Quick reopening may be disastrous: WHO

Geneva, September 1

The head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that opening up societies too rapidly amid the coronavirus pandemic is a “recipe for disaster”. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Monday insisted that international locations which can be critical about opening up should even be critical about suppressing transmission. He mentioned that isn’t “an impossible balance”.

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Tedros cited 4 key factors that international locations, communities and people ought to give attention to: stopping “amplifying events” — because the virus thrives on clusters; defending weak teams; folks taking steps individually to guard themselves; and discovering, isolating, testing and caring for instances, whereas tracing and quarantining their contacts. The WHO chief mentioned 90 per cent of nations that responded in a brand new survey reported fallout from COVID-19 on the availability of different well being care companies.

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A complete of 105 international locations responded to the survey aimed toward assessing the affect of the coronavirus outbreak on strained well being programs, notably in low- and middle-income international locations. Tedros mentioned the survey, overlaying 5 areas between March and June, uncovered the necessity for higher preparation for well being emergencies like the present pandemic.

Meanwhile, faculties have reopened in England, Russia, Ukraine and China’s Wuhan the place the virus is claimed to have emerged. — Agencies

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