A hasty lifting of restrictions imposed to regulate the COVID-19 pandemic might result in a deadly resurgence of the brand new coronavirus, the World Health Organization warned Friday.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated it was working with nations on methods by which lockdowns could possibly be progressively eased, however stated doing so too rapidly could possibly be harmful.
“I know that some countries are already planning the transition out of stay-at-home restrictions. WHO wants to see restrictions lifted as much as anyone,” he advised a digital press convention in Geneva.
“At the same time, lifting restrictions too quickly could lead to a deadly resurgence. The way down can be as dangerous as the way up if not managed properly.
“WHO is working with affected nations on methods for progressively and safely easing restrictions.”
The global death count is rapidly approaching 100,000.
More than 1.6 million infections have been recorded globally, according to an AFP tally, since the virus first emerged in China in December.
Tedros welcomed signs that the spread of the virus was slowing in some of the hardest-hit countries in Europe – namely Spain, Italy, Germany and France.
But he also warned of an “alarming acceleration” of the virus in some countries, highlighting Africa, where he said the virus was beginning to spread to rural areas.
“We at the moment are seeing clusters of circumstances and neighborhood unfold in additional than 16 nations” on the continent, he said.
“We anticipate extreme hardship for already overstretched well being methods, notably in rural areas, which usually lack the assets of these in cities.”
Tedros additionally despatched his greatest needs to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has been moved out of intensive care as he battles the coronavirus.
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