COVID-19 : Priority to international travel essential, recommends WHO

COVID-19 : Priorité aux déplacements internationaux essentiels, recommande l’OMS

The international movement must primarily relate to the humanitarian emergencies, the personal vital and repatriations, has recommended Thursday, the world health Organization (WHO), highlighting that those at risk and vulnerable should avoid traveling.

“The lifting of restrictions on travel should be based on a thorough risk assessment, taking into account the epidemiological situation and the local context,” says the WHO in its updated recommendations.

“The WHO recommends that priority be given to the travel emergency and essential,” says the organization in its recommendations.

“Ill travellers and people at risk, including the elderly and people with chronic diseases, should postpone or avoid travel to and from areas of transmission” of the virus, adds the organisation.

“There is no zero-risk in relation to the importation of potential cases (of Covid-19) in a context of international travel,” stressed the WHO.

“When the country of departure and arrival have the same rate of transmission of the virus, there is no substantial risk “, but “when the country of departure has a transmission rate higher than that of arrival, the risk is higher,” writes the WHO.

The institution stresses the importance for points of entry (ports, airports, land borders) to have capabilities appropriate health to test, isolate the cases, and put their contacts in quarantine “.

She recommends travelers maintain the distancing, physical, hand-washing and wearing a mask depending on the situation, as well as measures of control at the time of departure and arrival.

In the beginning of the week, the WHO estimated that keeping the borders closed was not a strategy “viable” to combat the coronavirus, while recognizing the difficulty of having a global strategy at the international level.

Many countries in the world are closing their borders to nationals from at-risk areas or impose quarantines and tests, but without a concerted strategy.

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