Covid lockdowns may still be happening in two years’ time, warns virus expert

The novel coronavirus might still be causing lockdowns in two years' time, according to an infectious diseases expert.

Professor Graham Medley, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, warned listeners on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme the virus could have a "resurgence" despite the ongoing race to vaccinate vulnerable people.

Unfortunately, Covid-19 could see several future lockdowns, he said.

Speaking today, January 6, he said: "We're in for a long haul, we still have a long way to go in this epidemic.

"Vaccination is a way out, but I think he's right to raise that possibility that there could be, next winter or even the winter after, the possibility that we will see a resurgence of Covid to such an extent that Government again has to take measures to prevent another large outbreak."

On a more positive note, he said the warmer months are likely to be much less affected because the virus appears to be seasonal.

He said: "We're very hopeful now that this virus is seasonal so that it will reduce once the spring and summer comes, and then that gives us an additional chance to be able to prepare and in particular to get vaccination done for everybody."

Meanwhile, 62,000 more coronavirus infections and 1,000 Covid deaths were recorded in the UK on Wednesday.

The government has been setting up vaccination hubs throughout England which are due to open next week as it promises to vaccinate 14 million people by February.

Hubs will be set up in London, Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Surrey and Stevenage, Number 10 said.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "They are opening next week.

"It may be the case that some open on a different day to others, but they will all open next week."

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