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Lives vital as borders open

As government officials are busy compiling the list of countries whose citizens would be allowed into SA next month, they must rely solely on the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines to ensure the safety of locals.

WHO advises countries lifting bans on international travel  to do a full-scale risk assessment. "The gradual lifting of travel measures [or temporary restrictions] should be based on a thorough risk assessment, taking into account country context, the local epidemiology and transmission patterns, the national health and social measures to control the outbreak, and the capacities of health systems in both departure and destination countries, including at points of entry...

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