During the 25th public briefing on coronavirus in Namibia, President Hage Geingob announced that the current restriction measures aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 will be extended for a period of 36 days, from 25th February to 31st March 2021.
The president also announced that curfew hours will be adjusted to begin at 10PM and end at 4AM daily, as well as abolishing the limit of meetings to two hours.
Namibia has over the last 12 days recorded a surge in infections, with the highest positivity rate recorded at Kavango East and West, Oshikoto and Oshana, fast becoming the country’s epicenter. Learners in schools and hostels have been the most affected population, with a 40% infection rate.
“I am aware of the mental health impact of COVID-19 and the subsequent consequences thereof on you. I therefore, wish to reassure the nation that Government sees the war against COVID-19 and the conclusion thereof, as a priority. There is no one who takes joy in imposing restrictions on our people but we must also realize that this is a matter of absolute necessity and the results are telling.” Said Geingob.
The country is yet to kick off its coronavirus vaccination drive, President Geingob however stated that China has pledged to donate 100,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine and the Republic of India has also pledged to donate 30,000 doses of the vaccine from the Serum Institute of India.
Namibia has recorded 37,896 cumulative confirmed cases, with 2,058 active cases in the country. The country has unfortunately lost 411 lives to COVID-19 and related illnesses.