China announced on Wednesday the lifting of tough restrictions on the province of Hubei, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, after a months-long lockdown as the country reported no new infection cases. The lockdown will be in effect till April 14.
At the time of writing, over 450,000 cases of coronavirus around the world have beene confirmed. Of these, 10 people have died.
Addressing the media, Tedros said that lockdowns and stopping mass movement of people have been successful when it comes to buying time and reducing pressure on the health systems.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director general, said it had been a "difficult but wise decision" taken so as to safeguard the health of athletes and spectators.
During the virtual press conference, Tedros called COVID-19 "Public Enemy No. 1", and warned that if some countries don't get serious about putting safety measures in place, the world could see thousands of additional casualties.
He continued: "Fourth, identify, adapt and equip facilities you will use to treat and isolate patients". "Develop a clear plan and process to quarantine contacts, refocus the whole of government on suppressing and controlling".
"These measures are the best way to suppress and stop transmission, so that when restrictions are lifted, the virus doesn't re-surge".
The World Health Organization is warning that opening schools and businesses too early could cause a resurgence of coronavirus. "So it's very important, like what is happening now in India which we really commend to cut it from the bud, when you only have 606 cases".