WHO chief warns against lifting lockdown too soon

Dr Mike Ryan

A World Health Organization (WHO) chief has warned the globe is still in the midst of the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

WHO Executive director Dr Mike Ryan said:

“Right now, we’re not in the second wave.

“We’re right in the middle of the first wave globally.

“We’re still very much in a phase where the disease is actually on the way up.”

He said regions first affected by coronavirus are still seeing the number of infections rise.

And he urged governments not to lift lockdown too early, despite the economic consequences.

Dr Ryan said:

“In these kind of circumstances, there may be no alternative.

“You must continue to do everything you can.”

About the Author

Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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