Karim wants international travel and curfew bans lifted in Level 1



South Africa is now in a “post-Covid new normal”- these are the words of the Covid-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee chairperson, Professor Salim Abdool Karim.

He said South Africa is getting used to containing the virus and the work needed to be done is to work on curbing “super spreading events”.

Karim said that South Africans will need to adjust to this new life and learn how to live with Covid-19.

He said that citizens would still need to make sure they take Covid-19  protocols with extreme seriousness and protect themselves especially when they find themselves in large gatherings.

“Where there is a large number of people, it’s not always easy to implement social distancing and mask-wearing and so on.”

“In those settings, we have to have a situation where we reduce our risk of super spreading events,” he said.

Karim also stated that the curfew and restrictions on alcohol are not necessary and lifting the ban on international travels should be considered under level 1 lockdown.

South Africans are expecting President Cyril Ramaphosa to announce measures to relax the current lockdown regulations.

The president in a meeting with South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) Last week said the National Coronavirus Command Council was consulting with social partners about the possibility of moving to the next level, level 1.

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