PEOPLE that have been in quarantine facilities for more than three weeks will be allowed to go home with immediate effect.
The Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Esther Muinjangue, made the announcement and said that most of the people in the National Youth Service Camp at Henties Bay have been waiting for their COVID-19 test results for more than three weeks.
“Most of them were identified as contacts of people that tested positive for COVID-19 and has not shown any symptoms related to the illness caused by SARS-CoV2. Their test results have not been forthcoming and it was decided that they be allowed to return home,” she said.
Dr. Muinjangue spoke at the handover of aid to the victims of the Twaloloka shack fire disaster and said that most of the people currently in the quarantine facility come from the informal settlement.
“Medically it does not make any sense to keep the people in quarantine any longer. If they do not display symptoms related to COVID-19 and did not do so for such a long time it is unlikely that they will become sick,” the deputy health minister said.
Dr. Muinjangue urged the residents of Twaloloka that remained behind in Walvis Bay not to stigmatise the people upon their return. She indicated that it would be understandable if people are scared but gave the assurance that they have nothing to fear.
The deputy health minister is part of the high-level central government delegation that travelled to the Erongo Region on a fact finding mission about the COVID-10 situation. The delegation was supposed to return to Windhoek on Sunday morning, but decided to stay longer in the wake of the fire disaster in Twaloloka.
The co-chairperson of the National COVID-19 Case Management Team, Dr. Kaveto Sikuvi said at the same occasion that new international studies about SARS-CoV2 indicates that people are only contagious for a period of ten days.
“This means that quarantine periods can actually be shortened. The people that have been in quarantine for longer than three weeks does not pose any danger to others and will be allowed to return home,” he said.
Dr. Sikuvi also requested residents of Walvis Bay to assist those people that will return soon to get back on their feet.