Dr Shangula announces sale of alcohol restrictions, earlier curfew

Dr Shangula announces sale of alcohol restrictions, earlier curfew

The Minister of Health, Dr Kalumbi Shangula this morning announced stricter measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Last week President Hage Geingob announced stricter measures but with the increased number of new COVID-19 cases, availability of hospital beds, testing capacity and human resources it became necessary to revise those measures.
On Monday Namibia recorded a record 585 new cases.
Between 16 and 22 December Namibia recorded an increase of 68%, to 2 716, positive cases from the previous week.
Between 9 and 15 December Namibia recorded 127 hospitalisations.
Between 16 and 22 December, 217 hospitalisations were recorded. An increase of 71%.
Between 9 and 15 December Namibia recorded 11 deaths.
Between 16 and 22 December, the country recorded 17 deaths.
"These statistics are staggering," said Shangula.
These cases are spread countrywide, he said.
"Namibians are failing to adhere to measures instituted to curb the spread," he said.
The stricter measures are effective from midnight tonight.
The adjustments to the response measures:
Public gatherings are limited to 50 people per event.
Register of attendance should be kept at public events, make sure visitors sanitise and observe social distancing.
Curfew is now from 21h00 to 04h00 countrywide.
Sale of alcohol for on sight consumption at shebeens, bars and restaurants allowed from 09h00 to 20h00.
No alcohol will be sold on Sundays or public holidays.
Wearing of face masks is compulsory, including in vehicles.
All businesses, including informal markets, should ensure all patrons sanitise.
People who succumb to COVID-19 should be buried within seven days with strict requirements.
Non-Namibian travellers should present a negative test of not older than seven days.