Windhoek – Namibia has recorded a downward trend in new COVID-19 infections, hospitalisations, deaths, and positivity ratio, President Hage Geingob said on Friday.
The positivity ratio has fallen from 28 percent to 15 percent, President Geingob said, attributing the progress to government interventions.
He announced a relaxation on some measures, including raising the ceiling of people allowed in public gatherings from 50 to 100; allowing gyms, nightclubs, and casinos to operate at half capacity; and resumption of contact sports without spectators.
Other measures will be maintained: a 10:00pm to 4:00am curfew; and alcohol can only be sold between 9:00am and 6:00pm and consumed off-site.
The announced amendments will remain in effect to September 14.
Namibia had 122,097 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with a national recovery rate of 91 percent and case fatality rate of 2.7 percent as of Friday. It has been vaccinating the population at a daily rate of 3,250 doses.
The government has set a target of inoculating 1.5 million eligible Namibians, or 60 percent of the population, by March 31 next year.
President Geingob reiterated his call for all eligible citizens to get fully vaccinated.
“These targets will not be realised without the full cooperation of the public,” he said.
President Geingob expressed sincere appreciation to friendly nations and organisations who have demonstrated solidarity and generosity in the nation’s hour of greatest need.
“As I have often stated, no nation in the world will be safe from COVID-19 until all nations have defeated the disease,” he said.
In a related development, Namibian Health Minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula said the procurement process of 350,000 additional doses of Sinopharm vaccines from China is progressing well and is anticipated to be finalised by this week at the latest.”Once completed, doses will be delivered in September 2021,” he added. – Xinhua