He urged countries to implement strong measures, such as widespread testing - otherwise the contagion will ramp up again once lockdowns are lifted.
"What we really need to focus on is finding those who are sick, those who have the virus, and isolate them, find their contacts and isolate them", said Michael Ryan, the executive director of WHO Health Emergencies Programme, in an interview with BBC.
"Once we've suppressed the transmission, we have to go after the virus", the World Health Organization official added. They need to know that they are protected; they have the right gear, that they are trained, and they have the space to operate. He added, "And we can not stop this pandemic if we don't know who is infected. But at the same time, we have to take the heat of the epidemic, and go after the virus", he said in a clip tweeted by BBC.
Mike Ryan further stated that the examples of China, Singapore and South Korea, where those nations coupled restrictions with rigorous measures to test every possible suspect, provides a model for Europe, which has now replaced Asia as the epicentre of the pandemic.
"We will work hard on the vaccines, the vaccines will come, but we need to get down and do what we need to do now". Stating that the 12 patients who died were also elderly, Minister Koca also said that young people should warn the elderly to stay at home. Italy, which has now become the worst COVID-19 affected country, has seen over 5,400 deaths due to the pandemic, and over 59,000 positive patients, has been under lockdown for several weeks now.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization expert also talked about COVID-19 vaccines.