Reasons for concern

Citizens of the UK, especially those living in England, should be very concerned about the covid-19 pandemic:

  • numbers of reported cases of covid-19 are four times higher than at the low point in July [1]
  • the 7-day average for the UK death rate from covid-19 is at a 4-week high [1]
  • the UK national Test and Trace system is not working well - e.g. one Director of Public Health is concerned that 40% of new positive cases in her area were not being reached, and that she is not being supplied with contact details so the local team can do it themselves [2]
  • there has been no apology from the UK Government for the mistakes made and the deaths resulting
  • there has been no recognition that errors were made
  • there has been no change in the personnel taking decisions or in the procedures by which decisions are made
  • a lot of misinformation is circulating on the internet
  • there is no plan stating the aim of the UK Government
  • decisions are being made that ignore the consensus opinion of public health experts, and a group of independent experts are so concerned about the decision making that they have set up an independent group to advise the UK Government on the action that should be taken (the Independent Sage Group [3])


References

[1]https://www.iancampbell.co.uk/covid-19.php
[3]http://www.independentsage.org
[2]https://twitter.com/Lisa_McNally1/status/1283489569640513536 (July 2020)

First published: 14 Jul 2020
Last updated: 15 Sep 2020