In nations that were thought to have beaten back the novel coronavirus, the resurgences of COVID-19 have been highly publicized. The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced the near-record daily case and death totals which have much more to do with nations that are only now experiencing its wrath for the first time and those that have never successfully fought off the virus. What has been trending in the past week is seeming “second waves” or other distressing virus comebacks. It is now more than 100 days after New Zealand recorded its first case of community transmission while South Korea highest one-day infection total was in March. Besides, Australia has legislated stiffer measures than it did at the peak of the first wave.
According to the WHO’s numbers, the three nations combined to record less than 0.2 per cent of all new COVID-19 cases in the world. Kenya has reported more new cases than what the three recorded while Guatemala reported twice as many. Moreover, the Philippines announced more than ten times as many, and the 390 Canadian cases signify more than what the three countries had on their own. There is no greater reason for worry about the second wave in Spain, as the expert warned that “transmission is increasing in every region” of the country.
India, Brazil and the United States have remained on the top of the list for more than two months now. On Saturday, the three countries contributed to more than 60% of the 294,237 new COVID-19 infections. India led by recording 65,002 new cases, while Brazil recorded 60,091 and 52,799 for the U.S. Colombia was the fourth country on the list with 11,286 new cases. Since the pandemic began, India, Brazil and the U.S. are responsible for more than half of all COVID-19 cases in the world.
‘EYE OF THE STORM’?
Over the past month, most other countries have seen their share of the global caseload stay relatively steady. However, the overall virus situation continues to worsen in Southeast Asia and the western Pacific. This has resulted in suggesting that there may be some worldwide COVID-19 plateau happening. Michael Ryan, WHO health emergencies chief, warned against backing off on proven virus-fighting techniques and indicated that numbers have levelled off. He stated that they would be in the eye of the storm, and they don’t know it.
Ryan added that only “a very small proportion of the world’s population” has been exposed to the virus, with approximately 21.5 million cases of COVID-19 confirmed globally. He also said that the virus has a long way to burn if people allow it.
Similar fears about anti-virus measures can be observed in Canadian public health authorities who now appear to have to ease up too soon. On Friday, Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer, applied the same “slow burn” analogy. She released new modelling numbers that indicate that until at least January 2022, the government is preparing for a “peak” of virus activity this fall, and then continued localized outbreaks.
Tam said that the behavior of Canadians’ citizens would play a large part in determining the severity of virus activity over the next year. His message was echoed by public health experts including Jason Kindrachuk, an emerging virus specialist and assistant professor at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. On Saturday, Kindrachuk stated that every Canadian should focus on doing as much as they can to prevent themselves from acquiring or transmitting the virus and should stop thinking about returning to normal pre-pandemic activities. He also indicated that the virus is transmitted from person to person and people know what’s going to happen as long as they give that spark enough fuel to start spreading.