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S. Africa: NO New COVID Restrictions

FILE: A health care worker holds a Sinovac vaccine before vaccinating a minor receives in Pretoria, South Africa, Sept. 10, 2021.

South Africa does not see the need for now to implement any new COVID-19 restrictions in the country or for travelers despite rising cases in other parts of the world, the country's health minister Joe Phaahla said on Tuesday.

However, the country will increase COVID testing and reinvigorate its vaccination campaign in light of rising global infections, he said at a media briefing.

Phaahla also said that adjustments would soon be made on rules for booster doses and timing between such doses.

Last week, South Africa detected its first case of the XBB.1.5 Omicron subvariant of COVID, but it is not expected to cause an increase in hospitalizations, South African infectious disease expert Michelle Groome said at the same briefing.