Do not relax Covid-19 measures in Wuhan too soon, scientists warn

Lifting restrictions in March could lead to new peak of cases in August, study suggests

Relaxing physical distancing and school closures in Wuhan too soon could fuel a second wave of Covid-19 infections later in the year, scientists have said.

A study published in the Lancet suggests lifting restrictions in March would lead to a surge in case numbers that would peak in August. It predicts that maintaining the restrictions until April would delay a second peak until October, which would relieve pressure on health services in the intervening months.

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