World Health Organization says countries need to use lock-down time to attack coronavirus

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    Published: 2020-03-26 00:23:00 BdST

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A worker in protective suit sprays disinfectants in front of a dress shop at popular market, following an outbreak of the coronavirus, in Basra, Iraq March 10, 2020. Reuters

Countries which have locked down their populations to prevent the spread of the coronavirus need to use the time to find and attack the virus, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.

"Asking people to stay at home and shutting down population movement is buying time, and reducing pressure on health systems. On their own these measures won’t extinguish epidemics," said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

"We call on all countries to use this time to attack the virus," Tedros told a press conference.

Countries need to expand, train and deploy their health care and public health workforces, as well as implementing systems to find every suspected case, and ramping up testing, he said.