KARACHI: Executive Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Mike Ryan has advised against lockdowns by countries struggling to tackle the Corona virus outbreak.
In an interview with the BBC, Mike Ryan said “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.”
He said public health measures are needed to avoid a resurgence of the virus later on.
“What we really need to focus on is finding those who are sick, those who have the virus, and isolate them, find their contacts and isolate them,” Mike Ryan said.
Citing examples of China, Singapore and South Korea, Mike Ryan said these countries provided a model for Europe, which the WHO had said has replaced Asia as the epicentre of the pandemic.
“Once we’ve suppressed the transmission, we have to go after the virus. We have to take the fight to the virus,” Ryan said.