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Namibia announces travel ban, partial lockdown after seventh coronavirus case

Published Mar 24, 2020


Windhoek - Health Minister Kalumbi

Shangula announced on Tuesday that travel into Namibia from all

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countries is banned with immediate effect for a period of 30

days after the Southwest African country recorded its seventh

confirmed case of coronavirus.

Namibians and permanent residents of the country are also

banned from leaving, and if they return from abroad they must go

into mandatory supervised quarantine for 14 days at their own

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Those residents will only be allowed to return into the

country if their mission is critical to national interest, such

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as the safety and security of Namibia, the minister added.

The government, however, added the flow of supplies, goods,

commodities and services into Namibia from reciprocal

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neighbouring countries will not be interrupted.

The government also announced a partial lockdown of the

Khomas region, which houses the capital Windhoek and the Erongo

region, home to the port town of Walvis Bay. The partial

lockdown will start from midnight March 27 until midnight April


The latest three coronavirus cases announced on Tuesday

involve a Namibian male studying at Wits University in South

Africa, who was tested there but only got his results after

returning to Namibia.

President Hage Geingob told journalists that the

extraordinary measures have been adopted with the sole purpose

of protecting the health, security and safety of the Namibian


"During this difficult period, I call on all Namibians to

cooperate with the authorities and to remain calm, in order to

ensure that public order is not compromised. Allow the

authorities to work unhindered," the president said.

Government workers and state-owned entity employees have

been advised to work from home in the next 14 days and all bars

and township pubs are required to close at 18.00 daily, the

health minister said as part of precautions against coronavirus.

Parliament has also been suspended for 21 days starting

Wednesday to Thursday April 14.

The Namibian Police announced earlier they stand ready to

enforce rules directing the public to remain at home and avoid

public gatherings. 

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