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Confusion over ‘high-risk’ Covid listing … govt adamant Namibia remains safe travel destination

Based on a steady increase in positive cases, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has altered its categorisation of Namibia to a high-risk Covid-19 country, much to the chagrin of the tourism industry and health officials. 

The health ministry’s executive director Ben Nangombe said the classification should not be seen as if Namibia is not safe for tourists and travellers alike.

The CDC moved Namibia to level three “high risk category” on Monday, joining other countries in the same classification as Guyana, Mongolia as well as St Kitts and Nevis.

Hospitality Association of Namibia (HAN) CEO Gitta Paetzold said yesterday that Namibia is in a designation that currently applies to approximately 115 countries. 

“So, the important thing is that it is not just Namibia, and from what we understand, there have been no changes to the recommendation for US citizens considering travel to level three countries, which is to make sure…

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