Bans on international travel cannot be indefinite, says WHO

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, countries worldwide have been observing a ban on international travel so as to stem the spread of the virus.

But recently, because of the impact of the health virus on the nations’ economies, several countries have started to reopen their economies including international travels. On July 27, the World Health Organisation stated that bans on international travel cannot stay in place indefinitely, and countries are going to have to do more to reduce the spread of the coronavirus within their borders.

The World Health Organization’s Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that only with strict adherence to health measures, including wearing masks, observing social distancing and avoiding crowds, would the world manage to beat the coronavirus pandemic.

Praising nations like Canada, China, Germany and South Korea who have significantly controlled the outbreak, Dr. Tedros said, “Where these measures are followed, cases go down. Where they are not, cases go up.”

WHO Emergencies Program Head Mike Ryan said, “… It is going to be almost impossible for individual countries to keep their borders shut for the foreseeable future. Economies have to open up, people have to work, trade has to resume.”

Mike Ryan added, “What is clear is pressure on the virus pushes the numbers down. Release that pressure and cases creep back up … The more we understand the disease, the more we have a microscope on the virus, the more precise we can be in surgically removing it from our communities.”

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