WHO Chief Tedros on lifting lockdowns
COVID-19: Only open up with strict measures- WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urges countries on lifting lockdowns. PHOTO/UN

COVID-19: Only open up with strict measures- WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urges countries on lifting lockdowns.

The World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Monday urged countries considering lifting their lockdowns that they should only do so with strict health guidelines and measures in place.

Tedros made the remarks during a virtual press conference held on Monday. He said that many countries globally are determined to see a return to the normal lifestyle but countries opening up without proper control measures might be set for the worst in terms of the pandemic.

‘’We want to see children returning to school and people returning to the workplace, but at the same time, no country can just pretend the pandemic is over but opening up without having control is a recipe for disaster,” the WHO advised on Monday.

His statement comes at a time when the global pandemic continues to spread across the globe with 25,850,207 confirmed cases and 859,136 deaths as of Monday according to statistics from the John Hopkins University.

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WHO Chief Tedros on lifting lockdowns
COVID-19: Only open up with strict measures- WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urges countries on lifting lockdowns. PHOTO/UN

On the African continent, the total confirmed cases have now hit 1,253,066 cases with five countries including South Africa on 627,041 cases, Egypt on 98,939 cases, Morocco on 62,590 cases, Nigeria on 54,008 cases and Ethiopia on 52,131 cases topping the chart.

In Asia, cases have hit above 7,040,471 with countries such as India on 3,691,166 cases, Iran on 375,212 cases, Saudi Arabia on 315,772 cases, Bangladesh on 312,996 cases and Pakistan on 296,149 cases among those most infected.

In America, a total of 13,508,242 cases have since been confirmed. On the European continent, the number of infections hit 3 677 025 as of Monday with countries including Russia on 995,319 cases, Spain on 462,858 cases, the United Kingdom on 335,873 cases, France on 281,025 cases and Italy on 269,214 cases among those most hit.

For Oceania, 29,635 cases have since been confirmed with notable nations including Australia on 25,746 cases, New Zealand on 1,401 cases, Guam on 1,395 cases, French Polynesia on 527 cases and Papua New Guinea 459 cases topping the chart of those most infected.

Despite the surge in the cases, however, several countries around the world have already lifted lockdowns on a section of activities to foresee a revamp of their diminished economies.

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Among others, Uganda is one of the countries that have since taken this direction; President Museveni earlier ordered the reopening of businesses including means of transport, saloons, shopping malls and arcades save for the churches, bars and schools that are still nonoperational.

While delivering his speech on the National Prayers Day over the weekend, Museveni stressed that scientists are still in discussion with the government to see how they can go about with the reopening of schools, bars, gyms among other activities that are yet to resume.