New Delhi: As countries across the world are imposing restrictions to combat coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) top emergency expert stressed on public health measures and asserted that lockdowns are not enough to control COVID-19 spread. Also Read - 'Upset With China, They Should Have Told us About Coronavirus', Says Trump
“The danger right now with the lockdowns, if we don’t put in place the strong public health measures now, when those movement restrictions and lockdowns are lifted, the danger is the disease will jump back up”, Mike Ryan said in an interview on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show. Also Read - Coronavirus in India: Number of Cases Rises to 471, 9 Dead; 30 States and UTs Under Lockdown
In India, the central and state governments yesterday decided to lockdown 75 districts from where COVID-19 cases have been reported to break the chain of transmission. Several states including Maharashtra, Kerala, Haryana, UP, Uttarakhand and West Bengal, announced partial or complete lockdown for varying periods. Nagaland said it was imposing an indefinite lockdown from midnight Sunday. Besides, national capital Delhi also went under a lockdown till March 31.
Meanwhile, the WHO expert also talked about COVID-19 vaccines. “We have to make sure that it’s absolutely safe… we are talking at least a year,” he said, adding that, the vaccines will come, but we need to get out and do what we need to do now.