GENEVA: It is unlikely that COVID-19 would be eliminated and by getting rid of clusters of infection, the world could “potentially avoid the worst of having second peaks and having to move backwards in terms of lockdown”, WHO’s Dr Mike Ryan said.
At a news conference at the organization’s Geneva headquarters, Dr Mike Ryan said that there’s “always the risk” the disease can spread quickly when it’s imported from other countries.
“We’ve seen countries that have managed to get to zero or almost zero re-import virus from outside, so there’s always a risk”, added the head of the World Health Organization’s emergencies programme.
While the WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that intense COVID-19 outbreaks can still be brought under control.
“There are many, many examples from around the world,” said Tedros, that even if the Covid-19 outbreak is “very intense, it can still be brought back under control”.
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus has said Italy, Spain, South Korea and India’s Dharavi showed that even if the coronavirus outbreak is very intense, it can still be brought back under control.
“A strong focus on community engagement and the basics of testing, tracing, isolating and treating all those that are sick is key to…suppressing COVID-19,” Ghebreyesus added.