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Coronavirus: UK must prepare for second virus wave – health leaders

Coronavirus: UK must prepare for second virus wave – health leaders

Health
Health leaders are calling for an urgent review to determine whether the UK is properly prepared for the "real risk" of a second wave of coronavirus.In an open letter published in the British Medical Journal, ministers were warned that urgent action would be needed to prevent further loss of life.The presidents of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons, Nursing, Physicians, and GPs all signed the letter.It comes after Boris Johnson announced sweeping changes to England's lockdown. The Department of Health said it would continue to be guided by the latest scientific advice and would give the NHS "whatever it needs".On Tuesday, the prime minister said pubs, restaurants, cinemas and hairdressers will be able to reopen from 4 July.The 2m soc...
Coronavirus: What is a second wave and is one coming?

Coronavirus: What is a second wave and is one coming?

Health
Coronavirus is far from over. Some countries are still dealing with large epidemics, but even those currently controlling the virus fear "the second wave".The second phase of Spanish flu a century ago was deadlier than the first. So, is a second wave inevitable? And how bad could it be?Firstly, what is a second wave?You can think of it like waves on the sea. The number of infections goes up and then comes back down again - each cycle is one "wave" of coronavirus.Yet, there is no formal definition."It's not particularly scientific, how you define a wave is arbitrary," Dr Mike Tildesley, from the University of Warwick, told the BBC. Some describe any rise as a second wave, but it is often a bumpy first wave. This is happen...
Goldman Sachs says a second wave of coronavirus could make the Fed rethink negative interest rates

Goldman Sachs says a second wave of coronavirus could make the Fed rethink negative interest rates

Finance
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference in Washington, DC.Getty ImagesAnother "big setback" in the U.S. economy could prompt the Federal Reserve to consider cutting interest rates into negative territory — but such a monetary policy wouldn't be "very helpful," a Goldman Sachs strategist said on Thursday.Fed Chairman Jerome Powell on Wednesday reiterated that the central bank is not considering negative interest rates at this point, even as other central banks — such as the Bank of England — appeared to be opened to the idea.When asked what could change the Fed's mind on negative interest rates, Zach Pandl, Goldman Sachs' co-head of global foreign exchange, rates and emerging markets strategy, raised the possibility of a second wave of coronavirus ca
Analysis suggests states need to plan for second wave of COVID-19

Analysis suggests states need to plan for second wave of COVID-19

Health
May 1 (UPI) -- Leaders across the United States should plan for a worst-case scenario, second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, including no vaccines or herd immunity, experts at the University of Minnesota said in an analysis published Friday. If the pandemic follows the pattern of the 1918-1919 Spanish flu, it likely to last up to two years and return as a more serious outbreak this fall and winter, researchers at the university's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy said. Humans lack natural immunity to the virus, and it is highly contagious -- and up to 70 percent of the U.S. population may need to develop immunity before spread slows naturally. That could take up to 18 to 24 months in the absence of a vaccine, the authors indicated. Governors in several states expressed th...
Coronavirus: Asian nations face second wave of imported cases

Coronavirus: Asian nations face second wave of imported cases

World
South Korea, China and Singapore are among the Asian countries facing a second coronavirus wave, spurred by people importing it from outside.China, where the virus first emerged, confirmed it had no new domestic cases on Wednesday, for the first time since the outbreak began, a major milestone. But it reported 34 new cases among people recently returned to China.Singapore also reported 47 new cases, of which 33 were imported - 30 of them returned Singapore residents.South Korea saw a jump in new cases on Thursday with 152, though it is not clear how many were imported.A new cluster there is centred on a nursing home in Daegu, where 74 patients have tested positive. ...