Bill Gates says lockdowns could continue into 2022 and believes restaurants will be closed for the next six months

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  • Bill Gates offered his predictions during an interview with CNN on Sunday 
  • It came as the US set new records for new cases, hospitalizations and deaths over a seven-day period
  • ‘Sadly the next four to six months could be the worst of the epidemic,’ Gates said
  • He went on to signal support for coronavirus-related business restrictions
  • ‘Bars and restaurants in most of the country will be closed as we go into this wave, and I think sadly that’s appropriate,’ he said 
  • Gates said he thinks the US will become more ‘normal’ by summertime after a vaccine is rolled out  
  • He also expressed optimism about Joe Biden’s incoming administration 

Bill Gates says he expects that coronavirus-related lockdowns could drag on into 2022 with restaurants closing their doors for the next six months.

The billionaire Microsoft founder offered his predictions during an interview with CNN‘s Jake Tapper on Sunday as the US set new records for new cases, hospitalizations and deaths over a seven-day period.

Asked how bad he thinks the COVID-19 crisis will get in the next few months before vaccines become widely available, Gates said: ‘Well, sadly, the next four to six months could be the worst of the epidemic.

‘Forecast shows over 200,000 additional deaths. If we would follow the rules in  terms of wearing masks and not mixing, we could avoid a large percentage of those deaths. So in the near term, it’s bad news.’

He went on to signal his support for drastic restrictions – including California Governor Gavin Newsom’s latest stay-at-home order affecting more than 75 percent of the state.

‘Well certainly mask-wearing has essentially no downsides,’ Gates said. ‘Bars and restaurants in most of the country will be closed as we go into this wave, and I think sadly that’s appropriate.’

‘You don’t want somebody you love to be the last to die of coronavirus,’ he added.

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9050229/Bill-Gates-says-entering-worse-phase-COVID-pandemic-predicts-lockdowns-2022.html

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