Coronavirus map LIVE: New report warns pandemic could last TWO YEARS - 'Not ...

The report from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota warned that as coronavirus can easily be spread by people who aren't showing symptoms, it may be harder to control that influenza, which has been the primary cause of most pandemics over recent years. This means people may actually be at their most infectious before they display signs of the illness.

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Governments around the world have locked down billions of people in their countries in a desperate bid to curb the spread of coronavirus, and are only now beginning to ease those restrictions.

But the authors of the report warned that despite the measures taken, the coronavirus pandemic is likely to continue in waves that could last beyond 2022.

They said: “Risk communication messaging from government officials should incorporate the concept that this pandemic will not be over soon.

"People need to be prepared for possible periodic resurgences of disease over the next two years.”

coronavirus map liveThe coronavirus pandemic could last for a further two years, a new report has warned (Image: GETTY)

Developers, including scientists at Oxford University, are desperately trying to make vaccines that may be made available to the public over the coming months.

The latest report said that while large vaccine amounts against the flu pandemic from 2009-10 didn't become available before the outbreak peaked in the US, one study has estimated the shots prevented up to 1.5 million cases and saved 500 deaths in that country alone.


chris whittyProfessor Chris Whitty has issued a fresh warning about a second wave of coronavirus (Image: PA)

12.50pm update: Sturgeon announces 40 new coronavirus deaths in Scotland

There have been a further 40 deaths from coronavirus in Scotland, Fist Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said, taking the death toll up to 1,475.

She said 11,654 people have now tested positive for the virus in Scotland, a rise of 301 from 11,353 the day before.

There are now 1,809 people in hospital with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, up 61 from 1,748 the previous day.

12.30pm update: Macron warns lifting lockdown on May 11 will not mean return to normal life

France is due to start lifting lockdown restrictions in under two weeks, but French President Emmanuel Macron has warned it will be just one of "several phases".

He said in a speech to mark May 1: "May 11 will not be the passage to normal life.

"There will be several phases and May 11 will be one of them."

12.14pm update: Matt Hancock praised by Jeremy Hunt for rise in testing capacity

Matt Hancock has been praised by his predecessor as Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt as figures appear to show the Government on track to reach its 100,000-a-day coronavirus testing target.

On Thursday, the government said it had carried out 80,000 tests the day before - up by almost 30,000 from Tuesday.

It is not yet known if the 100,000 target by the end of this month has been hit.

Speaking on BBC's Today programme, Mr Hunt said: "It's an enormous achievement to get us from doing around 10,000 tests a day to 100,000, give or take, in four weeks.

"It's an absolutely huge transformation of our testing capacity and Matt Hancock deserves enormous credit.

"One hundred thousand is in some ways an arbitrary number but setting a target like that is how you get things done in a big bureaucracy like the NHS, it galvanises the system and it looks like that's what he's done."

12.09pm update: Spain's death toll edges closer to 25,000

The death toll in Spain from coronavirus has increased to 24,825 after a further 281 people died from causes related to the disease overnight.

The daily death toll is slightly up from Thursday's figure of 268.

Spain's health ministry said the number of new coronavirus cases has risen to 215,216 on Friday from 213,435 the day before.

12.05am update: New Liverpool hospital to have unit for coronavirus patients

The new 646-bed Royal Liverpool University Hospital will open a unit to help patients recovering from coronavirus.

The hospital had been due to open in 2017 but was delayed when engineering giant Carillion collapsed.

Hospital bosses have now said a state-of-the-art "step-down" unit, made up of single-bed rooms, will open on the site next week.

The facility will help patients with COVID-19 and other conditions recover their independence before being discharged.

coronavirus testingThe Government will either meet or get 'very close' to reaching its daily testing target (Image: PA)

11.17am update: Spain's GDP to shrink 9.2 percent this year - economy minister

Spain's GDP will fall by 9.2 percent this year, economy minister Nadia Calvino has warned, but is expected to grow 6.8 percent in 2021.

She said The Bank of Spain expected an "asymetric V-shape recovery, with the deepest decrease in the second quarter and then a strong and gradual recovery in the second half of the year".

Before the imposition of a nationwide lockdown, Ms Calvinoi had forecast on February 11 that GDP would grow by 1.6 percent in 2020.

10.29am update: Russia reports record daily rise in coronavirus cases

The country's coronavirus response centre said there had been 7,933 new cases in the last 24 hours, with the total increasing to 114,431.

There have been a further 96 deaths from COVID-19, with that number rising to 1,169.

The coronavirus outbreak in Russia initially got off to a slow start, but cases began to sharply rise last month, and on Thursday surged past the 100,000 mark.

10.24am update: Heathrow boss warns social distancing at airports would be "physically impossible"

John Holland-Kaye told the PA news agency: "Social distancing does not

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