Ending Covid-19 health protections in England has turned out to be another great Boris Johnson decision, then.
According to The Mail (but I think we can trust it on this), 91,345 new cases were diagnosed between March 15 and 16 – up by one-third in a week.
Hospital admissions were up by 29 per cent on the previous week, to 1,541.
And 153 people died – a rise of a quarter on the week before.
A new sub-variant of Omicron – BA.2 – is thought to be the main factor behind the increases, in tandem with the easing of restrictions in England on February 24 and waning immunity from the vaccines – although the Office of National Statistics says it is too early to say for sure.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid reckons increases were to be “expected” and there is ‘nothing in the data at this point in time that gives us any cause for concern’.
But take a look at the trend in deaths…
… and in infections…
… and then try convincing yourself, let alone anyone else, that there’s no reason to be alarmed.
Two and a half million people infected and they think it’s a good idea to lift the restrictions that keep us all protected? It seems they really are genocidal.
Sources: UK’s Covid wave grows on all fronts
Covid infections rising again across UK – ONS
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I’d heard that they expected an ‘exit wave’ but that they are now unsure whether this is going to go further with the new, and much more transmissible, variant. I hear it is up to 80% more transmissible. This, then, would explain why there is talk of the fourth vaccination being rolled out beyond just the most vulnerable people.
With ALL protections lifted on the same day – masks, self isolation etc and testing being scheduled to end soon they are planning to simply stop talking about it. When you look now you can’t see daily figures and this means that even without war in Ukraine there would have been no reports in the press/TV of today’s infections and deaths. One small change effectively stopped us hearing about it. When they stop testing we will have no idea any more how bad it is and we certainly won’t see updated death figures on the government’s website. We will simply hear that our local hospital if completely full and has zero beds (although only if you know someone seeking one) – this happened to my friend on Tuesday (due to COVID in the hospital) but nothing in the news about it..