No place for complacency

20 December 2020 | Government

President Hage Geingob expressed his concern about Namibians who he said have become complacent to the danger posed by Covid-19 and are not adhering to prescribed health and hygiene protocols.

“Namibia has faced an uphill battle to safeguard the lives of its citizens while ensuring that its economy stays afloat since the arrival of Covid-19 on 13 March 2020. The carefree and lax attitude displayed by many Namibians has resulted in some reversals on the gains the country has made in the fight against the pandemic,” the president said.

Geingob pointed out that in a short period of just 15 days, Namibia recorded another 13 Covid deaths and 2 425 infections, bringing the total number of infections to 16 913 with 14 981 recoveries, 1 765 active cases and 164 deaths.

He expressed his condolences to families who have lost their lives due to Covid-19 or related illnesses, and thanked frontline workers, first responders and all medical personnel who continue to work day and night to save Namibian lives.

Geingob reminded Namibians that Covid-19 can be fatal but that through a collective effort involving government, the private sector, the media, faith-based organisations and other community leaders, civil society and the uniformed services, the country managed to bring the rate of infection under control.

“It took sacrifice, hard work, diligence and teamwork. Now, more than ever, we must rekindle that spirit, to reverse this negative trend. The actions of Namibians over the next several weeks will determine the trajectory of the battle against this invisible enemy,” said the president.

Geingob called on Namibians to adhere to the safety and health protocols as set out for Covid-19.

“Data has shown that the correct wearing of face-masks reduces transmission of the virus by up to 90%. I appeal to all Namibians to make it their personal and collective responsibility to defeat Covid-19. In doing so, we will protect our frontline personnel and the public health system to provide care to the most needy and vulnerable members of our society.”

The president also appealed to all road users, especially drivers, to adhere to legal speed limits and other traffic regulations.

“More specifically, adhere to safe following distances and only overtake when it is absolutely safe to do so. The lives of our people are precious. Let us prevent avoidable fatalities on our roads this holiday season,” Geingob concluded.

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