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2nd wave of novel coronavirus epidemic unlikely: Frontline medic

By Li Lei | | Updated: 2020-03-16 22:15
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A second wave of the novel coronavirus epidemic in China is unlikely, a frontline medic said Monday.

Cao Wei, deputy head of infection medicine at the prestigious Beijing Union Medical College Hospital, who had been sent to Wuhan, Central China's Hubei province to aid local medics, said the months-long fight against the outbreak has almost seen its end.

She expressed cautious optimism about the containment, saying that it would take another month's observation to make a final judgment.

"For me personally, the second domestic outbreak wouldn't be a great concern under the current measures of epidemic prevention and control," she said.

She was speaking from Wuhan at a teleconference with Chinese and foreign reporters based in Beijing.

Cao said since the World Health Organization has declared the outbreak a pandemic, the global outlook cannot be forecast based on situations in China alone, or any other regions in the world.

The imported cases are increasingly posing a threat to the domestic situation, she noted, adding that it's very probable that the imported cases would be kept at a relatively low level but will last a certain period of time.

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