WHO expert warns countries easing coronavirus restrictions to keep guard up

A health expert at the World Health Organization said on Tuesday that countries that have relaxed earlier coronavirus bans due to low transmission rates should keep their guard up due to the threat of the virus surging back.

Takeshi Kasai, the regional director for the Western Pacific at the WHO, told Reuters that the new coronavirus epidemic is “far from over” in the region.

China has eased some restrictions in the province where the disease is believed to have originated.

There have been suspicions that Beijing may not be providing accurate numbers in regard to the disease’s death toll in the country.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday urged all countries, including China and Iran, to provide accurate information regarding the virus.

“We’ve asked every country to step up and tell us what they know so that the world can learn,” Pompeo told Fox News. “America will then turn around, we will share the information we get and we’ll keep people safe, not only here in the United States, but all across the world.”

Hubei province is the last major population center still under travel controls. Residents were allowed to go to other parts of Hubei but could not leave the province.

Restrictions on other Hubei residents were lifted March 23. The final curbs on Wuhan end April 8.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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