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WHO warns that relaxation of restrictions must be kept slow and steady

FILE – In this Monday, March 9, 2020 file photo, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization speaks during a news conference on updates regarding on the novel coronavirus COVID-19, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. After the new coronavirus erupted in China, the World Health Organization sprang into action: It declared an international health emergency, rushed a team to the epicenter in Wuhan and urged other countries to get ready and drum up funding for the response. Many analysts have praised the initial response by the world?¬ôs go-to agency on health matters. But now, governments have started to brush aside, ignore and criticize WHO recommendations on issues of public policy, like whether cross-border travel should be restricted or whether the public should wear masks. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, file)

Many European countries have successively lifted the blockade restrictions. WHO Director-General Tan Desai pointed out that countries must be extremely vigilant when relaxing restrictions to ensure that the epidemic has been controlled. It warns that the pace of unblocking must be slow and stable, and the health system can deal with new cases , And can track and isolate cases.

Tan Desai pointed out that relaxing restrictions is very complicated and difficult, and the key lies in slowness and stability. He mentioned that South Korea, Germany and China had rebounded after the partial blockade was lifted; however, he said he believed that the three countries had appropriate systems to effectively monitor and respond when the outbreak reappeared.

Ryan, the executive director of WHO’s health emergencies planning, pointed out that the epidemic situation in many countries continues and believes that the current lifting of restrictive measures still increases the risk of virus transmission.

The WHO has issued new guidelines, recommending schools to ensure that students maintain social distance when resuming classes, and urged employers to conduct risk assessments for the workplace and develop plans to prevent the spread of the virus.

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