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Six new criteria to end Covid-19 lockdown

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has sets six new criteria for governments for ending the corona virus lockdown

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has sets six new criteria for governments for ending the Covid-19 lockdown.

According to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, any government that wants to start lifting restriction must first meet six conditions.

The guidance is to ensure the government would be able to control and deliberate the transition from community transmission to a steady state of low level of no transmission.

First, countries should confirm that the transmission of Covid-19 is under control.

Second, the governments must ensure that the health system and public health capacity are able to detect, test, isolate and quarantine every case and trace every contract.

Third, hot spots risks are minimized in highly vulnerable places, such as the nursing homes and facilities.

Fourth, preventive measures such as physical distancing and hand washing in workplaces have been established.

Fifth, they must control and manage risk of new import cases from travellers.

Sixth, they must be fully engaged, educate and empower the communities to adjust living under a new state of ‘normality’.

Ghebreyesus added that ending lockdowns prematurely in an attempt to restart economies could result in the re-emergence of infections.

Malaysia’s movement control order (MCO) was initially supposed to end on 14th April but has been further extended to 28th April 2020.

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