Namibia relaxes COVID-19 restrictions

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Namibia President Hage Geingob

Namibia President Hage Geingob, on Tuesday said wearing of masks in public places would no longer be mandatory in the country.

Geingob made the announcement during the 41st COVID-19 briefing on the national response measures.

“Wearing of masks in public places is no longer mandatory. However, people who are in close settings, such as public transport, indoor public meetings are encouraged to wear masks.

“The physical distance of no less than 1 meter must be maintained between persons at all times,’’ he said.

Geingob also increased the size of public gathering from 500 to 1000, while fully vaccinated travellers would no longer be required to produce a negative PCR test result upon arrival at Namibian points of entry.

He however said travellers are required to present an authentic, valid vaccination card at Point of Entry.

Namibia’s recovery rate from COVID-19 now stands at 97 per cent, with a case fatality rate of 2.5 per cent, while statistics indicated that the active cases stood at 222 on Monday.

The current regulations are due to expire on Wednesday and new regulations would come into force from midnight for a period of 30 days until April 15.

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