South Africa to close borders as COVID-19 overwhelms its health system



By Salim Yunusa

South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has told the nation that his government will close its land borders for travellers from now to 15th February, in its efforts to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

Ramaphosa was shown in somber state on a national television stating that the country is now being hit hard due to rising number of new cases, which he alluded is higher than the first wave.

He said that in this year 2021, the country has recorded 190,000 cases of COVID-19, and almost 15,000 are currently hospitalized.

The president identified burial ceremonies as one of the factors facilitating spread of the virus in the country.

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