– Matteo Bassetti said patients who could have previously succumbed to COVID-19 were recovering without breathing difficulties

– Bassetti said the virus was like a tiger in March and April but had downgraded to a wild cat in the recent weeks

– The professor said the virus was weakening by itself and a vaccine was no longer necessary to quell it

– He further said though it was not scientifically proven, there was a huge likelihood that COVID-19 was losing its virulence and was mutating

The novel coronavirus is no longer lethal as it used to be and could die on its own without a vaccine, an Italian expert has said.

Head of the infectious diseases clinic at the Policlinico San Martino hospital in Italy, Matteo Bassetti hinted at a possible end in sight of the virus after stating that COVID-19 was losing its virulence since most patients who would have died from the disease in March or April were now recovering.

Matteo Bassetti said COVID-19 was losing its virulence and thus becoming less lethal. Photo: Daily Mail.

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Speaking to the Telegraph, Bassetti said the virus had downgraded from an abrasive “tiger and was currently a wild cat” going by the plummeting number of cases in various parts of the world including Italy which was once an epicentre of the virus.

He said this development meant a vaccine was no longer needed to combat the disease since it may weaken by itself and never return.

“In March and April, people were coming to the emergency unit with a difficulty to manage the illness as most of them needed oxygen and ventilation,” the professor said.

“Now, in the past four weeks, patterns have changed and there could be lower viral load in the respiration system probably due to a genetic mutation in the virus which has not yet been demonstrated scientifically,”