Lockdowns 'shouldn't be lifted' until vaccine is available
A new study modeled on Chinese data suggests that lockdowns can't be fully relaxed until a vaccine is available —and warns that loosening restrictions could result in a second wave of infections in mid-summer, reports CNN.
And worrying new research from the Korean CDC indicates that the virus may "reactivate" in people previously cured of the illness, Bloomberg reports.
A day after restrictions were lifted in Wuhan — ground zero of the virus — fears of a second wave are growing: China's President Xi Jinping has warned of "new difficulties and challenges" in the fight to prevent a resurgence.
Meanwhile, the global coronavirus pandemic death toll has reached 96,373 at 3:20pm [09:20 GMT] on Friday.
There have been 16,10,119 confirmed cases in 210 countries and territories around the world after the highly contagious disease was first reported in China in December last, according to worldometer.
Of those infected, 11,55,342 are currently being treated with 49,117 being in serious or critical condition.
So far, 358,627 people have recovered.
The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus crisis a pandemic on March 11.
Bangladesh reported 27 deaths from the virus infection and 424 confirmed cases as of 3:00pm on Friday.