WHO countries easing lockdown measures
WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warns the world is entering a new and dangerous phase of the COVID-19 as infections hit the rise. PHOTO/FRANCE24

WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned countries that easing their lockdown measures to remain vigilant dealing with the coronavirus.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned countries that have already eased their lockdown measures to remain vigilant dealing with the coronavirus because it is still very deadly.

As more and more countries worldwide continue to reduce restrictions to revamp their economies and activities, WHO says that measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 should not be abandoned.

According to the WHO, Chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the world is threatening a new and dangerous phase of the COVID-19 pandemic as infections hit the rise.

As of Saturday morning, coronavirus cases worldwide have reached 8,767,138 with 4,628,625 recoveries and up to 462,706 people have succumbed to the virus according to statistics from the Johns Hopkins University.

Over 150,000 new cases of the disease were reported on Thursday, the highest in a single day with cases coming from America, South Asia and the Middle East.

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Beijing’s education commission earlier this week ordered the closure of the capital’s schools again following a new outbreak of the coronavirus.

This, according to Tedros justifies why countries should remain observing guidelines in place to mitigate a fresh spread of the virus.

“The world is in a new and dangerous phase. Many people are understandably fed up with being at home. Countries are understandably eager to open up their societies and economies,” Tedros said in a Friday evening press conference.

Tedros stressed that people should not be reluctant because the deadly virus is still fast-spreading and most people are still susceptible. He said countries have to continue embarking on efforts focused on containing the disease, including thorough testing and contact tracing.  

WHO countries easing lockdown measures
WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warns the world is entering a new and dangerous phase of the COVID-19 as infections hit the rise. PHOTO/FRANCE24

Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner, Filippo Grandi who was also a guest at the briefing, held on the eve of World Refugee Day, marked on Saturday, revealed that humanitarians initially feared there would be “catastrophic outbreaks” in places like refugee camps where maintaining social distancing is quite inevitable.

Grandi mentioned that although a few cases of COVID-19 and small outbreaks have been reported in these camps, WHO’s support and technical guidance has been invaluable in guarding against a pool of infections in refugee camps.

“So far this has not occurred. WHO has provided us, throughout these difficult months, with leadership and technical guidance without which we would not have been able to achieve whatever we have been able to achieve.”  

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“I’m thinking of many urban centres in Africa that host large refugee populations. I’m thinking of Afghans in Pakistan and Iraq, that live – share facilities and accommodation – with communities that have been impacted very severely by COVID,” Grandi raised worries.