body of a person who died as a result of Covid-19 complications outside Namibia shall be allowed in Namibia if cremated.
Regulation No. 28: Offences and penalties
Penalties in respect of non compliance with regulations are prescribed in the Public and Environmental Health Act of 2015. However, adherence or compliance by the public with the regulations are strongly encouraged but shall be strengthened by law enforcement officers.