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Editorial - Trouble is coming

2020-12-11  Staff Reporter2

Editorial - Trouble is coming

There has been a resurgence in positive Covid-19 cases in the last couple of days, with the country yesterday recording a massive 301 new infections. 
The latest figure is just 15 cases less than the highest number of 316 cases reported on 23 August. 
It is official, Covid-19 has made a quiet comeback at a time when Namibians are preparing to spend some quality time with their loved ones this festive season after what has been a difficult year. 

We are also seeing a resurgence of cases just weeks after President Hage Geingob warned citizens to observe public health measures and as the festive season draws closer. 

Last month, the President also demanded from the authorities to continue with enhancing risk communication, testing, tracing contacts, and timeously isolating cases and continue to use data for decision-making. 
It is, however, clear that citizens have become too relaxed about heeding anti-Covid guidelines. 
“As we edge closer to the Christmas holidays characterised by heavy traffic in and out the capital city to the rest of the country, we urge all citizens to observe Covid-19 prevention measures to curb further spread of the virus especially to the regions currently recording low numbers of new infections. 

“We re-emphasize the need for all members of the public to prevent the spread of Covid-19 by practising social distancing, wearing masks, washing hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub, staying at home if feeling unwell and seeking medical care early if having a fever, cough and difficulty breathing. 

“Public gatherings of more than 200 people are strictly prohibited. Avoid crowded places and close contact with anyone that has a fever or cough,” health minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula humbly pleaded yesterday. 
The Covid-19 pandemic has already devastated livelihoods, with thousands losing their jobs since the advent of the pandemic earlier this year. 

We have also seen how the second wave of new infections has sent much of Europe back into lockdown, while South Africa recently declared a second Covid-19 wave as cases spike.
With already a limping economy, Namibia can ill-afford another lockdown considering the severe economic pain that may result from such a measure. 

The situation on the ground does not look good at all because many people seem to have set aside months of caution and are partying wildly and not adhering to basic prevention measures. 
The onus is still on Namibians to prevent an alarming surge of coronavirus cases from spiralling out of control by heeding the necessary guidelines. 
We must do everything possible, including doubling efforts to urgently thwart a potential second wave.

2020-12-11  Staff Reporter2

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