An Office for National Statistics (ONS) data expert has appeared to back Labour’s Jon Trickett after the working-class MP said that the coronavirus infection rates exposed the Tories’ decision to keep London in Tier 2 after the England-wide lockdown as political and economic, rather than driven by health needs.
Trickett tweeted his take on the infection trends
The data bear out Trickett’s claim, as the latest table of the areas with the highest incidence of the virus shows:
And Ahmad Barclay of the ONS tweeted his own data supporting Trickett’s observation, with an interactive map showing rising rates in London and other Tier 2 areas:
London, in Tier 2, has seen scenes of packed shopping streets and the Tories’ continued determination to keep schools open until the last minute has seen them continuing to drive infections across England – while the Welsh government has decided to close schools from next Monday in response to increasing infection rates – as the Tories finally admit:
Trickett is right. As ever with the Tories, following the science is a sham, It’s too always little, too late and too political.
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