Another Tory lie – and one that will needlessly wreck local economies and leave people in danger
The Tories are attempting to justify their plans to close pubs and restaurants by claiming that almost a third of infections in the second wave of the pandemic are contracted in hospitality settings:
Public Health England’s own data expose the blatant – and massive – lie. Just 4% of infections outside the home trace back to pubs and restaurants.
But by contrast, 38% of infections are caught in schools, by far the biggest means of transmission:
You are nine times more likely to catch COVID in a school as in a pub or restaurant and more than six times more likely to catch it in a workplace. Yet the Tories are ignoring the biggest sources of infection and closing hospitality to look like they are doing something.
But any plan to suppress the second wave that does not involve re-closing schools and workplaces, where almost two thirds of total transmission take place, and re-instituting furlough or a better scheme is a sham.
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