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WHO: Beijing's Large-scale Response Speaks to Its Capacity to Contain COVID-19

2020/06/21

On 19 June local time, at a WHO press briefing on COVID-19, Executive Director of WHO Health Emergencies Programme Dr. Michael Ryan noted that some countries could get a second peak because the disease has not been brought under control there. A second wave is possible in the autumn or later in the year if the disease reduces to a certain level. So there might be a second peak within the first wave or a second wave.

Dr. Ryan also underscored that having a cluster of cases does not mean a second wave. What WHO really wants to see is agility and the ability to use data, investigation, testing, and physical and social measures to suppress the infection with the minimum disruption of society. Beijing’s response is a good example of a large-scale response to prevent the virus from getting out of hand, including rapid detection, investigation and suppression of clusters, said Dr. Ryan. Sporadic cases emerging at the end of a wave may lead to a super-spreading event, which must be averted to forestall community transmission. Clusters must be taken seriously to avoid a second peak or going back into community transmission.

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