JUSTICE Minister Yvonne Dausab today announced that decreasing taxi fare from the current N$14 to N$12 is inevitable as public transport operators will now be allowed to transport passengers at full capacity.
According to Dausab, the reduction is practical because the increment was only implemented due to the reduction of passengers in taxis.
She stated that the sale of alcohol in places of entertainment such as bars and nightclubs will continue to be limited to the cut-off time of 22:00.
Dausab also warned people from spreading fake news and providing insufficient or false information when filling in attendance registers at shops and businesses.
She said accurate information is vital for conducting contact tracing if and when the need arises, adding that the offense is punishable by law.
The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula explained that persons arriving in Namibia with COVID-19 related symptoms will be tested.
He added that a special monitoring team has been approved by Cabinet and said that permanent health officers will be deployed at the different ports of entry.
The health Minister used the opportunity to warn Namibians to keep on making use of precautionary measures to fend off the rise of a possible second wave of new infections as is currently experienced by other countries.
The Executive Director of the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Ben Nangombe, said during the briefing that extensive evaluation of a COVID-19 vaccine manufactured in Russia, and research on Remdesivir and Hydroxychloroquine as a cure for COVID-19 are underway by local experts.
The Attorney General, Festus Mbandeka, also noted that the current trading hours prescribed for traders in the informal sector that ends at 18:00 daily will be reviewed, adding that once the line ministry advises in the affirmative that trading hours will be amended to allow informal traders to operate longer.
Meanwhile, President Hage Geingob announced that the number of people that will be allowed to attend gatherings was increased to 200.
He also said that returning Namibians are allowed to enter the country without test results, but will undergo mandatory quarantine.
Travellers arriving in Namibia with negative results no older than 72 hours will be permitted to proceed to their final destination.
The previous requirement of retesting give days later has been done away with.
The Head of State also announced that to date, a total of 352 learners have tested positive for coronavirus, while 300 health care workers have been infected.