The global Coronavirus death toll crossed 1000,000 yesterday. The grim milestone came as the World Health Organization issued a warning that prematurely lifting lockdown restrictions, which have kept more than half the world’s population in lockdown, could spark a deadly resurgence of the disease.
More than 1.6 million people have been infected around the world and nearly 70 per cent of the deaths are in hard-hit Europe.
But even as deaths and infections continued their upward climb, officials in the United States and Europe expressed some hope the curve could be starting to flatten. This week, China started to ease months-old lockdown orders in Wuhan, where the virus first emerged in December.
WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said I know that some countries are already planning the transition out of stay-at-home restrictions. WHO wants to see restrictions lifted as much as anyone, at the same time, lifting restrictions too quickly could lead to a deadly resurgence. The way down can be as dangerous as the way up if not managed properly.