Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Fresh restrictions are being introduced in some parts of Britain to contain an uptick in the growth of Covid-19 cases.
Coronavirus: UK epidemic growing as R number goes above 1
11 September 2020
Public health officials have warned of “worrying signs” of infection among the elderly, as an official measure indicated the UK’s epidemic is growing again.
The R number was raised to between 1 and 1.2 for the first time since March.
Any number above one indicates the number of infections is increasing.
The number of new daily confirmed UK cases of the virus rose to 3,539 on Friday – an increase of more than 600 on the previous day.
The virus is still at much lower levels across the UK than at the peak in April, but a study of thousands of people in England found cases doubling every seven to eight days.
It found a marked rise in infections in the north and among young people.
Police warned there was a “real risk” some people would treat this weekend as a “party weekend” before the new restrictions come in.
…Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/health-54116939
There is a substantial backlash in Britain over Covid lockdowns, with pubic anger at what many see as an overreaction to a not very deadly disease.
There is a real chance any attempt to re-impose a tighter lockdown would be met with widespread civil disobedience.
GOTTA BE KIDDING
Boris Johnson faces backlash over Covid rules after Nicola Sturgeon declares kids in Scotland WON’T fall under rule of 6
10 Sep 2020, 15:23
Updated: 10 Sep 2020, 22:29
BORIS JOHNSON is facing a backlash over the new Covid rules after Nicola Sturgeon declared kids in Scotland WON’T fall under the rule of 6 – but they will in England.
Tory MPs have demanded the PM “save Christmas” or be labelled the grinch by excluding children from the draconian six person limit on social gatherings.
Tory MP Steve Baker told The Sun: “Keeping these restrictions going into Christmas would be one of the most damaging things the Conservative party has ever done.
“It’s extremely difficult to see how this policy will last after the Scots’ announcement today.
“Boris must save Christmas – he’s not the grinch.”
…Read more: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/12634595/kids-under-12-boris-backlash/
Let us hope efforts to create a vaccine and improve therapeutics to treat this nasty virus yield prompt results.