Professor Salim Abdool Karim says South Africans have to learn to live with COVID-19 as it is still unknown when the pandemic will come to an end. Grade 7 and 12 pupils returned to school on Monday, which also marked the second week since South Africa moved to Level 3 lockdown. According to the Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19, children react differently to the virus.
“We now understand much more clearly that children are less susceptible. We are looking at a situation where we will have this virus in our midst probably for several months, if not years,” Karim said.
“We have no idea how long we will have to live with this virus. We anticipate going back to school to have a minimal effect on the overall transmission.
Meanwhile, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says she is encouraged by the state of readiness of schools in Gauteng. Motshekga visited schools in the province on Monday. I am very encouraged that we have a good start and I hope we can sustain it because in July we are supposed to receive the next phase.
“It was not easy to reorganise ourselves and get the place ready. I am encouraged because the sector has managed to find its feet,” she said. Coronavirus Hotline Number: 0800 029 999 from 8 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday. Help protect your loved ones by sharing this official South African government COVID-19 service with your family, friends and community.
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