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Coronavirus could be under control by late April

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 02:33 PM, 3 April 2020   Updated: 02:33 PM, 3 April 2020

China’s leading respiratory disease expert Zhong Nanshan, who also heads a Chinese team of top experts that advises the government on managing coronavirus outbreak

China’s leading respiratory disease expert Zhong Nanshan, who also heads a Chinese team of top experts that advises the government on managing coronavirus outbreak

The coronavirus pandemic could be under control by the end of the month of April. 

China’s leading respiratory disease expert Zhong Nanshan, who also heads a Chinese team of top experts that advises the government on managing the outbreak, made this remark in an interview with Shenzhen Television broadcast late on Wednesday. 

“With every country taking aggressive and effective measures, I believe the pandemic can be brought under control. My estimate is around late April,” Nanshan said. 

However, he warned that uncertainty remains as to whether there will be another coronavirus outbreak next spring.

“After late April, no one can say for sure if there will be another virus outbreak next spring or if it will disappear with warmer weather … though the virus’ activity will certainly diminish in higher temperatures,” he said.

Zhong did not say how he reached his forecast but other experts have suggested a similar time frame based on the latest developments in the United States and Europe, which are the current epicentres of the health crisis.

Mike Ryan, director of the World Health Organisation’s health emergencies programme, said this week that there were signs of the outbreak stabilising in Europe as the lockdowns imposed last month started to bear fruit.

In the US, the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington said that hospitals were likely to face the peak of Covid-19 patients around April 20.

Zhong said that governments around the world have to work together to fight the pandemic. “Countries, including the US, have adopted aggressive and effective measures … [and] the most primitive and effective measure is making people stay at home,” he said.

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