New clusters emerge in countries praised for successful coronavirus fights

A family heading to board a train at the Mumbai central railway station.
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Date Published: May 12, 2020

Source: The New York Times

With the COVID-19 curve flattening in many parts of the world, countries have been relaxing their social-distancing restrictions; however epidemiologists warned about the repercussions of loosening restrictions too quickly. New clusters are beginning to appear in countries that were exemplary for the rest of the world in successfully limiting coronavirus spread, including China. The new cluster of cases have surfaced in Singapore, the global model in COVID-19 contact tracing. Even Wuhan, where life had just started to return to normal after a two month lockdown, has six new cases confirmed this week, forcing the local government to test all 11 million residents. Other areas with newly emerging cases include Shulan, a Chinese city near the Russian border, and South Korea, the pioneer of the COVID-19 contact tracing technology, which had more than a 100 new cases originating from bars and clubs in the Seoul nightlife. These new clusters of outbreaks serve as a warning to other countries looking to ease lockdown restrictions. The director-general of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned nations to practice “slow, steady lifting of lockdowns” as this is the only way to alleviate economic burden, while maintaining the flattened curve, until a successful vaccine becomes available.

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Summary by: Hira Raheel