World Health Organization urges vigilance to hold hard-won anti-virus gains

WHO urges vigilance to hold hard-won anti-virus gains

WHO urges vigilance to hold hard-won anti-virus gains

However, he added that releasing lockdowns is both complex and hard, and signs of the challenges have already appeared over the weekend.

As pressure mounts for an worldwide investigation into the origins of COVID-19, reports from intelligence agencies around the world are pointing the finger squarely at Beijing for pressuring global health bodies not to declare coronavirus an emergency until it was too late.

World Health Organization director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told the same briefing that lifting restrictions was "complex and difficult" and that the "slow, steady lifting of lockdowns" was key. However, "all three countries have systems in place to detect and respond to a resurgence in cases", he added.

"Early serological studies reflect that a relatively low percentage of the population has antibodies to COVID-19, which means most of the population is still susceptible to the virus".

The WHO chief stressed Covid-19 was "very contagious and it's a killer", with more than four million cases now reported to WHO and some 280,000 lives lost.

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Dr. Ryan said as lockdowns are lifted, people undoubtedly will mix more. Now we are seeing some hope as many countries exit these so-called lockdowns. However, even if they maintain physical distancing and other preventive measures, transmission risk will potentially increase. "And that is what we are trying to avoid".

"The good news is that there has been a great deal of success in slowing the virus and ultimately saving lives", said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a video press conference from Geneva.

Speaking at the WHO Global Media briefing on May 11, 2020, Dr Tedros, said, "Over the past week several countries have started lifting stay at home orders and other restrictions in a phased way".

The agency this weekend published further guidance for countries looking to ease these restrictions, and another on reopening schools and workplaces. Second, is the healthcare system able to cope with a resurgence of cases that may arise after relaxing certain measures? These three questions can help determine whether a lockdown can be released slowly or not.

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