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WHO says countries need to use lockdown time to attack coronavirus

WHO says countries need to use lockdown time to attack coronavirus
TEDROS: Asking people to stay at home and shutting down population movement is buying time, and reducing pressure on health systems. On their own, these measures won't extinguish epidemics. - Filepix
GENEVA: The World Health Organization said on Wednesday that countries which have locked down their populations to prevent the spread of the coronavirus need to use the time to find and attack the virus.

"Asking people to stay at home and shutting down population movement is buying time, and reducing pressure on health systems.

"On their own, these measures won't extinguish epidemics," said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Countries need to expand, train and deploy their health care and public health workforces, as well as implementing systems to find every suspected case, and ramping up testing, he said.