A top infectious disease expert has said that several countries, including India, have not yet seen the peak of the deadly COVID-19 outbreak and warned that the second wave of the novel virus could be stronger than the first.
Speaking at an interview with the state media, Zhang Wenhong, head of Shanghai’s Huashan hospital’s infectious disease department said that India, Brazil and Russia, for example, have not yet seen the peak of the coronavirus infection curve and don’t know when the cases will come down.
Even as the nationwide lockdown has been lifted (barring containment zones) cases continue to surge dramatically in India. So far, the total number of COVID-19 infections in India has surged to more than 2.56 lakh cases and nearly 7,000 people have died of the virus. The country is reporting a new record of fresh coronavirus cases with each passing day.
The increase in the number of cases is being aided by the easing of lockdown in many countries, Zhang was quoted as saying in thepaper.cn.
He said that in the United States, for example, which is the worst-hit country with the most number of coronavirus cases in the world, after production was resumed, the outbreak in many states showed signs of a rebound or a surge in the number of cases. The outbreak is also rebounding in West Asia including in Iran, Zhang added.
According to data released by the Johns Hopkins University, the highly infectious virus, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan last December, has so far infected more than 7 million people worldwide. Meanwhile, the virus has killed 402,709 people so far.
Zhang, in April, had said that a second wave of the infection was expected.
“For a long time, epidemic prevention and control will go through periods of relaxation and tightening. It will be possible to live and work normally, but it probably won’t be possible to completely eradicate the outbreaks,” he said.