The World Health Organization (WHO) warns against relaxing corona restrictions over Christmas if authorities do not have full control over the infection. “If people become infected with each other and if a country does not have the necessary infrastructure to track cases and isolate and quarantine contacts, then easing will lead to more widespread infection,” said WHO Emergency Relief Coordinator Mike Ryan in Geneva last night.
Governments must be aware that they can only weigh up the risks. There is no scientific formula for determining what relaxation is justifiable or how many holidays are safe without major restrictions, he said. “There is only a higher and lower risk that the situation will improve or worsen,” he said. Governments need to weigh the risks of a greater spread of the virus against the economic and social risks of maintaining restrictions. If people are not allowed to meet over the holidays, there will be great frustration, corona fatigue and possibly resistance to the measures, he admitted.
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