Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) stalled many countries during the height of the pandemic. Now, many nations have reopened businesses to stimulate their economies that were negatively impacted by the outbreak.
As many countries lift restrictions and some schools open their classroom courses, health experts warned a second wave could emerge, with expected increases in new COVID-19 cases.
In the UK, health experts said the country could face an exponentially increasing death rate from COVID-19 in just a few weeks unless urgent action is taken to combat the spread of the virus. The country currently has the highest official COVID-19 number in Europe and the fifth largest in the world.
There are more than 406,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UK, with more than 41,900 deaths.
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A second wave of the virus spread
A few days ago, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK was entering a second wave of the coronavirus as scientists feared the death toll could rise again.
COVID-19 cases are increasing by at least 4,000 cases per day in the UK, according to week-long data. In addition, new findings indicate that hospital admissions double every eight days and the test system is overwhelmed.
UK chief medical officer Chris Whitty and the country’s chief scientific adviser Patrick Wallace warned the outbreak could reach up to 50,000 new cases a day by mid-October if the country does not impose restrictions.
The death toll is expected to climb to around 200 a day by mid-November. The current trend continues, the two leading health authorities said during a press conference televised nationwide.
What are they going to do
With the number of new cases rising, Johnson said he was ready to take national measures to curb the spread of COVID-19. Local lockdowns currently affect about 13.5 million people in the country after the government took action in pandemic-hit areas, particularly parts of the North West, Midlands and Yorkshire.
“We are now seeing a second wave. We have seen them in France, in Spain and all over Europe. I fear it was inevitable that we would see them in this country,” said Johnson.
“We want to keep schools open – that will happen. And we will try to keep all parts of the economy open as much as we can. I don’t think anyone wants to go into a second lockdown.” he added.
The UK was strictly locked for the first time in March when cases rose and the death rate rose. In May, restrictions were gradually lifted so that businesses can operate and people can go back to work. From there, the government reminded voters of measures to prevent infection such as proper hand hygiene, social distancing and the wearing of masks.
Earlier this month, Johnson imposed a “six rules” in the country, according to which gatherings should only contain a maximum of six people, regardless of whether they are held indoors or outdoors. Experts also said a two-week lockdown could be imposed as a sort of “breaker” to contain the spread of the virus.
However, Matt Handcock, the country’s health minister, said the restrictions will be different this time as many schools and workplaces will remain open.
Meanwhile, Whitty said the challenge is to make sure the cases doubling time doesn’t stay at seven to eight days. He also added that the upcoming winter season would help the virus, with more cases expected to be reported.
He added that people may be asked to work from home and cut down on social contacts.
“We have to break unnecessary household connections because this is how this virus is transmitted,” Whitty said.
“And this means that social contacts are reduced, regardless of whether they are working. Here, for example, we are very grateful to all the companies that have worked so hard to make their environment COVID-proof to reduce the risk, and also in the social field. ” Environments, “he added.
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