The World Health Organisation has red-flagged the capacity of some countries to effectively impose lockdown due to poverty, Newsday reports. The organisation said the move to enforce a lockdown in some countries which are marred with poverty where people literally work for their daily bread was equivalent in seriousness as infringing on people’s rights.
WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a media briefing on Monday said:
That can only buy time, but at the same time, each and every country has a strong social welfare system, but other countries don’t and I come from Africa, as you know, and I know many people actually have to work every single day to win their daily bread and governments should take this population into account.
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If we are closing and limiting movements, what is going to happen to those people who have to work on a daily basis who have to earn their bread on a daily basis?
Another WHO executive, Michael Ryan who is an executive director for health emergencies said:
Society-wide measures are not easy. They are difficult and they are hurting people.
Zimbabwe is one of the poor countries with an unemployment rate of 90% that enforced a 21 days lockdown.