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School Covid-19 infections see record one-day rise. The Tories will cause more deaths because there is no cure for stupidity

Rampant: the Covid-19 virus is once again on the loose across the UK because the Tories haven’t just lost control; they’ve deliberately thrown it away.

Wow. Boris Johnson and his cronies promised you and your kids would be perfectly safe if you sent them back to school.

And what happened?

It was the largest one-day record for the number of schools infected.

Somehow, I doubt it will all be over by Christmas.

So does Eoin Clarke, who runs the Tory Fibs Twitter feed. He laid out his own concerns about the current Tory policies in a thread that I have no qualms about reproducing here, so you can experience the depth of the Johnson government’s failure here:

This Writer has been saying much the same – especially about the concentration on the economy causing more damage in the long run.

Sadly, there no way to stop Johnson, Hancock and the other incompetents from continuing on their course to disaster – for a very simple reason:

There is no cure for stupidity.

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Weekend Covid-19 infections leap to biggest ever figure after Dido Harding’s cowboys miss 16,000

The number of – recorded – Covid-19 infections in the UK leapt up massively over the weekend after it was admitted that Dido Harding and her mob at Serco Test And Trace failed to report nearly 16,000 between September 25 and October 2.

The 15,841 cases were then added to Saturday’s (October 3) and Sunday’s (October 4) figures to give (fabricated) totals for those days of 12,872 cases and 22,961 respectively.

And we were upset when the totals leapt to 6,000!

Cynically, the government left it to Public Health England – the nationalised NHS organisation – to report the failings, presumably in the hope that it would take all the blame before it fades out of existence to be replaced by a privatised “National Institute of Health Protection” run by… Dido Harding.

The writing is on the wall, and it says, “Abandon hope, all ye who trust in these.”

Labour’s Jonathan Ashworth tried to pin the fiasco on Death Secretary Matt Hancock, who does indeed have overall responsibility: “This is shambolic and people across the country will be understandably alarmed.

“Matt Hancock should come to the House of Commons on Monday to explain what on earth has happened, what impact it has had on our ability to contain this virus and what he plans to do to fix test and trace.”

But members of the public on Twitter weren’t going to let the person most directly responsible off the hook.

Here’s how this latest Tory disaster was reported there:

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey was wheeled onto BBC Breakfast to defend the government and made a complete hash of it:

And Sky News revealed that bosses at Public Health England are not willing to accept the blame for Baroness Harding’s blunders:

They needn’t worry; we all know the score:

Yes, Tory incompetence costs lives.

But people weren’t willing to let Labour off the hook either.

After some Labour MPs finally dragged themselves into the real world by referring to the track and trace system as being run by Serco (after weeks of going along with the Tory lie that it was an NHS project), the public had this to say:

They’re not wrong.

We need better than this – from both sides of the House of Commons – or the Covid-19 disaster will be an apocalypse for the UK.

And I think that is a forlorn hope: they’re already doing the pathetic best they can.

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UK records highest-ever daily number of Covid-19 infections

Rampant: the Covid-19 virus is reaching heights of infection not seen before in the UK.

So much for all the work you put in to send Covid-19 packing from March onwards.

Thanks to the bumbling incoherence of a part-time prime minister (and full-time performing monkey), and the inanities of his incompetent cronies, it was all for nothing.

On September 24 – today at the time of writing – the UK recorded its highest-ever daily number of Covid-19 infections: 6,634.

A further 40 people are reported to have died – the highest number since July 14.

It will be scant comfort to hear that researchers reckon the number of new infections is still much lower than at the height of the lockdown.

They reckon there were 100,000 new cases a day – but this only flags up Johnson’s utter incompetence; at that time he had halted all efforts at testing for the disease and tracing people who had contacted carriers.

Oh – and the number of infections in schools is still rising, too:

Put it all together and it seems the best that can be said is this:

All our efforts to beat Covid-19 in the spring have only served to worsen the annual winter NHS crisis, adding the virus to the stresses on a service that the Tories have underfunded, understaffed, and hived off to useless privately-run cowboy firms.

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#Whitty and #Vallance TV briefing shows incompetent Tories failed to contain #Covid19UK while causing maximum public inconvenience

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There’s no way around it: Boris Johnson and his gang of Tory nincompoops have really cocked up the Covid-19 crisis.

That’s the message This Writer took from the televised briefing by chief medical officer Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance.

