As Covid rates skyrocket, new Health Secretary is trying to gaslight us all

Covid Javid: would he be so keen to whip that mask off in a school, where absence rates due to the virus have quadrupled in the last month?

England is on course to come out of lockdown altogether on July 19 – according to Sajid Javid. There’s just one problem: Covid-19 infections are skyrocketing.

It’s not a good look for a brand-new Health Secretary – trying to gaslight a nation that is tired out after almost 18 months of lies, denials, excuses, self-justifications and, worst of all, false promises.

But on June 28, Javid stood up in the House of Commons and told us all that he could “see no reason to go beyond” that “target date” of July 19.

The rest of us can. Covid-19 infections have shot above 20,000 per day for a second day running, and are likely to pass 100,000 a day by July 19 at the current rate of increase.

Javid says that’s not a problem because the number of deaths is falling. But this is to deny the fact that Covid-19 has other harmful effects.

What about the increased strain on the National Health Service?

What about Long Covid?

Oh yeah, that’s right. Javid reckons the lockdown must end because we must all learn to “live with” the virus.

How perversely appropriate, then, that the first people having to learn to live with it are likely to be our generation of learners – at school.

The infection rate there is already booming after the government decided to tell our kids not to wear face masks.

More than 375,000 pupils – about one in 20 – were out of school for Covid-related reasons, up by more than 130,000 in a week according to the latest official figures.

That’s more than four times as many as at the beginning of June, when the effects of the decision to stop demanding that pupils wear masks (from May 17) started to become clear.

And let’s not forget that, despite what he says, Javid has already played a huge part in increasing the threat of Covid-19:

So now we see that the new boss is exactly the same as the old boss, and Javid intends the government to continue handling Covid-19 exactly as it has all along:

Source: Covid-19: End of England’s Covid rules still set for 19 July – BBC News

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  1. Daniel Margrain June 30, 2021 at 5:33 am - Reply

    I never thought for a million years that I would say that a Tory Minister is right, and Mike Sivier is wrong. But there, I’ve said it.

    • Mike Sivier June 30, 2021 at 1:02 pm - Reply

      You have your opinion about Covid and I have mine. We can let the readers decide which of us has the safer view.

  2. Dunc June 30, 2021 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    How on earth does an infection rate of 0.22% with no statistically significant increase in deaths or hospitalisations translate as “skyrocketing”? That’s tabloidese bullshit. Infections are predominantly among teens, yet deaths “within 28 days of a positive test” predominantly among the elderly, many of them fully vaccinated. The PHE/ONS data specifically says in the notes that Covid was not specifically given as the underlying cause for these deaths. The clear implication is that old folk just died, and had the virus when this happened (and even if the virus was the actual cause, they’re not necessarily “excess deaths” since had that not got them, pneumonia or something else would have).

    While I really don’t care if you want to propagate scaremongering crap with regard to the virus in order to berate this shitshow of a government (and Javid might well be wrong in this instance), it’s exactly the same as the Daily Mail or the Express pursuing an ideological agenda rather than objective news. Such appallingly lax standards mean your entire output is tainted as untrustworthy. You’re better than that, surely? I certainly thought you were.

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