Social restrictions to remain for rest of year
Author: Rafi Benady | Wednesday 22nd April 2020
At yesterday’s coronavirus briefing, the government’s chief medical adviser Prof Chris Witty announced that some disruptive measures will be in place until at least the end of this year.
Mr Witty said the best way to combat corona “in the long run” is to find a “highly effective” vaccine, although he added the chances of doing so within the year were slim.
He added: "This disease is not going to be eradicated, it is not going to disappear."
"So, we have to accept that we are working with a disease that we are going to be with globally... For the foreseeable future."
"A vaccine, and there are a variety of ways they can be deployed... Or highly effective drugs so that people stop dying of this disease even if they catch it, or which can prevent this disease in vulnerable people."
759 people died from COVID-19 yesterday, bringing the total number of deaths in hospitals to 18,100.
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