Covid-19
WHO recommends localised measures instead of lockdowns

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is not recommending that countries go back to national lockdowns, however they instead implement localised measures against the Covid-19 spread. This was stated by Dr Maria van Kerkhove in a recent interview with The Telegraph.

Till the end of March, there were over 100 countries who enforced partial lockdowns in an attempt to control the pandemic. While saying that at the time this was necessary, Dr van Kerkhove stated that the economic impact on health and the social sector was too big.

She said that a vaccine for Covid-19 will not be available in the coming six months even if work is accelerated to create an effective and safe vaccine.

Dr van Kerkhove added that instead of returning to lockdowns, countries should implement specific and localised tools, such as contact tracing, big scale testing, facilities of equipped health, social distancing and the wearing of masks.

She stated that these tools work and countries which used them wisely managed to control the pandemic.

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