WATCH: Schools can expect small COVID-19 outbreaks – Karim

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 children are less susceptible to COVID-19 than adults.

Karim says cases of Kawasaki diseases are rare.

Kawasaki is an inflammatory syndrome associated with the coronavirus.

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Karim says children should return to school, provided proper sanitation regulations are followed.

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But he warns that small outbreaks of infection should be expected at schools from time to time.

“Overall, there is no good reason why children should not be going back to school if we can put in place the protocols for social distancing and hand sanitising. I think if we can do that, there should be little reason why these schools are not relatively safe. Having said that we must expect that they may be small outbreaks in school…” said Karim.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced that Grade 7 and 12 will be the first group of learners to start learning on 1 June.

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

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