A woman walks along an empty street in Kansas City, Missouri, which remains under stay-at-home orders until May 15 [Charlie Riedel/AP Photo]

The United States faces the “darkest winter in modern history” unless leaders act decisively to prevent a rebound of the coronavirus, according to a government whistle-blower who alleges he was removed from his job for warning the administration of US President Donald Trump to prepare for the pandemic.

Immunologist Dr Rick Bright makes his sobering prediction in testimony prepared for his appearance on Thursday before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Aspects of his complaint about early administration handling of the crisis are expected to be backed up by testimony from the executive of a company that manufactures respirator masks.

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