WHO opposes issuing of "Immunity Passports" to COVID-19 recovered patients

By Nzioka Justin | Monday, Apr 27th 2020 at 08:27
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With COVID-19 pandemic having killed over 200,000 worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a warning to the idea of issuing recovered patients with "immunity passports."

Defending its decision, WHO argued that having recovered is not a ticket that one cannot be re-infected. According to a statement by WHO, there lacks evidence about the recovered victims not being prone to the second wave of re-infection.

The COVID-19 pandemic dealt a blow to the religious calendar worldwide. During Easter festive, the Christians were forced to mark the celebrations indoors, after public gatherings had been banned.

Similarly, Muslims are now observing their second Ramadhan day in their homes. They cannot afford to visit mosques, and neither can they share meals as it has been the norm. All this is due to COVID-19 inconveniences.

Currently, and according to Worldometre, COVID-19 cases globally stand at 2,923,119. Out of these cases, 203,307 have already succumbed to the infection, while another 837,323 have recovered.

Therefore, the active cases stand at 1,882,489, and whereby 1,824,614 are reportedly mild cases while 57,875 are critically ill. The United States of America tops the list having 960,896 cases, among them 54,265 deaths, and 118,162 recoveries.

As of yesterday, Kenya had reported 355 cases, and out of which, 106 persons had recovered, and 14 people dead.

WHO recently warned that surviving COVID-19 did not mean that one was safe from the disease. The agency has expressed concerns that those issued with "immunity passports" may end up ignoring set regulations, claiming that they cannot infect others or be infected too.

Some nations had resolved to issue "immunity passports" to recovered patients as a mode of re-opening the economy, which has since been primarily affected.

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