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Coronavirus experts: 'No chance' pandemic will end this summer

Chinese specialists say countries that reopen too early will face a second wave

Zhang Wenhong is head of the infectious diseases department in a major Shanghai hospital and director of the city’s COVID-19 clinical expert team. (Photo by Caixin)

There is "no chance" that the coronavirus pandemic will end this summer, a prominent Chinese medical expert has said in an article calling on countries to prepare for a "new normal" amid plans to reopen following deadly COVID-19 outbreaks.

Some countries' attempts to ease COVID-19 measures before bringing their outbreaks under complete control may complicate global efforts to prevent new waves of infections and delay plans to reopen international borders, Zhang Wenhong, head of the infectious diseases department in a major Shanghai hospital and director of the city's COVID-19 clinical expert team, and his colleague Ai Jingwen, wrote in an opinion piece penned for the hospital's WeChat public account and subsequently republished by Caixin.

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