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South Africa Ends Covid Curbs Including Wearing of Face Masks

Shoppers inside a supermarket in Johannesburg.

Shoppers inside a supermarket in Johannesburg.

Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

South Africa’s Health Minister Joe Phaahla has repealed the country’s remaining coronavirus-related restrictions, according to a government gazette published Wednesday.

These include the wearing of masks, curbs on gathering sizes and border checks for Covid-19. Phaahla earlier this week suggested the restrictions be dropped following the decline in hospitalizations and reported cases, according to a statement dated June 20.