Here’s a summary of what they said, courtesy of that great critic of the Johnson government, Piers Morgan:

Those are the points I got from it too – and here’s my conclusion:

That’s right:

Here’s the rest of what I took from the briefing:

So what can we all expect in the future from Johnson?

More of the same.

He may impose more restrictions on our freedoms but he won’t tell us not to go to work again, because making money for his friends is more important to him than saving our lives.

His policies will be intended to keep hospital admissions within treatable levels – to prevent Covid-19 from overwhelming the UK’s doctors and nurses – as it always has been. But they won’t be about reducing levels of infection to zero because he has never been interested in that. Making money for his friends is more important to him than saving our lives.

Johnson may even try to justify his refusal to impose measures that would eradicate the disease by saying the effect on the economy would cause even more harm to public health. As I tweeted, that’s a political decision – he could legislate to ensure that any such harm is prevented. But he won’t, because making money for his friends is more important to him than saving our lives.

And that means many more people are going to die – your relatives and friends, perhaps. Maybe even you. Because making money for Johnson’s friends is more important to him than saving our lives.

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Daily #Covid19 infections are now nearly 4,000, with more than 1,000 schools infected. Do you feel safe?

Not the NHS: Boris Johnson privatised the Covid-19 test and trace system, believing it would be a great advert for privatisation. Instead, it has become a millstone around his neck – so he refers to it constantly as “NHS test and trace” in the hope that people will blame the nationalised health service that has nothing to do with it.

The coronavirus has reached a height not seen since May 10, with nearly 4,000 people found to be infected in a single day, while more than 1,000 schools have now suffered outbreaks.

That’s only around 1/33 of the total number of schools – but the total has climbed exponentially. It was 200 schools a fortnight ago, and that was considered too many at the time.

How many schools need to be infected before parents decide enough is enough and take their children out again, for the safety not only of the kids but of themselves as well?

Meanwhile, it seems teachers are considering court action against the government:

The Independent article states that “the general secretary of teaching union NASUWT wrote to Mr Williamson to demand better resourcing and monitoring of Covid-secure measures, after a straw poll of almost 1,000 school teachers found that 55 per cent did not regard the protections in place at their schools as “sufficient and effective”.”

The newspaper said the union may make “a claim for breach of duty of care or personal injury due to foreseeable risks resulting from the government’s decision to tell schools to reopen to all pupils in September.”

And we still don’t know the real extent of the new infections because Boris Johnson’s private contractor, Serco, can’t get enough tests done in time.

He was left humming and hawing in Prime Minister’s Questions after Labour’s Angela Rayner made sure the question of Serco (not NHS) T’n’T (test and trace) blew up in his face.

But it is the general public who’ll be left to pick up the pieces when this is all over.

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POLL: with the second Covid-19 wave well under way, shall we pre-empt the Tories and lay blame?


Who can disagree with this?

It does indeed.

And the Tories seem keen to spread the blame, offering several candidates for us to accuse already.

But we don’t have to believe them!

It’s time for a poll:

Who do you think is responsible?

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Hancock’s blame game: young people are causing the rise in Covid-19, not him. Oh really?

Matt Hancock: the lights are on but nobody’s home.

Did you believe our lying Sickness Secretary when he tried to blame young people breaking the rules for the spike in Covid-19 cases?

Only last week, Matt Hancock was caught lying about the suicide rate in the UK.

Now, as the number of Covid-19 infections reaches a level it hasn’t approached since the middle of lockdown in May, it seems he’s trying to justify refusing to lock down again by blaming it on people aged 20-29 who are breaking the rules:

Speaking to Radio 1 Newsbeat, the health secretary pointed to France and Spain, “where that second wave started largely amongst younger people, it then spreads”.

“And now we’re seeing a sharp rise in the number of people in hospital and the number of people who are dying in those countries.

“That hasn’t happened here yet. And if people follow the social distancing rules, then we can stop that from happening here.”

On Sunday the government announced 2,988 new cases – the highest figure since 22 May.

Let’s remember that Hancock caught Covid-19 himself – and then famously failed to observe his own social distancing rules in the chamber of the House of Commons. He’s a fine one to accuse others of breaking the rules!

More to the point, there doesn’t appear to be any evidence supporting Hancock’s attempt to blame young people.

The rise in infections has happened after his government relaxed those rules, though.

It could even be a seasonal change.

We don’t know, because the Department of Health doesn’t know – because Matt Hancock is a liar and an imbecile.

