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South Africa welcomes doctors from Cuba

More than 200 Cuban doctors arrived this morning in South Africa to help Africa’s most-affected country fight the COVID-19 outbreak.

The medics left on a plane that first carried a donation of South African medical supplies to the Caribbean island, its embassy in Pretoria said.

They are among 1,200 healthcare workers sent to battle COVID-19 in 22 countries that have requested help from the socialist state.

South Africa is to begin easing strict lockdown restrictions next month.

More than 1.5 million people will be allowed to return to work, some schools will reopen, deliveries of hot food will be permitted and cigarettes will be back on sale.

But the sale of alcohol and public gatherings will still be banned.

South Africa has almost one doctor for every 1,000 people, below the global average, according to World Bank data.

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