WHO has urged all countries to aggressively test and trace to curb spread of virus
The northern Italian town at the epicentre of one of the country’s regional outbreaks of the coronavirus has reduced the number of new infections to zero by following the World Health Organisation (WHO) ‘test and trace’ method for all of its residents, according to the financial times.
Vò, near Venice, saw the first death from the virus in Italy – and a rapid rate of spread. But the Financial Times reports that the implementation of a testing regime for all the town’s residents, combined with tracing contacts of any found to be infected, has reduced the number of cases to zero:
Vò is a small town, so replicating on a national scale is not easy – but such aggressive testing programmes have also helped South Korea and other Asian countries reduce the rate of infections.
Boris Johnson has persistently ignored the WHO approach and continues to do so in spite of being forced into a u-turn when his advisers belatedly realised their plan would kill hundreds of thousands of people.
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