The UK is “likely to be one of the worst, if not the worst, affected countries in Europe,” Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust and a UK government adviser said Sunday.
"The numbers in the UK have continued to go up, I do hope that we're coming close to the number of new infections reducing, and in a week or two the number of people of people needing hospital reducing," he said, adding that he hoped the number of UK deaths would plateau and start to fall in a couple of weeks.
Some 9,875 people have died of coronavirus in the UK, and almost 80,000 cases have been confirmed, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.
He told BBC's Andrew Marr that Germany had so far managed to keep its numbers low by introducing testing at a "remarkable" scale early on and isolating those who had contracted the virus.
Farrar also said a second or third wave of coronavirus was "probably inevitable."
He said he thought a vaccine will be available during autumn this year, but that it will not be available on the scale required to protect people around the world.
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