WHO Warns Of A 'Second Peak' In Countries That Reopen Too Quickly

Henrietta Brewer
May 29, 2020

He adds, we need to be cognizant that the disease can "jump up at any time".

A child looks out from the sun roof of a auto during a drive-in concert in a parking lot in Goyang, South Korea on Saturday amid social gathering concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "We're right in the middle of the first wave globally, and if we look at the data from Central, from South America, as was spoken about, for Africa, for south Asia and for many other countries, we're still very much in a phase where the disease is on the way up", Ryan said at a press briefing.

A travel ban on foreigners coming from Brazil to the USA is set to take effect Tuesday, after being moved up from Thursday, the initially planned start date.

Although people across the US and parts of Europe have begun to venture out into public life and governments have ordered shops and restaurants to reopen, giving the impression the danger is lifting, Ryan pointed out that the world is still in the middle of the first wave of the global pandemic, with cases rising in Africa, South Asia, and Central and South America. The country with a population of more than 1.3 billion people saw a record one-day increase in new infections for the seventh straight day. It reported 6,535 new infections Tuesday, raising its total to over 145,000, including close to 4,200 deaths. Brazil has 375,000 coronavirus infections - second only to the 1.6 million cases in the USA - and has counted over 23,000 deaths but many fear Brazil's true toll is much higher.

Maria Van Kerkhove, a World Health Organization infectious disease epidemiologist, said "all countries need to remain on high alert here". Europe has had about 170,000 deaths and the US has seen almost 100,000. The one-day USA death toll was 620. He has called Brazilians anxious about the coronavirus neurotic.

In Rio de Janeiro, Mayor Marcelo Crivella, an evangelical bishop, designated religious institutions as "essential services" so they could stay open with social distancing rules despite recommendations for people to stay at home and most businesses remaining shut. World Health Organization director general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Africa has the fewest diagnosed coronavirus cases.

Tedros stressed the drug is "accepted as generally safe for use in patients with autoimmune diseases or malaria". "And that may be a reality for many countries in a number of months" time, ' Ryan said. However, Deadline reports, "President Donald Trump revealed in an interview on Sinclair Broadcasting on Sunday that he had 'Finished, just finished, ' his course of the unproven treatment".

Saudi Arabia is set to relax some of its lockdown orders on Sunday, including lifting bans on domestic travel, holding prayers in mosques and dining in restaurants and cafes.

Australia's prime minister said that global travel could resume with New Zealand before Australians are allowed to fly interstate if cautious state leaders refuse to reopen their borders.

In Europe, the Russian government reported a record daily spike Tuesday of 174 deaths, bringing the country's confirmed death toll to 3,807. Public Works Minister Alfredo Moreno announced on Twitter that he was among those who have tested positive, although he said he has so far had no symptoms.

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