The battle against coronavirus intensifies

Lockdown comes into effect on Friday.

24 March 2020 | Government

President Geingob has announced measures to further strengthen the national response in light of the rising cases of coronavirus in the country.

President Geingob has announced that cabinet has decided to further strengthen the national response in light of the rising cases of coronavirus in the country.

The president said that the number of confirmed cases in Namibia are rising and now stands at seven.

He emphasised that the health of Namibians is the first priority and said this was the reason why on March 17, 2020 a State of Emergency was declared.

The number of measures adopted to curb the spread of the virus include internal travel restrictions that will apply to Khomas and Erongo region, for a period of 21 days starting on Friday, 27th March 2020 and ending Thursday, the 16th April 2020.

The public is therefore urged to remain at home and avoid public gatherings at places such as bars, shebeens, nightclubs and markets. Law enforcement organs will enforce these measures.

The existing travel ban has also been extended to all countries for a period of thirty (30) days and applies to all Namibians and permanent residents.

The president said that special circumstances for the admission of certain persons into Namibia will be considered and approved by the relevant institutions, depending on the nature of travel to be undertaken, and the criticality of such mission to the national interest and safety and security of the Republic of Namibia.

In addition, all returning Namibians and permanent residents arriving from high-risk countries will be subjected to mandatory supervised quarantine for 14 days, at own cost.

Special dispensation applies to business, commerce and trade missions and activities only from neighboring countries, on a reciprocal basis, to facilitate the flow of supplies, goods, commodities and services into Namibia.

All Government employees as well as those in the State Owned Enterprises and Private sector are to operate from home for the next 14 days, except those providing critical services. The categories of affected services will be announced in the next days.

The following ports of entry are closed for passengers: Oshikango, Katwitwi, Wenela, Buitepos, Ariamsvlei, Noordoewer, Luderitz and Walvis Bay.

Parliament is also suspended for 21 days starting Wednesday, the 25th March 2020 to Thursday, the 14 April 2020.

Private health service providers have been instructed to inform the Ministry of Health and Social Services immediately upon identify a suspected case.

Geingob said that government was cognisant that the measures being introduced are extraordinary.

“These are necessary measures to strengthen detection, testing, quarantine, isolation and contact tracing, to mitigate further spread of this deadly virus. They are adopted with the sole purpose of protecting the health, security and safety of the Namibian people. COVID-19 is not only a threat to the lives of the Namibian People and the public health system, it also bears negative economic impacts threatening the survival of businesses and consequently jobs and livelihoods. Our key priority is therefore to curb the spread of disease.”

He called on all Namibians to cooperate with the authorities and to remain calm, in order to ensure that public order is not compromised and to allow the authorities to work unhindered.

The president also appealed to international cooperating partners and stakeholders as well as the private sector to support government’s response measures and mobilize resources to combat the further spread of this virus.

He concluded by stating that further measures will be announced as the situation dictates.

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