AGENCIES, New York: As several countries who have enforced coronavirus lockdown including India are considering to ease restrictions in coming days, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned countries on Friday to be cautious about lifting restrictions introduced to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.
The WHO would like to see an easing, but at the same time “lifting restrictions could lead to a deadly resurgence,” director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a press conference.
He said there had been a “welcome slowing” of epidemics in some European countries – Italy, Germany, Spain and France – but there had been an “alarming acceleration” in other countries including community transmission in 16 countries of Africa.
Globally, some countries in Europe have already activated the lockdown exit programme. People in Czech Republic are allowed to shop at hardware and bicycle stores, play tennis and go swimming. Austria plans to reopen small businesses after Easter. Denmark will reopen kindergartens and schools from next week if coronavirus cases remain stable. Children in Norway will return to kindergarten a week later.
Although, India in the global coronavirus context has managed itself quite well till now, so far has not seen a larger number of cases due to its rigid lockdown policing.
The increase of number of infected people in the past few days in hot spots may lead to a situation wherein more and more patients may require respiratory assistance and intensive care in hospitals. Total cases in India have risen to 7,447 with 239 deaths so far.