COVID-19: WHO warns of further blockages if transition is not managed carefully

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ZURICH / GENEVA: The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Wednesday 6 May against the risks of a return to isolation if countries emerging from pandemic restrictions do not manage transitions “with a extreme caution and a gradual approach ”.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus listed a series of steps needed before countries lift measures to control the spread of COVID-19 respiratory disease, such as surveillance checks and health system readiness.

“The risk of returning to the lockdown remains very real if countries do not manage the transition in an extremely cautious manner and according to a gradual approach,” he said during a virtual briefing in Geneva.

He also said that it was not possible to resume activities as usual when the pandemic eventually receded, stressing the need to invest in health systems.

“The COVID-19 pandemic will eventually recede, but it will no longer be possible to resume activities,” he said.

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