At the World Health Organization’s briefing, its head has warned that although epidemics in Western Europe “appear to be stable or declining”, there are still “worrying upward trends in Africa, Central and South America, and Eastern Europe”.

“Make no mistake – we have a long way to go, this virus will be with us for a long time,” director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

He said that while people are “understandably frustrated” with stay-at-home orders, “one of the greatest dangers we face now is complacency”.

“The world will not and cannot go back to the way things were,” Dr Tedros added. “There must be a new normal, a world that’s healthier, safer and better prepared.”