Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula on Friday afternoon announced that no hospital in Namibia has reported any Covid-19 case in the last two days.

He said there has been a downward trajectory in new infections along with new hospital admissions of patients with Covid-19.

“This indicates a decline in the positivity ratio,” he added.

Shangula said the health ministry has started with upgrading at the Windhoek Central Hospital mortuary after the city ran out of space to keep bodies during the third wave of Covid-19 infections.


He also said the country’s bed and oxygen capacity is ready for a possible fourth wave of infections.

Despite sufficient stocks of Covid-19 vaccines, the jab uptake has declined to fewer than 1 900 doses administered daily.

“We need to do more,” Shangula says.

Regulations:

Children aged from 12 to 17 years can now get the Pfizer vaccine subject to paternal and guardian permission.

Namibians may now mix the Pfizer/Moderna and AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines. They may only mix if their first dose was AstraZeneca and then second dose may be Pfizer, but not vice versa.

New measures are in force from 16 November to 15 December. If the epidemiological profile remains static, the measures extend automatically to 15 January 2022.

Public gatherings: increased to 500 persons per event.

People entering Namibia after they had been infected with the coronavirus and had been isolated in the country of departure will not be subjected to mandatory quarantine, provided they have valid de-isolation certificates, not older than three months from the date of discharge from isolation.

A negative PCR test result for all other persons remains a mandatory requirement.

Sale of alcohol: subject to liquor licence conditions.

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