Quarantine options under stage four

03 July 2020 | Health

OGONE TLHAGE

WINDHOEK



People who do not want to commit themselves to quarantine facilities funded by the state will have the option to do so once the stage four state of emergency regulations are gazetted and come into effect.

This was explained by health ministry executive director Ben Nangombe. He outlined that even if Namibians choose private quarantine facilities, it would still be supervised quarantine.

“If the regulations are gazetted, they become law,” Nangombe said.

Currently, those under quarantine are being funded by the state, irrespective of whether they are Namibians or foreign nationals.

However, with the introduction of stage four, government will prioritise state-funded quarantining of Namibians under particular circumstances.

A Government Gazette dated 28 June 2020 outlines which category of Namibians will be quarantined at state cost.

The list includes students, state patients, health professionals, persons entering Namibia on humanitarian grounds and persons entering Namibia on official government business.

Namibians leaving the country on private business while stage four of the state of the emergency regulations is in effect will be required to quarantine at their own cost.

“They would be quarantined at facilities approved by the ministry,” Nangombe said.

He added that there were measures to ensure that persons entering the country would in effect enter supervised quarantine.

“As people enter the country, they are quarantined,” Nangombe said, stressing that the relevant immigration and police officers as well as nurses would be on hand to assist with the process of placing people under supervised quarantine.

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