Coronavirus: lifting restrictions too quickly would trigger a ‘deadly resurgence’, warns WHO


Lifting restrictions on coronaviruses too soon would trigger a “deadly resurgence” around the world, the World Health Organization warned.

Countries emerging from isolation risk prematurely a second ruinous wave just as catastrophic as the first, the agency warned.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the head of WHO, spoke as countries around the world – including the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain and the United States – were considering ways to facilitate judgments, which now transform the health crisis into an economic crisis.

“I know that some countries are already considering the transition from home stay restrictions,” he said at a virtual press conference in Geneva, Switzerland. “WHO wants the restrictions lifted as much as anyone.

“At the same time, lifting the restrictions too quickly could lead to a deadly resurgence. The descent can be as dangerous as the ascent if it is not managed properly. “

The microbiologist added that the organization was working with affected countries on potential strategies to return to a semblance of normalcy after the peak of the pandemic.

He also listed six factors that must be taken into account before blockages are eased: transmission under control; health services capable of coping; risk minimization in nursing homes; preventive measures introduced in the workplace and in schools; virus import risk management; and communities have been sensitized on how to reduce future transmissions.

The global death toll from coronaviruses now exceeds 100,000, with more than 1.6 million people declared infected in total.

Although Tedros hailed signs of slowing contagion in Europe, he also warned of “alarming acceleration” elsewhere, saying the virus is now emerging in rural Africa.

“We foresee serious difficulties for already overburdened health systems, especially in rural areas, which normally lack the resources of those in cities,” he said.


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