President Hage Geingob is currently giving a Covid-19 update on the Erongo region and Walvis Bay lockdown.
When the rest of the country moved to Stage three of lockdown roughly a fortnight ago, Walvis Bay was reverted to stage one because of the number of positive Covid-19 cases.
President Hage Geingob says many have made sacrifices to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic but the situation remains difficult. He says despite new cases being reported, Namibia has not reported any deaths.
He said as of 7 June, Namibia reported 29 Covid-19 positive cases, of which eight of those cases are from the Erongo region.
He said case 22 is that of a fish trader who is in intensive care and had contact with various persons in Walvis Bay. He also spoke about case 26, who has come in contact with 15 people.
He said the cases in Walvis Bay warrants for specific measures, as community members are not adhering to lockdown regulations.
The president further said the idea is to contain possible community transmissions, as well as stop the spread of Covid-19 completely.
He called on Namibians to comply with regulations, listen to authorities, especially frontline workers and the police.
He said the police are not at war with the public and these measures are in place to safeguard the health of Namibians. He said this is not a punishment but co-operation from the public is needed.
Also speaking at state house, health minister Kalumbi Shangula said the guidelines have already been revealed to the public, but there are minor adjustments.
He said the lockdown for the entire Erongo region kicks off tonight until 22 June. He said essential service providers are allowed to operate during this stage. This also includes the media.
“Residents are not allowed to leave their homes during this time. Physical exercise is not allowed,” he said.
The health minister said most shops and businesses would be closed, except those classified as essential or critical. However, the police will be operational.
The sale of alcohol remains prohibited during that region’s lockdown. Shebeens, pub and clubs will thus remain closed, Shangula said, adding that restaurants and other food suppliers will operate on a takeaway basis.
“When a service is not classified as essential, employees are expected to work from home,” Shangula said.
He further called on those working to comply with social distancing measures, in addition to wearing masks. He further said the traveling of between towns is prohibited unless it is to provide essential or critical services.
Gatherings during this period need to stick to 10 persons or less, Shangula said.
He further said the regional director of the region can provide travel permits for emergency traveling.
The minister said those who violate the regulations are subject to a fine or imprisonment as it is a punishable offence.
Shangula said testing for the Erongo region will be actively pursued. Meanwhile, he called on the Erongo residents not to panic buy as enough food supplies would be available.
He said proper screening would also be actively conducted, while encouraging the residents to adhere to the health standards and lockdown regulations.
Also speaking at the same platform, attorney general Festus Mbandeka said the government has put measures in place to control the movement of people. He reiterated that most of the businesses will remain closed, except those providing essential or critical services.
He further said sport activities are prohibited, and the gathering of ten people shall not be allowed.