Flash Briefing: SA eases travel restrictions; IMF warns of investment low in SA: Zambia default risk: Covid-19

In today's BizNews headlines:
* South Africa has reduced the number of countries on its high risk Covid-19 list by more than half to 22 from 60, the government said on Monday, although Germany was among the notable additions to the register;
* The total number of Covid-19 related deaths in South Africa has risen to 18,471 (as of 18 October). More than 703,793 cases have been reported in the country, with Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize and his wife among those who have tested positive;
* South Africa will be hard pressed to realise its ambitions of attracting R1trn, with the IMF warning that investment as a percentage of GDP will reach a record low of 13% this year; and
* The clock is ticking for Zambia to convince reluctant bondholders to accept an interest-payment holiday while it works out a debt-restructuring strategy.