Coronavirus map LIVE: Write off 2020! ‘Normal life won’t return until 2021’ warns expert

Coronavirus map LIVE: Write off 2020! ‘Normal life won’t return until 2021’ warns expert

President of the Federation of American Scientists Ali Nouri warned the public may not be “going back to our daily lives” until 2021. Doctro Nouri says normal life cannot resume until a vaccine is created. He warns the the virus could resurge in several ways without a proper vaccine. He said: “There’s not going to be a time when there is a magic date and then everybody goes back to their lives as normal.”

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7.55 am update: EU top scientist quits over ‘disappointing’ response

Mr Ferrari had proposed setting up a special programme to tackle the virusImage caption: Mr Ferrari had proposed setting up a special programme to tackle the virus

The European Union’s top scientist has resigned, condemning what he called Brussels’ “disappointing” response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mauro Ferrari, the president of the European Research Council, criticised the EU for rejecting his proposal to set up a large-scale scientific programme to fight Covid-19

7.50 am update: Polish elections to be carried out by post, raises transparency concerns

The last-minute decision to carry out the May presidential election by post in Poland due to the coronavirus pandemic has raised concern, EU values and transparency commissioner Vera Jourova has said.

“I followed this process very closely. I’m concerned about free and fair elections and the quality of voting, of the legality and constitutionality of such a vote,” she told the Polish daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita on Wednesday.

7.45 am update: Daily UK deaths from Covid-19 are projected to peak at 2,932 on 17 April

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation modelling forecasts that by 4 August the UK will see a total of 66,314 deaths – an average taken from a large estimate range of between 14,572 and 219,211 deaths, indicating the uncertainties around it.

The newly released data is disputed by scientists whose modelling of the likely shape of the UK epidemic is relied on by the government. Prof Neil Ferguson, of Imperial College London, said the IHME figures on “healthcare demand” – including hospital bed use and deaths – were twice as high as they should be.

7.30 am update: UK will have Europe’s worst coronavirus death toll, says study

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) in Seattle predicts 66,000 UK deaths from Covid-19 by August, with a peak of nearly 3,000 a day, based on a steep climb in daily deaths early in the outbreak.

7.15am update: Boris Johnson still in ICU, fears of pwoer vacuum at the heart of government

Boris Johnson has spent a second night in intensive care in a “stable” condition with coronavirus symptoms as questions about who was running the country continued to rage. The prime minister was said to be breathing without any assistance and was conscious at St Thomas’ hospital in London.

Dominic Raab, who is the prime minister’s “designated survivor”, led the daily government briefing yesterday and said the PM would “pull through”.

Published at Wed, 08 Apr 2020 06:39:00 +0000