From the marbled halls of Italy into the wheat fields of Kansas, health authorities are warning that the question is not how badly — and if another wave of coronavirus infections and deaths will strike, but if.
Back in India, which relaxed its lockdown this week, health authorities scrambled Wednesday to contain an epidemic at a considerable market. Hard-hit New York City shut down its subway system immediately for disinfection. Experts in Italy, which only began easing some restrictions, warned lawmakers that a new surge of virus infections and deaths would be forthcoming, and they encouraged efforts to identify victims, track their symptoms and follow their contacts.
If instances can’t be contained, Germany warned of a second and a third wave and threatened to virus restrictions. German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Wednesday with the 16 governors of all the country to examine further conservation restrictions, which have crippled the largest economy of Europe.
“There will be a second wave, but the problem is to which extent. Can it be a wave or a big wave? It is too early to state,” said Olivier Schwartz, head of the virus and immunity unit in France’s Pasteur Institute. France, which has not yet eased its lockdown, has worked up a”re-confinement plan” to prepared for that second wave.
Many areas are still fighting with the tide. A massive town was secured down by brazil for the first time. Across the ocean, the amount of verified coronavirus instances in Africa has shot up 42 percent in the past week. Infections were expected to exceed 50,000 there on Wednesday.
An Associated Press analysis found that US disease rates away from the NYC area are, in fact, rising, especially. It found New York’s progress against the virus overshadowed increasing diseases elsewhere.
“Make no mistakes: This virus is still circulating within our community, possibly even more now than in prior weeks,” explained Linda Ochs, director of the Health Department in Shawnee County, Kansas.
The virus is known to have infected more than 3.6 million and killed over 251,000 people, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins that experts agree is the undercount due to limited testing, differences in counting the dead, and concealment by some authorities.
The US has observed over 71,000 deaths amid its 1.2 million confirmed infections, and Europe has endured over 144,000 reported deaths.
“Burying both parents at the same moment? It’s difficult,” said Desmond Tolbert, who lost his mother and father in rural Georgia. He couldn’t be together when they died, because they had the virus.
President Donald Trump, with his eye on being reelected in November, is pushing hard to ease stay-at-home country orders and resuscitate the US market, which has seen over 30 million workers lose their jobs at less than two months. Trump is forecast to wind down the coronavirus job force, possibly within weeks of the country, despite worries that states are not being careful enough as they reopen.
A century ago, the second wave of the Spanish flu epidemic was much more deadly in part because authorities allowed parties to San Francisco.
As Italy’s lockdown eased this week, Dr. Silvio Brusaferro, president at the Superior Institute of Health, advocated”a massive investment” of resources to train medical personnel to track potential new instances. He explained tracing apps — that are being built by dozens of companies and nations — aren’t sufficient to manage waves of infection.
“We aren’t from this epidemic. We are in it. I really don’t want people to think there’s no more danger, and we go back to normal,” said Dr. Giovanni Rezza, head of the institute’s infectious-disease department.
In Germany, authorities could reimpose restrictions on any county which reports 50 cases for each 100,000 inhabitants within the past week.