Second peak of COVID-19 will be fatal: WHO

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Geneva: The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that an “immediate second peak” may surface for those countries seeing a decline in COVID-19.

Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme, said the whole world is in the middle of the first wave.

He told reporters that epidemics often come in waves. The outbreaks could come back later this year in places where the first wave has subsided.

Ryan said there was also a chance that infection rates could rise once again more quickly if measures to halt the first wave were lifted too soon. He warned that a second peak or wave could come during the normal influenza season.

Many European countries and US states have taken steps in recent weeks to lift lockdown measures that curbed the spread of the disease but caused severe harm to economies.

 

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