Namibia’s President Hage Geingob has announced during a media briefing to update the nation on the latest COVID-19 situation in the country on 28 August 2020 that all 14 regions of Namibia will remain in stage three of the COVID-19 state of emergency for another 14 days (29 August 2020 – midnight on 12 September 2020).
The following measures will apply:
- Khomas Region: Travel restrictions remain in force prohibiting exit and entry into the restricted City of Windhoek, Okahandja and Rehoboth Local Authority Areas.
- Erongo Region: The exit and entry travel restriction of the Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Arandis Local Authority Areas is lifted. Members of the public may now travel into and out of these areas to other parts of Namibia.
The following measures will apply in addition to existing stage three regulations for all 14 regions of Namibia (travel and tourism related only):
- The daily curfew from 20:00 to 05:00 is extended to countrywide curfew.
- Public gatherings remain limited to a maximum of 10 persons countrywide.
- Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek will open from 01 September 2020 for the International Tourism Revival Initiative.
Covid-19 in Namibia:
- At present, Namibia has the highest rate of new infections per population on the continent,
- Namibia has recorded 6,712 confirmed COVID-19 cases (as of 28 August 2020).
- In terms of testing coverage, Namibia has tested 21 people per one thousand persons, as at 27 August 2020. This is among the highest testing coverage on the continent, surpassed only by South Africa and Rwanda.
- On 27 August 2020, Namibia recorded the 60th COVID-19-related death.