The world must prepare for a “protracted war” against Covid-19, a high-profile Chinese medical expert has warned, as he compared the effort to stop the disease spreading to catching rats in a china shop.
The warning came as China continues to battle sporadic outbreaks, mainly centred on the north and northeast of the country.
The national health commission reported 80 new Covid-19 infections on Sunday, including 65 new local cases – down from 107 cases the previous day. It also recorded 92 new asymptomatic infections, which China does not classify as confirmed cases.
Zhang Wenhong, director of the infectious diseases department at Huashan Hospital in Shanghai, wrote on the social media platform Weibo: “The coronavirus has steadily occupied the planet and become a resident virus on the earth. After a year spreading, the virus is constantly mutating.