The Corona Diaries – Day 139

Our devious government says they will not be releasing data on new cases of Covid-19 or deaths. They claim the data is unreliable and has exaggerated the cases.

This is baloney!

If anything the data has greatly underestimated the number of deaths. The official figures say that 46,526 people have died. An estimate I read a month or so ago said that there had been 66,000 excess deaths. That’s a 20,000 discrepancy – at least!

This is part of the process of spin to try to make out that they have done a good job. They haven’t done a good job at all. They have been appalling – the worst in Europe.

Given that we are an island it should have been easier for us to contain the disease compared to mainland Europe. Why are we so much worse?

Why did we not act on the Cygnus Report?

Why was there no store of PPE for a pandemic?

Why was there no chemicals for testing?

Why was there no strategy?

Why did we not take heed of what was going on in China and then Europe and prepare?

Why did we not check/quarantine immigrants?

Why did we not stop flights from heavily infected places?

Why had we run down the NHS?

Why did our ‘hostile environment’ drive away doctors and nurses?

Why did the government panic and waste billions on useless equipment and PPE?

Why didn’t we lock down sooner?

Why did we not buy into the EU schemes for procurement of ventilators and PPE?

Why did we discharge untested people from hospitals into Care Homes?

Great job guys!

Captain Tom raised £33 million for the NHS.  The government wasted £150 million on 50 million useless facemasks that could not be used because they did not meet specifications.

Why were contracts given to the wrong firms? Was it nepotism? Corruption?

Smacks of nepotism, corruption, complacence and incompetence to me!

I found it interesting to read the EU report. It basically said that Europe (including the UK) got on top of the disease by locking down but since they have relaxed lockdown it is re-emerging and the only way to keep on top of it is through comprehensive testing and local lockdowns.

In the UK we are back up to 1062 new cases and we were down to 332.

The US is still running at 40,171 with 432 deaths.

Brazil is going at 22,048 new cases and 703 deaths.

It was also interesting to see that Russia claims to have a vaccine and Putin has given it to his daughter. He claims it’s been thoroughly tested and works but they will not release the data on the checks and tests.

I wonder how many of us will feel confident about using that then?

Today was another glorious day in Yorkshire with temperatures of 26/27 degrees.

We had an outside meal with friends and then I went for a walk up my hill!

At times it feels as if everything is right with the world! But then I wake up!

It is strange, because, by now, I was expecting the village to be full of cases with some deaths, but I haven’t heard of much at all. It’s almost as if there isn’t any pandemic. Perhaps it is one of Trump’s hoaxes?

Stay safe everybody.