WHO says national lockdowns should only be used in 'really extreme circumstances'

The World Health Organisation has again warned that national lockdowns should only be used in “really extreme circumstances.”

On Newstalk Breakfast this morning, WHO Special Envoy on COVID-19 Dr David Nabarro said national lockdowns should only be used in “really extreme circumstances when things are very bad.”

“That is really because you don’t get rid of the virus with a lockdown. You hold it in place.

You get rid of the virus by isolating people with the disease. He warned that the debate is too often presented as “either letting the virus run wild or having lockdowns” and noted that “there is a middle path.” “In fact, the countries that have adopted the middle path are able to get on with everything despite the existence of the virus,” he said.