By Patricia Male
South Africa has announced the closure of 20 land port of entries to that country as part of the ongoing alert level three measures to fight increasing numbers of coronavirus infections.
Zambia’s high commissioner to South Africa Major General Jackson Miti confirmed that President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the border closures in a televised address to the nation.
Major General Miti says that among the six busiest borders that have been closed until 15TH of February were Beit Bridge and Lebombo.
He advised Zambians intending to enter or depart South Africa to ensure they are among categories of people that were exempted from travel restrictions.
Major General Miti states that the announced categories of people that would be allowed to enter or depart South Africa included transporters of fuel, cargo and goods, emergency medical attention for life-threatening conditions and permanent residents.
Others also allowed to travel were foreign nationals leaving South Africa and daily commuters attending school in that country.
President Ramaphosa in his televised address mentioned that based on recommendations of the national coronavirus command council, the cabinet decided to maintain the country on adjusted alert level three in addition to new restrictions to reduce the high risk of transmission.
This is contained in a statement issued by, Naomi Nyawali, First Secretary Press and Public Relations at the Zambian High Commission South Africa.
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