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28 août 2020 | 23h50 UTC

Namibia: Authorities extend overnight curfew nationwide on August 28 /update 11

Namibia Alerte de sécurité

Authorities extend (20:00 - 05:00) overnight curfew nationwide on August 28, while preparing to lift restrictions; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 28/8/2020, 1h00 until 7/9/2020, 11h59 (Africa/Windhoek). COUNTRY/REGION Namibia

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On Friday, August 28, Namibian President Hage Geingob announced that a 20:00 to 05:00 (local time) curfew currently in effect in Windhoek and the Erongo region would be extended nationwide, in an effort to limit the further spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country. Despite this, the president stated that certain restrictions would be lifted from Tuesday, September 1, with international travel to resume from that date, and schools, restaurants, and bars reopening by September 7. Travelers will be permitted to enter the country via the Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) and are required to present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight. Additionally, upon arrival, tourists will be required to stay at an accommodation facility registered with the Namibia Tourism Board for at least seven days.

As of August 28 there have been 6906 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Namibia and 65 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical care urgently and share your previous travel history with your health care provider.


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