World Health Organization changes course and condemns lockdowns while majority of Canadians still favour closing down “non-essential” businesses

The World Health Organization came out yesterday and condemned lock-downs as a primary way to curb COVID-19 contagion. However, Canadians still appear to support the closure of non-essential businesses.

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Recently, the World Health Organization came out in opposition to lockdowns as a primary response measure to COVID-19.

In an interview, Dr. Nabarro told The Spectator, “We in the World Health Organisation do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of control of this virus,”.

Dr. Nabarro also said that countries should stop “using lockdowns as your primary control method” of the coronavirus. 

“The only time we believe a lockdown is justified is to buy you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted, but by and large, we’d rather not do it.”

“And so, we really do appeal to all world leaders: stop using lockdown as your primary control method. Develop better systems for doing it. Work together and learn from each other.”

According to a new poll by Nanos Research commissioned by CTV News, 70 percent of Canadians are either in favour or somewhat in favour of closing non-essential businesses during the second wave of COVID-19.

While 29 percent of Canadians are either opposed or somewhat opposed to the closure of non-essential businesses. 

The break down of the poll is the following:

  • 45% are in favour of closures
  • 25% are somewhat in favour of closures
  • 13% are somewhat opposed to closures
  • 16% are opposed to closures 

The poll defined non-essential businesses as being gyms, movie theatres, places of worship and limiting restaurants to take-out only. 

In addition to the closure of non-essential businesses, the poll also found that 7 in 10 Canadians support or somewhat support controlling travel between provinces. Such control measures would include mandatory quarantines of 14 days when travelling to another province. 

The poll survey was done online and by telephone of 1,003 Canadians and was conducted between September 30 and October 4. The margin of error is +/- 3.1 per cent. 

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