Tourism Minister Mamoloko Kubayi says any decision on travel restrictions to and from India amid a massive surge in coronavirus cases and deaths in that country will be guided by scientific evidence.
The minister appeared in a virtual briefing before Parliament’s Tourism Committee. This comes as the National Ports Authority confirms that 14 Filipino crew members onboard a ship in the Durban harbour have tested positive for COVID-19.
The vessel arrived from India on Sunday. There are also concerns around a COVID-19 infected traveller from India who recently entered South Africa.
Kubayi commented on concerns that the variant identified in India could reach South African shores.
“As we have said previously, that decisions by government in terms of either opening or closing borders will be scientific, will be based on informed decisions. I just want to reiterate that part that there are discussions around it and [Health] Minister Zweli Mkhize would have communicated publicly…