Director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) Andrea Ammon urged the European countries to prepare for the second wave of the coronavirus disease as The Guardian reported.
“The question is when and how big, that is the question in my view,” Ammon noted.
According to her, currently, the virus spreads much faster compared to January and February when it has started to spread from China.
“Looking at the characteristics of the virus, looking at what now emerges from the different countries in terms of population immunity – which isn’t all that exciting, between 2% and 14%, that leaves still 85% to 90% of the population susceptible,” she underlined.
Meanwhile, Ammon states that the second wave will not be inevitably catastrophic if the citizens observe quarantine measures and distance.
“I don’t want to draw a doomsday picture but I think we have to be realistic. That it’s not the time now to completely relax,” Ammon added.
Over the past 24 hours, 476 new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in Ukraine: 19,706 people have become infected since the beginning of the pandemic in the country. 579 deaths were recorded in Ukraine, and 6,227 patients recovered.