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Chinese expert warns that it may take the world two years to contain the coronavirus pandemic

Chinese coronavirus expert warns it could take two years for the COVID-19 pandemic to curb

  • The Chinese disease control expert predicted that the global crisis would become a protracted struggle
  • He said the world would need “about two years” to get the virus under control
  • The medical expert has also warned that the escalating pandemic has not yet peaked
  • Comes as China struggles with new local outbreaks in Xinjiang and Hong Kong

A leading physician in China has predicted that it may take about two years for the coronavirus pandemic to be controlled.

Dr. Zhang Wenhong, who led the fight against COVID-19 in Shanghai, made the statement on Sunday during a speech at Fudan University.

The disease control expert has also warned that the virus outbreak, which has killed at least 610,000 people worldwide, has not yet reached its peak.

Dr. Zhang Wenhong (photo on June 8 in Shanghai), who led the fight against COVID-19 in Shanghai, made the grim warning on Sunday at a speech at Fudan University

Dr. Zhang Wenhong (photo on June 8 in Shanghai), who led the fight against COVID-19 in Shanghai, made the grim warning on Sunday at a speech at Fudan University

A leading physician in China has predicted that it may take about two years for the escalating coronavirus pandemic to be controlled. The file photo taken on July 2 shows a patient being transferred to the COVID-19 unit at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas

A leading physician in China has predicted that it may take about two years for the escalating coronavirus pandemic to be controlled. The file photo taken on July 2 shows a patient being transferred to the COVID-19 unit at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas

A leading physician in China has predicted that it may take about two years for the escalating coronavirus pandemic to be controlled. The file photo taken on July 2 shows a patient being transferred to the COVID-19 unit at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas

The disease control expert has also pointed out that the virus outbreak, which has killed at least 610,000 people worldwide, has not yet reached its peak. The photo shows a group of people wearing face masks as they walk down Melbourne's Bourke Street on July 19

The disease control expert has also pointed out that the virus outbreak, which has killed at least 610,000 people worldwide, has not yet reached its peak. The photo shows a group of people wearing face masks as they walk down Melbourne's Bourke Street on July 19

The disease control expert has also pointed out that the virus outbreak, which has killed at least 610,000 people worldwide, has not yet reached its peak. The photo shows a group of people wearing face masks as they walk down Melbourne’s Bourke Street on July 19

Dr. Allegations Zhang are because China has registered a new wave of coronavirus cases, as both Xinjiang and Hong Kong are facing new health crises.

Xinjiang, home to most of the Chinese Uyghur ethnic minority, has reported a total of 55 confirmed infections in two cities after a new COVID-19 outbreak broke out in the regional capital of Urumqi last week.

Hong Kong is bracing itself for what its leader called an “out of control” wave of events after recording more than 100 cases on Sunday, the highest one-day total since the pandemic began.

Meanwhile, the deadly disease that emerged in Wuhan last year has infected more than 14 million people around the world, killing at least 610,000.

Hong Kong is bracing itself for what its leader called an “out of control” wave of events after recording more than 100 cases on Sunday, the highest one-day total since the pandemic began. An employee wears a hazmat suit while disinfecting a store in Hong Kong on July 20

The deadly disease that emerged in Wuhan last year has infected more than 14 million people around the world and killed at least 610,000. People are depicted waiting in a long line to purchase products from a store in Havana on July 20, while Cuba abolished the dollar tax

The deadly disease that emerged in Wuhan last year has infected more than 14 million people around the world and killed at least 610,000. People are depicted waiting in a long line to purchase products from a store in Havana on July 20, while Cuba abolished the dollar tax

The deadly disease that emerged in Wuhan last year has infected more than 14 million people around the world and killed at least 610,000. People are depicted waiting in a long line to purchase products from a store in Havana on July 20, while Cuba abolished the dollar tax

Xinjiang, home to most of the Uyghur ethnic minority in China, has reported a total of 55 confirmed infections in two cities after a new COVID-19 outbreak broke out in the regional capital last week. The photo shows a doctor who collects a smear from a man in the city of Urumqi on July 19

Xinjiang, home to most of the Uyghur ethnic minority in China, has reported a total of 55 confirmed infections in two cities after a new COVID-19 outbreak broke out in the regional capital last week. The photo shows a doctor who collects a smear from a man in the city of Urumqi on July 19

Xinjiang, home to most of the Uyghur ethnic minority in China, has reported a total of 55 confirmed infections in two cities after a new COVID-19 outbreak broke out in the regional capital last week. The photo shows a doctor who collects a smear from a man in the city of Urumqi on July 19

Dr. Zhang, 50, warned the public that the coronavirus pandemic had still not peaked during a speech at Fudan University in Shanghai on July 19.

He told the audience: “It is still constantly spreading, so the peak of the pandemic has not yet arrived.”

The disease control expert also predicted that it could take the world “about two years” to deal with the devastating global crisis.

“Personally, I think the virus transmission chain is actually hard to stop.

Worldwide, the virus may exist forever, but the pandemic will eventually be brought under control. It essentially takes about two years, ‘the medical expert added.

The news is because China eases many restrictions while maintaining mask wear, temperature controls, and social distance. This photo taken on July 20 shows people watching a movie while apart to ensure social distance on the first day of movie theaters reopening

The news is because China eases many restrictions while maintaining mask wear, temperature controls, and social distance. This photo taken on July 20 shows people watching a movie while apart to ensure social distance on the first day of movie theaters reopening

The news is because China eases many restrictions while maintaining mask wear, temperature controls, and social distance. This photo taken on July 20 shows people watching a movie while apart to ensure social distance on the first day of movie theaters reopening

China eases restrictions while maintaining mask wear, temperature controls and social distance. Students are depicted with face masks gathering in the Temple of Heaven in Beijing

China eases restrictions while maintaining mask wear, temperature controls and social distance. Students are depicted with face masks gathering in the Temple of Heaven in Beijing

China eases restrictions while maintaining mask wear, temperature controls and social distance. Students are depicted with face masks gathering in the Temple of Heaven in Beijing

The news is because China eases many restrictions while maintaining mask wear, temperature controls, and social distance.

After months of closure, a limited number of filmgoers were allowed back into cinemas on Monday in cities like Shanghai, Hanzhou and Guilin, where the risk of virus infection is considered low.

Economic activity in the country recovered gradually as China reported an unexpectedly strong 3.2% GDP growth in the last quarter after lockdowns lifted as factories and shops reopened.

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