At the moment, governments across the world are struggling between managing public health and reviving the respective economies. The countries are working hard to contain the spread and gradually resume business to kickstart the economy.
While several nations are struggling to contain the rapid spread of SARS-CoV-2, the second wave of coronavirus has emerged in China. The World Health Organization (WHO) had also warned of a second wave of COVID-19 as more than 100,000 confirmed cases have been reported across the world daily in the past two weeks.
Globally, there have been more than 8.04 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, including nearly 439,487 deaths, reported to WHO as on 17 June 2020 (at 10:43 AM CEST).
Most of the nations are in the eye of the storm when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic-induced economic impacts. While scientists and healthcare companies across the world are circling their wagons to develop a vaccine/treatment for COVID-19, at the same time the governments are looking to stop the rapid decline in the economy by easing the lockdown restrictions.
In such a situation, when the number of infections of COVID-19 has been continuously rising, and as there is no suitable preventive or therapeutic treatment to COVID-19 yet, a second wave spreading across geographies would be a nightmare for the world.
The Director-General of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom, stated that it took around two months to reach 100,000 cases of COVID-19, but now this number is being hit in a single day.
China’s capital announced the shuttering of in-person classes for all schools on 16 June 2020 in preparation for a new wave of coronavirus, in effect from 17 June 2020.
According to some media reports, more than 1,200 flights in and out of Beijing were cancelled on 17 June 2020, as the Chinese capital grapples with a fresh coronavirus outbreak that has infected at least 130 people.
What is the second wave?
It is not a scientific term with well-defined factors. Rather, it is used for describing a subsequent, severe surge in cases that occurs after the first surge has been suppressed in the area.
As authorities the world over lift restrictions intended to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic, the fear of a second wave arose. Pathogens such as bacteria and virus have the capacity to create a pandemic. Since these pathogens have multiple strains and can mutate, the human body, habitually, has no immunity against them.
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