Namibia beefs up efforts as COVID-19 cases reach 7. PHOTO: Contributed

President Hage Geingob has introduced stringent measures to curb the wide-spreading Coronavirus (COVID-19), after seven (7) positive cases were diagnosed on Namibian soil. 

These include a lockdown of the Khomas region as well as the Erongo region covering Rehoboth and Okahandja, for a period of 21 days starting Friday 27th March 2020. 

Other measures include:

 *The extension of the travel ban to all countries around the world for a period of thirty 30 days and this applies to all Namibians and permanent residents.

*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 Namibia.

*All returning Namibians and Permanent residents and Permanent residents arriving from high-risk countries are 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.

*Admission of persons into Namibia from neighboring countries will be considered taking into account the criticality of such mission to the national interest and safety and security of 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 Public is urged to remain at home and avoid public gatherings at places such as bars, Shebeens, nightclubs and markets. The law enforcement organs to enforce these measures.

*The following ports entry are closed for passengers:

• Oshikango

• Katwitwi

• Wenela

• Buitepos

• Ariamsvlei

• Noordoewer

• Luderitz

• WalvisBay

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

*Private health service providers must inform the Ministry of Health and Social Services immediately upon identify a suspected case.

*Further measures will be announced as the situation dictates.

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