The world health organization (WHO) has warned countries planning to open economies and schools during COVID-19 pandemic to be cautious.
In briefing remark on Monday, Director-General of World Health Organization warned that “opening without control is a recipe for disaster.”
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said they wanted to see children returning to schools, but he said it should be done safely.
“If countries are serious about opening up, they must be serious about suppressing transmission and saving lives,” Dr. Ghebreyesus
“At the same time, no country can just pretend the pandemic is over.The reality is that this coronavirus spreads easily, it can be fatal to people of all ages, and most people remain susceptible. If countries are serious about opening up, they must be serious about suppressing transmission and saving lives.This may seem like an impossible balance, but it’s not. It can be done, and it has been done. But it can only be done if countries are in control of transmission” he said.
Dr. Ghebreyesus highlighted prevention of amplifying events as one way to control the spread of the pandemic saying, explosive outbreak in some countries were linked to gathering at public places including nightclubs and worship houses.
He noted that impact of the COVID-19 on the livelihoods is heavy.
The data on WHO’s website, show that the virus has killed 847,602 people and infected 25,298,875 around the globe as of Tuesday. Coronavirus is a highly infectious disease transmitted through droplets from nose or mouth of an infected person. Social distancing, wearing face mask and frequent hand washing are some of the ways to prevent it.