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Message 2074764 - Posted: 2 May 2021, 9:18:10 UTC

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"If this allows us to return to greater normality, it would be a great step forward."
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "This new pilot could help shift the dial in our favour by offering a viable alternative to self-isolation for people who are contacts of positive Covid-19 cases,...
Another cock up or common sense?
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Message 2074768 - Posted: 2 May 2021, 11:01:18 UTC - in response to Message 2074764.  
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IF
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"If this allows us to return to greater normality, it would be a great step forward."
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "This new pilot could help shift the dial in our favour by offering a viable alternative to self-isolation for people who are contacts of positive Covid-19 cases,...
Another cock up or common sense?

Note carefully:

... A large study of the test-and-trace system, published last month, found low numbers of people had followed the self-isolation rules in full.

Men, younger people and parents with young children were less likely to self-isolate - as were those from more working-class backgrounds, people in financial hardship and key workers...

Yep. I've encountered those. Especially the macho workers... They conveniently deliberately ignore COVID so as not to be inconvenienced...

What checks are there that the 7-days of tests are not simply going into the bin?

Meanwhile, Dido Harding will be rubbing her hands with glee for the costly deluge of extra tests going out the door.


One solution could be to require that instead of quarantining, those people must turn up each morning with passport, before 12-noon, to be tested (and recorded) at one of the many COVID testing sites.


A very important side effect of quarantining is that the specter of having to quarantine raises the significance of the risk of getting infected whilst traveling.

What is more costly: Foreign holiday industry profits, or our home economy and burdening the NHS?


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Message 2074787 - Posted: 2 May 2021, 15:45:25 UTC - in response to Message 2074727.  
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... Here's hoping we don't blow it again!

I strongly believe we need to keep the international holiday trade still blocked/stopped for a good while yet...

Add the greedy beyond death Punch Taverns to my personal list:

[...]

Really? A restaurateur knows better about killing people than Scientists and our government?...

For me personally, simple: ALL Punch Taverns are henceforth totally blacklisted for the next decade.


Note that the UK is still very much on a critical cusp:

UK: The latest reproduction number (R) and growth rate of coronavirus (COVID-19)
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Latest R and growth rate for England

Latest R range for England
0.8 to 1.1

Latest growth rate range for England
-4% to -1%
per day

An R value between 0.8 and 1.1 means that, on average, every 10 people infected will infect between 8 and 11 other people.

A growth rate of between -4% and -1% means that the number of new infections is shrinking by between 1% and 4% every day.

These estimates represent the transmission of COVID-19 2 to 3 weeks ago, due to the time delay between someone being infected, developing symptoms, and needing healthcare...

Simply, that means there is a deadly reservoir of infection still hanging around in the population, ready to explode India-style or Trump-style at the first chance of any large gatherings of people...

Such as: Nightclubbing, airports, and other indoor venues that involve a large throughput of people...


We really do need more of the population to be vaccinated yet, especially those who are the most sociable: Teenagers!


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Message 2074791 - Posted: 2 May 2021, 16:56:33 UTC - in response to Message 2074787.  

... large gatherings of people ...

Such as: Nightclubbing, airports, and other indoor venues that involve a large throughput of people...
Not just throughput. It's the ones that hold big groups of people, indoors, in close proximity, for hours on end, that you need to worry about.
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Message 2074806 - Posted: 2 May 2021, 20:13:32 UTC

India is very much badly in the news with COVID.

Also in the news is that the UK is sending a further 6 plane loads of help to send 1000 ventilators, 495 oxygen concentrators, in addition to 3 oxygen generation units (each the size of a container wagon), and other aid.

Nicely generous though all that is, and expensive to get it all there so quickly, that expensive lot will only support perhaps up to 2000 COVID patients at a time. There is also the proviso that trained staff are needed to properly make use of all that equipment...

Those numbers are painfully small compared to the deadly suffering sweeping across India.


For those claiming that "herd immunity" is the way to go... Then they need to get themselves over there ASAP to help out with the ongoing desperate 24-hour funeral pyre operation.


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Message 2074836 - Posted: 3 May 2021, 5:16:09 UTC

Report of high number of menstrual health problems in women tear gassed in Portland, Oregen.
https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-021-10859-w

Original news story was, NYT - Hundreds Reported Abnormal Menstruation After Exposure to Tear Gas, Study Finds
Dr. Torgrimson-Ojerio decided she would try to figure out whether these anecdotes were outliers or representative of a more common phenomenon. She surveyed around 2,200 adults who said they had been exposed to tear gas in Portland last summer. In a study published this week in the journal BMC Public Health, she reported that 899 of them — more than 54 percent of the respondents who potentially menstruate — said they had experienced abnormal menstrual cycles.
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Suspicions about tear gas and menstruation first came up more than a decade ago, during the Arab Spring protests, Dr. Jordt noted.

