| 18 May 2024, Saturday |

Masks, PCR tests no longer needed in Namibia as COVID cases fall

Masks are no longer required in public in Namibia, and negative PCR tests for vaccinated visitors are no longer required, according to President Hage Geingob, as active COVID-19 cases have dropped to a few hundred.

Infections peaked at more than 30,000 per month in June 2021, but the country in southern Africa has averaged 14 cases per day over the last seven days, with 222 active cases.

“Wearing masks in public places is no longer required,” Geingob said during a televised press conference. People in enclosed areas, such as public transportation or indoor public meetings, were encouraged to wear masks.

Fully vaccinated travelers to Namibia are also no longer required to produce negative PCR test results. Travelers to the country, famed for its stark desert-meets-ocean-landscape and safari drives, are now only allowed to produce a valid vaccination card at points of entry.

Visitor numbers are currently at a third of pre-pandemic levels, according to Geingob.

Only 21.4% of Namibia’s eligible population of 1.7 million people have been fully vaccinated. The recommended population coverage to achieve national herd immunity is 60%.

  • Reuters