France experts: Covid second wave may be ‘bigger than first’

People in the street wearing face masks. French experts say a Covid second wave may be ‘bigger than first’.
The top scientific advisory council to the French government has said that a second wave of Covid-19 is "very likely".

France’s top scientific advisors have repeated their prediction that a second wave of Covid-19 in France is “extremely likely” in autumn and winter this year, and even warned it “could be bigger than the first”.

In a new statement to the government on Sunday June 21, government scientific council le Conseil Scientifique said: “An intensification of the spread of SARS-Cov-2 [the coronavirus that causes Covid-19] in the northern hemisphere, in the more or less distant future (around a few months, and especially as winter approaches), is extremely likely.”

The council based its prediction on three main principles: the low level of collective immunity; the changing state of the epidemic in other world regions; and existing data from ‘flu pandemics.

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