Namibia imposes curfew as COVID-19 cases surge

WINDHOEK (XINHUA) – Namibia yesterday imposed a 9pm to 4am curfew through January 13 as the country grapples with a second wave of COVID-19 infections.

Health Minister Kalumbi Shangula said confirmed cases over the past week have reached levels never seen before, describing the situation as rapidly changing and deteriorating.

He said public gatherings will now be limited to a maximum of 50 persons per event.

“Organisers or hosts of public gatherings shall keep registers of attendance, recording names and contact numbers,” Shangula said. “The organisers must ensure that attendees sanitise their hands, wear masks properly, and maintain a distance of not less than 1.5 metres.”

Shangula warned of stiff penalties for violations of the new measures.

“The maximum penalty… is USD6,800 or 10 years’ imprisonment,” he said