“We wish to reassure citizens that there are no direct flights from India and that all our ports of entry employ stringent containment procedures to minimise the importation of Covid-19.

“Meanwhile, we have also consulted the ministerial advisory committee to advise us on the approach to management of travellers from countries that have epidemics driven by variants of concern. Their advice will assist us to determine the next steps, which will be announced in due course.

“For now we ask for calm to prevail as we continue to adhere to the health protocols, tighten containment measures at our ports of entry and keep a balance as we maintain economic activity,” said Mkhize.

Mkhize said on Monday that there were now 1,584,961 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across SA — an increase of 897 from figures released on Sunday night. The new infections come from 16,752 tests, at a positivity rate of 5.45%.

Mkhize also reported 35 new Covid-19 related deaths, taking the total number of fatalities to 54,452.

TimesLIVE

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