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WHO warns lifting of coronavirus lockdowns must be gradual

WHO warns lifting of coronavirus lockdowns must be gradual

Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 10:47 GMT+7
WHO warns lifting of coronavirus lockdowns must be gradual
A logo is pictured on the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) ahead of a meeting of the Emergency Committee on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Geneva, Switzerland, January 30, 2020. Photo: Reuters

BEIJING -- The World Health Organization warned on Tuesday that any lifting of lockdowns to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus must be gradual, and if restrictions were to be relaxed too soon, there would be a resurgence of infections. 

Lockdown measures have proved effective, and people must be ready for a new way of living to allow society to function while the coronavirus is being kept in check, said Takeshi Kasai, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific. 

Until a vaccine is found, the process of adapting to the epidemic will have to become a new normal, Kasai told an online press conference.

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