Coronavirus: ‘Deadly resurgence’ if curbs lifted too early, WHO warns

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Image caption Easter celebrations have been cancelled throughout Spain and folks inspired to worship remotely

Lifting coronavirus lockdown measures too early may spark a “deadly resurgence” in infections, the World Health Organization chief has warned.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated international locations ought to be cautious about easing restrictions, whilst some battle with the financial affect.

He stated there had been a “welcome slowing” of the epidemics in some European international locations.

But there’s an “alarming acceleration” in different international locations together with in Africa.

Globally there are 1.6 million instances of coronavirus and 97,000 deaths.

Dr Tedros stated the WHO was working with international locations to kind methods for relieving restrictions.

“I know that some countries are already planning the transition out of stay-at-home restrictions. WHO wants to see restrictions lifted as much as anyone,” he advised a digital information convention in Geneva.

“At the same time, lifting restrictions too quickly could lead to a deadly resurgence. The way down can be as dangerous as the way up if not managed properly.”

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It comes as the federal government in Spain, one of many world’s worst-hit international locations, prepares to permit some non-essential employees in sectors together with building and manufacturing facility manufacturing to return to their jobs on Monday.

Spain recorded its lowest every day demise toll in 17 days on Friday, with 605 folks dying. According to the most recent figures, Spain has now registered 15,843 deaths associated to the virus.

However, the federal government has urged folks to proceed to uphold social distancing rules because the nation celebrates the Easter weekend.


Speaking on Friday, Dr Tedros welcomed indicators that the unfold of the virus was slowing in a few of the hardest-hit international locations in Europe – particularly Spain, Italy, Germany and France.

The variety of deaths in Italy rose by 570 on Friday, down from a every day determine of 610 the day earlier than, and the variety of new instances additionally slowed barely to three,951 from 4,204.

But Dr Tedros warned that the virus was now spreading quickly in another international locations and highlighted Africa, the place he stated the virus had reached rural areas.

“We are now seeing clusters of cases and community spread in more than 16 countries” on the continent, he stated.

“We anticipate severe hardship for already overstretched health systems, particularly in rural areas, which normally lack the resources of those in cities.”