South Africa closed its land borders on January 11th after a new variant of Covid was discovered
South Africa says it will reopen 20 of its land border crossings on Monday, which were closed last month to stop the spread of Covid-19 infections.
The decision was made at a cabinet meeting on Saturday.
South Africa has been hard hit by a second wave of the outbreak related to a new variant of the disease.
Nearly 1.5 million infections and more than 47,000 deaths related to Covid have been recorded – by far the highest number in Africa.
Worldwide, more than 108 million cases have been confirmed since the outbreak began in late 2019, with nearly 2.3 million deaths, according to the American Johns Hopkins University.
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What did the South African government say?
On Saturday the government announced that it would open the borders with Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Lesotho and Eswatini.
“Active and orderly management of people across our borders is an important part of the country’s risk-adjusted approach to controlling the spread of Covid-19,” said Home Secretary Aaron Motsoaledi.
However, the minister warned that anyone trying to cross the lines will have to provide evidence of negative Covid tests that were recently carried out.
Mr Motsoaledi said he would personally visit the four busiest intersections to watch travelers being processed.
South Africa closed its borders with neighboring countries on January 11 after the new variant of Covid-19 was discovered.
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A number of countries have since banned all travel to and from South Africa.
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