Last month, US President Donald Trump said about the novel coronavirus: “The virus… typically that will go away in April. The heat, generally speaking, kills this kind of virus.”

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In fact, how the virus will behave as temperature rises – in Wuhan the outbreak happened in peak winter – is not really known. Only time will tell.

WHO chief scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan told The Indian Express: “We do not know (if heat will kill the virus)”.

So once again I say it works.