Source: Coronavirus: Young people breaking rules risk ‘second wave’ – BBC News

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If Grant Shapps wants us to go back to work, why is HE still working from home?

Failure of leadership: Grant Shapps, at home, telling us we should all go back to work. Why should we if he won’t?

Tories just don’t get it, do they? Leadership demands that you give people something to follow.

Example: Grant Shapps trying to get people to go back to all that time-wasting travelling to and from their places of work when they can do the job just as easily from home (and nine out of 10 people say they prefer it).

Here he is, being interviewed at his home, telling us to go to work:

It’s no inducement.

If Shapps wants us all to go – via overstuffed public transport – back to crowded workplaces full of other people who may have Covid-19 and could spread it to us and our families, why isn’t he leading by example?

Covid is on the rise again, with this week seeing the highest number of new cases recorded since June – more than when Shapps’s government put us all into lockdown in March – but now he wants us to go back to work. It’s a contradiction. It doesn’t make sense.

If he really believes that it is safe to go back, why is he not promising that when Parliament resumes next month he will be sitting on a crowded front bench, next to super-spreaders Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock, with all 635 (or so) other MPs, plus Parliamentary employees, crowded around him, as usual?

I’ll tell you why:

Because he’s afraid he’ll catch the virus.

And because he voted to give himself a £10,000 incentive to work from home, while the rest of us took pay cuts.

It’s not a persuasive argument, is it?

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‘R’ rate speculation show how even ‘experts’ say what suits them rather than what you need to know

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So, are Covid-19 infections about to rise exponentially again, now that the ‘R’ rate has risen above 1 for the first time on record?

Apparently not. The so-called ‘experts’ are telling us outbreaks in a few “hotspots” are pushing the average up.

But wasn’t that always the case?

Here in This Writer’s part of Mid Wales there have been very few cases. But the rate for Wales as a whole is between 0.80 and 1.1, meaning we should all probably be bracing ourselves for another wave of the disease.

The ‘R’ rate – in case there’s anybody left who doesn’t know – is the rate at which the disease is passed on; the average number of people an infected person is likely to pass it to.

If it is lower than 1, then the disease may be said to be in decline. But if it rises past that number, there are fears it could multiply uncontrollably again.

The Johnson government, announcing its rules for lockdown, initially said that if the ‘R’ rate passed one the country would go back into lockdown.

But the Johnson government has said a lot of things and it has now become nigh-on impossible to keep a record of all the backtracking and outright lies.

It would be pleasant to think that the ‘experts’ are right and this is no reason for concern. After all, they’ve managed to explain away every other spike (most notably those caused by the government’s lockdown easings.

But winter is coming, and coronaviruses like Covid-19 multiply in the cold.

Source: Covid: UK’s R value may be above 1 for first time on record | World news | The Guardian

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UK could face second lockdown ‘within months’ as outbreaks occur across the nation

Closed: the indecent haste with which Boris Johnson has been rushing England out of lockdown has already created Covid-19 infection spikes in several cities, and in schools across that country.

The UK faces a second wave of Covid-19 in as little as a few weeks, according to a professor of global public health.

Devi Sridhar, who acts as the public health adviser for Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon, warned of “constant outbreaks” as lockdown restrictions ease across the country.

She tweeted: “I know that everyone wants the economy to go full steam ahead in the UK. But I fear we will be in another lockdown within months, if not weeks…

“Eliminate the virus over the summer then open up safely. Otherwise enter winter and flu season in a dangerous halfway house.”

Here’s the proof of her words:

Three new coronavirus hotspots named in list of top 10 worst-hit areastrumpeted the Mirror on July 9:

The information from Public Health England shows that the number of infections is on the rise in Blackburn, Bedford and Peterborough.

Leicester continues to have the highest number of Covid-19 infections in the UK, and Health Secretary Matt Hancock was forced to admit that this has been largely fuelled by outbreaks in schools.

So it should come as no surprise to learn that Covid-19 in schools is at its highest level in six weeks – since they were reopened at the beginning of June:

The graph, by the way, shows the number of schools affected. The number of infections is likely to be significantly higher.

So there it is.

Perhaps you don’t think there’s any reason to worry. After all, both the Tory government and the Labour opposition are keen to tell you that it’s all under control and there is no cause for worry.

As the Covid-19 unnecessary death toll in the UK inches closer to 70,000, just have a think about whether you believe that before you head off to the pub.

Source: UK could face second lockdown ‘within months’

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Health Warning: Government! is now available
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The first collection, Strong Words and Hard Times,
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