Closing borders alone will not be effective against the coronavirus. This was stated by Michael Ryan, Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Emergency Program on July 27.
“WHO has always said that all travel measures should be implemented with other related measures. Similarly, washing hands or wearing a mask alone will not be effective. We’re talking about a whole package of measures.”
Ryan noted that with the opening of the borders, the virus will start moving around the planet again, so we need to understand and manage the additional risks involved. He expressed the belief that countries can’t keep the borders closed, as the economy “must continue to work, move people, goods and services.
“Countries face constant uncertainty, and we may face a situation where borders open and close again. That is the puzzle that we are trying to solve at both the international and national levels. The complete closure of international borders is not a sustainable strategy for global economic recovery. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, but progress that takes into account all the risks is important in this regard,” he added.