This Writer took a Covid-19 test today. The result was negative, you’ll be pleased to hear.
No, nobody passed on the virus at the successful Festival of Resistance at which I spoke over the weekend.
While I had been there, Mrs Mike had attended a gathering to celebrate her best friend’s granddaughter’s 16th birthday. The day after, the girl’s stepfather tested positive.
Mrs Mike had not been near him but she took a test on Monday, along with her friend. Both came out negative – and this was good, because we were due to attend the funeral of Mrs Mike’s beloved grandfather on Wednesday (yesterday) and she would have been devastated to miss it.
So we attended the event, along with many others (he had been 99 years old and a pillar of the Royal British Legion), and it was only when we were driving back from the crematorium that Mrs Mike received a message from her best friend, that she had taken a second test and it had come out positive.
Imagine the effect on Mrs Mike, who had just attended such a large event, full of senior citizens who are most vulnerable to Covid-19 – and alongside her daughter, who is pregnant. We all wore masks at the ceremonies, but not at the social event between the service and the cremation; and not in the car with my stepdaughter and her fiance, or in their house afterwards.
It is therefore a great relief that neither of us have the virus and could not have passed it on.
Shall we discuss the press conference by that utter maniac Sajid Javid now, in this context?
The day after the official figure – of deaths within 28 days of a positive test – hit 223, its highest level since March, and 43,738 daily cases – which is around the current level of nearly 50k per day – he said infections could more than double to 100,000 per day during the winter.
— clive williams (@vespasian91) October 19, 2021
I think with the highest daily death rate since March, it would be great for access-journalists to maybe ask for a reaction from the PM.
Because every one of the 223 people who died in the last 24 hours have people crying right now.
And they can't just pretend it's not happening.
— Danny Wallace (@dannywallace) October 19, 2021
Anyone asked the govt how many dead is enough?
— Kate Hampton (@ahdidyo) October 20, 2021
That isn’t news; we’ve been hearing it since late summer. The tragedy is that Javid isn’t interested in doing anything about it.
He won’t re-impose restrictions or lockdowns. He says the precautions people take are for them to judge – but my own experience over the last few days shows that people simply are not good judges in that respect.
If Javid expects infections to more-than-double, then it is reasonable to believe he has come to the same conclusion.
Why doesn’t he re-introduce social distancing rules, or even lockdowns, then? He doesn’t care.
His attitude is that his donors have waiting long enough and now they want to start making money again. If people die… too bad.
Of course, some people have done very well out of our suffering, let’s not forget:
— Good Law Project (@GoodLawProject) October 20, 2021
It’s a shocking dereliction of duty by a UK Health Secretary. No doubt he will surround himself with excuses, and with friends in the Tories’ client media to mouth them, but that won’t change the evidence.
I note what he said about people attending parties – but it simply isn’t realistic. People aren’t going to wear masks at such events because they are there specifically to get closer to their friends and loved ones and masks get in the way. It is his job to ensure that people don’t need to – and he simply isn’t doing it.
Instead, he lied that we are closer to normal than we were a few months ago…
'We are a lot closer to normal than we were a few months ago' says @sajidjavid
Weekly covid hospital admissions
17 June: 1220
17 Oct: 5250
— Alastair McLellan (@HSJEditor) October 20, 2021
He said he has secured hundreds of thousands of doses of new antivirals – great! But the UK has a population of 68 million. Who will get those drugs first?
Yay, Javid has secured 480,000 courses of Molnupirav drug to keep the deaths down over winter.
For a population of 68,000,000
— paul 💙 (@stimmo) October 20, 2021
Four million people have had booster injections of Covid-19 vaccines, he said. Why so few?
UK Health Security Agency chief executive Jenny Harries said the number of deaths was moving in the “wrong direction” – which is a curious choice of words. The fact that, after more than a year and a half, there are any deaths at all shows that the UK government’s Covid-19 policy as a whole has been moving in the wrong direction since the start.
And she has contributed to this, of course:
UK lab investigated for false negative Covid tests is not fully accredited.
See who claimed it was accredited? Why Jenny Harries of course. Who else could it have been? https://t.co/CPS574iZdp
— PeteMilford (@gullssinceaboy) October 19, 2021
Javid said it was still his belief that people in the UK should “learn to live with the virus”. Like MPs will have to, after their disgraceful display of masklessness at Prime Minister’s Questions?
Sajid Javid says people in enclosed spaces should "wear a face mask" and "think about those around them."
Meanwhile, on the Conservative benches. pic.twitter.com/T3ofYPPBF6
— Adam Bienkov (@AdamBienkov) October 20, 2021
(Obviously I was at the funeral and didn’t see PMQs. If you did, could you see Javid in the Chamber with his mask on?)
How strange that nobody in the mass media has bothered to mention this point. Have they been told not to?
He said pressure on the NHS was not “unsustainable” – but this is nonsense; he had to call in the Armed Forces to help cope:
"We don't believe the pressures on the NHS are unsustainable" says @sajidjavid…
Mate, you've literally had to call in the military to help the NHS to cope.
— Shaun Lintern (@ShaunLintern) October 20, 2021
His words were also directly contradicted by the National Medical Director of England, Stephen Powis:
Sajid Javid – “We don’t believe that the pressures that are currently faced by the NHS are unsustainable”
— Haggis_UK 🇬🇧 🇪🇺 (@Haggis_UK) October 20, 2021
And he said contingency measures are in place if the situation becomes “more challenging” – but are not needed yet.
If not now – when? The UK has the highest infection rate, the highest death rate, and the worst government response of any nation in the world! Deaths are at 1,000 per week and have been for months – that’s equivalent to 50,000 per year. The current infection rate means 2.6 million people are likely to contract the virus per year, increasing to a possible 5.2 million – and Javid is happy with that.
That is not the attitude of a Health Secretary but of a homicidal maniac.
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