President Geingob issues warning

17 June 2021 | Government

President Geingob has issued a warning to Namibians who blatantly disregard health regulations introduced to combat the spread of the Covid pandemic.

“I wish to inform those organizing and engaging in such activities, that there will be consequences, as provided for in our laws and regulations.”

The president said that videos of young people seen partying and flouting the public health and safety protocols, are troublesome.

“Such wanton recklessness, selfishness and irresponsibility at a time that our country is warding off the peak of the pandemic, should not be allowed to continue.”

Geingob emphasised that the war against Covid-19 continues, adding that it is a war of attrition that has taken a heavy toll.

“Most, if not all Namibians, have been affected by this invisible and merciless enemy in one way or another. This is indeed a sombre period in our country’s history as it has been reported, Namibia has now passed the 1 000 mark of men, women and children, who have lost their lives due to Covid-19.”

Get vaccinated

The president encouraged all eligible Namibians to go for the Covid-19 vaccine, saying he is disappointed by citizens whom have taken to social media to propagate falsehoods and misleading information regarding the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines.

“Vaccination is an important weapon in our arsenal towards reaching herd immunity and defeating Covid-19. The rumours going around must be debunked. It is for our own good and I implore you, as responsible and caring citizens, to take the vaccine.”

The president pointed out that the country has been able to manage the pandemic for more than 14 months since the Index Case, thanks to deliberate measures taken by government to suppress the spread of the virus and by strengthening the health system to care for those who need care.

“However, over the past four weeks the situation has taken a turn for the worse. We have recorded an exponential increase in the number of new infections, hospitalizations and deaths recorded daily. We must thus take steps to stem these worrying trends and strengthen the current measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Necessary measures

Geingob emphasized that restrictions are necessary, not intended to be punitive and urged Namibians to fully support their implementation.

“They are designed to help our country prevent the deterioration of the situation. This adjustment to the measures goes hand in hand with the mobilization of additional resources to bolster testing capacity; creating additional space for treatment for those who are ill; improving the provision of much needed oxygen and recruiting additional healthcare workers.”

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