The director-general of the World Health Organisation has warned the Covid-19 pandemic could last TWO YEARS.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made the grim prediction today Friday ( August 21), Sky News reports.
Speaking at a coronavirus briefing, Dr Tedros said: “The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 took two years to end.
“Our situation now with more technology, of course with more connectiveness, the virus has a better chance of spreading, it can move fast.
“At the same time we have the technology and knowledge to stop it.”
Dr Tedros warned that while some countries have brought down significantly the rates of transmission of the deadly bug, “progress does not mean victory”.
Notably, New Zealand has seen fresh outbreaks after initially being applauded worldwide for their handling of the pandemic early on.
“These countries are a cautionary tale for those that are now seeing a downward trend in cases,” he said.
The WHO’s director-general added that the public must take responsibility for helping to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Dr Tedros also said there is no guarantee a vaccine will be found and even if it is, “it won’t end the pandemic on its own”.
He said: “We must all learn to control and manage this virus using the tools we have now, and to make the adjustments to our daily lives that are needed to keep ourselves and each other safe,” he said.
The news follows new Birmingham coronavirus restrictions.
They have been brought in to prevent a full city lockdown after a surge of infections reported between August 9 and 12.
The increase has seen Birmingham placed on a national coronavirus watch-list.