Hancock’s claims busted by government expert during his own press conference
Earlier this week, Matt Hancock claimed that the huge new wave of coronavirus infections was driven by a ‘70%’ higher transmissibility of a ‘new’ ‘mutant strain’ of the virus – telling the BBC’s Andrew Marr that “the new variant is out of control”. The government has put particular emphasis on the supposed greater transmissibility of this variant among children.
But today, during Hancock’s own coronavirus press conference, he made the mistake of referring a question about the infectiousness of the virus among children to a government scientist – who flatly stated that the government has zero evidence for such a claim:
It was the latest in a long line of hideous exposures for Hancock and Johnson, whose mishandling of the crisis has cost tens of thousands of lives – but as ever, one that the so-called ‘mainstream’ media are choosing to under-emphasise, if they even mention it at all.
The ‘new’ ‘mutant strain’ – which has also been present in Italy since around the time it became the Tories’ excuse here, but with Italian case rates falling sharply – looks very much like a Tory exercise in spin and reputation management. Which means Tory tactics haven’t evolved very much at all either.
The scientific consensus is that the current huge numbers of cases, hospitalisations and deaths are attributable primarily to Tory failures – and there is ‘no evidence yet’ for the Tories’ claim otherwise.
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