CONTINUOUS testing for COVID-19 showed that the pandemic is still well embedded in the population of the Erongo Region and careless actions by residents can easily cause a second wave of infections.
The Erongo Regional Governor, Neville Andre said that residents of the region must continuously guard against new transmissions to avoid a second wave especially seen against the background of tourism.
Governor Andre said the coastal towns of Swakopmund, Henties Bay, and Walvis Bay are all tourist attractions in their own right and a second wave could have devastating effects on plans to revive tourism in the region.
“Covid-19 is still with us and will remain so for the foreseeable future. With the opening up of our roads to people from other regions, we need to be extra cautious and maintain strict adherence to the basics, both in our businesses and our houses,” he said.
Governor Andre also said that although it was still early days, there are more visitors from other parts of the country since the State of Emergency lapsed which has already seen a small but measurable upswing in the coastal hospitality industry.
He said the region still has a long way to go before it will get back to normal.
“There are already encouraging signs that the coast will get back to at least 45% occupancy of tourism facilities in the second quarter of 2021 given that there is no disastrous second wave,” he said.
Governor Andre said that although there was an overall decline of COVID-19 cases in the Erongo Region, it does not mean that the peak in infections had been reached.