WHO says coronavirus cases jumped in countries easing lockdowns

The World Health Organization said Monday that coronavirus cases had jumped in countries that eased their stay-at-home orders.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that this indicated the danger of a second wave of infections remained high.

“In the Republic of Korea, bars and clubs were shut as a confirmed case led to many contacts being traced,” Tedros said during a news conference in the agency’s Geneva headquarters. “In Wuhan, China, the first cluster of cases since the lockdown lifted was identified. Germany has also reported an increase in cases since the easing of restrictions.”

Tedros noted that South Korea, Germany, and China put in place broad testing and tracing systems before reopening, which he said was critical to preventing new outbreaks.

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