The focus now is on the UK. Perhaps tomorrow it will be your country, but the latest instalment of the Covid drama is now firmly targeting Britain, cruelly denying families across the country the one happy day of the year they were all looking forward to - Christmas.
Because there is a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 which government ministers claim is spreading rapidly, and so most of the UK must now lock down again.
But we’ve had dire warnings before which didn’t pan out. We all remember the millions of deaths guaranteed in the US and half a million in the UK that never happened, predicted by the now defunct Neil Ferguson model. And the superspreading kids that would cripple the country if they were allowed back to school.
It now seems the opposite was true and keeping children out of school could result in an extra 80,000 to 95,000 deaths.
Who can forget the asymptomatics that could kill you if you got near them, now firmly put to bed with the largest study done so far in China (nearly ten million people) demonstrating that no one was infected by an asymptomatic person - not one.
And now we are to believe yet another one: this time it’s the fear of the new variant.
Judith Breuer, professor of virology and co-director of the division of infection and immunity at University College London, said:
We have absolutely no data to show anything related to disease severity. And indeed we have no data to suggest that any of the variants that have occurred over the last year have affected disease severity.
And we also have no data to suggest that this variant is evading immunity in the population or is behaving any differently to the other variants, so at the moment it’s a work in progress.
So the UK government cancelled Christmas for a large part of the UK based on no data to support doing so.
By design or default we are here in a very strange and unsettling world. And there can be few now, when pushed, who would disagree that Covid and its variants are greasing the wheels of tyranny, albeit hiding behind a different paint job: Lockdowns, masks, social distancing, no theatre, no ballet, no arts, no hugging, global economies collapsing, no jobs. Being controlled by riot police and drones?
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