Dr Zhang Wenhong, a standing committee member of the Infectious Disease Branch of the Chinese Medical Association, has also been at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic in Shanghai. He made the claims on Sunday while delivering a speech at Fudan University.
Delivering a speech at Shanghai’s Fudan University on Sunday, Dr Zhang claimed the pandemic was not over yet and that it had not yet reached its peak.
Dr Zhang said: “It is still in the process of continuously spreading, therefore the peak of the pandemic has not arrived by now.”
The infectious disease expert warned that the virus could possibly take “about two years” to bring under control.
He added: “I personally think that the transmission chain of the virus is actually difficult to stop now.
“Globally speaking, the virus may exist forever, but the pandemic will eventually be brought under control.
“Essentially, it will take about two years.”
Despite the alarming figures, China is currently lifting many restrictions in a bid to return to normal.
However, the country still maintains its rules regarding face mask wearing, temperature checks and social distancing.
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The latest lockdown restrictions include mass screening on sites where new infections have been identified.
Residents have been advised not to leave the city unless absolutely necessary and they must be tested if they do.
Hong Kong recorded more than 100 cases on Sunday, its highest single-day increase reported since the pandemic began.
The territory’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam said Hong Kong is set to experience an “out of control” spike in infections.