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Wednesday, April 22, latest;

Prof Chris Whitty indicated that it was “wholly unrealistic” to expect life would suddenly return to normal soon, as the UK faces having to live with some disruptive social measures for at least the rest of the year.

In the long run, the Professor believes that the ideal way out would be via a “highly effective vaccine” or drugs to treat the disease.

“This disease is not going to be eradicated, it is not going to disappear,” he said, at the Government’s daily coronavirus briefing.

“So we have to accept that we are working with a disease that we are going to be with globally… for the foreseeable future.”

Prof Whitty was joined by Secretary of State Dominic Raab, who reiterated the Government’s promise to increase the number of coronavirus tests to 100,000 a day by the end of the month. This was following Matt Hancock’s previous insistence that the target would be met, however it has been challenged by the opposition, with Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, speaking at the first “virtual PMQs”, asking how this was possible given only 18,000 tests a day were currently being done.