JOHANNESBURG - South Africa is doing well when it comes to curbing the spread of COVID-19 and is expecting no major spikes in infection under Level 2.
So says the chairperson of the COVID-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee, Professor Salim Abdool Karim.
However, he says South Africa needs to get to less than a thousand cases per day before it can claim victory against the virus.
"When we look at the overall trend, we can see quite clearly that the downward trend is in all provinces and is pretty consistent," Karim said.
"We'd like to see us get to a point where we are below a thousand cases per day.
"We're still at the high end... but that downward trend -- if it holds -- will enable us to get to the kind of level we need to get to."
The number of infections has increased by more than 1,500.
Karim said he was initially concerned that the country might see an upturn.
"Right now I'm not yet saying that we're in the clear because we need to have about ten days after we have eased our restrictions.
"When we look at the data in the next few days, we'll get a sense of whether the easing of the restrictions have lead to an uptick in the number of cases.
"We have to just ensure that we don't give the virus a chance to break out again and spread widely under the current situation," Karim said.
Karim has advised parents to keep putting masks on their children.
He says South Africa is still seeking further information on WHO research which states children under five years old don't require masks.
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