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Geneva: Countries may see a “second peak” of coronavirus instances throughout the first wave of the pandemic if lockdown restrictions had been lifted too quickly, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.

Mike Ryan, the WHO’s head of emergencies, advised a briefing on Monday that the world was “right in the middle of the first wave”, the BBC reported.

He stated as a result of the illness was “still on the way up”, nations have to be conscious that “the disease can jump up at any time”.

“We cannot make assumptions that just because the disease is on the way down now that it’s going to keep going down,” Ryan stated.

There can be a quantity of months to arrange for a second peak, he added.

The stark warning comes as nations all over the world begin to regularly ease lockdown restrictions, permitting outlets to reopen and bigger teams of individuals to assemble.

Experts have stated that with no vaccine to provide individuals immunity, infections may enhance once more when social-distancing measures are relaxed.

Ryan stated nations the place instances are declining ought to be utilizing this time to develop efficient trace-and-test regimes to “ensure that we continue on a downwards trajectory and we don’t have an immediate second peak”.

Also on Monday, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, stated {that a} medical trial of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) on COVID-19 sufferers has come to “a temporary pause”, whereas the security information of the the anti-malaria drug was being reviewed.

According to the WHO chief, The Lancet medical journal on May 22 had printed an observational examine on HCQ and chloroquine and its results on COVID-19 sufferers which were hospitalized, stories Xinhua information company.

The authors of the examine reported that amongst sufferers receiving the drug, when used alone or with a macrolide, they estimated the next mortality charge.

“The Executive Group of the Solidarity Trial, representing 10 of the participating countries, met on Saturday (May 23) and has agreed to review a comprehensive analysis and critical appraisal of all evidence available globally,” Tedros stated in a digital press convention.

The developments come as the full quantity of world COVID-19 instances has elevated to five,508,904, with 346,508 deaths, in accordance with the Johns Hopkins University.