Residents continue defying regulations
More awareness needed
15 June 2020 | Crime
Andreas Nelumbu; Police Commissioner; I don’t think people understand the seriousness of this pandemic.”
Residents of the Erongo region need to change their mindset about regulations put in place to mitigate Covid-19.
Speaking at the regional governor’s weekly update on Covid-19 which took place at the Swakopmund Municipal Council on Friday, NamPol’s (Namibia Police Force) regional commander, Commissioner Andreas Nelumbu, said that residents need to be educated on the importance of adhering to the regulations.
“Awareness campaigns are important. I don’t think people understand the seriousness of this pandemic,” he said.
There were 24 cases of persons not adhering to Covid-19 regulations reported to the police from 4 to10 June. Fifteen of these were alcohol-related while four cases involved residents who hindered and obstructed officers from executing their duties.
A case against a non-essential business operating during the lockdown was also reported.
Police are also investigating cases against people who spread false and misleading information about the pandemic, and for exceeding the number of people attending a gathering.
Two persons were also charged for not wearing face masks.
“We have many people moving in the streets with or without masks. They only put on their masks when they see special task forces approaching, or they run back to their homes,” said Nelumbu.
The commander gave the assurance that the police will ensure that people adhere to the regulations in order to curb the pandemic.
The Erongo region recently reverted to Stage 1 of lockdown.
Since president Geingob made the announcement, the region has been divided into three sub-zones, namely Zone 1 (Walvis Bay), Zone 2 (Swakopmund, Arandis and Henties Bay) and Zone 3 (the rest of the region including Usakos, Karibib and Omaruru).
Over 240 personnel of the security clusters have subsequently been deployed to ensure that lockdown regulations are enforced.
The security clusters, which also include officers from the ministry of health and social services, are stationed in towns and at roadblocks throughout the region. The deployment also includes 22 vehicles and two boats.
The police reported that over 1700 trucks entered the region for commercial purposes, while 1428 trucks left the region with cargo. Twenty incoming vessels docked at the port of Walvis Bay for commercial purposes during the previous week.
Nine cases of Covid-19 were reported in the Erongo region, five of which are still positive, while four have recovered.