Countries the place coronavirus infections are declining may nonetheless face an “immediate second peak” in the event that they let up too quickly on measures to halt the outbreak, the World Health Organization stated on Monday.
The world remains to be in the midst of the primary wave of the coronavirus outbreak, WHO emergencies head Dr Mike Ryan instructed a web-based briefing, noting that whereas circumstances are declining in lots of international locations they’re nonetheless growing in Central and South America, South Asia and Africa.
Ryan stated epidemics typically are available waves, which implies that outbreaks may come again later this yr in locations the place the primary wave has subsided. There was additionally an opportunity that an infection charges may rise once more extra shortly if measures to halt the primary wave had been lifted too quickly.
“When we speak about a second wave classically what we often mean is there will be a first wave of the disease by itself, and then it recurs months later. And that may be a reality for many countries in a number of months’ time,” Ryan stated.
“But we need also to be cognizant of the fact that the disease can jump up at any time. We cannot make assumptions that just because the disease is on the way down now it is going to keep going down and we are get a number of months to get ready for a second wave. We may get a second peak in this wave.”
He stated international locations in Europe and North America ought to “continue to put in place the public health and social measures, the surveillance measures, the testing measures and a comprehensive strategy to ensure that we continue on a downwards trajectory and we don’t have an immediate second peak.”
Many European international locations and U.S. states have taken steps in latest weeks to raise lockdown measures that curbed the unfold of the illness however triggered extreme hurt to economies.
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