Covid-19 update: President Hage Geingob says this is the most sombre moment in Namibia’s history with the past few weeks being the toughest.

Speaking at the 32nd Covid-19 update, Geingob says deaths related to the deadly disease are unprecedented.

He adds that today the pain of loss continues countrywide. “I am aware that many of you are carrying the heavy burden of loss, but you are not alone,” Geingob notes.

President Geingob further notes that the country has been confronting a deadly third pandemic wave, however, there has been some relief with noticeable reduction in the number of positive cases.

He adds that the positivity rate has decreased from 40% 14 days ago to over 20% currently.

Geingob says the recovery rate is 80%, while the rate of deaths is 2,5%. He, however, stresses that the country should do all that is possible to avert high death rates.

A noticeable rise in deaths in Kavango West, Oshana, Omaheke and Oshana is experienced, Geingob states.

He adds that Namibia is not out of the woods, regardless of the low infection rate seen over the past fourteen days, reiterating that Namibians should continuously adhere to the pandemic regulations.

“Let us not grow weary of doing what is right,” he notes.

Geingob further advises Namibians to get vaccinated, with a target of 1,5 million people who need to get a Covid vaccine for the country to achieve herd immunity.

Travel restrictions will be lifted from Sunday, with travelling between regions to be allowed, Geingob says.

The sale of alcohol remains restricted, to 09h00 to 18h00 from Monday to Friday and on a take-away basis only.

Face-to-face teaching in schools will resume from 4 August (Wednesday next week), the president says.

The limit on the number of people allowed at gatherings is increased to 50 people, with gatherings to last no longer than two hours.

A curfew will be enforced from 22h00 to 04h00 over the next two weeks.

On-site meals at restaurants will resume with a focus on adherance to health regulations.

Passenger restrictions remain in force, with vehicles to transport passengers at half capacity, including tour operators and shuttles.

Covid-19 burials should take place within ten days.

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