On Tuesday, the World Health Organization told governments that rushing to ease restrictions, lift lockdowns and open up economies can cause a resurgence of the Coronavirus pandemic. The warning follows plans by governments across the world to open up economies strategically.
Dr. Takeshi Kasai, the WHO regional director for the Western Pacific said this is the time for governments to remain vigilant. He warned that governments should continue to enforce restrictions, enforce social distancing rules and make sure opening economies follow gradual processes that strike a balance between keeping people safe and a functioning economy.
Dr. Takeshi said “This is not the time to be lax. Instead, we need to ready ourselves for a new way of living for the foreseeable future.”
Meanwhile, some states in the United States have announced plans and guidelines for reopening. Aircraft manufacturer Boeing has resumed production. The coronavirus lockdowns have led to massive unemployment as over 10 million people in the US have filed for unemployment claims.
Governors in the US are faced with the dilemma of opening up or keeping restrictions in place following massive protests in Washington, Oregon, Michigan, California, and Tennessee.