The head of World Health Organization’s emergencies programme, Dr Mike Ryan, on Friday it was unlikely that the new coronavirus would be eliminated.
“In the current situation it is unlikely we can eradicate this virus,” he told an online briefing from Geneva.
He said that, by extinguishing clusters of infection, the world could “potentially avoid the worst of having second peaks and having to move backwards in terms of lockdown”.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Friday, with the total rising by 228,102 in the past 24 hours.
The biggest increases were from the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa. The previous WHO high was 212,326 on July 4th. Deaths remained steady at about 5,000 a day.
Globally Covid-19 has infected over 12 million people and killed more than 555,000 people in seven months.