THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION (WHO) has warned that "the worst is yet to come" in relation to the coronavirus pandemic.
Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghesbreyesus spoke at a virtual briefing on Monday and offered a rather bleak prediction regarding the outbreak.
"The worst is yet to come. I'm sorry to say that. We fear the worst," he said, before admitting that "most people remain susceptible" to the virus and that it has "a lot more room to move".
He added: "We all want this to be over. We all want to get on with our lives. But the hard reality is this is not even close to being over.
"Although many countries have made some progress, globally the pandemic is actually speeding up.We're all in this together, and we're all in this for the long haul.
"We will need even greater stores of resilience, patience, humility and generosity in the months ahead.
"We have already lost so much - but we cannot lose hope."
Mr Ghesbreyesus insisted that the most effective way to defeat the virus was till to find a vaccine, but gave little indication that one might be found in the coming months.
Covid-19 has infected over 10 million people worldwide since the outbreak began back in December last year, while around 500,000 people are believed to have died from the virus.