Justice minister Yvonne Dausab has expressed disappointment over the public’s non-compliance with Covid-19 rules following the lifting of the state of emergency, warning the nation could face another lockdown if citizens continue to defy health protocols.
She warned tighter lockdown measures could be re-imposed across the country if the public fail to adhere to current restrictions.
Dausab’ s warning follows last week Thursday’s lifting of the state of emergency by President Hage Geingob after it was declared in March to stem the tide of local Covid-19 cases. The pandemic has so far claimed over 900 000 lives across the globe and 113 in Namibia.
Speaking to New Era yesterday, Dausab said that since the lifting of the state of emergency, she noticed that many people have forgotten the virus is still prevalent.
She cautioned Covid-19 will still be prevalent for much longer, particularly because it is transmitted through the movement and interaction of people who do not take the necessary precautions. She added that it is quite unfortunate that Namibians are not maintaining the protocols that will combat, prevent and control the further spread of the virus.
“We are showing that we cannot fight it without self-discipline and this may require government to rethink its approach and make adjustments to its decision to ensure the greater population’s health is protected,” she said, adding that citizens must continue to wear masks when in public, maintain at least one-metre distance from others, sanitise and significantly reduce gatherings or being in crowded places.
“We have a responsibility to protect each other and act in a manner that will have us return to some kind of normality to boost our economy and restore enhanced social activity. Anything that does not look at the bigger picture and the greater impact is selfish,” she added.
Courtesy of New Era Newspaper
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