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Health Minister allays fears over importing of India variant

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The Health Ministry has noted concern on social media about the possible import to South Africa of the variant of the coronavirus found in India – which is battling a massive surge in cases.

The ministry has assured South Africans that there are no direct flights from India to South Africa and authorities are maintaining strict measures to try and ensure that new variants of the virus do not enter the country.

The ministry says in a statement that another 897 cases of the coronavirus have been recorded along with 35 new deaths.

Meanwhile, the Gauteng Department of Health has expressed concern about what it says is a “notable” increase in the number of coronavirus cases – especially in the Sedibeng District as well as in Emfuleni, parts of Tshwane and Johannesburg.

Source: SABC

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