Europe fears possible second wave of COVID-19
The United Kingdom fears the second coronavirus wave and not being ready for it. The British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that it is too early to talk about lifting COVID-19 lockdown measures. This will inevitably lead to the second surge of the novel coronavirus in the country. Raab pointed to Germany, where new cases of COVID-19 rose after some social-distancing restrictions were relaxed.
“Having relaxed restrictions in Germany over the last week, they’ve seen a rise in the transmission rate of coronavirus. Chancellor Merkel has said publicly, and she’s made it clear that they might need a second lockdown in Germany if the infection rate continues to rise,” Raab said.
The fears of the British authorities can hardly be called groundless – the country reported a total of more than 26,000 coronavirus-related deaths since the beginning of the global pandemic.
Italian authorities, on the other hand, announce their readiness to the possible second wave of COVID-19 infections. They say that this time Italy is more prepared for the coronavirus outbreak both mentally and technically.
“Italian regions have twice as many ventilators than currently needed in case of a new surge of COVID-19. The country is now prepared for a second wave of infection even bigger than the first. If an infection rebound reaches apocalyptic dimensions, there is no way that any healthcare system can manage it. However, we hope that this will not happen,” said Domenico Arcuri, the Italian commissioner for the coronavirus emergency.
The epidemiological situation in Italy is slowly getting better. This week the country saw its lowest daily death toll since March 14. Italy reported 2,086 new COVID-19 cases and 323 deaths in the last 24 hours. The novel coronavirus killed a total of more than 27,000 people in the country.
Despite the threat of the second coronavirus wave, France will gradually start lifting the lockdown restrictions from May 11. However, there is still quite a high incidence rate in the country. 1,070 new coronavirus patients were hospitalized in France in the last 24 hours. Time will show whether the government’s decision on lifting the quarantine restrictions was right.
Meanwhile, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, reported cases of COVID-19 infection worldwide stand at nearly 3.2 million. Almost a third of them recovered from coronavirus. The global COVID-19 death toll exceeds 270,000.