Minor changes to Covid regulations

03 February 2021 | Government

President Geingob convened the 24th Covid-19 public briefing this afternoon to provide the latest developments and outline measures for the next dispensation.

The current regulations expire at 23:59 tonight (3 February 2021).

The president said that the status quo is extended for 21 days, from 4 February to 24 February 2021, the only real difference being that curfew hours will be adjusted to start at 22:00 and end at 05:00 daily.

He added that cabinet has begun working to ensure that frontline workers and vulnerable citizens gain access to vaccines. Besides Namibia being a member of the COVAX facility, Geingbob said that government has approached friendly countries to support efforts to access reliable and affordable vaccines.

The president said that he was aware that there is much suspicion and apprehension around the safety of Covid-19 vaccines.

“Rest assured that government will not do anything to compromise the health of our people. I implore all Namibians to avail themselves for the vaccine, as and when it becomes available.”

Geingob commend the men and women in uniform who have worked hard to enforce Covid regulations, adding that the responsibility remains on every citizen to maintain hygiene by washing and sanitizing of hands; wearing a face mask in public; and to maintain social and physical distancing.

“These are the most secure preventative measures against the spread of this disease.”

The president commended those Namibians who continue to comply with Covid-19 measures in spite of some instances where people try to circumvent the measures. “Overall, most Namibians have maintained unity, vigilance and discipline. This collective effort enabled us to withstand a second wave of Covid-19, and by adhering to the regulations, helped to save many lives.”

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