In 2011, Chile also banned the use of tear gas after a study suggested that CS gas could cause miscarriages and harm young children. Three days later, the Chilean police lifted the ban, insisting that the type of tear gas they used was perfectly safe.
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Message 2074951 - Posted: 4 May 2021, 14:58:58 UTC - in response to Message 2074727.  
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... Here's hoping we don't blow it again!

I strongly believe we need to keep the international holiday trade still blocked/stopped for a good while yet...

Add the greedy beyond death Punch Taverns to my personal list:

Covid-19: Scientist urges patience before 17 May lockdown relaxation
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People need to be "patient for a short period" ahead of the next planned relaxation of Covid rules in England, a government scientific adviser has said.

Prof Sir Mark Walport said there was "very good news" in the progress of the pandemic, but many people were still not vaccinated yet.

He told the BBC there is still a "potential for that spark to reignite" and cause infections to rise...

[Note: Just like before, TWICE before! And just like India now...]

... Mr Osmond [founder of Punch Taverns], who brought a legal case against the government to bring forward the indoor reopening of pubs and restaurants... Meanwhile, every day of closure was costing the hospitality industry £200m, Mr Osmond said...


Really? A restaurateur knows better about killing people than Scientists and our government?...

For me personally, simple: ALL Punch Taverns are henceforth totally blacklisted for the next decade.



Healthy sense prevails over deadly greed and grandstanding:

Hospitality bosses lose court battle over indoor opening
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The High Court ruled in favour of the government after a case was brought by Punch Taverns founder Hugh Osmond, and Sacha Lord, the night-time economy adviser for Greater Manchester.

Pubs and restaurants were allowed to reopen - but [so far] only outdoors [since] 12 April...


And personally, I'm keeping well clear of all Punch Taverns.


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Message 2075007 - Posted: 5 May 2021, 13:38:34 UTC

After starvation and decline, now a year afterwards, only now do we have:


Covid: ... cash to target new variants will future-proof UK - minister
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... funding to fast-track new vaccines will help "future-proof" the UK against new coronavirus variants, the vaccines minister has said...

... £29.3m funding increase would boost testing facilities...

... Following the funding announcement, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "We are committed to supporting the UK's flourishing life-sciences industry - and this announcement is yet another critical way we will build back better to protect the country...


Good to finally see some desperately needed funding.

Very sad to see this is the continuing story of:

  • Science warns of a risk of impending disaster;
  • Politicians ignore the inconvenient science;
  • Politicians continue to 'defund' the inconvenient science;
  • Disaster happens;
  • Science gathers up whatever shoestrings happen to be available to save the world again...



Oh how researchers and Science continue to be abused...

Will we learn any better ways?


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Message 2075056 - Posted: 6 May 2021, 0:45:51 UTC

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/index.html

https://wonder.cdc.gov/vaers.html

https://vaers.hhs.gov/

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Message 2075058 - Posted: 6 May 2021, 1:21:10 UTC - in response to Message 2075056.  
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https://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/index.html

https://wonder.cdc.gov/vaers.html

https://vaers.hhs.gov/

WOW

Yep

Yes, Wow! Indeed!!

That highlights the very thorough testing and the very cautious safety for the vaccines.


As compared to zero, none, nill, zilch, any type of safety when you take your chances with COVID.

The deadly numbers speak for themselves, and the debilitating lingering effects from COVID make for a very sad story.

Hence why we now have over 50 million people vaccinated here in the UK. Hence why there are multiple millions of people being vaccinated in the USA.


Just look to India for the very deadly consequences that can unfold without vaccination or without other protections fully in place.

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Message 2075062 - Posted: 6 May 2021, 3:28:42 UTC

Didn't watch Tuck tonight eh?

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Message 2075063 - Posted: 6 May 2021, 3:36:51 UTC - in response to Message 2075058.  

Sitting in the Pub section tonight listening to the dolts and out pops the microchip in the vax again. Seems this time "they" are going to install a second scanner at the airport to scan you for the chip so they know you had the vax and can be allowed to fly. Different dolts let out that today is Cinco de Mayo but the change is levels allowing more business opening happens tomorrow and it is so punitive on business owners to do that the day after a huge DUI day. (Never mind all other level changes had been Thursday) For those who haven't heard of Cinco de Mayo, sots call it Cinco de Drinko and get plastered on tequila and eat tacos; it commemorates the Mexican army defeating the French.
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Message 2075073 - Posted: 6 May 2021, 6:54:39 UTC

At the end of the last reporting period the world's total case tally had passed 155.8 million while deaths passed 3,255,300. :-(

According to witnesses on the ground the Indian's tried a new cleaning approach to the 20 million case clubhouse, they smashed through the front doors at great speed and only came to a halt when they crashed into the bar, but from all reports the clouds of cobwebs and dust was spectacular. Even though they set a new daily case number of 412,618 they entered the 21 million case clubhouse a bit more sedately.

