04 December 2020,   00:11
WHO warns against ending coronavirus lockdowns too early

Coronavirus lockdowns being lifted only for the virus to break out again is the “last thing” that countries need, the head of the World Health Organization warned.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the current lockdowns provide countries a “second window of opportunity” to tackle outbreaks.

“We understand that these countries are now trying to assess when and how to ease these measures. The answer depends on what countries do while these wide measures are in place.

The countries need to implement measures such as expanding and training the health workforce, as well as ramping up the speed and production of testing before considering ending lockdowns.

These measures are the best way to suppress and stop transmission so that when restrictions are lifted, the coronavirus doesn’t resurge. The last thing any country needs is to open schools and businesses, only to be forced to close them again because of a resurgence”, - said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.