Maria Van Kerkhove, the World Health Organization’s technical lead for Covid-19 said that even if countries see a fall in coronavirus cases, they need to stay vigilant. Kerkhove said this during virtual briefing in Geneva on Friday, Reuters reported.
“What we don’t want to see is situations where you are moving from lockdown to bringing (the virus) under control to another lockdown,” she said.
At the same time, she stressed that states are able to reduce the transmission of coronavirus, citing the example of dozens of countries that have established and retained control over the pandemic.
Nearly 61 million people have been reported to be infected by the coronavirus globally and 1.4 million have died, according to a Reuters tally.
As we reported earlier, the World Health Organization (WHO) published the warning concerning the mitigation of the quarantine during the Christmas holidays in the regions with the unfavorable epidemiological situation.
Executive Director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Programme Michael Ryan pointed out the possible negative consequences of keeping the tough quarantine restrictions on Christmas.
“If people are not provided with the possibility to meet each other, it will cause sadness and depressed state that might lead to fatigue with the restrictive measures and possibly, the further protest against them,” he predicted.