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#CORONAVIRUSMALTA: You can call it a ‘second wave’ or ‘people being idiots’ but it’s the same thing

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Black-Friday-Saldi-Abbigliamento-Instagram-Post-17Medical journal The Lancet reports that 232,000 people in mainland China may have contracted coronavirus during its first wave, according to a study by Hong Kong University’s school of public health, part of the 2,588,310 cases reported worldwide so far. 

But many are expecting a second wave of cases of COVID-19, now that several countries are planning to loosen restrictions imposed during the initial outbreak. 

MaltaToday spoke to Prof. Victor Grech, who helps run the paediatric cardiology services at Mater Dei Hospital and who is also a researcher with an interest in epidemiology, asking him about this second wave and its implications. 

“The new spate of cases will come as people inevitably become complacent and/or the government relaxes some of this soft lockdown that we are in. When that happens cases will flare up and could get out of hand,” Grech said, predicting an increase in cases approximately two weeks after restrictions are relaxed. 

The severity of the second wave is a matter of concern to medical professionals. “If we get a lot of cases at the same time, we will drown in cases... there’s a limit to what you can prepare for,” he says, pointing to lessons learned in Lombardy. “There’s no way you can prepare for hundreds of new cases daily.”  

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