“We’re world beating!” says Boris Johnson.
How hollow those words ring.
They mean This Writer lives in the deadliest country in the world:
The UK has recorded its deadliest day from coronavirus so far, with 1,610 deaths recorded on Tuesday.
It comes as the number of new infections fell, showing early signs that lockdown restrictions are working, with confirmed coronavirus cases within 24 hours dropping to 33,355 – down from 38,598 cases on Sunday, and 37,535 on Monday.
Official data showed one in eight people in England – about 5.4 million – had already had Covid by December last year, with experts claiming the disease was “much more widespread than previously realised”.
A further 1,610 people died in the UK within 28 days of a positive Covid test, Public Health England (PHE) confirmed. This is the biggest UK figure reported in a single day since the pandemic began.
We know, now, that a huge number of deaths from Covid-19 are now being recorded beyond 28 days after a positive test, as the so-called “long Covid” makes itself felt in a big way.
And I regret I will soon be writing about a massive 46 per cent increase in care home deaths. After Johnson and his Tories vowed to protect vulnerable residents, it seems his promise was empty.
That is the grim reality.
Meanwhile, Johnson and his Tories are living in a fantasy – and trying to get you to believe in it too.
Damian Lewis, on the morning media round of UK TV and radio channels, tried to avoid the huge death toll by emphasizing the claim that the Tories have vaccinated more citizens than any other nation.
It isn’t true. Our people haven’t been vaccinated because they have had only one of two necessary shots. After the second jab they will be vaccinated – if, and only if, they have had the injection within the recommended time limit. That’s three weeks, for the Pfizer vaccine.
This issue has been picked up by the media, it seems. The Guardian report of the death toll, above, suggests that the fall in infections is due to the current (attempt at a ) lockdown, rather than to the injections.
It may well be the worst failure of any government in its duty to protect the citizens of a nation since history was first recorded. The enormity of this catastrophe cannot be overstressed.
And it happened because, instead of trying to care for the sick, the government concentrated on filling Tory pockets with public money.
Yet, even after more than a year of Covid-related incompetence, the Tories are still rated highest in political opinion polls. Are we all masochists now? Do we have a death wish?
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