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.
Covid cases are over 22,000 today, up 70% in a week. That is 110,000 on 19 July if the trend continues.. If growth is only 50% then it is 75,000 then. And that’s when the government intends to end all Covid restrictions and declare this pandemic all over, which is insane.
— Richard Murphy (@RichardJMurphy) June 28, 2021
Sajid Javid makes appalling judgement call in first move as new Health Secretary, recklessly proposing to lift covid restrictions on 19 July come what may, just as case numbers driven by Delta variant rising exponentially again. This is the mindset of a market fundamentalist!
— Professor Christopher Painter (@PrfChrisPainter) June 28, 2021
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?
Cornwall’s only major hospital yesterday.
— Tory Fibs (@ToryFibs) June 28, 2021
What about Long Covid?
What help is the UK GOVERNMENT going to offer anyone who catches LONG COVID because they've decided we need to live with this deadly virus?
— Dr Matt Prescott (@mattprescott) June 29, 2021
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.
Hands up if you suspect your government might not give a sh*t if our kids catch Covid by the truckload. And hands up again if you suspect they might not really have a clue how dangerous "letting it rip" through schools could turn out to be.
— Dominic Minghella (@DMinghella) June 28, 2021
And let’s not forget that, despite what he says, Javid has already played a huge part in increasing the threat of Covid-19:
Javid says he has been frustrated at not being a minister during the pandemic because it has prevented him from playing his part in responding to the crisis. He neglects to say he made the response much harder because of the cuts he made when he was Chancellor before the crisis.
— Bill Esterson (@Bill_Esterson) June 28, 2021
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:
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