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.
“The world is still in the middle of the first wave of the coronavirus outbreak,” WHO emergencies head Dr Mike Ryan said.
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.
“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.