A World Health Organization official on Tuesday described the COVID-19 pandemic as “one big wave” and warned against complacency in the northern hemisphere summer since the infection does not share influenza’s tendency to follow seasons.

WHO officials have been at pains to avoid describing a resurgence of COVID-19 cases like those in Hong Kong as “waves” as this suggests the virus is behaving in ways beyond human control, when in fact concerted action can slow its spread. 

Margaret Harris repeated that message in a virtual briefing in Geneva. “We are in the first wave. It’s going to be one big wave. It’s going to go up and down a bit. The best thing is to flatten it and turn it into just something lapping at your feet,” she said. 

Pointing to high case numbers at the height of the U.S. summer, she urged vigilance in applying measures and warned against mass gatherings.

Here at home in Trinidad and Tobago, the Ministry of Health has confirmed a total of 154 positive Covid-19 cases. A female police officer is said to be one of those positively diagnosed most recently. The TTPS was forced to close the Police Administration Building in Port-of-Spain, earlier today, as a result. Separately, the Ministry of Education says the SEA examination will take place on August 20th, as scheduled. The Ministry said in the best interest of students, the exam held on this date will allow for the Form One intake to enter secondary school without losing the full first term of the academic year.