Looks like another fine mess you’ve got us into Johnson. Our new cases have shot up to 6874 with another 34 deaths. Hospital cases are rising and SAGE are predicting a big increase in deaths – past a hundred a day in four weeks.
Talk about complacency and missed opportunities. This summer was the time to really get on top of it, to get the track and trace working and beat it down. It didn’t happen. We languished.
Our lamentable performance has put us worst in the world! Why?? Why is it that the UK, the USA and Italy are doing so badly while countries like Vietnam and Korea are doing so well? We have great healthcare systems and yet we are totally outperformed.
The USA – 208,483
The UK – 41,936
Italy – 35,801
Vietnam – 35
Korea – 399
We visited Vietnam a year ago. It was teeming with people, hygiene was not brilliant. It was a no-brainer. As soon as coroner virus hit they would be swamped with deaths – yet just 35.
So what are the USA and the UK doing wrong?
Vietnam – population 97,338,579 people – 35 deaths
USA – population 331,000,000 – 208,483 deaths (on the same ratio that should be about a 110 deaths shouldn’t it?)
Here’s what Vietnam did and the USA and the UK failed to do:
The country very quickly enacted measures such as travel restrictions, monitoring and eventually closing the border with China, closing schools and increasing health checks at borders and other vulnerable places. A vast and labour intensive contact tracing operation got underway. Quarantine on such a vast scale is key as evidence mounts that as many as half of all infected people are asymptomatic.
What did we (USA and UK) do?
We kept border open with no health checks
We allowed unrestricted travel
We were complacent and took too long to act.
We are not doing health checks.
Our track and trace system is pathetic
We are not testing enough
We sent out the wrong messages – cheerleading that it was a hoax, that it would be over soon, that it was safe to go back to school and uni, that it isn’t too bad.
We’re still doing it!!
We reopened schools without a good system in place and a track and trace that doesn’t work. Now kids are being sent home right, left and centre.
We sent unis back and now we find students locked down in halls of residence and being told they cannot go home for Christmas.
We opened up offices and public transport, and eating and drinking inside restaurants and pubs.
Is it any wonder that cases are soaring in the UK?
Is it any wonder that they are going up in the States with another 48,567 new cases and 864 deaths?
Is it any wonder that Brazil has 31,911 new cases and another 729 deaths?
No, of course it isn’t! We are looking at a bunch of populist leaders who only care about the economy, are absolutely useless and incompetent and have been sending out the wrong messages and doing the wrong things!
What a pathetic bunch who have ended up killing tens, no hundreds of thousands of people!!
Today it rained. I’ve stayed in to work on my Harper book and play my Billie Holiday, watched an amazing game of football and now, the weather has improved, I’m off for my walk.
Maybe by the time I get back people might have booted Johnson, Bolsonaro and Trump out of office and the world would be a better place.