SA Lockdown: Karim says SA ready to move to Level 3

Professor Salim Abdool Karim has become a household name as the man in the know about the coronavirus. He is chairperson of the committee advising government on COVID-19. And he joins us now to tell us how we are doing as a country in our fight against the virus. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG – Professor Salim Abdool Karim says South Africa is ready to move down to Level 3 lockdown.

He says the peak of infection can be lowered if we stick to social distancing and hand sanitising.

Otherwise, SA should brace for more infections.

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“If we adopt the current strategies of social distancing, wearing our mask, hand sanitising, wearing our masks when we go into shopping malls and public transport, we could be in a situation where we have a lower peak than what is predicated.”

“It is in our hands, if we choose not to follow those rules then we can expect that the peak might even be bigger,” Karim said.

Professor Karim also weighed in on the debate around reopening schools.

He says children should return to the classroom, provided proper sanitation regulations are followed but he warns that small outbreaks of infection should be expected at schools from time to time.

South Africa’s total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is 19,137.

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Professor Salim Abdool Karim has become a household name as the man in the know about the coronavirus. He is chairperson of the committee advising government on COVID-19. And he joins us now to tell us how we are doing as a country in our fight against the virus. Courtesy #DStv403