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 sanitizing.
Otherwise, SA should brace for more infections.
“If we adopt the current strategies of social distancing, wearing our mask, hand sanitizing, 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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