Covid-19: Professor Karim says SA is ready for Level 3 lockdown

Covid-19: Professor Karim says SA is ready for Level 3 lockdown

- Professor Salim Abdool Karim is adamant that the nation is ready to migrate to Level 3 lockdown

- The expert says that the peak of Covid-19 infections can be lowered if SA respects preventative measures

- However, Karim warned that failing to do so will see a resurgence in coronavirus cases

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Professor Salim Abdool Karim says that South Africa is finally ready to enjoy more relaxed Level 3 restrictions.

The expert advising the government on how to handle to Covid-19 outbreak remains optimistic that the time is right, but warns that citizens should still be cautious.

Karim explained that the expected peak of infections can still be lowered if citizens adhere to social distancing and sanitising directives:

"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."

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However, the professor warned that the situation could quickly get out of control if South Africans throw caution to the wind, reports eNCA:

"It is in our hands, if we choose not to follow those rules then we can expect that the peak might even be bigger." reported that expert predictions indicate peak infections could see SA recording over 40 000 Covid-19 related fatalities with cases soaring into the hundreds of thousands.

Karim also offered his opinion on the debate surrounding whether or not schools in SA should reopen.

He explained that children should return but only if proper sanitation regulations are implemented and religiously followed.

But, despite these safety measures, Karim warned Mzansi that small outbreaks can be expected in the journey back to the classroom.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga had made it clear that the department cannot guarantee the safety of students but highlighted that this was a major concern with stringent safety measure put into place.

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