- The World Health Organization has urged countries against reimposing national lockdowns amid the Covid-19 pandemic
- This is due to the social and economic repercussions of closing down parts of any given country
- Over 100 countries have opted to go this route, affection billions of people in the process
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The World Health Organization has cautioned against reimposing national lockdowns in an attempt to limit the spread of Covid-19.
By the end of March, over 100 countries had opted to impose full or partial lockdowns which affected the lives of billions of people.
The entity has now highlighted the social and economic repercussions of this move, with the costs labelled as 'massive' by Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, who heads the WHO's pandemic response team.
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Speaking to The Telegraph, Van Kerkhove distanced the WHO from this globally-accepted response to the pandemic:
“Lockdowns are not something that WHO recommended, but they needed to be used in a number of countries because the outbreaks were growing so quickly. But we’re hopeful countries will not need national lockdowns again.”
The 43-year-old also warned against a vaccine being perceived as the ultimate answer to the crisis:
“In the next six months we will not have a vaccine. I know there’s a lot of work that’s being accelerated in terms of having a safe vaccine, but we cannot wait until  for one to come around.”
Kerkhove says that one of her greatest fears is that the world will become complacent when the risk of another situation occurring remains high:
“This is a wake-up call about pandemics and we must do more to be ready. It isn’t a matter of if, it’s a matter of when something like this will happen again. It’s quite traumatic what everyone is going through; we need to use this as a way to accelerate the change that is necessary.”
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Deputy President David Mabuza is recovering at home according to a statement issued by his office.
The statement noted concerns over Mabuza's health and sought to clarify rumours to the contrary:
“The Office of the Deputy President has received numerous calls from concerned South Africans regarding the health status of Deputy President David Mabuza. We would like to assure South Africans that the Deputy President is at home and well. Anything contrary to this is a malicious and unfortunate rumour."
This comes after a City Press reported detailed that the deputy president had in fact not been cleared by the ANC's Integrity Committee on wrongdoings during his time as Mpumalanga Premier.
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