The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) on Saturday warned the coronavirus pandemic will be “lengthy” and lockdowns alongside enforced social isolation will continue for some time after its emergency committee met to evaluate its own bungled initial response to the crisis.
The announcement came as millions of U.K. over 50s were warned they could be given orders to stay at home indefinitely as part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s “nuclear plans” to stem the virus once and for all.
The committee “highlighted the anticipated lengthy duration of this COVID-19 pandemic”, the W.H.O. said in a statement, and warned of the risk of “response fatigue” given the socio-economic pressures on countries.
The panel gathered Friday for the fourth time over the coronavirus crisis, half a year on from its January 30 declaration of a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) — the W.H.O.’s highest level of alarm.
“W.H.O. continues to assess the global risk level