Northern Ireland’s data show clear timing link between closure of schools and falling infection rates
Boris Johnson is, typically, extremely late for his 4pm press conference at which he is expected to announce a new, month-long ‘lockdown’ across England.
However, this new measure is said to exclude schools and universities, which will remain open.
By contrast, pubs and clubs – which will close – account for only around 4% of new cases.
This reality is demonstrated in the latest numbers from Northern Ireland, which did close schools as part of its ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown:
The change from red to blue marks the closure of schools – and a week later, in line with the incubation period of the virus, cases had begun to fall sharply.
A ‘lockdown’ in which the biggest driver of the second wave is left running is a con.
Johnson is too late – and definitely doing too little, having squandered the opportunity to incorporate the now-finished half-term holiday into a 2-week fire-break that would have had far more impact than, and reduced the need for, the half-baked measure he now proposes.
His arrogance and shoddiness will put thousands more needless deaths on his already guilt-stained hands.
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