The World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus has warned African countries that lifting existing restrictions in the fight against COVID-19 could result in deadly resurgence of the virus on the continent.
Meanwhile the US Senate has requested the head of the World Health Organization Director General to appear before Congress to address the organization’s response to the coronavirus crisis.
Sen. Todd Young, the chairman of a Senate Foreign Relations Committee subpanel that oversees the WHO, wrote in a letter to Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday that he was “deeply concerned” about the Chinese government’s influence on WHO and its early actions as the pandemic took shape, saying it had “overwhelming and dangerous consequences.”
In a report by the UN Diplomat, Ghebreyesus said low infection figures in Africa did not mean it was now safe to lift measures put in place to contain the virus. “I know that some countries are already planning thetransition out of stay-at-home restrictions, WHO wants to see restrictions lifted as much as anyone. At the same time, lifting restrictions too quickly could lead to a deadly resurgence, the way down can be dangerous as the way up if not managed properly.”
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American philanthropist Melinda Gates has expressed worry over the possible effects on Africa of the coronavirus pandemic if and when it fully strikes in the continent as it has done in Asia, Europe and the United States of America. “My heart is in Africa. I’m worried. The only reason why the reported cases of the coronavirus disease in Africa is low now is most likely because there have not been wide testing of people. The disease is going to bite hard on the continent. I see dead bodies in the streets of Africa,” Mrs. Gates said.
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“If ‘back to normal’ means acting like there never was a coronavirus problem, I don’t think that’s going to happen until we do have a situation where you can completely protect the population,” Fauci said. “But when we say getting back to normal, we mean something very different from what we’re going through right now. Because right now, we’re in a very intense mitigation.”