WHO warns against overly hasty easing of quarantine measures

Several countries are beginning to relax gradually measures aimed at curbing the pandemic.

A representative of the World Health Organization on Tuesday warned that if the restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus are lifted too quickly, there is a risk of a new wave of the disease.

“Now is not the time for indulgences. Instead, we need to prepare for a new way of life in the foreseeable future,” Dr. Takeshi Kasai, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific region, said in a conference call with reporters.

An increasing number of states around the world are considering when and how to mitigate the measures introduced to contain the pandemic, which has significantly disrupted the usual way of life.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced on Facebook that his government is announcing plans for a “gradual and safe” opening of the country by the end of the week after consulting with experts. According to his forecasts, the implementation of the plan will begin on May 4. As Conte noted, although he would like to open everything at once, such a step would be irresponsible and would negate all the efforts made.

The British Parliament is gradually returning to work after an unusually long vacation. On Tuesday, MPs will hold a meeting, following recommendations on social distancing, to vote on whether to hold meetings in the House of Commons in the presence of only 50 people, while the remaining 600 will participate in a videoconference format.

The Indonesian government on Tuesday announced a ban on traditional trips home to mark the end of Ramadan, which will begin this week.

German authorities have canceled the Oktoberfest beer festival, which attracts 2 million visitors every year.

Meanwhile, in South Korea, where life is gradually returning to normal, professional basketball League games are being resumed, but they will be held without spectators.

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