A nurse working for the National Health Department escorts a travellers to get a COVID-19 PCR test done before entering South…
FILE - A nurse working for the National Health Department escorts a traveler to get a COVID-19 test done before entering South Africa at the Beitbridge border post between South Africa and Zimbabwe, near Musina, South Africa, Jan. 8, 2021.

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa will reopen 20 land border crossings to allow normal travel, lifting restrictions implemented last month to control rising coronavirus infections, the Home Affairs Ministry said Saturday.

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

"The active and orderly management of people through our borders is an important part of the country’s overall risk-adjusted approach to control the spread of COVID-19," said Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.

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

South Africa has recorded the highest number of coronavirus infections and deaths on the African continent, with more than 1.49 million cases and over 47,000 deaths as of late Saturday, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center in the U.S.

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

 

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