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Virus herd immunity slammed as 'unethical' by World Health Organization boss

Virus herd immunity slammed as 'unethical' by World Health Organization boss”

When COVID-19 struck the world, most countries responded by enacting strict nationwide lockdowns.

On Saturday, India reported more than 73,000 new COVID cases in the previous 24-hour period.

For the World Health Organization, there will be "significant harm" to the economy if tight restrictions are imposed.

"Lockdowns just have one effect that you must never ever belittle, and that is making poor people an terrible lot poorer", he said.

He added that lockdowns have severely impacted worldwide locations that depend on tourism.

Dr. Nabarro said that the lockdowns may have been justified at the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, but no longer.

"Simply take a look at what's occurred to the tourism business within the Caribbean, for instance, or within the Pacific as a result of folks aren't taking their holidays", Nabarro instructed the outlet.

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This is also true for the USA, where airlines are now included in broad stimulus talks as they suffer from economic losses from the pandemic.

'Look what's happened to smallholder farmers all over the world. He added that there would be a chance of doubling on child malnutrition as well.

"When they are referring to lockdown they mean for suppression, but for countries pursuing elimination - lockdown has saved us".

The WHO's own six-step plan for easing of restrictions cite the following: ensure transmission is under control; make sure health systems can care for every case - including tracing and isolating; minimize risks in health facilities, including nursing homes; have preventative measures in workplaces, schools and other essential places; manage the risk of the virus being imported in from another place, and fully educate the community on the new normal, and how they can protect themselves.

Instead of herd immunity, the World Health Organization chief urged countries to stick to measures already implemented and proven effective to control transmission and save lives, such as preventing amplifying events, protect the vulnerable, as well as empowering, educating and engaging communities, in addition to finding, isolating, testing and caring for cases, and tracing and quarantining their contacts.

"It is simply unethical to unleash a risky virus, which we do not understand everything about". He said these measures could help in safely reopening economies and avoiding future lockdowns.

"The lockdowns are doing large injury to those Democrat-run states the place they're locked down, sealed up". "However, how much the virus spreads is not a matter of fate; it is very much up to us". President and Chief Executive Officer Resolve to Save Lives, an Initiative of Vital Strategies Former Director, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Ashish K. Jha, M.D., M.P.H. The country has reached grim milestones with little signs of case declines. The number dipped by late September at 29,000 but has recently been creeping higher to nearly 35,000. We well understand the frustration that many people, communities and governments are feeling as the pandemic drags on, and as cases rise again.

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