BRITISH society is now split into two groups: In the one group are people who are behaving in a sensible, cautious and responsible way to prevent the spread of Covid-19. In the other group are people who, if they ever cared to begin with, no longer do so, and are behaving in any way that suits themselves.
Between 11-16 August, the United Kingdom recorded more than 1,000 new Covid-19 cases every day, the first time it had broken the thousand barrier since 26 June, and the first time we had seen six days in a row of more than 1,000 new cases since June 16-21.
In this podcast, Marcus Stead and Greg Lance-Watkins discuss the likelihood of the pandemic returning in a major way as we head into the autumn. What are we to make of the sharp rise in cases seen during the last week? Is it due to increased testing? Is it due to so many people not taking the danger seriously? And has people losing their inhibitions while under the influence of alcohol played its part?
What does having the virus actually mean? On the one hand, a very large number of those diagnosed aren’t actually unwell, and the biggest danger appears to be to the elderly and those with underlying health conditions. On the other hand, Derek Draper, husband of TV presenter Kate Garraway, has been seriously ill with the effects of Covid-19 for many months at the age of just 53. Prime Minister Boris Johnson was seriously ill with the virus at the age of just 55. And Charlton Athletic superfan Seb Lewis sadly died from the virus at only 38 years of age. So evidently, the risk to younger people shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Marcus and Greg also assess the negative impact devolution is having on the management of the pandemic. The guidelines for the four constituent parts of the UK are muddled and confused. How many people really know who they can mix with outdoors, indoors, and how much distance they should keep? Devolution has led to mixed messages and confusion at a time when people require clarity and simplicity.
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