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No negative test results, no travel permit

No negative test results, no travel permit

Eba Kandovazu

A NEW directive at the Windhoek police station requires every person seeking permission to travel outside restricted local authorities areas to first get tested for COVID-19 and produce a negative result.


A notice was today put up at the Windhoek Police station notifying all travellers seeking travel permits that they should first show proof of a negative test result.


It reads: “To be issued with a travel permit, you must provide us with your COVID-19 negative results. Your results must not be older than 72 hours. No excuses! Thank you, by Management.”


Video: Eba Kandovazu


A number of people were observed lining up at the police station seeking travel permits but were turned back and told to get tested at the Robert Mugabe Clinic a stone throw away.


The Robert Mugabe clinic was a hive of activity this morning as more people queued up for testing.


Many are contacts of confirmed cases, while some sought testing to get travel permits.


The cases in Windhoek have spiked, with many anticipating that the city will overtake the cases in Walvis Bay and become the new epicentre.


With the wedding season around the corner, people getting married in other parts of the country have also been denied travel permits, Health Minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula said.


“Getting married is not an essential service, therefore the groom and bride will also not be issued permits,” Dr Shangula said in an interview with Informanté last week.


They, like everyone else, are also required as of today to present their negative results and only then will they be considered for a travel permits.


The local authorities of Windhoek, Rehoboth and Okahandja in the Khomas Region are currently in lockdown, while Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Arandis have been in lockdown for the last few months.


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