Countries where coronavirus infections are declining may still experience an "immediate second climax" if they stop taking the outbreak early, the World Health Organization said on Monday.
The world is still in the middle of the first wave of the coronavirus outbreak, said WHO emergency director Dr. Mike Ryan in an online briefing, noting that while cases are declining in many countries, they are still increasing in Central and South America, South Asia, and Africa.
Ryan said epidemics often occur in waves, which means that outbreaks could occur later this year in places where the first wave subsided. There was also a possibility that infection rates could increase faster if the measures to stop the first wave were lifted too early.
"When we classically talk about a second wave, we often think that there will be a first wave of the disease that will repeat itself months later, and that can be a reality for many countries in a few months," said Ryan.
"But we also have to be aware of the fact that the disease can jump up at any time. We cannot assume that just because it is now on the way down, the disease will continue to decrease and we will get a number of months, to prepare for a second wave. We could reach a second climax in that wave. "
He said countries in Europe and North America should "continue to implement public health and society, surveillance, testing and a comprehensive strategy to ensure that we remain on a downward trend and have no immediate." second summit. "
Many European countries and US states have taken steps in the past few weeks to lift blocking measures that have curbed the spread of the disease but caused serious damage to economies.
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