Tory delays and obstinacy are really to blame, as usual
Boris Johnson and his mouthpieces repeatedly blamed the new variant of the virus last week for the massive numbers of cases and deaths the UK has suffered in the latest wave of the pandemic – with the UK’s ‘mainstream’ media, of course, repeating and amplifying the claims with almost no scrutiny.
According to Johnson – and the media – the virus is not only ‘70% more transmissible’ but also ‘30% more deadly’ – and these factors are the issue. Unspoken, but written large between the lines, is the real point of these claims: ‘It wasn’t the government’s fault. Honest, guv’.
But the ‘UK variant’ of the coronavirus has been in Italy for 47 days now – since early December. Take a look at Italy’s daily case numbers:
Some spikes, but a clear downward trend during those 47 days. And as you’d expect, the reducing infection numbers, with the usual lag, also mean fewer deaths:
Unlike the Tories, the Italian government moved early in the latest wave to close schools. In the UK – where for weeks at the start of the pandemic the media showed non-stop horror footage of a situation in Italy that was far less severe than the UK is now seeing. And despite the fact that schools are known to be a key driver of transmission, the Tories are now wavering under pressure from right-wing lobby groups to throw open school gates to all pupils.
And the UK media continues to help Johnson and his drones to avoid the blame for thousands of needless deaths – the equivalent of around three jumbo jets crashing in the UK each day. It should sit like an anvil on their shoulders.
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