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A Boeing 777-200 aircraft arrives at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Harare, Zimbabwe, on Jan. 20, 2020. (Xinhua/Shaun Jusa)

Zimbabwe will gradually reopen it's land borders beginning in December, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said.

HARARE, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwe will gradually reopen it's land borders beginning in December, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said.

Addressing a post-cabinet media briefing, Mutsvangwa said on Tuesday borders to be opened first include the country's busiest, Beitbridge, on the border with South Africa, and Plumtree which borders with Botswana.

"The borders will open first to private passenger vehicles and pedestrian traffic as from Dec. 1, 2020, while further assessment is being undertaken with regard to preparations for handling public passenger transport," said Mutsvangwa.

She said the borders will operate between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., until further notice.

Mutsvangwa also announced an extension of the curfew hours from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. for the convenience of travelers who are cleared late at borders.

Zimbabwe closed it's ports of entry in March following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the government has allowed inter-city travel to resume, cross-border public transport remains banned.

The country reopened it's skies to international flights at the beginning of this month as government gradually reopens the economy.

Zimbabwe has recorded 8,303 COVID-19 cases, including 7,797 recoveries and 242 deaths as of Oct. 26.

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