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WHO against lockdowns as fear grows over surging infections

The World Health Organization has come out unequivocally against lockdowns as a core means to stem COVID-19 spread.

According to the Agency, lockdowns resulted in job losses, fluctuating economies and further exacerbated poverty.

Lockdowns means to an end

Instead, lockdowns needed to only be a means to buy time to prepare for the worst-case scenario.

David Nabarro, an envoy to the WHO Director-General, stated this in a news interview on the state of the pandemic, saying that, at their core, they would rather no lockdown at all.

“WHO does not advocate lockdowns as a primary means of control of the virus. Lockdowns are meant to buy time to reorganise, regroup, balance resources, and protect healthcare workers who are exhausted.  But at large, we would rather not do it.” David Nabarro said.

Nabarro called on leaders to instead, learn from each other as consequences of lockdowns offered little benefit to many people.

“Leaders should work together and learn from each other because lockdowns have consequences that should not be belittled; that is making poor people poorer.”

Second wave concerns

The news come at a time when countries going through a second wave have began reimposing restrictions.

France, Italy and Spain have all put some restrictions in some cities to curb growing infections. Already, the second wave is seeing record infections in many countries.

Kenya has also witnessed a surge in infections over the past week. This week alone, there have been over 3,000 new infections. Yesterday saw 616 new infections, the highest in Kenyan since July.

Deaths have also risen exponentially, with 12 more people dying yesterday.

Already, there are talks that a lockdown could be looming. An article in the Nation said that the National Emergency Response Committee was mulling new restrictions to curb resurgent infections.

The committee will be meeting on Monday, October, 19th,  to recommend new measures.

Among the measures would be partial lockdowns in Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru and Turkana.

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