Covid-19 update given by the President of Namibia, Dr Hage Geingob frees Namibia off wearing masks in public spaces.
The President supports this action by pointing out Namibia’s recovery rate which is at 97% and with only 222 active cases of Covid-19.
Within the last 30 days the positivity ratio has shown a decline from 7% to 2 % rate of new infections country wide. He also commendened the daily Covid-19 updates he receives as they show that there has been zero covid-19 deaths over the past week.
“One death from Covid-19 is one death too many” -he expressed. “Wearing of masks in public places is no longer mandatory, however people in close settings such as public transportation and indoor public meetings are encouraged to wear masks” he stated, emphasizing on the measure being encouraged and not mandatory.
This new public health regulation came to force from 17 March 2022 until 15 April 2022. Another public health regulation that has been adjusted is the size of social gatherings; it has been adjusted from 500 to 1000 for the next 15 days.
This includes churches, weddings and funerals. The President also advised that vaccinations can help restore economic activities, particularly in the adversely affected tourism sector, especially with only 21% of the nation’s citizen being fully vaccinated.
“The abolishment of mandatory face masks does not mean the abolishment of common sense” -he pleaded, urging Namibia to continue to care for themselves and those who are vulnerable.
By Lineo Khabele for African View News