The World Health Organization says that lifting Coronavirus lockdown too early can lead to “deadly resurgence” in infections.
WHO chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that countries should remain vigilant about easing the restrictions even if they have to struggle with the economic consequences.
There are 1.6 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 whereas more than 100,000 people have died. Dr. Tedros spoke at the virtual news conference in Geneva. He said a “welcome slowing” of the epidemics in some European countries has been seen.
He said that WHO has was collaborating with governments to create strategies to make restrictions flexible, but he also urged that this should not be done too early.
“Lifting restrictions too quickly could lead to a deadly resurgence,” he said.
“The way down can be as dangerous as the way up if not managed properly.”
WHO head Dr Tedros welcomed the apparent slowdown in infections in some European countries on Friday.
However, he also highlighted that the virus has reached other countries. In Africa, the virus has reached to rural areas.
“We are now seeing clusters of cases and community spread in more than 16 countries” on the continent, he said.
“We anticipate severe hardship for already overstretched health systems, particularly in rural areas, which normally lack the resources of those in cities.”