Who director general Tan Desai said at a regular press conference the same day that the new coronavirus is still spreading rapidly and most people are still at risk of infection. According to who data, more than 150000 new cases were reported to who in 18 countries, nearly half of them from the Americas, and a large number of cases were also reported in South Asia and the Middle East.
Tan Desai said that the world is at a new dangerous stage. Although many people are tired of staying at home to avoid the epidemic and countries are eager to open up social and economic activities, he still called on all countries and people to keep a high degree of vigilance, keep social distance, wear masks and wash hands frequently when appropriate.
Michael Ryan, executive director of whos health emergency program, said that there is no accurate definition of second wave of epidemic. The newly discovered cluster infection in some places does not necessarily mean the second wave of epidemic, which may be just another peak in the first wave of epidemic. Different from the usual mode of influenza transmission, the first peak of the new crown epidemic in many places did not show a significant decline, but only maintained at a relatively stable level due to prevention and control. We should make full preparations in terms of personnel, materials, etc. in order to prevent the next possible peak.
Regarding the latest outbreak in Beijing, China, Maria fankelkhov, technical director of the WHO health emergency project, said that some virus gene sequences in the latest outbreak in Beijing have been publicly uploaded for analysis and research, and who has also received a notification from China. For the special environment may play a role of amplifier of virus transmission, more and more detailed epidemiological investigation should be done so as to further understand the characteristics of virus transmission.
Source: Zhang Zutao, editor in charge of Xinhua News Agency_ NT5054