Back to square one for Walvis Bay

28 May 2020 | Health

President Hage Geingob has just announced that at midnight on 1 June 2020, all 14 regions with the exception of the Walvis Bay Local Authority Area, will transit from Stage 2 to more moderate precautions under Stage 3 of lockdown regulations.

This scenario will continue until 29 June 2020, which is for a period of 28 days or two incubation periods.

The president said that due to recent developments, the Walvis Bay Local Authority Area will revert to Stage 1 with immediate effect (as of right now) for a period of 7 days which will remain effective until midnight on 8 June 2020.

“This strict but necessary restriction on the movement of people is needed to ascertain the extent of possible spread of the disease. The few days also enable the Public Health Sector to identify, trace and test those who have come into contact with the two confirmed cases,” the president explained.

The president gave the assurance that government will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis and take appropriate action, as the situation unfolds.

He cautioned that a relaxation in restrictions does not imply the disappearance of Covid-19 from our midst. “On the contrary, reduced restrictions demand heightened personal vigilance and greater responsibility on individuals, communities and institutions, alike. The public is urged to support government action by not becoming complacent, but by complying with the regulations and cooperating with authorities to safeguard the collective health of the nation,” the president concluded.

The minster of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula said the Stage 1 lockdown of Walvis Bay was warranted since Covid-19 positive cases 21 and 22 hail from the harbor town.

“The seven day lockdown is needed to suppress the possible spread of Covid-19. These two individuals had primary contact with an estimated 100 persons between them while the number of secondary contacts remains unknown. A considerable amount of time passed between the time of infection and the time the infected were finally placed in isolation. ”

Some of the interventions and restrictive measures under Stage 1 involve the closure of schools and institutions of higher education. Gatherings of more than 10 persons are prohibited. Travel restrictions will be put in place once again and persons will be required to produce permits to move from Walvis Bay to other parts of the country.

Certain businesses will also be closed and the sale of alcohol is not permitted.

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