Namibia reopens for commerce amid economic contraction

Namibian President, Hage Geingob has reopened commercial activities in the country. The lockdown restrictions ease will official begin in September with International flights, schools reopening and alcohol sale in place.The night time curfew will however continue.

Namibia’s economy is expected to contract by 7.8% in 2020 according to the country’s central bank and make a moderate recovery in 2021-revising an earlier forecast of 6.9% for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the public health guidelines to curb the spread, which led to the lockdown of all commercial activities.

The Southern Africa country has 6,906 confirmed COVID-19 cases and a recorded death total of 65 with 55 recorded in August.

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Global leaders are weighing all options particularly the economic and social effects of the continued lockdown on their respective countries.

President Geingob announced the changes in a television live broadcast- maintaining the curfew in COVID-19 hotspots such as the capital city,Windhoek and the Erongo region.

Meanwhile, Hosea Kutako International Airport will open its doors to international travellers from September 1st, while schools, vocational education training providers and universities will be allowed to hold physical classes from September 7.

Restaurants and hotels outside worst-affected Windhoek and the Erongo region can start selling meals and alcohol to be consumed on the premises, the president announced.

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