The World Health Organization (WHO) stressed today that the return to the confinements that some countries in Europe are already considering due to the increase in cases of COVID-19must be the “last resort” in the current fight against the pandemic.
“Great movement restrictions that keep many people at home and limit the ability of many to work and socialize it should be the last resort when it comes to preventing COVID-19 and preventing health systems from becoming saturated, “said WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic at a press conference.
The official source added that this type of measure “They are not sustainable, given the great social and economic impact”. Jasarevic insisted that “it is not a matter of choosing between leaving the virus free or closing our societies,” and stressed that there are more tools to combat the pandemic that include hand hygiene, physical distancing, the use of masks, and of the health networks the tracking of cases and contacts.
The spokesperson stated that the coronavirus containment measures must always depend on local risk reports, and stressed that the confinements at the national level “cannot be the default control measure”.
He also admitted that “some countries have been forced to issue orders for their citizens to stay at home to manage rapid increases in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations “and thus buy time to improve the response capacity of their health systems.