The only change at the upper end of the death list was the Philippines removing the Netherlands from 28th place now lets get onto the case list.

The Maldives are now up to 117th spot, Mongolia jumped up 4 spots to 111th while Cameroon moved up to 99th, Thailand leapt up to 98th as Uzbekistan moved up into 94th, Sri Lanka nudged Norway out of 88th and South Korea and Estonia passed Algeria to claim 84th and 85th places respectively.

Bahrain slipped past Libya into 77th, Uruguay jumped up 3 spots to 72nd as Lithuania moved up to 64th, Costa Rica leapt up 4 spots to 61st while Nepal put in a mighty leap to move up 4 spot into 49th, Ecuador took 45th from Slovakia and Malaysia moved up to 42nd.

Pakistan jumped over Portugal and Israel to land in 29th spot while Belgium just became the 27th member of the 1,000,000+ club beating Sweden to the spot (mainly because Sweden can't get their numbers in in a timely fashion) as the Philippines claimed 25th from Romania and Turkey blew Russia out of 5th place.

Meanwhile down under N.S.W. authorities are in a mad effort to trace check a couple who popped up as local transmission cases out of nowhere and having no connections to travel, quarantine or health services.
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Message 2075079 - Posted: 6 May 2021, 10:22:58 UTC

BBC - Alcohol deaths highest for 20 years in England and Wales
Alcohol killed more people in 2020 in England and Wales than in any of the previous 20 years, official data shows.

There were 7,423 deaths from alcohol misuse last year - a rise of 20% from 2019, the Office for National Statistics says.

Deaths increased from March 2020 onwards when the UK's coronavirus epidemic forced the first national lockdown.

Most deaths were related to long-term drinking problems and dependency.
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Message 2075095 - Posted: 6 May 2021, 13:15:43 UTC
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One aspect to note:

Income inequality 'drives global wildlife trade'
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... The analysis shows wild animals are mostly moved [traded] from low-income countries to rich developed nations...

... The researchers believe the pandemic could lead to a decline in international wildlife trade, due to a number of factors including bans on wildlife consumption in China. They say this should be viewed as the foundation for change.

"To avoid returning to business as usual, we should take advantage of the public's awareness of the possible consequences of consuming wildlife products to reduce demand, and make the Chinese ban on wildlife consumption permanent," Dr Liew said...

... the US was the biggest importer, with France and Italy a distant second and third...


Our big outbreaks of new diseases have all come from our 'farming'/trading abuse of wildlife, most recently including the present COVID pandemic.


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Message 2075103 - Posted: 6 May 2021, 14:01:59 UTC - in response to Message 2075095.  

Our big outbreaks of new diseases have all come from our 'farming'/trading abuse of wildlife, most recently including the present COVID pandemic.

When humans raise animals like we raise out inner cities ...
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Message 2075164 - Posted: 7 May 2021, 4:33:53 UTC

Well India set another new daily case record, this time of 414,433. :-O

But they have now received just over 1,000 respirators and just over 40 oxygen concentrators sent from our stockpile here yesterday which may help out a bit.

Brazil has also entered the recently cleaned out 15 million case clubhouse. :-(

Sweden did miss out on being the 27th member of the 1 million case club due to their tardy reporting so officially they became the 28th member at the bar there.

Meanwhile Palestine became the 57th country to pass 300,000 infections while Bosnia/Herzegovina became the 75th to pass 200,000 and Timor-Leste has demoted New Zealand down to 179th on the case list.
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Message 2075248 - Posted: 7 May 2021, 23:27:03 UTC

The UK is now at two-thirds and counting:


Two-thirds of UK adults receive first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
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  • Two-thirds of UK adults – 35 million – have been vaccinated with a first dose of a COVID-19 jab
  • More than 16.7 million people in the UK vaccinated with a second dose of a COVID-19 jab
  • Public urged to get the jab when their time comes and do their bit to send the virus into retreat




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Message 2075249 - Posted: 7 May 2021, 23:44:27 UTC

India didn't set a new daily case count today, but it's still another 400K+ one, though they have set themselves a new daily death record while busting through the 4K barrier with 4,194 being officially being reported. But you really can't those official numbers, India obituaries cast doubt over country’s COVID-19 statistics. Only 2 other countries have recorded higher death numbers, but Brazil came within 18 of losing their 2nd spot. :-O

There's also a bit of a send off happening over at the 4,000,000+ case clubhouse for Turkey who is about to move on.

On the case list Sweden finally took over 27th place from Belgium, but have they got it within themselves to catch up with Romania?

Nepal is another country to watch, now up to 2 spots on the case list to 47th and now up to 66th on the death list, ‘Like a war zone’: Fears nation’s COVID crisis could be outpacing India, and most anything/anyone has to go through India to get there.

Meanwhile down in Sydney they're still trying to find their missing link to the cause of a couple to become locally infected.
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