House parties could be banned until 2023 because coronavirus will be around for YEARS, scientist warns

A TOP scientist has warned that house parties could be banned until 2023 due to coronavirus being around for years.

German virologist Professor Hendrik Streeck believes Covid-19 spikes like those in Scotland recently will be common until at least 2023.

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He has been part of a team leading the pandemic response in Heinsberg, one of Germany's worst-hit regions for coronavirus.

Professor Streeck said parties and other large gatherings needed to stop completely in order to lower infections.

"This virus is not disappearing. It has now become part of our daily lives," he told the Daily Record.

"It will still be here in three years and we have to find a way to live with it.

"However, it is really important to stop super-spreading events where many people gather together as those can cause large outbreaks.

"We know that social distancing, not gathering in big groups and covering your face can have a profound impact on the infection. These are simple measure that can help stop the spread if you have large levels of infection."

Professor Streeck said a vaccine being developed for the virus was "probable" – but there were doubts over how long it would take to be available.

"A vaccine may be the answer but we don't know. It's probable that we will have a vaccine but it may be next year or longer," he said.

Another 68 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Glasgow as 141 new infections were recorded across Scotland.

There has now been a total of 21,289 Covid cases since the start of the outbreak.

Almost 1,000 people tested Covid positive in Scotland in the last week.

Meanwhile a tighter local lockdown was introduced in Bolton last night due to a spike in Covid-19 cases.

People were told to avoid mixing with other households anywhere and to use public transport only if essential.

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