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 Well being Group warned Friday.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated it was working with international locations on methods during which lockdowns could possibly be progressively eased, however stated doing so too rapidly could possibly be harmful.
“I do know that some international locations are already planning the transition out of stay-at-home restrictions. WHO desires to see restrictions lifted as a lot as anybody,” he informed a digital press convention in Geneva.
“On the identical time, lifting restrictions too rapidly might result in a lethal resurgence. The way in which down may be as harmful as the way in which up if not managed correctly.
“WHO is working with affected international locations on methods for progressively and safely easing restrictions.”
The worldwide dying depend is quickly approaching 100,000.
Greater than 1.6 million infections have been recorded globally, based on an AFP tally, for the reason that virus first emerged in China in December.
Tedros welcomed indicators that the unfold of the virus was slowing in among the hardest-hit international locations in Europe – specifically Spain, Italy, Germany and France.
However he additionally warned of an “alarming acceleration” of the virus in some international locations, highlighting Africa, the place he stated the virus was starting to unfold to rural areas.
“We are actually seeing clusters of circumstances and neighborhood unfold in additional than 16 international locations” on the continent, he stated.
“We anticipate extreme hardship for already overstretched well being programs, significantly 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.
(Apart from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)