The World Health Organisation has taken a massive U-turn, urging governments to avoid coronavirus lockdowns.
It comes as a WHO envoy, Dr David Nabarro said lockdowns should be the "last resort" as countries across the globe battle a second wave of the deadly bug.
The current death toll worldwide stands at 1.8 million, however Dr Nabarro said to stop "using lockdowns as your primary control method," reports The Sun.
He said: "Lockdowns just have one consequence that you must never ever belittle, and that is making poor people an awful lot poorer."
He continued: "We in the World Health Organisation do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of control of this virus.
"The only time we believe a lockdown is justified is to buy you time to reorganise, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted, but by and large, we’d rather not do it."
Dr Nabarro spoke up about the failing tourism industry, and the pandemic's impact for nations like the Caribbean and the Pacific.
The doctor said that smallholder farmers all over the world are being affected.
He worries that the world may see a doubling of global poverty and child malnutrition by next year.
Boris Johnson to announce three-tier lockdown on Monday – and some pubs will shut
He urged world leaders to stop using lockdowns as their primary control method.
In the UK, Boris Johnson announced a three-tier series of local lockdowns for England in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Areas will be ordered into "medium", "high" and "very high" alert levels under the system, the Prime Minister confirmed in the House of Commons this week.
Those living in a medium-alert area will live with current national restrictions, including the 10pm curfew on hospitality and the Rule of Six.
Under high alert, household mixing indoors will be prevented, and the Rule of Six will apply outdoors.
In areas deemed very high risk, pubs and bars will be required to close unless they can operate as restaurants, along with gyms.
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