Yes, yet another post about the virus. I know, I know, all very boring compared to my philosophical output, but I am perplexed, frustrated, angry and bemused by the (UK) Government and all the colossally bad decisions it's made regarding the virus. The official tally dead in the UK from the virus is now above 100,000. And, I heard that the death rate from the virus is the worst in the world. Compare over 100,000 deaths with New Zealand's, which has seen only 25 deaths.
The insane decisions made by the UK Government regarding this virus are simply never-ending.
1. Right from the off, ideally as early as January 2020, everyone arriving in the UK, including British people returning to the UK, should have been quarantined for at least 10 days. But there were no border controls for months! We just allowed anyone, even from China, to come in. People weren't even tested, least of all quarantined.
2. As soon as the virus arrived in the UK and started to spread, a severe lockdown should have been imposed. Not doing so allowed the virus to infiltrate everywhere. So, by the time the first lockdown was imposed in late March, it was already too late.
3. Now the virus was established in the UK, the rate of infection R had to be driven right down. In as much as the lockdown was relaxed, it couldn't be relaxed so much as to allow the R rate to go above 1. That would simply ensure the virus would, once again, proliferate.
So what did the Government do? They relaxed the lockdown. They allowed international and domestic travel, opened the schools, told students to attend University, implemented the Eat Out to Help Out policy, reopened pubs, cinemas etc, dropped the 2 metre social distancing rule, and employees were permitted to return to the office. This was insane. Such policies, at least as a collective whole, simply ensured that R would rise well above 1 leading inevitably to a further lockdown down the line.
4. And now the latest news is that only those entering the UK from high risk countries, not all countries, will be quarantined. See here. I'm perplexed, what's to stop people from the high-risk countries simply travelling to the UK via another country first?
Presumably the motivation for all these staggering bad decisions was to save the economy. But I'm not sure that simply continually imposing and relaxing these type of "lockdowns" is helpful in this regard. Just one lockdown, but a radical one, was required in order to drive the R figure right down and control the virus. Like what New Zealand and other countries did.
My posts on the virus in chronological order spread across my 2 blogs:
Herd Immunity and the Coronavirus
Peoples' indifference to the coronavirus
Lockdowns to contain the Virus