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Recently, it seems WHO has come out and said that some countries where increased COVID-19 cases are being seen may end up having to do full lockdowns finally or once again. While a lot of people don’t want to see this happen, it may be necessary for the greater good overall. 

According to Dr. Michael Ryan who happens to be WHO’s Health Emergencies Program Executive Director if countries cannot get this kind of thing under control, resurging outbreaks could come and total lockdowns are necessary in those cases. As you may already be aware a lot of different places and specific areas have been hit harder than others in all of this and as we see more cases coming once again in some places, lockdowns may become reality for some of us. This is quite damning but also may be necessary. 

Business Insider wrote as follows on the topic:

Dr. Michael Ryan, the organization’s Health Emergencies Program executive director, said at a Friday press conference that “there may be situations” in the near future of the novel coronavirus pandemic in which countries going back under full lockdowns “is the only option.”

WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told member nations one day earlier that “the virus can be brought under control,” but surges indicate that “the virus is not under control, it’s getting worse.” On Friday, Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the number of cases recorded in countries across the world had doubled in the span of six weeks. 

In comments also reported by outlets like CBS News, Ryan said at the briefing “in our current situation it is very unlikely that we can eradicate or eliminate this virus,” pointing to recent upticks as potential beginnings of future massive outbreaks.

“There are very particular environments in which that can occur, island states and other places, but even they risk re-importation,” Ryan said.

Ryan continued: “A more worrying pattern is large clusters of cases that could occur in association with super spreading events, events in which large crowds gather.”

Each country should aim to quash “small embers,” or early signs of resurging outbreaks, before the virus comes back in a metaphorical forest fire, he added. 

While a lot of people think this pandemic is dying down and that things are almost over but that may not be the case. Sure, we are capable of getting things under control, but we’re not quite there yet. Actually, according to WHO in most of the world, this virus is not under control in the least bit and is actually ‘getting worse.’ At the moment we don’t quite know what to make of all of this but in time we will all figure out what this means for us. 

According to AlJazeera, WHO has noted a record increase in COVID-19 cases as the total has risen by 230,370 in just a 24 hour period. Here in the US alone, we’ve seen 66,500 new cases in a mere 24 hours and so, we are still all on the fence about where this is headed. Melbourne in Australia has already re-entered lockdown and who knows where might be next. What do you make of all of this?