WHO issues criteria for lifting lockdown

Mumbai: The World Health Organization (WHO) in a statement, has issued six criteria to help countries in deciding when to lift lockdowns. WHO said that countries should look at lifting the lockdowns when the coronavirus transmission is controlled, additional capacity in the health system is in place to trace, treat and isolate patients, outbreaks risks are minimized in special settings like nursing homes, preventive measures are in place like schools and work places, importation risks can be managed and communities are engaged to adjust to the new norm.

All countries throughout the globe should implement a comprehensive set of measures so as fo stop the transmission of the virus. Countries should also address the deaths caused by Novel coronavirus.

Tedros Adhanom, director general, WHO said that “Some countries and communities have endured weeks of social and economic restrictions. Some countries are considering when to lift restrictions. Others are considering whether and when to introduce them. These decisions should be based on human health and guided by how the virus behaves.”

“Lockdown measures that were introduced by difderent countries cannot be replicated in middle and lower income countries, so, measures such as stay at-home orders may not be practical, it further added as the Migrants, refugees are living in overcrowded conditions.”

“How do you survive when you are in a lockdown? Physical distancing is just part of the equation, many public health measures are part of this containment,” the WHO chief further added.

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