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WHO spokesperson, Dr Margaret Harris said the COVID-19 pandemic was not a political issue and labelled it “humanity versus the virus”. She also explained the most effective way for nations to combat the spread of coronavirus.
Dr Margaret Harris told Sky News: “We don’t specifically say one approach over another but what we have seen that works, and countries have been able to turn the tide, is strong leadership, comprehensive strategies, consistent communication and an engaged empowered enabled population.
“What I mean by that is the people know what they are being asked to do and it is possible for them to do it.
“Every country right now especially those facing very big uptakes is feeling uncertain.
“I would just say to the people listen to each other, work and together.
“This really is humanity versus the virus, not a political issue.
“This is all about getting the virus under control.”
On Saturday, a SAGE adviser warned the spread of coronavirus is going to spike to the same levels experienced in March.
Robert West, who is a professor in Health Psychology at UCL’s Institute of Epidemiology and Health, called Boris Johnson’s three-tier lockdown measures “draconian”.
He warned there is no “permanent immunity” to coronavirus and the country has “wasted several weeks” not going into a circuit-breaker lockdown in September.
Mr West told LBC: “With the levels of restrictions we have at the moment, which are pretty draconian and are ruining the economy, we’ll still see the R value above one.
“What do we think is going to happen? We’re seeing 150 deaths a day at the moment. What do we think is going to happen if we relax that further?
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“It’s going to go up to where it was in March and it’s going to stay there until approximately between 250,000 to 400,000 people have died.
“At the end, this virus is not one where you get it and you get permanent immunity.
“In fact as far as we can tell the immunity lasts no more than a few months, maybe a year or two.
“You’re going to be back where you started in just a few months time.”
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