Citizens urged to stay vigilant amid winter Covid spike

Martin Endjala

The public has been urged to be vigilant against Covid-19 as a spike in cases have reported from the onset of the Fifth Wave where 222 were recorded.

President Hage Geingob made this remark during the 44th Covid-19 briefing today at State House. He said that only through vaccination and observing social distancing as well as wearing of face masks when in confined spaces can the country fight off this invisible enemy.

Regrettably, Geingob said that 21 deaths were recorded during this wave that started on 10 May.
The president said that the current health dispensation will remain unchanged for a period of one month. From 16 June to 15 July 2022.

Maximum number of people allowed at public gatherings remain at 1000, and wearing of masks remains unchanged as well, with shop owners being advised to request for wearing of masks upon entry into crowded spaces. The liquor and contact sport regulations also remain unchanged.

Geingob commended the frontline workers, for putting their lives at risk in order to save lives, saying
that they are the first defence against the enemy. “The ability is testament of a shared commitment
in fighting the enemy”.

The Ministry of Health and Social Services Kalumbi Shangula called on Namibians to remain focused and vigilant by adhering to all Covd-19 measures put in place to avoid reversing the gains.

He urged all eligible Namibians to get vaccinated, stressing that the vaccines are not for storage but to be used to vaccinate people to protect them from severely getting sick from the virus.

“The doses do not belong in fridges or storages, but it belongs in the arms of the Namibian people in
order to reach heard immunity”, Shangula emphasised.

The health minister gave updates on the recent discovery of diseases across the country, pointing out that the measles outbreak in the Omusati Region at one of the schools with 23 cases reported among five months to 9 years old children, is said to have been stabilised with no hospitalization.

About 5 588 cases of scabies were also reported across the country so far, particularly in Omaheke, Ohangwena and in the both Kavango West and East regions since 28 March are also said to be under control.

The doctor also said that the recently discovered Monkey Pox cases in Europe, have not been discovered in the country and the ministry has mobilized all efforts to ensure its readiness should any virus or disease emerge in the country, as well as trained personnel on data management.

The World Health Organization threshold has indicated that Namibia’s Covid-19 seems to be under
control, but cautioned citizens to be vigilant, in order not to reverse the achievements made so far.

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