South Africa opens 20 land border crossings

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Durban – South Africa will reopen 20 land border crossings to allow normal travel. The restrictions introduced last month to combat rising coronavirus infections have been lifted, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday.

The ministry said land border points, including those with Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Botswana, would reopen after they closed on Jan. 11.

“Active and orderly management of people across our borders is an important part of the country’s overall risk-adjusted approach to controlling the spread of Covid-19,” said Home Secretary Aaron Motsoaledi.

Motsoaledi will visit the Lebombo Border Post, one of the four busiest land ports on the Mozambique border, on Monday to oversee the processing of travelers.

South Africa recorded the highest number of coronavirus infections and deaths on the African continent, with more than 1.4 million cases and over 47,000 deaths.

It was hit hard by a second wave of infections related to a new variant called 501Y.V2, which was identified in South Africa late last year.


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