House parties could be banned until 2023, coronavirus expert warns

A scientist has warned house parties could be banned until 2023 as coronavirus spikes are likely to be around for years.

Virologist Professor Hendrik Streeck believes Covid-19 won’t disappear until at least 2023 and people will have to “find a way to live” with it.

He has been part of a team leading guidance in Heinsberg, one of Germany’s worst-hit regions for the deadly bug.

Germany has had a total of 252,000 confirmed cases, with 9,401 deaths.

Professor Streeck said the key to managing the virus in the coming years is to put a stop to “super-spreading events” like house parties.

He said it is likely parties and other large gatherings will cause “large outbreaks” and social distancing is a “simple measure” to stop this.

Streeck told the Daily Record: “This virus is not disappearing. It has now become part of our daily lives.

“It will still be here in three years and we have to find a way to live with it.

"However, it is really important to stop super-spreading events where many people gather together as those can cause large outbreaks."

Professor Streeck added: “We know that social distancing, not gathering in big groups and covering your face can have a profound impact on the infection. These are simple measure that can help stop the spread if you have large levels of infection.

“A vaccine may be the answer but we don't know. It's probable that we will have a vaccine but it may be next year or longer.”

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Daily coronavirus cases in the UK soared on Monday 6th August, after the Department of Health and Social Care reported 2,988 new cases.

The last time the case count in England was higher than this was on May 22nd, with 3,287 cases.

Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, said he is "concerned" by the rise in cases, which are predominantly among younger people.

He said: "The rise is predominantly among younger people and it's important to remember, as we've seen in other countries, that younger people can infect their grandparents, and we don't want to see the spread of this disease because it inevitably (will) then lead to more hospitalisations."

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