Namibia spent most of the third quarter of 2020 under the State of Emergency due to the Coronavirus pandemic, with the quarterly GDP estimates showing that the economy shrank by 1.8% in the first quarter, compared to the same period in 2019 and by 11.8% in the second quarter. According to the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPP), the impact of the lock-down and restrictive measures were felt directly and indirectly from job losses in the tourism and hospitality industry to financial results. Data suggests that Namibia is succeeding in creating a local diamond cutting and polishing industry. But, much of the data is puzzling and inconsistent, as it is simply not possible for an outsider of the industry to get a clear sense of what has been achieved, how and at what cost.