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Nelson Mandela’s recovery progresses

Mandela had a lung infection and gallstone surgery.

Mandela had a lung infection and gallstone surgery.

JOHANNESBURG — South African antiapartheid leader Nelson Mandela has recovered from his recent lung infection and a surgical procedure to remove gallstones, according to an announcement Sunday by President Jacob Zuma.

Doctors say that Mandela, 94, has made ‘‘steady progress and that clinically, he continues to improve,’’ the statement said. Mandela was hospitalized for nearly three weeks before going home on Dec. 26.

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Zuma’s statement said that Mandela ‘‘continues to receive high care’’ at his home in the Houghton suburb of Johannesburg and that ‘‘his daily routine is being gradually re-established.’’

Zuma congratulated Mandela on his recovery and said the antiapartheid icon has ‘‘the love and support of all South Africans.’’

Mandela has been reading newspapers, sitting up in bed and receiving visitors, according to reports in the South African media.

The news that Mandela has recovered from the recurring lung infection and the minor surgery will reassure many in South Africa concerned about the health of the aged leader, who has become increasingly frail over the years. A year ago, Mandela was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital for what officials initially described as tests but what turned out to be an acute respiratory infection.

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