World Health Organization head: Use lockdown time to attack the virus

26 Mars, 2020, 05:08 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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He emphasised that the "last thing" any country needed to do was to open schools and businesses again, risking a "resurgence" of the virus.

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to wreak havoc across the world, many countries, including the United Kingdom, have ordered lockdowns in order to limit the spread. But on their own, these measures will not extinguish epidemics. "The answer depends on what countries do while these population-wide measures are in place", WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

Tedros said, "To slow the spread of COVID-19, many countries have introduced unprecedented measures at significant social and economic cost, closing schools and businesses, canceling sporting events and asking people to stay home". "We had been saying to the world the window of opportunity is narrowing and the time to act was actually more than a month ago, two months ago".

Nations need to expand, train and deploy their health care and public health workers, Tedros said, and encouraged them to ramp up testing and track down every suspected case of the coronavirus within their borders.

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"These are the best measures to suppress COVID-19 and prevent resurgence", Ghebreyesus said.

According to Johns Hopkins University, the global death toll has surpassed the 20,000 mark.

The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 11 March.

Italy now has the highest fatality rate, succeeding China, where the virus originated.

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