President Hage Geingob today announced that the whole country will be on lockdown soon. He made the announcement at a press briefing currently happening at State House.

Not more than two persons allowed on a donkey cart under the coronavirus lockdown, health minister Kalumbi Shangula says. Also: Not more than three people in a four-seater car, or four persons in a seven-seater.

NO ALCOHOL, TOBACCO … No sales of alcohol or tobacco will be allowed under the coronavirus lockdown, and bars and open markets should stay closed, health minister says.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula says during the lockdown only one person from a household is allowed to go shopping, and people should leave their homes only when necessary.

Shangula says employees may operate from home if their service is not critical or essential.

Shebeens and nightclubs will not be operational, but restaurants may operate on a takeaway basis in the two locked-down regions.

People caught violating the lockdown regulations can be fined N$5 000 on the spot, or be arrested.

Covid-19 funerals would be handled by the state and at non-Covid-19 funerals not more than 10 people may be present.

A coronavirus relief special fund has been established and all Namibians are asked to donate. Those who wish to make a contribution can contact the Office of the Prime Minister.

The health minister says the measures the government is taking to combat the further spread of Covid-19 would challenge Namibia as a nation, but the cost of not taking action now would be detrimental.

Finance minister Iipumbu Shiimi says a critical service at this point should be a service that helps with combating the spread of Covid-19.

Shiimi says the care and maintenance of fishing and mining equipment should continue as usual during the 21 days of the lockdown in Khomas and Erongo.

Finance minister says in terms of the economy, his ministry has asked different sectors how Covid-19 has impacted them and is waiting for feedback.

He says after Covid-19, the aim is to ensure the economy is still operational and thus the ministry is looking for an adequate response package to protect jobs and businesses. He says updates would be given in a week.

On the economy, finance minister Iipumbu Shiimi says there is no response package from the government yet, but it is expecting industry representatives to provide credible proposals on what help they need, which would be studied and responded to.

Justice minister Yvonne Dausab reiterates that the state of emergency declared due to the Covid-19 pandemic and approved by National Assembly is in place for six months. Regulations for the state of emergency will be published.

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