Closing national borders does not stop infectious diseases, according to the epidemiologist who led the WHO’s fight against Sars. Photo: Reuters

Coronavirus: flight bans are no guarantee of stopping the spread of the virus, epidemiologist warns

  • ‘Borders cannot stop infectious diseases,’ says David Heymann, who led the World Health Organisation’s response to Sars epidemic in 2003
  • More important to stopping the outbreak is the strength of a nation’s health care system, he said
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Closing national borders does not stop infectious diseases, according to the epidemiologist who led the WHO’s fight against Sars. Photo: Reuters