Covid health measures amended

13 November 2021 | Ministries

The minister of health and social services Kalumbi Shangula, conducted the 36th Covid-19 public briefing due to president Hage G. Geingob being on an official visit outside the country.
The Current Covid-19 public health regulations which came into force on the 16 October 2021 will lapse on Monday 15 November 2021. As per established practice, the regulations are reviewed and amended before the expiry date and new regulations are put in place.

The measures were amended on 5 November 2021 with respect to the hours of operation of alcohol traders. The new measures will be in force from 16 November to 15 December 2021. If the epidemiological profile remains static, the measures extend automatically to 15 January 2022. The minister announced that public gatherings are increased from the current number of 200 to 500 persons per event.

The sale of alcohol shall be subjected to the conditions of the licenses issued under the Liquor Act of 1998 and the regulations made thereunder.

All persons presenting to enter Namibia at Ports of Entry under this regulation, but who were previously infected with Covid-19 and after having been isolated in countries of departures, still show positive results with the SARS-CoV-2 PCR test at the Point of Entry into Namibia, will not be subjected to mandatory quarantine requirements, provided that such persons have valid de-isolation certificates, not older than three months from the date of discharge from isolation, issued by the health authority in the country of departure. The negative PCR test result for all other persons remains a mandatory requirement.

Shangula also said that countries around the world, including Namibia, have experienced incidences of falsified and counterfeit PCR test results being presented at the various Points of Entry. The same is also possible with vaccination certificates when they will become a requirement at Points of Entry in Namibia.

“The Trusted Travel System was launched on the 8 November 2021. The system was developed under the auspices of the African Union, Africa CDC and PanaBIOS Consortium. It is designed to streamline the verification of COVID-19 test results presented at the Points of Entry. The System is expected to be fully operationalized at all designated participating Points of Entry by 1 December 2021. Consultations and scoping work have commenced for the introduction and use of Digital Vaccination Certificates solutions in Namibia.”

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