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WHO warns countries of resurgence of virus after easing of lockdown

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that the countries should lift lockdown gradually while still being “on the look-out” for Coronavirus and ready to restore restrictions if the virus jumps back, expert Dr Mike Ryan says it’s a vulnerable people in institution, including those in long-term care facilities, prisons and migrant dormitories, must be protected. He also said “It’s really important that as countries ease those measures that they are constantly on the lookout for a jump in infections and in particular are dealing with the transmission in special settings,”

However if the Coronavirus comes under control communities must know to still follow physical distancing and hygiene measures, and testing of suspect cases must continue, Ryan said.

Dr Mike Ryan says the WHO recognises the difficulty for governments to maintain lockdowns during the pandemic, “for social, psychological and economic reasons”

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gave a robust defence of his and the WHO’s “timely” actions in declaring the new coronavirus an international emergency at the end of January.

The WHO,  is seeking to lead the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, had used the days before declaring the global emergency as time to visit China to learn more about the new virus. Tedros said

-Davinder Singh, NMTV News

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