Countries can't simply lock down their nations to defeat coronavirus. The WHO's top emergency expert Mike Ryan adds that there needs to be some public health measures. This will avoid a resurgence of the virus later on.
"What we need to focus on is finding those who are sick. Those who have the virus isolate them, find their contacts and isolate them," Mike Ryan states.
"The danger right now lies with the lockdowns. If we don't put in place the strong public health measures, now when those movement restrictions and lockdowns are lifted, the danger is the disease will jump back up".
Nearly one billion people around the world are sitting in their homes. The death toll of deaths due to coronavirus is crossing 15,000. Factories were shut in worst-hit Italy after another single-day fatalities record.
The raging pandemic is forcing lockdowns in more than 35 countries. This is disrupting lives, travel, and businesses as governments struggle to shut borders. And unleash hundreds of billions in emergency actions to avoid a public virus-fuelled economic meltdown.
More than 350,000 infections are there worldwide. The situation is increasingly high in Italy. Italy's death toll is crossing 5,500 cases. It is over a third of the global total.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announces the closing of all non-essential factories in a late-night TV address on Saturday.
The Mediterranean nation of 60 million is now the epicenter of the disease. It first originates from China and then it passes to other countries.
Italy reports more deaths than mainland China. Across the Atlantic, more than a third of Americans are adjusting to living in various phases of lockdown. The list includes New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Other parts of the United States are ramping up restrictions as well.
"This is a time of national sacrifice, but also a time to treasure on lovable people around us," Donald Trump says. "We're going to have a great victory."
Spain reports a 32 percent spike in new deaths on Saturday. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez warns that the nation needs to prepare for "very hard days ahead".
Fatalities in France jumps to 562 as police officials are using state helicopters and drones to boost the government's attempts to keep people in their homes.