(As announced by President Hage Geingob on Monday, 30 November)
From 1 December 2020 to 25 January 2021:
▩ Public gatherings remain limited to 200 people
▩ Incoming travellers must present a Covid-19 test results not older than 72 hours
▩ Returning Namibians with test result older than 72 hours must quarantine at home
Additional measures from 1 December 2020 to 25 January 2021:
▩ Namibians with a positive test result will be placed in isolation
▩ Sale of alcohol at shebeens and night clubs extended to midnight
▩ No more Covid-19 registers
▩ Testing of a corpse for Covid-19 will only be conducted if the patient had symptoms
President Hage Geingob has thanked Namibians for the way they conducted themselves during the campaigns for the regional and local authority elections held last week.
Speaking at a Covid-19 briefing, Geingob said Namibians should bear in mind that Covid-19 is still around despite festive season preparations.
He says to date 14 345 people were confirmed to have contracted the virus, with 151 deaths. He added that this is the biggest pandemic the world has faced with, and Namibia has worked tirelessly to address it.
“Our economy has not been spared but the full impact is yet to be fully determined,” he said. He added that the Labour ministry and the National Statistics Agency will soon give an estimate of the number of jobs lost.
Geingob said the Covid-19 experience has not been pleasant, and Namibians should bear in mind that there is a possibility of a second wave. He stressed that Namibians have become complacent, and are not adhering to regulations. He added that the only option left is to intensify the regulations.
Health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula says Namibia’s central solution to dealing with the pandemic is continued communication, and the government has created platforms for this communications.
Speaking at the 20th Covid-19 update, Shangula said Cabinet has approved new plans on addressing the pandemic.
The minister said Namibia has worked to save lives while safeguarding the economy.
Shangula said Namibia’s cases are only 0,23% of the world’s total cases, while deaths translate to 0,4% of the world’s total.
He added that statistics indicate that over 300 lives would have been lost to the novel coronavirus since the pandemic broke out in Namibia, but now the number of deaths is at 151 because measures introduced by the government had prevented more deaths.
He also noted Namibia’s testing capacity is one of the best in Africa, saying it has increased significantly with the turnaround time reduced from six days to between one and two.
He stated Namibia’s testing approach is the expanding targeted testing of at-risk demographics.
He also said Namibia is considering using a rapid test, and has approached international partners to make available over 100 000 rapid testing kits to be used for those arriving in the country.
Shangula also added that there is an uptick of cluster cases at places like schools, prisons and police cells. He also added the cases recorded at Lüderitz are also a cause for concern and the situation is being monitored and additional measures such as staff have been sent to the town.
He also said the ministry had acquired additional intensive care unit beds countrywide.
Shangula said the number of healthcare workers contracting Covid-19 is worrisome as roughly 540 are confirmed to have contracted the virus of which 530 recovered, and three died.
He said the ministry was allocated N$727 million by treasury, and of that, roughly N$673 million or 92% of the budget had been spent.
He further stated the reduction in number of new confirmed cases has been a welcoming reprieve, saying although the data does not point to a second way, Namibia should continue being prepared for the possibility.
Justice minister Yvonne Dausab says health minister Shangula has the power to review the regulations in line with the Health and Environmental Act, if people do not adhere to the regulations. This is because the novel coronavirus outbreak has been declared a pandemic.
She stressed that it is important for Namibians to religiously wear their masks because of how the virus can be spread.
She said if shops are not complying with the regulations, the public has the right to inform the chief health officer at the shop.