Recently, two Chinese cities, Shulan and Jilin, both of which are situated in the province of Jilin in northwestern China have been shut down and declared high-risk areas after there has been a rise in coronavirus cases in the province.
Health experts have linked the thirty-nine of the newly reported cases in both of the cities are linked to one single person which has led to inquiries regarding how the main source contracted SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 in the first place.
Currently, China is counted in the countries that have overcome the coronavirus infection to a significant extent along with Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, and Germany which is why institutions and businesses have re-opened after easing down of lockdown-related restrictions.
However, a second lockdown is now imminent as new cases are being reported in other areas of the country in addition to the ones that had been severely affected in the previous wave of coronavirus in the country.
Now, experts are worried about the second wave of coronavirus which is expected to be far more contagious and deadly in comparison with the first wave as per findings of new reports that suggest the SARS-CoV-2 has mutated.
According to the studies that have shown coronavirus may have developed, the mutations have occurred specifically on the outer layer of the virus which may have helped it spread at a very fast rate especially in the US where the epidemic started from the East Coast.
Though it is not clear what how the mutation impacts SARS-CoV-2’s transmission and functionality, the medical community is still warning about the second wave of coronavirus specifically in countries that have seemingly recovered and have ended their lockdowns.
Health experts at the World Health Organization have, in addition, have warned that the virus toll is bound to rise after lockdowns end. Therefore, tracing teams to look for any new infections is fundamental to controlling the pandemic.
Secondly, even if there are efforts to tracing and preparing for the second wave of coronavirus, the WHO has also added that the virus is likely to last for a very long time and the health crisis will remain until a vaccine is developed.
Currently, there a number of clinical trials testing various vaccine formulas including within China itself but a final vaccine that is effective and safe for usage will likely be developed and launched in the market in around twelve to fifteen months.
A top health expert from China, who has overlooked the country’s response to the pandemic has also added that people should make wearing masks in public a habit as they will have to do so for at least another year.
This is why the continuation of preventive measures by the governments of the countries around the world as well as by the people is vital to avoid further spread of the coronavirus infection.
However, the fast rise in cases in the Chinese province of Jilin may require the government to impose strict policies or even a second lockdown.
According to sources, at least six media officials have been dismissed from their positions after a surge in cases of coronavirus was reported. The two cities of Jilin and Shulan have actually already been cut off with restrictions on travel and closing-down of businesses, offices, and institutions.
Although it has not been officially announced, a lockdown has already been imposed in the two cities quickly after the rise in coronavirus infection cases to avoid any further spread.
At the same time, the Chinese government has also launched its major ten-day challenge in the province of Wuhan, the previous epicenter of the pandemic and most severely hit region in the country in which coronavirus testing is to take place on a mass-scale.
Though many assumed that easing the lockdown meant returning to normal life prior to the pandemic, it is highly unlikely that any country will be able to control the infection completely until the end of the year.