Use lockdown time to attack the virus — World Health Organization head

Cheryl Sanders
March 26, 2020

The number of people infected with the new type of coronavirus worldwide has exceeded 372,000; over 16,000 have died, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its daily coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation report.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said lockdowns will not be enough to eradicate the virus. "But on their own, these measures will not extinguish epidemics".

During the virtual press conference, Tedros called COVID-19 "Public Enemy No. 1", and warned that if some countries don't get serious about putting safety measures in place, the world could see thousands of additional casualties.

He said these lockdown measures are buying time and reducing pressure on health systems, and called on countries to use the opportunity to take the actions needed to stop transmission and save lives.

"Fifth, develop a clear plan and process to quarantine contacts".

At the time of writing, over 450,000 cases of coronavirus around the world have beene confirmed.

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to wreak havoc across the world, many countries, including the United Kingdom, have ordered lockdowns in order to limit the spread.

Ghebreyesus said that the WHO's COVID-19 solidarity resource fund has already received $95 million.

The WHO chief reiterayted the measures of testing and treating and siad, "Aggressive measures to find, isolate, test, treat and trace is not only the best and fastest way out of extreme social and economic restrictions, but they're also the best way to prevent them".

Italy now has the highest fatality rate, succeeding China, where the virus originated.

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