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Expert Claims that Lockdowns is Not Enough to Defeat Coronavirus

World Health Organization (WHO) leading expert said on Sunday, that countries can’t simply lockdowns their societies to defeat coronavirus.

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The WHO’s top emergency expert, Dr. Mike Ryan said on Sunday, March 22,  Countries can’t simply lock down their societies to defeat coronavirus. Adding that public health measures are needed to avoid a resurgence of the virus later on.

Speaking during an interview on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Mr Ryan laid out what he believes are the important next steps the authorities should be taking to address the spread of coronavirus.

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“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.

He added that should governments fail to implement these measures then there is a real and genuine risk of cases of the virus jumping up again.

“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.”

In a report of GMA News, much of Europe and the US, has introduced drastic restrictions on travel for non-essential workers to fight the new coronavirus. Most workers were told to work from home and schools, bars, pubs and restaurants being closed.

Mr. Ryan said that these countries need to follow the example of other countries like China, Singapore and South Korea, where these restrictions had been coupled with rigorous measures to test person suspected of having the virus.\

“Once we’ve suppressed the transmission, we have to go after the virus. We have to take the fight to the virus,” Ryan said.

Ryan also said that several vaccines were in development, but only one had begun trials in the United States. Asked how long it would take before there was a vaccine available in Britain, he said that people needed to be realistic.

 “We have to make sure that it’s absolutely safe… we are talking at least a year,” he said.

“The vaccines will come, but we need to get out and do what we need to do now.”

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