Second wave of Coronavirus looming large over United Kingdom.
Ever since the lockdown in the United Kingdom, the country is seeing the lowest deaths because of Novel Coronavirus. But, the threat of a second wave of Coronavirus infections, is now looming large over the United Kingdom.
According to data released by the UK government on Sunday, the death toll due to New Coronavirus cases, increased by 77 and went to 40,542. Since the lockdown was announced in the United Kingdom on March 23, 2020, these are the lowest figures.
Also, in spite of fears that the Coronavirus disease was spreading in Northwestern England, in the past 24 hours, Northern Ireland and Scotland, reported no new cases of COVID-19 deaths.
The Office for National Statistics in the UK, carried out a random swab testing survey. And from provisional results from this survey, it has been seen that in the month of May 2020, the number of people, who had Coronavirus in the United Kingdom, had fallen.
In May 2020, in the last two weeks, only 0.1% or 1 in 1000 of the people in the United Kingdom, had New Coronavirus. This figure was nearly 2.5 times higher, between April 26 and May 8, 2020.
Interestingly, this survey did not include people in care homes and hospitals. Also, the survey was carried out prior to additional restrictions being eased in the United Kingdom, on June 1, 2020. The survey also noted that people in the UK, who went out of their homes to work, had 3.5 times higher estimated Coronavirus rates, as compared to those people in the United Kingdom, who worked from their homes.
The British Medical Association (BMA) has announced that people need to wear face coverings, wherever it is not possible to maintain social distancing. The government of the United Kingdom declared that from June 15, 2020, on public transport in the UK, face coverings will be compulsory. It has also been suggested by the British Medical Association, that people in the United Kingdom, should start using face coverings right away, rather than wait for them to be made mandatory.
Last Monday, in the UK, some non-essential shops and schools reopened. On June 16, 2020, more shops will reopen and more kids will start going to school.
But the National Health Service in the UK, stated that the United Kingdom should now be getting ready and preparing themselves for a second wave of Coronavirus infections.
At the time of writing this, the death toll because of Coronavirus disease in the United Kingdom, was the highest at 40,542, after the death toll in the United States of America. According to experts, even though the number of new Novel Coronavirus is declining in the United Kingdom, they are still high.
Prof Martin Marshall, Chairman of the Royal College of GPs said:
“We need a strategy for test and trace, for PPE, for the use of technology, for maintaining Covid services and opening up non-Covid services. Clinicians working on the ground find it tiresome and difficult to work in an environment where things are changing every day and there’s no sense of direction as to where we’re heading.”
The National Health Service in the United Kingdom stated that the United Kingdom needs to have a plan in place, so that they are capable of dealing with a potential second wave of Coronavirus infections.
Prof Maggie Rae, President of the Faculty of Public Health, said:
“The number is falling, but it’s still high. A promise to avoid a second peak implies we can accept another wave of around 50,000 deaths. This promise is not reassuring.”
Chirag Vasani is Chief Editor for wwbnn. He has been writing online and offline since many years now. When he is not writing, he likes to play golf.