FILE PHOTO: The headquarters of the World Well being Group (WHO) are pictured in Geneva, Switzerland, Might 18, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Picture
GENEVA (Reuters) – Some international locations have seen “upticks” in COVID-19 circumstances as lockdowns ease, and populations should shield themselves from the coronavirus whereas authorities proceed testing, the World Well being Group (WHO) mentioned on Friday.
The epicentre of the pandemic is at the moment in international locations of Central, South and North America, significantly america, WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris mentioned.
“On upticks (in circumstances), sure we’ve seen in international locations all over the world – I’m not speaking particularly about Europe – when the lockdowns ease, when the social distancing measures ease, folks typically interpret this as ‘OK, it’s over’,” Harris informed a U.N. briefing in Geneva.
“It’s not over. It’s not over till there is no such thing as a virus anyplace on this planet,” she mentioned.
Harris, referring to U.S. demonstrations because the killing of George Floyd 10 days in the past, she mentioned that protesters should take precautions. “We’ve definitely seen a variety of ardour this week, we’ve seen individuals who have felt the have to be out and to precise their emotions,” she added. “”We ask them to recollect nonetheless shield your self and others.”
To keep away from an infection, the WHO suggested folks to take care of a distance of not less than 1 metre (three toes), incessantly wash fingers and keep away from touching their mouth, nostril and eyes, Harris mentioned.
Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Modifying by Kevin Liffey and Pravin Char
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