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Government considers reopening borders

THE Government is considering re-opening land borders to the general public in time for the festive holidays as the country has officially gone past the Covid-19 third wave and continues to see a decline in new cases and deaths.

The land borders were closed to the general public intending to travel outside the country when the pandemic started in March last year. Only selected groups like returning residents, work and permit holders in neighbouring countries were allowed through the borders. Commercial cargo is also permitted to pass through the borders.
Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Minister Cde Kazembe Kazembe told Sunday News yesterday that the decision to open the country’s land borders will be done in due course, taking into consideration the progress in the country’s Covid-19 response. He said the National Covid-19 Taskforce would make appropriate recommendations to Cabinet before the dates of re-opening are announced.

“As you know there is a national taskforce tasked with dealing with such matters and as a Minister I cannot make a unilateral decision. However, if the taskforce sees it fit they will make their submissions. President Mnangagwa will then make a decision on that matter. However, judging from the prevailing situation chances are high that the borders might be opened soon,” he said.

-sundaynews

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