WHO warns of second peak in countries, where coronavirus is declining
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- Countries where coronavirus infections are declining could still face an “immediate second peak” if they let up too soon on measures to halt the outbreak, the World Health Organization said.
WHO emergencies head Dr Mike Ryan stated that the world is still in the middle of the first wave of the coronavirus outbreak and added that while cases are declining in many countries they are still increasing in Central and South America, South Asia and Africa.
He said epidemics often come in waves, which means that outbreaks could come back later this year in places where the first wave has subsided. There was also a chance that infection rates could rise again more quickly if measures to halt the first wave were lifted too soon.
Dr Ryan said: “Right now, we’re not in the second wave. We’re right in the middle of the first wave globally.
“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 said.
“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.”