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Jail time for COVID-19 safety offenders

Jail time for COVID-19 safety offenders

Eba Kandovazu


GOVERNMENT today emphasised that a penalty fee of a maximum N$100 000 or 10 years imprisonment is applicable for persons who violate in any way the Public and Environmental Health Act.


Health minister Dr. Kalumbi Shangula today urged members of the public to practice voluntary compliance in order to make the imposition of penalties unnecessary.


He added that the police is empowered to issue summons for offenders to appear in court where there is a breach of the regulations.


Speaking at State house this morning during the 22nd COVID-19 briefing, Dr. Shangula said that teachers are expected to resume with work tomorrow in preparation for the retain of learners next week Thursday.


COVID-19 safety offenders penalty fee maximum N$100 000 years imprisonment
COVID-19 IMPRISONMENT: Photo for illustration. Credit: Forbes


Dr. Shangula said that pre-primary to grade 11 learners will start school on 26 January 2021 as planned, while Advanced Subsidiary learners are expected back to school on 16 February 2021.


Sports will be allowed, but there will be no spectators, while normal rituals for state burials of COVID-19 are allow during and after the burial, on condition that there is no risk of exposure to the attendees.


Meanwhile, to mitigate the spread of the virus and further transmission, a decision was made to halt business and tourism travels of Namibians to South Africa until 15 February 2021.


Provision has been made for essential services, such as the transportation of medicine and transportation of other goods.


Today Namibia has recorded a total 312 confirmed COCID-19 cases, bringing the cumulative number to 29,183.


The active cases are 3,399.


Seven COVID-19 related deaths have been recorded today, bringing the death toll in the country to 271.


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