Figures show real extent of second wave is far beyond what is being publicly discussed
Liverpool is on the verge of a Leicester-style lockdown, with coronavirus rates in the city region and neighbouring areas soaring.
Half of the city’s intensive care beds are already full and around 8,000 children – plus some 350 teachers – have been forced to self-isolate because of rampant school outbreaks.
But Liverpool’s situation merely foreshadows where the rest of England is headed, with schools now the driving force of the pandemic’s second wave and the government determined to keep them open while tinkering at the edges of peripheral causes.
Those who want to minimise the danger posed by the second wave are still pointing – against all the evidence – to supposedly low hospitalisation rates. But Liverpool’s intensive care units are already half full, according to council sources, just a few weeks after English schools re-opened and in spite of a more cautious approach by the city’s council than in many parts of the country.
It’s been clear for weeks now, to those prepared to see, that the UK is well and truly in the grip of a second wave – and that the Tories’ actions and inaction are plunging England deeper, with the inexcusable collaboration of Labour’s centrist leadership.
But Liverpool’s situation underscores it in deep red – and if a local lockdown on Merseyside is needed, then it will come nationally.
If the Tories really cared about saving lives, they would do it now and not repeat Boris Johnson’s lethal delays in March.
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