COVID-19: Namibia completes mask and PCR testing | News
COVID-19: Namibia completes mask and PCR testing |  News

COVID-19: Namibia completes mask and PCR testing | News

Namibia’s easing of rules comes amid declining COVID-19 infection rates.

It is no longer necessary to wear masks in the public in Namibia and negative PCR tests for vaccinated visitors, President Hage Geingob has said.

Tuesday’s presidential directive came when active COVID-19 cases dropped to around 200.

In June 2021, infections peaked at more than 30,000 a month, but the South African country has had an average of 14 cases a day over the last seven days, with the total number of active cases at 222.

“It is no longer mandatory to wear masks in public places,” Geingob said in a television briefing. However, people in enclosed spaces such as in public transportation or indoor public meetings were encouraged to wear masks.

Fully vaccinated travelers to Namibia are also no longer required to produce negative PCR test results. Travelers to the country, famous for its sharp desert-meets-sea landscape and safaris, are now only allowed to present a valid vaccination card at entry points.

The number of visitors is currently at a third of the pre-pandemic level, according to Geingob.

Only 21.4% of Namibia’s eligible population of 1.7 million people has been fully vaccinated. The recommended population coverage to achieve national herd immunity is 60%.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.