Is the Second Wave of Virus Looming Over?
As reported by South China Morning Post, China, in its 80,000 patient tally, did not include 40,000 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 but showed mild or no symptoms. As the number of positive cases coming from abroad seems to be growing in China – in the last week China has reported 313 imported cases, they pose a great threat of a second wave of Coronavirus in the nation. Travel restrictions and other lockdown restrictions were lifted in China which will lead to more human movement, leading to more chances of asymptomatic people or “silent carriers” infecting others.
Japan also saw a surge in the number of cases recently. With Singapore, Thailand, Pakistan, India and other South Asian nations seeing a rise in the number of cases, experts have debunked the World Health Organisations’ previous claim that pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic transmission was ‘relatively rare’. Studies from Japan, South Korea, Italy, and the USA substantiate that silent spreaders are the latest threat to the community. In view of the threat of second wave, China has ordered all cinemas and other important places to shut down again.
Approximately half of all residents with positive test results did not have any symptoms at the time of testing, suggesting that transmission from asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic residents—who were not recognized as having [the coronavirus] infection and therefore not isolated—might have contributed to further spread. – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Italy was the first hotspot of Coronavirus outside of Mainland China. A few days back, it reported the highest one-day death toll from that virus, 919. The number of cases in Italy is nearing 100,000 with a fatality rate of nearly 10%. The US, on the other hand, is nearing 150,000 cases. However, it only has around 2,500 fatalities. There is a growing number of cases in Spain as well followed by Germany France, Iran, and the UK. The global toll of infections has crossed 700,000-mark with a death toll of around 34,000.