WHO chief: Korea can handle resurgence of COVID-19


WHO chief: Korea can handle resurgence of COVID-19


May 15, 2020

Global Korean Post


By Lee Hana and Kim Minji

“Fortunately, all three countries have systems in place to detect and respond to a resurgence in cases.”

So said World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on May 11 at his organization’s headquarters in Geneva about Korea, Wuhan, China, and Germany, three areas that recently suffered a resurgence in the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus.


“In Korea, bars and clubs were shut as a confirmed case led to many contacts being braced,” he said, adding, “Therefore, to protect lives and livelihoods, a slow, steady, lifting of lockdowns is key to both stimulating economies, while also keeping a vigilant eye on the virus.”


Michael Ryan, executive director of WHO’s Health Emergencies Program, said that while certain countries have eased public health measures including lockdown, social distancing must remain and strict vigilance should not get lax.


“We hope and we have faith that Germany, Korea and other countries will be able to suppress the clusters they are having,” he said.