PUBLIC BRIEFING … Kicking off the 38th Covid-19 Public Briefing, president Hage Geingob says Namibia is now in the fourth wave of Covid-19 infections. “Given this turn of events, it is critical for every Namibian to be very vigilant,” he said.

NEW MEASURES … From 16 December 2021 to 15 January 2022:

■ Public gatherings decrease to 200 people per event (burials and sporting events included)
■ No curfew, however, the wearing of masks is encouraged
■ The government will provide one million masks to the public transport sector
■ While the sale of alcohol remains as is but “can be revised”, Geingob warned
■ The validity of PCR tests is reduced to 72 hours for travellers. If older, PCR tests will be done upon arrival in Namibia.

The government will conduct random PCR tests on people arriving in Namibia, at any point of entry.

Geingob called on Namibians to get vaccinated to save their own lives.
“We are far, far from reaching herd immunity. It is for your own help and your responsibility,” he emphasised.

“In light of this, I urge all Namibians to avoid unnecessary travelling,” the president said.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula said active cases increased by 95%. “It is a source of great concern that the epidemiological situation has worsened.”

Shangula said Namibia’s current vaccine take-up has increased by 10%.

Justice minister Yvonne Dausab said workplaces, malls, queues and government activities are exempted from the 200 person public gathering restriction.

President Geingob announced that the United Kingdom has removed Namibia from its red list, which banned Namibians from travelling to and through the British country.

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