Lockdown not enough to eradicate coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, says WHO

Live Updates: Coronavirus Cases Pass 370,000 Globally

WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said a lockdown on its own will not be enough to eradicate the coronavirus pandemic from the world.

Tedros recommended six key actions to enable the more precise and targeted measures.

Nations need to expand, train and deploy their health care and public health workers, Tedros said, and encouraged them to ramp up testing and track down every suspected case of the coronavirus within their borders.

He also suggested identifying, adapting and equipping facilities for treating and isolating patients, developing a clear plan and process to quarantine contacts, as well as refocusing the whole of government on containing COVID-19.

"These measures are the best way to suppress and stop transmission, so that when restrictions are lifted, the virus doesn't re-surge".

Ghebreyesus said that the WHO's COVID-19 solidarity resource fund has already received $95 million. "Aggressive measures to find, isolate, test, treat and trace are not only the best and fastest way out of extreme social and economy restrictions".

"More than 150 countries and territories still have fewer than 100 cases".

He added that he looks forward to next year's Games, and he hopes they will be an even bigger and better celebration of the shared humanity.

Meanwhile, the global death toll due to coronavirus COVID-19 on Wednesday night (11:30 pm IST, March 25) reached 20,499 with total confirmed cases of 4,51,355, according to the Johns Hopkins University's latest graph.

With 3,434 fatalities, Spain now has the second-highest number of coronavirus deaths globally after Italy's 6,820.



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