All 14 regions, with the exception of the Walvis Bay Local Authority area, will transition to stage three of the State of Emergency instituted to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on Monday for a period 28 days, President Hage Geingob has announced.
Updating the public here on Thursday, Geingob said the Walvis Bay Local Authority area will revert to stage one of the lockdown with immediate effect for a period of seven days, which will lapse at midnight 08 June 2020.
The rule was necessitated by COVID-19 cases 21 and 22, who had been in contact with more than 100 known persons and the extent of secondary contact remains unknown.
“This strict but necessary restriction on the movement of people is needed to ascertain the extent of possible spread of the disease,” said Geingob, noting that the seven days will also enable the public health sector to identify, trace and test those who have come into contact with the two confirmed cases.
Detailing the modalities for Walvis Bay Local Authority, Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr Kalumbi Shangula said restrictive measures instituted for stage one of lockdown as per Proclamation No. 9 of the State of Emergency will apply to the Walvis Bay area.
Measures include, among others, closure of schools and higher education institutions; prohibition of public gatherings of more than 10 people, while travellers should carry permits.
The measures include restriction on movement of persons and only essential workers are allowed as well as prohibition of sale of alcohol and closure of certain businesses.
“I wish to emphasise that these measures are being implemented to prevent the possible further spread of COVID-19 in the Walvis Bay Local Authority area and beyond. The approach is consistent with the national COVID-19 Exit Strategy, which provides for localised responses to contain and suppress the spread of COCID-19 in our country,” said Shangula.
He emphasised that experience has shown that more cases are recorded after the easing of restrictions as people celebrate the newfound freedom; hence Namibians must guard against such temptation as it can easily erode the achievements scored.
Namibia currently has 22 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 14 recoveries and eight active cases.
- Title: Namibia to move to stage three of State of Emergency
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