WHO warns that ‘no country can just pretend the corona is over’

Vastavam web: The head of the World Health Organization warned on Monday that reopening societies without having control of the coronavirus is a “recipe for disaster.” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said countries that are serious about opening up must be serious about suppressing transmission of COVID-19 and saving lives. He said eight months into the pandemic, health officials understand people are tired and want to get on with their lives.

“WHO fully supports efforts to re-open economies and societies. We want to see children returning to school and people returning to the workplace — but we want to see it done safely,” Tedros said during a news conference in Geneva. The WHO official urged countries and communities to prevent crowds of people gathering, saying many countries have seen a surge in cases linked to crowds of people at stadiums, nightclubs and places of worship.

He advised communities to help reduce COVID-19 deaths by protecting vulnerable groups such as the elderly and those with underlying conditions. Individuals must also continue to social distance, wash their hands regularly and wear a mask in public, Tedros said. He also urged governments to bolster testing and contact tracing capabilities.