WHO sees ‘welcome slowing’ of coronavirus cases in hardest-hit countries, warns against lifting restrictions too soon

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), speaks during a news conference on the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday, March 2, 2020.
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Date Published: April 10, 2020

Source: CNBC

Cases of COVID-19 are appearing to slow down in some of the hardest hit European countries, such as Italy, Spain, France, and Germany, where it was declared the new epicentre in March. However, the WHO Director-General has cautioned against lifting restrictions too quickly without proper measures in place because it can lead to a deadly resurgence. These measures include control of virus transmission, availability of medical services, and minimizing risks of outbreaks in special settings such as long-term care facilities. WHO officials are concerned about the “alarming acceleration” of cases in other countries, especially in Africa where there have been clusters of community spread in more than 16 countries. Furthermore, in some countries reports have indicated that up to 10% of cases are of healthcare workers.

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Summary by: Rakshith Gangireddy