Namibia COVID-19 cases increased from 32 to 90 in a week after a quiet period of about 45 days without a case.
The airport in the Namibian harbour town of Walvis Bay has closed after two residents tested positive for the coronavirus and the economic hub went into lockdown.
The 2020 World Press Freedom Index has ranked South Africa fourth in Africa and 31st in the world.
Namibia’s President Hage Geingob announced cost-cutting measures on Friday to save up to 200 million Namibian dollars ($10.80 million) as the country battles with the impact of the novel coronavirus.
Namibia is the latest in a growing list of sub-Saharan African countries to report their first cases of coronavirus.