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Boris Johnson’s plan for Covid-19 ignores one significant detail: reality

Boris Johnson has announced a plan to return the UK to “significant normality” by Christmas but there’s just one problem.

If Covid-19 behaves like other betacoronaviruses – and there’s no reason it should not – then it will certainly break out again, all over the UK, in the autumn (around November).

As Johnson is doing everything he can to get everybody back to work again before then – he has just announced that his “work from home if you can” edict will expire on August 1, allowing employers to force workers to travel back to their normal place of work – he’ll expose us all to that threat.

He seems to be basing his decision on a decrease in Covid-related deaths that is likely to have less to do with his efforts to fight the disease than with the changing of the seasons.

If Covid-19 follows its fellow betacoronaviruses, then its incidence will significantly reduce over the summer.

Resistance will last around six months.

So the best advice for Johnson – until we get a vaccine that works, at least – is to ensure that the starting point for the November increase is as low as possible.

He’s not doing that.

Instead, by pushing us back into contact with each other, he is increasing the number of people contracting the virus and therefore increasing the number that is likely to die.

This Writer’s understanding is that Johnson’s most recent easing of lockdown restrictions have pushed the ‘R’ rate up to 1.3 or thereabouts – much too high to be easing further.

But on he barges in typical bull-in-a-china-shop style.

Still, his own immunity is likely to run out before November. Perhaps if he gets another dose he might wise up…

Or we might be able to trade him in for a more intelligent politician.

Source: Coronavirus: Boris Johnson sets out plan for ‘significant normality’ by Christmas – BBC News

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Tory u-turn on primary schools is right – shame on those who supported early return

Social distancing? If this shot was taken after primary classes returned from lockdown, do you think these kids are at least two metres apart – or the teacher and child in the background?

The Tory government has shelved its plan to fully reopen primary schools before the summer holidays after admitting it is impractical.

Schools are unable to accommodate all their pupils while classes are limited to just 15 pupils – half normal size. Where would the other half go?

It would be impossible to police all the pupils, ensuring that social distancing rules were followed. Have you ever had to spend all day reminding a five-year-old not to do something they really want to do?

And then there’s the fact that pupils simply aren’t turning up. When schools reopened 10 days ago, predictions were that only half of Reception/Year 1 and Year 6 pupils would attend, with parents keeping the rest away due to fears of Covid-19 contagion.

In fact, only half of the predicted numbers actually turned up – a quarter of the expected intake.

And still social distancing rules aren’t being followed, if the image accompanying the BBC’s report (a version of which appears above) is indicative.

Most disappointing for This Writer has been the response of the Labour Party to the school reopening plan. Instead of standing up for parents and children across the UK, Red Tory Keir Starmer supported Gavin Williamson and Boris Johnson.

No amount of backtracking by Rebecca Long-Bailey can change that.

Labour should have listened to parents, teachers, and the education unions – all of whom spent weeks warning that the plan was nonsense – but didn’t.

I like the comment by ‘Molly’ in the BBC article: “”Until it is safe for Parliament to sit next to each other and until it’s ‘safe’ to cuddle your own blood mother, then how is it deemed safe to mix your children with numerous other households?”

It is a shambles that the Tory government owns – we must not forget that.

But Labour has lost a lot of confidence by supporting it.

Source: Coronavirus: All primary pupils no longer going back to school – BBC News

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