WHO warns of ‘second peak’; some U.S. states see uptick in hospitalizations

WHO warns of ‘second peak’; some U.S. states see uptick in hospitalizations

Excerpted from The Washington Post by Antonia Noori Farzan, Katie Shepherd, Rick Noack, Jennifer Hassan, Lateshia Beachum, Marisa Iati, Miriam Berger, Siobhán O’Grady, John Wagner, Kim Bellware and Felicia Sonmez

The World Health Organization warned that countries could face a second peak of coronavirus case, even before a presumed second wave of infections months from now, echoing concerns expressed by opponents of rapid reopening in countries around the world.

Mike Ryan, head of the WHO’s emergencies program, warned North America, Southeast Asia, Europe and other regions against scaling back coronavirus restrictions and public health measures too quickly.

His comments came as crowds in the United States flooded newly reopened beaches and other public spaces over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, and as officials in Europe increased calls to reopen the European Union’s internal borders in anticipation of its summer holiday season. The former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday said the small increase of hospitalizations because of the coronavirus is probably due to reopening measures.
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