A second wave of infections of the new coronavirus could be “extremely destructive,” according to The regional director of Europe for the World Health Organisation (WHO), Hans Henri P Kluge.
"To date, there have been over 2.2 million confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Region. Tragically, over 181,000 people have lost their lives.
Although weekly cases have almost halved since April, the risk remains very high. A second wave is not inevitable – yet, as more and more countries relax restrictions there is a clear threat that Covid-19 infections may surge. If those surges are not properly managed, then a second wave could happen and could be extremely destructive," Kluge declared.
Kluge stressed that the second viral wave may prove more destructive that the first if it hits when other viruses, such as seasonal flu and measles, are active.
"This virus will stay with us for a long time, at least until a safe vaccine or effective treatments become available," he said.