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Lifting of Lockdowns: A Reminder from the World Health Organization

The World Health Organization released six (6) guidelines to follow for lifting lockdowns.

It has been 6 weeks since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 as pandemic disease. Thereafter, countries across the globe implemented lockdown measures to control the spread of the virus. 

With the lockdown period almost done, WHO has some reminders to countries planning to lift lockdowns in their area. According to Takeshi Kasai, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific, lifting of lockdowns are closely monitored.

Germany, on Monday (April 20), started to tentatively lift social distancing measures. It was said that Germany has a very low rate of deaths caused by the virus compared to other European countries. Schools will also reopen on May 4. 

″(The) bottom line was Germany was better prepared, more decentralized (with a dispersed number of labs able to institute large-scale testing quickly, and the ability to contact trace) and swifter to react,” Bill Blain, a strategist for investment firm Shard Capital, told CNBC.

“The next stage is getting economies reopen, and again Germany is in a better position because of more testing and contact data. In the continuing absence of good data, the U.K. would be wise to watch carefully what Germany does,” Blain added.

It is still not safe to lift lockdowns, said WHO, but the public health organization has already set 6 conditions regarding the lifting of lockdowns.”It has now been more than 100 days since WHO was notified of the first cases of what we now call COVID‑19, and much has changed since we launched the first Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan two months ago,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.

“We have learned so much about this virus, and we’re still learning. This strategy update is based on the evidence the world has accumulated in the past three months about how COVID-19 spreads, the severity of disease it causes, how to treat it, and how to stop it”  Ghebreyesus said.

“This document guides the public health response to COVID-19 at national and subnational levels, including practical guidance for strategic action, tailored to the local context,” he continued.

Here is the summary of the guidelines provided by WHO:
  1. COVID‑19 transmission is controlled
  2. Sufficient health system and public health capacities are in place
  3. Outbreak risks in high-vulnerability settings are minimized
  4. Workplace preventive measures are established
  5. Risk of imported cases managed
  6. Communities are fully engaged 
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