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South African Officials Argue for Harsher Measures to Curb Covid

  • National Coronavirus Command Council discussing restrictions
  • Government announced stricter lockdown measures on Dec. 28
Passengers wait to be tested at a mobile Covid-19 testing unit at O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.
Passengers wait to be tested at a mobile Covid-19 testing unit at O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.Photographer: Guillem Sartorio/Bloomberg

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South African government officials have called for stricter measures to curb soaring coronavirus infections at a meeting to discuss the state’s response to the pandemic, according to two people familiar with the matter.