President Hage Geingob this morning warned that the positivity ratio remains high at 42%.

“Avoid unnecessary movement and stay at home,” he said. The president said this during the 39th Covid-19 public briefing currently underway at State House.

Geingob said 1,3% of the population has been vaccinated so far and the country is still far from its target of herd immunity of 60%-80%.

He said 29% of facilities are in Khomas,  followed by Omaheke and Erongo.

REGULATIONS

Geingob said the current regulations will stay in place for 16 days until 31 July.

“We anticipate interruptions in the supply chains between South Africa and Namibia. This presents an opportunity for our local businesses,” said Geingob.

The president further commended the private sector and diplomatic missions in Namibia for their “prompt response” in the fight against Covid-19.

Germany has pledged doses of AstraZeneca and the USA pledged J&J doses of the vaccines.

“We thank our friends for these pledges,” he added.


Minister of Health and Social Services Kalumbi Shangula said the Covid situation in the country is currently static.

“The day infections remain high and above 1000 and the deaths are over 20 a day. The pressure of the hospital beds and oxygen remains high,” he said.

The current situation is defined by the number of variants, he said.

He said the high interactions among members of the public remains a risk.


Shangula announced the following vaccine arrivals: 

Sinopharm: 250 000 doses will arrive on Saturday, and distributed on the same day and Sunday.

AstraZeneca: 40 800 doses will arrive next week via Covax. (The exact date of arrival has not been communicated).

J&J: 168 000 doses from the United States will arrive soon (no date indicated).


INTERNATIONAL DONATIONS POUR IN … ‘Friends’ of Namibia have pledged to provide the country with a number of personal protective gear and testing equipment. Germany has delivered one of three consignments consisting of 300 000 protective gowns; 60 high-care beds; 40 000 rapid tests; 20 000 protective eyewear and 500 000 face masks. A further 15 million masks, 50 ventilators and Astra Zeneca vaccines have been pledged to Namibia by the German government.

Finland delivered 2,3 million face masks, testing swabs and protective gear and equipment while Norway has pledged 3,2 million face masks, 3 million gloves and 1 million protective gowns. Furthermore, Belgium has pledged to donate 125 600 face masks.

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