With Covid-19 still causing as many deaths as a major commercial plane crash every day, Boris Johnson has decided to tell us the crisis is over, we should get back to normal – and is dropping all regulations that keep people in England safe.
The legal requirement to self-isolate if you have Covid-19 will be dropped within days as part of Johnson’s “Living with Covid” plan.
It’s misnamed. “Dying with Covid” would be more appropriate – or “Living with Covid deaths“. Johnson, we know, is happy to live with Covid deaths; he’s understood to have said, “Let the bodies pile up in their thousands” last year, and this new policy tends to confirm it.
Medical opinion is that Johnson’s plan is utterly insane.
Dr Chand Nagpaul, chair of the British Medical Association, told the BBC: “You have at the moment more people dying, more people in the hospital, than you had before Plan B [restrictions] was introduced.
“It does appear as if the government is trying to pretend that Covid doesn’t exist in the day-to-day lives of so many people.”
He’s not alone in this opinion:
the best advice I can give anyone today is to ignore Johnson and his Covid Plans, WHO think he has lost his marbles.. they believe people should still wear mask and protect the spreading of the virus.. He wants to continue to Pile them High,
— Isobel_Waby DEFEND CORBYN (@Isobel_waby) February 20, 2022
Also set to end is community testing, with free PCR tests for people with symptoms likely to stop, and Lateral Flow Tests set to follow – because Johnson doesn’t think it is worth spending £2 billion a month on them, just to keep UK citizens alive.
Also likely to feel this way are the UK’s billionaire business leaders, who want to get back to making money hand-over-fist and absolutely do not care if it happens amid a new slew of Covid deaths.
Are people really ok with knowing that if they go out to dinner, the chef and restaurant staff could have Covid, if they go to the cinema the person sat next to them coughing has Covid but doesn’t need to isolate, the person spending an hour cutting their hair has Covid?
— I used to dance (@lizzieslists) February 20, 2022
So this week #COVID19 is safe to pass round your workplace and the deaths that will occur are an irrelevant side affect of the virus that many will find they can’t live with.
— Ian Hodson (@IanBFAWU) February 20, 2022
Ian Hodson is right. With the compulsion to self-isolate scrapped, firms will refuse to accept Covid-19 as a reason to be off work, and people who should be avoiding all human contact will instead be spreading the infection to all of their work colleagues.
This danger should also be linked with the danger to vulnerable people – that Johnson himself acknowledges is still clear and present. But his actions belie his claims that communities in the UK should remain cautious – as people who know what they’re talking about are making clear:
Boris Johnson has said this morning that Covid is still dangerous for vulnerable people. Despite this he is lifting all restrictions in England. There are millions of people vulnerable to Covid in England. Implicitly he is saying he does not care about them.
— Richard Murphy (@RichardJMurphy) February 20, 2022
I was fit & healthy with no health issues in 2020 when Covid left me with heart, lung & eye damage. A 2nd infection has caused more illness.
I’m 40. I have 2 kids in school & a career. What am I supposed to do now?
Removing free tests & ending isolation is utterly insane.
— SasasaG 🐝😷💙 3.5% (@LongCovidHell) February 20, 2022
Schools have always been the engine room of Covid-19 in the UK, because Johnson was desperate to keep them open in order to get parents back into the workplace making money for Tory donor firms.
His government has never lifted a finger to reduce the spread of Covid-19 through schools.
And now teachers are reacting to his new plan with shock:
Horrified and as a teacher I'm now to be expected to teach kids with symptoms and have no right to get them checked and sent home to protect the rest of the class. Believe me there are parents who send their kids in with obvious symptoms a lot and we test and send them home.
— Ivan & Shiva (@_ivanshiva) February 20, 2022
So no isolation.
My wife has covid. She works in a primary school. The gov think she should go in & seed an infection among 200 children. Think about that. Multiply that tens of thousands of times in the community..what a catastrophe for the NHS.
ERG is a death cult. We're doomed
— Michael Volpe OBE (@NoisyMV) February 19, 2022
The callous insensitivity is highlighted when one contrasts the decision to spend £12 million on a book about the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee for primary school children, while refusing to spend even an equivalent amount on ventilation systems that could have prevented the spread of Covid:
How the hell is the govt able to spend £12 million on a commemorative book about the Queen for primary school children BUT not able to spend £££ on ventilation in schools to prevent the transmission of a virus which can potentially cause life long health problems/disability.
— lottie tyler (@lottieflying) February 19, 2022
Johnson’s decision is unacceptable if we face the facts:
The United Kingdom currently has the highest number of deaths in Western Europe, and has recorded 159,605 coronavirus deaths as of February 13.
— Joe Nidri (@JNidri) February 20, 2022
Even the BBC admits the figures are worse than that: “Some 34,377 Covid cases were recorded on Saturday, with another 128 deaths within 28 days of a positive test. It brings the total number of deaths by this measure to 160,507.” The report said five per cent – one in 20 – of English people had Covid-19 in the week ending February 12. That’s not a pandemic that is on its last legs!
But what are the biggest news stories?
Storm Eunice killed 4 people yesterday.
Covid killed 158.
Each is a tragedy.
But you won’t hear about the ones dead from Covid. They don’t matter apparently.
— Lisa 🐝 #SafeEdForAll (@Sandyboots2020) February 19, 2022
And most people will swallow the anaesthetic offered by the Tory-supporting TV news channels gratefully – as the Covid they’ve contracted at work rages through their systems unrecognised and unchecked and they prepare to catch public transport to their job the next day, so they can infect even more unsuspecting victims of Boris Johnson’s genocidal ignorance.
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