The English lockdown turned out to be no good at all – didn’t it?
Daily Covid-19 statistics show another 16,578 cases today (December 10), with 533 deaths.
That means the number of deaths is higher than when England went into its second lockdown at the beginning of November.
The number of cases has fallen, but while it is half the peak (33,470, November 12), the number of deaths is comparable.
Much of the problem is the rampant corruption in Boris Johnson’s government, that has handed appointments to the unqualified and contracts to the incapable:
Obscene profiteering and cronyism has been the hallmark of the Government’s response to COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/mTbZroYPpB
— Dan Carden MP (@DanCardenMP) December 9, 2020
Meanwhile it has been revealed that a doctor who had studied coronaviruses like Covid-19 for 30 years was not contacted by the government when the pandemic began.
Dr David Matthews was part of the only UK team working on human coronaviruses when Covid-19 first surfaced in China.
Despite his expertise, the virologist said his advice was not sought – and he wasn’t invited to join the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).
The response to the pandemic remains a national scandal. That won’t change, just because there’s a vaccine now.
And the British public – those who’ve had it so far – has been markedly underwhelmed by the jab.
After all the fuss about vaccinations starting, a 91-year-old man became a sudden celebrity – for being completely unimpressed.
Londoner Martin Kenyon said it was “very unexciting”.
He added: “I hope I’m not going to get the bloody bug now. I don’t intend to have it because I’ve got granddaughters. I intend to live a long time to enjoy their lives.”
And he said: “There’s no point in dying now when I’ve lived this long,”
Like a true Brit, he complained about the food, which he described as “a rather nasty lunch”.
“Very unexciting” – Martin, a master of understatement, on CNN just nowpic.twitter.com/m9mhoO7uq4
— Hugo Bebbington (@HugoBebb) December 8, 2020
One group that may be delighted to get the jab – but may have to wait a while to receive it – is students.
The question is: will they all have lost their minds by the time they get their freedom back?
Students have been talking about the mental health impact of the pandemic and you can read their stories here.
When they get out, they won’t be able to go far: Covid has collided with Brexit with the announcement that, from January 1, UK holidaymakers will be subject to the same travel rules as anybody else outside the European Union – meaning we won’t be allowed into the EU on holiday under current pandemic-related travel restrictions.
Non-essential travel is allowed from a small group of countries with lower levels of Covid cases including Australia, New Zealand and South Korea. There are no plans to allow the UK – whose infection rates have been a national embarrassment, if not disaster, since March.
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