Don't close international borders, stick to safety measures in SA - tourism bosses

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SA has been getting a minimal number of tourists from abroad. (iStock)
SA has been getting a minimal number of tourists from abroad. (iStock)

The tourism sector has hit back at speculation that opening international borders could be responsible for a spike in coronavirus infections in South Africa, saying people who fail to stick to safety regulations are the real culprits.

Concerns have mounted amid announcements that South Africa has entered its second wave, as well as a new strain of Covid-19 being identified by scientists from the Kwazulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform. The new strain is seeing more confirmed cases, as well as more hospitalisations and deaths, including among younger people without comorbidities.

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