Southern and Eastern Africa COVID-19 Digest

Situation Report
Namibia — Trends

Country further eases COVID-19 lockdown

  • First case: 14 March 2020

  • Total number of cases: 150 (as of 28 June 2020)

  • Total deaths: 0

  • Schools: Open since 2 June

  • Borders/Flights: Commercial flights not operating. Road borders closed for non-resident foreign nationals, with exceptions including people seeking medical treatment, essential services, truck drivers transporting food and other essential commodities.

  • Containment measures: State of Emergency declared 17 March; self-quarantine for returning residents and nationals; mandatory quarantine in isolation facilities for symptomatic cases; ban on gatherings of more than 50 people; clubs, casinos and gambling houses are closed.

Situation:

The country's total number of cases reached 150 as of 28 June. Most of the country is easing restrictions to level three of its four-level lockdown system from 2 June, according to media reports. The harbour town of Walvis Bay, however, reverted to level one, the most restrictive, for at least seven days after two residents tested positive on 25 May. The Government has reportedly stepped up tracing of people who came into contact with the two residents. President Hage Geingob reportedly urged public vigilance despite the easing of restrictions, which will allow schools to resume face-to-face classes and restaurants to receive sit-down customers. Non-contact sports and gatherings of up to 50 people at weddings, funerals and other events will be allowed. Clubs, casinos and gambling houses will remain closed as they are considered high-risk areas while truck drivers arriving in Namibia will be screened, tested on arrival and quarantined for 14 days, according to the media. The State of Emergency declared on 17 March was extended by the Parliament for a period of six months. The borders will remain closed.

Response:

  • On 1 April 2020, the Government launched Economic Stimulus and Relief Package to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 for approximately US$434.5 million (8 billion Namibian Dollars, or 4.25 percent of GDP), including approximately $119.5 million (2.2 billion) for health, wage subsidies, and income grants; and guarantees of up to $124.9 million (2.3 billion) to support low interest loans for small and agricultural businesses, and individuals.

Official sources:

Namibia Presidency Official Twitter

Presidential Statement on extension of lockdown

Ministry of Health and Social Services Twitter

Other links:

Namibian lockdown: Travel with permit allowed, by Namibian newspaper

COVID-19 Educational Disruption and Response, by UNESCO

COVID-19 World Travel Restrictions, by the Emergency Division of the World Food Programme (WFP)

Global COVID-19 Airport Status, by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

Policy Responses to COVID-19, by IMF

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