Stay in lockdown until Covid-19 is eradicated says World Health Organisation chief

Stay in lockdown until Covid-19 is eradicated says World Health Organisation chief
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Posted on 26 Mar 2020

The head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that countries must stay in lockdown until coronavirus has been eradicated.


WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a press conference: “We squandered the first window of opportunity. The time to act was actually more than a month ago or two months ago.”

Continuing, he said that countries which have ordered lockdowns, such as the UK, have won themselves time to implement other aggressive measures to stamp out the disease. He added that the length of time for which the lockdowns need to remain in place will depend on what other actions countries are taking to eradicate coronavirus. 


He also listed six actions that every country should take in the fight against Covid-19. 

These are: Expand, train and deploy health-care workers; implement systems to find suspected cases; ramp up production of tests and increase availability; identify facilities that can be transformed into coronavirus health centres; develop plans to quarantine cases; and refocus government on suppressing the virus.


The head of the WHO’s emergencies programme, Mike Ryan, said that “if there’s any lesson from this pandemic, it’s that we need stronger public health systems,” both on a national and a global level.

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