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Prepare for a 'new normal' as lockdown restrictions ease: Monday's COVID-19 WHO briefing

by Linda Lacina | Source World Economic Forum



  • Lockdowns must be lifted strategically, and not all at once, said WHO officials at a briefing on 13 April 2020.

  • Countries with lower numbers of cases can begin easing restrictions.

  • Social distancing and handwashing need to continue longer term.


Half the world has been under some form of lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19. While many are eager to see restrictions lifted, especially as numbers stabilize in some countries, we must remain patient and vigilant, said officials at the World Health Organization (WHO) briefing on Monday 13 April.


“It may be a little bit longer that you have to remain at home,” said Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, Technical Lead of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme.


Lockdowns must be lifted strategically, and not all at once, to prevent further disruptions, said Van Kerkhove.


“Not lifting all at once is very critical so that we can get people back to work, get these economies going back again as quickly as possible.”


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