South Africa closes land borders as medics struggle to contain covid infections
London, Jan. 12, 2021 (AltAfrica)-South Africa has closed its 20 land borders to the public — with people only allowed to cross in “limited circumstances” President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced
This is after the government realised that many people were being infected at the borders while waiting to be processed.
This is one of the two new regulations that have been added to the country’s level 3 lockdown regulations, which have been extended to February 15. The second is the amendment of the curfew by an hour as it moves to 9pm-5am, from 9pm-6am.
On the closure of land borders, Ramaphosa said the congestion at many of the land points of entry was mostly due to people arriving without a confirmation of their Covid-19 results.
“To reduce congestion and the high risk of transmission, cabinet has decided that the 20 land ports of entry that are now open will be closed until February 15 for general entry and departure,” Ramaphosa said.
Beitbridge and Lebombo borders have been identified as health hazards due to the congestion where at some point the queues were stretching over 25kms.
The delays at the borders have reportedly led to financial losses amounting to at least R3bn.