Namibia extends the current public health measures for a period of 30 days
Namibia's President Dr. Hage G. Geingob announced on the occasion of the 43rd Covid-19 briefing on the national response measures on 13 May 2022 that the current dispensation which came into effect for a period of 29 days from 13 April 2022, will expire at midnight on 15 May 2022. All Covid-19 public health and safety regulations in Namibia remain unchanged and are therefore extended for the period commencing on 16 May 2022 until midnight on 15 June 2022.
Namibia has now recorded a cumulative total of 162,020 cases, since the 17 March 2020 index case, of which a total 1,034 remain actively infected. The cumulative number of deaths resulting from Covid-19 and related illnesses stands at 4,029 or 2.5% of cases.
The rate of infection in Namibia has risen sharply over the last 29-day observance period, recording a three-fold increase in the weekly positivity rate, from 2.1% (in the week commencing 11 April 2022) to 7.5% as at 11 May 2022. Year-on-Year data comparisons further reveal that at this time in 2021, the positivity rate in the country stood at 11.9%, at the onset of the Third Wave.
The rise in new cases in Namibia has been recorded predominantly in the towns of Windhoek, Rehoboth, Okahandja and Otjiwarongo, and is attributable primarily to cluster outbreaks in various primary and secondary schools and hostels.