WATCH: 'Lockdown should not be extended but not withdrawn'

South Africa needs a post-lockdown strategy that imitates that of South Korea. That's according to Professor Alex van den Heever - Chair of Social Security at Wits School of Governance. One of these strategies is attacking the epidemic while it's still containable. For more details, we're joined by Professor Van den Heever via skype. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa needs a post-lockdown strategy that imitates that of South Korea.

That's according to Professor Alex Van den Heever - Chair of Social Security at Wits School of Governance.

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One of these strategies is attacking the epidemic while it's still small and containable.

“I think that we have to be very careful about withdrawing the lockdown without putting something effective in its place. So one should not ignore the requirement to have a very strong health prevention strategy...I think the only strategy we have is to have mass testing and contact tracing as the cornerstone of addressing this disease,” said Van den Heever said.

He said the lockdown "should not be extended but should not be completely withdrawn."

“Unfortunately the lockdown destroys the economy, so we can't really have that. We have to have used the lockdown purely to buy time for a more effective strategy to be put in place.”
 

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