Government imposes new restrictions to fight Omicron as first cases found in UK | Coronavirus | The Guardian


Masks made mandatory in shops and on buses and trains, while new arrivals must take PCR tests

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The wearing of masks in shops and on buses and trains was never officially withdrawn, but the mandatory aspect was. However, some transport operatives made their own rules, such as, Transport for London, where they stated it was a requirement to travel on their buses and the Tube, but was it ever legally enforceable. Perhaps it was not, but the public should have respected the wishes of the operators.

In other parts of the UK, except England, Scotland and others did retain the mandatory aspect. I feel it was a grave mistake from Boris Johnson, one of many, when the mandatory aspect was withdrawn. For those not wearing masks are not acting with respect to their fellow travellers.

In fact, in many aspects social distancing should also have been retained.

The coming of Omicron is a great worry, as should be the coninuance of COVID in England, but this appears to nhave been ignored by many in England, so please do not ignore Omicron, for if you do Lockdowns will have to be reimposed. In fact, the reimposition has never gone away and would always be brought in, but perhaps, too late, as other measurers have been.

At least, the mandatory reintroduction was not delayed and the travel restrictions also.

Yes, we have to learn to live with COVID, but not at the expense of lives lost. Lives are much more important than refusing to live with a few restrictions. So accept the restrictions and in doing so save lives.

The same is also relevant in having the COVID vaccinations and where eligible the COVID booster and any others which will come along.

 

Source: Government imposes new restrictions to fight Omicron as first cases found in UK | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Vaccines. The United Kingdom v a “rules-based organisation”. | Conservative Home


Boris and his Government have made many mistakes leading to substantial failures during this COVID-19 pandemic, but the vaccine situation would appear to be the one and only success.

However, this does not discount the many failures.

Here it is the EU who have failed, but their over  bureaucratic nature means they are unwilling to accept their failure and thereby are causing alarm and concern to an independent country (UK) to overcome this failure.

This can’t be allowed to happen and therefore the EU will have to backdown, something which is not akin to them.

If we were still in the EU none of us would have had any COVID-19 vaccinations, let alone being an European leader.

Unfortunately, the EU will not countenance any UK successes, the EU is showing isolationism and putting the EU first above all others, now where have I heard and seen something similar, well would you believe it, 4 years of President Trump in the US.

 

 

 

 

Source: Vaccines. The United Kingdom v a “rules-based organisation”. | Conservative Home

I’m a lung doctor testing the blood from COVID-19 survivors as a treatment for the sick – a century old idea that could be a fast track to treatment : The Conversation


In the blood of COVID-19 survivors are antibodies that can defeat SARS-CoV-2. Researchers are testing whether these antibodies can be collected and injected into others to save them from the virus.

Source: I’m a lung doctor testing the blood from COVID-19 survivors as a treatment for the sick – a century old idea that could be a fast track to treatment : The Conversation

Insect apocalypse? Not so fast, at least in North America : The Conversation


Recent reports of dramatic declines in insect populations have sparked concern about an ‘insect apocalypse.’ But a new analysis of data from sites across North America suggests the case isn’t proven.

Source: Insect apocalypse? Not so fast, at least in North America : The Conversation

Ending the pandemic will take global access to COVID-19 treatment and vaccines – which means putting ethics before profits : The Conversation


The high cost of pharmaceuticals often means only the richest patients get lifesaving medicines. As coronavirus drugs emerge, it will require hard, creative work to ensure they’re available to all.

Source: Ending the pandemic will take global access to COVID-19 treatment and vaccines – which means putting ethics before profits : The Conversation

5 COVID-19 myths politicians have repeated that just aren’t true ; The Conversation


The purveyors of these myths, including politicians who have been soft peddling the impact of the coronavirus, aren’t doing the country any favors.

Source: 5 COVID-19 myths politicians have repeated that just aren’t true : The Conversation

US squandered costly lockdown, failed to stem coronavirus : MSNBC


Rachel Maddow notes that lots of countries took an economic hit when they took drastic measures to control the spread of the coronavirus, but where other countries were able to get the virus under control during that down time, the US has not, making the economic hit the US is still dealing with all for naught.

Source: US squandered costly lockdown, failed to stem coronavirus : MSNBC

Government shifts to Google-Apple model for delayed contact-tracing app in latest U-turn : The Independent


Boris Johnson’s government has ditched plans to develop a custom-made contact-tracing app in favour of a new model after the rollout was beset with problems. In a major U-turn, ministers announced a switch to technology provided by Apple and Google – abandoning an NHS model that aimed to give the health service greater access to patient data. Officials admitted the app, designed by the health service’s tech arm NHSX, was highly inaccurate, picking up just four per cent of contacts on Apple phones and 75 per cent of contacts on Android handsets. By contrast, the model designed by the tech giants picked up 99 per cent of contacts on both Android and iPhones. The shift raises questions over how much time and money was wasted pursuing a bespoke app that never materialised.

 

Source : Government shifts to Google-Apple model for delayed contact-tracing app in latest U-turn : The Independent

Lockdown protesters shout ‘be like Sweden’ — but Swedes say they are missing the point : NBC News


“The Swedish strategy is very much relying on the individual’s trust in the state,” one Swede told NBC News.

Source: Lockdown protesters shout ‘be like Sweden’ — but Swedes say they are missing the point : NBC News