Countries with a significant active spread of the coronavirus must prevent the amplification of events as opening up without control of the virus would be a “recipe for disaster,” the World Health Organization said on Monday.
WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus realized that many people are tired of the restrictions and want to return to normal eight months after the pandemic.
WHO fully supported efforts to reopen the economy and society, he told a news conference, adding, “We want children to return to school and people to return to work, but we want it to be done safely.”
“No country can just pretend the pandemic is over,” he said. “The reality is that this virus is spreading easily. Uncontrolled opening is a recipe for disaster.”
“Explosive outbreaks” have been linked to gatherings of people in stadiums, nightclubs, places of worship and other crowds where the respiratory virus can easily spread among groups of people, Tedros said.
“Decisions about how and when to allow people to gather must be made in the local context with a risk-based approach,” he said.
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