Namibia relaxes lockdown measures, enters Stage 4

The adverse impact of coronavirus pandemic on the economy of not just developing or under-developed nations, but also of global economies, has forced countries to re-open despite witnessing a hike in COVID-19 cases.

Going with the trend, Namibia has further eased the country’s lockdown measures to boost economic activity.

Namibia’s President Hage Geingob announced that the country would move from ‘Stage 3’ to ‘Stage 4’ of a five-level exit from lockdown plan, except for the Erongo region- which is the hotspot of COVID-19 cases. The relaxed regulations will be effective from June 30.

President Hage Geingob said, “The government’s approach, to further relax national restrictions under Stage 4, aims to boost social and economic activities, while continuing to advocate for intensified public adherence to health and hygiene protocols to safeguard our successes”.

President Hage Geingob said that under the relaxed regulations a limited number of tourists from “a carefully selected low-risk market” would be admitted to help revive a sector that employs 100,000 people.

President Geingob added that the country could move to ‘Stage 5’ in September, which will see borders reopen as well as the resumption of air travel.

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