SINGAPORE (May 8): On April 15, the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, made two Twitter postings that are cru­cial for the resumption of econom­ic activity. His tweets listed the observance of six conditions before countries can start lift­ing restrictions.

For one, the transmission of the novel coro­navirus needs to be under control. Secondly, a country’s healthcare systems must be able to detect, test, isolate and treat every case, as well as trace every contact. Moreover, risks of further outbreak should be minimised in “special settings”.

The WHO director general added that pre­ventive measures must be put in place in es­sential places, such as workplaces and schools. Importation risks must also be managed. In ad­dition, communities should be fully informed and engaged on how to adjust to the new norm.

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