Namibia not to extend state of emergency

Makeshift Hospital
Photo taken on Aug. 1, 2020 shows the interior of a makeshift hospital for COVID-19 patients at the AsiaWorld-Expo, a venue near the Hong Kong International Airport, in south China's Hong Kong. (Xinhua/Wu Xiaochu)

Namibia’s President Hage Geingob on Thursday announced that the State of Emergency in the country will not be extended when it expires on Thursday evening, after six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Geingob said over the six-month period the country succeeded in scaling down the rate of infections of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Namibia is now at its defining moment in its combat of COVID-19 and everyone needs to play their part,” he said.

According to Geingob moving forward, the government will monitor the situation for a period of 14 days, to determine the way forward, under a new dispensation.

“As from Sept. 18, new directives will be issued by the Minister of Health, in terms of the provisions of the Public and Environmental Act,” he said.

Meanwhile, Geingob said the possibility of a second wave of infections remains real and is a risk that people must manage, proactively.

“We are not out of the woods yet and not by a long shot. Now is the time to exercise maximum personal responsibility and vigilance,” he added.

Geingob declared the State of Emergency on March 17.

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