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President Cyril Ramaphosa announced minimal changes to the country’s coronavirus strategy even as he sounded the alarm about an acceleration in infections and deaths since the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant late in 2020.

Among the changes announced is the closure of 20 land borders with neighbouring countries, with Ramaphosa citing congestion that had exposed people to Covid-19 infection, while the numbers made it difficult to ensure health requirements for entry were met. The government maintained level 3 of the lockdown and kept the ban on alcohol sales intact, despite facing a court case from beer giant AB InBev, owner of SA Breweries...

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