by voanews 02/13/2021
South Africa will reopen 20 land border crossings to allow normal travel, lifting restrictions implemented last month to control rising coronavirus infections, the Home Affairs Ministry said Saturday. The ministry said land border points, including those with Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Botswana, would reopen after being closed on January 11. "The active and orderly management of people through our borders is an important part of the country’s overall risk-adjusted approach to control the spread of COVID-19," said Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. Motsoaledi will visit the crossing at
Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer, said Tuesday that COVID-19 disease activity and severe outcomes are declining nationally. But she noted that at least four provinces had reported evidence of community spread and "outbreak activity" associated with faster-spreading variants.
Political leaders and allied media around the world used their stature to amplify politically expedient conspiracies already in circulation. But it was China — not Russia – that took the lead in spreading foreign disinformation about COVID-19’s origins, as it came under attack for its early handling of the outbreak.