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Schools can expect small Covid-19 outbreaks from time to time: Professor Karim

"It is in our hands, if we choose not to follow those rules then we can expect that the peak might even be bigger,"
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To date the WCED has spent R450 million in preparation of phased return of learners to schools

Professor Abdool Karim has said South Africa is now ready to move down to Level 3 lockdown.

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While speaking on eNCA, Professor Karim said adhering to health and safety regulations such as social distancing, wearing masks, hand sanitising could lower the peak than what is predicted.

“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.

Speaking on the reopening of schools Professor Karim said children should return to school provided all health and safety protocols are followed.

Adding that schools should however expect small outbreaks of infection from time to time.

Professor Karim said children are less susceptible to Covid-19 than adults and highlighted that cases of Kawasaki diseases that have been reported in different parts of the world and are associated with the coronavirus are rare.

Public health warnings were issued after cases of the inflammatory syndrome were reported among children exposed to the coronavirus.

“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.

Grade 7 and 12 will be the first group of learners to start learning on 1 June.

Meanwhile, South Africa’s total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases has risen to 19,137.

 

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