A poll carried out by Emergency Services News reveals that 85% of people think that a second wave of COVID-19 patients is inevitable within the next four weeks.
We asked our followers this question on Saturday afternoon and of the 6,600 people who responded, 85% answered ‘yes’ when asked: ‘Do you think we will experience a second surge of COVID-19 patients in the next four weeks’.
The results come on the day when the government’s restrictions on the lockdown come into force, essential meaning that you can now gather with six people in your garden on or private land.
If anyone in the gathering lives in a different household, then you must still keep two metres apart.
Some children have also started to go back to school for the first time in nearly three months.
Of the 15% of respondents who thought that there would not be a second surge in COVID-19 cases, many cited the fact that there has been an on-going flouting of the rules throughout the lockdown, suggesting that the recent relaxation of the regulations would not make much difference.
One respondent said: “[I do not think there will be a second surge of cases] because people have been flouting the rules ever since [the] Easter weekend, and every day since.
“VE Day was 8th May, and that’s three weeks ago”.
Others suggested that the lockdown rules should have been stricter, to begin with when the lockdown was first announced.
So far in the UK alone, 38,489 people have died of COVID-19 associated conditions, with there being 274,762 lab-confirmed cases.
Globally, there have been 374,127 deaths which have been linked to COVID-19 (WHO) with at least 6,626,614 cases being detected around the world.
New Zealand and South Korea have registered the fewest amount of deaths from COVID-19 after introducing stringent measures when the virus first started to spread.
Both New Zealand and South Korea also rolled out stringent ‘test and trace measures’ at the beginning of the pandemic which helped their respective governments to track and contain the spread of the virus.
New Zealand also closed its borders as soon as its government became aware of the rapid spread of COVID-19 meaning that their population’s exposure to the virus was significantly reduced.
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