"Eight months into the COVID19 pandemic, we understand that people are tired and yearn to get on with their lives. We understand that countries want to get their societies and economies going again.”
By B N KUMAR
MUMBAI, Aug 31 (BNC Network): Stating that the World Health Organisation (WHO) is keen on getting COVID impacted lives and economy back to normal, the global body today said "If countries are serious about opening up, they must be serious about suppressing transmission and saving lives.”
“This may seem like an impossible balance, but it’s not. It can be done and it has been done. But it can only be done if countries are in control of transmission," said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus addressing a virtual global media meet from Geneva.
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"Eight months into the COVID19 pandemic, we understand that people are tired and yearn to get on with their lives. We understand that countries want to get their societies and economies going again,” he said.
Dr Tedros also cautioned the member countries against hurrying to launch COVAX. “Whether one likes or not” he said, “we are living in a globalized world. We have to work together. We have to work in solidarity.”
He stressed on a four-point strategy - prevent amplifying events, reduce deaths by protecting vulnerable groups, take the individual steps to protect yourself and others, and find, isolate test and care cases, and trace and quarantine contacts.
COVID19 spreads very efficiently among clusters of people and in many countries, one has seen explosive outbreaks linked to gatherings of people at stadiums, nightclubs, places of worship and in other crowds, he said.
He then went on to say: Avoid the “three Cs”: closed spaces, crowded places and close-contact settings.