Nam borders to remain closed

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Sharon Kavhu

Windhoek Namibia’s borders are to remain closed even though the country’s lockdown measures were eased by President Hage Geingob on May 16, the government has said

This comes at a time where the country has recorded 6 new COVID-19 cases that are travel related since the easing of lockdown.

Briefing the media on the country’s COVID-19 updates, Minister of Health and Social Services Dr Kalumbi Shangula said although the borders remain closed, Namibians who are in other countries are still allowed to return and his Ministry will ensure strict quarantine measures are implemented.

“The borders of Namibia remain closed. Namibian citizens, permanent residents and people domiciled in Namibia are allowed to come to Namibia. Upon arrival, they are subjected to mandatory supervised quarantine in quarantine facilities accredited by the Ministry of Health and Social Services. No other quarantine facilities are acceptable to the Ministry. Operators are not allowed to quarantine their truck drivers at the truck ports. They must surrender them to the Ministry,” said Shangula.

 

At the time of going to print, Namibia has 22 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 14 recoveries, 8 active cases and zero deaths. The country had 3 201 total people tested for COVID-19, a total number of 1 717 people who were quarantined and of the figure, 1 179 were released from the quarantine facilities leaving 538 in the facilities.

Meanwhile, many southern African countries such as Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe are currently closed for non-essential travel in order to contain the spread of the COVID-19.

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