COVID-19: WHO urges countries to show extreme vigilance as they lift lockdown

COVID-19: WHO urges countries to show extreme vigilance as they lift lockdown

- The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that nations show extreme vigilance as they lift their lockdown

- The WHO praised the decreased rate of infections and deaths from the coronavirus pandemic

- The director-general of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom said there has been a great deal of success in slowing the disease

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Following the move by a number of countries to ease restrictions, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday, May 11, called on nations to show “extreme vigilance” as they begin lifting their lockdown measures.

According to Channels TV, WHO hailed the dwindling infection rates and deaths of coronavirus in some countries across the world.

The director-general of the body, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, speaking at a virtual media briefing said: “The good news is that there has been a great deal of success in slowing the virus and ultimately saving lives.”

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Michael Ryan, WHO emergencies chief, on his part also praised the gradual lifting of the lockdown describing it as a sign of hope. However, Ryan cautioned that extreme vigilance is required in this regard.

The WHO emergencies chief urged that public health responses should be boosted in countries to ensure that they can identify fresh cases, trace, and isolate all contacts.

He said: “If disease persists in countries at a low level without the capacity to investigate clusters, identify clusters, there is always the risk that the disease will take off again.”

Ryan lamented that some countries were choosing to “drive through this blind” by not ramping up their capacity to test and trace cases while they have the chance.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that Adhanom shared four guidelines that could help countries manage the COVID-19 pandemic as their societies resume work.

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The WHO director-general shared the safety tips at a conference on back-to-work policies. Adhanom said the return to work should be done in a phased, controlled and cautious manner to avoid putting lives at risk.

In the first guideline, Adhanom advised employers and managers to carry out regular updates on their risk assessment for work-related exposure to the virus.

Similarly, the global health body affirmed that the people who tested positive for coronavirus after already having been infected are not getting reinfected.

The health organization said that coronavirus patients declared recovered who later tested positive were still expelling dead lung cells rather than getting a new infection.

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