Oh my! Oh my! Oh my! Are we in trouble now. There was always something inevitable about this but now it has happened, prepare. The number of infections will continue to climb. This virus - Covid-19 - has so much to feed on.
Mind you, the MSM (mainstream media) are downplaying it. Page 10 on the inside of the 'i', this morning, under the headline '3,000 new cases of Covid-19 in UK are 'concerning'. Yesterday's figure of 2,988 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK was an increase of almost 1,200 on the previous day. And this is a Sunday when figures are typically lower, due to delays in reporting. Birmingham experienced the largest rise but there was a broad increase across the country.
Mostly young people so far - and everyone a carrier of a potentially lethal disease. Four weeks down the line, the trouble will really begin.
Here's what has been happening - the news comes from SKWAWKBOX:
Number of cases rockets, even compared to recent sharp upturn, as Tories continue to pursue 'herd immunity'
The number of new coronavirus cases in the UK has shot up - even compared to the recent sharp increases seen since hospitality venues and schools reopened - reaching its highest level since 1 May, a period of 129 days:
As the SKWAWKBOX exclusively revealed yesterday, public health experts have been expecting the infection rate to soar, based on international scenarios showing new cases taking off within weeks of indoor hospitality venues re-opening - and the government expects the 'R' rate and infection numbers to climb stillhigher, telling health chiefs to reopen COVID ward capacity and plan for managing the 'second wave' of the pandemic from the beginning of next month.
And today's numbers - again obscured on the government's coronavirus data page - show a huge increase compared to the last few days, even though the numbers on those days were approaching the 2,000 mark:
The total number of cases for the last 24 hours has been 2,988 - the highest since 1 May, when the number was 3,049. As schools in England reopen, even the government admits it will drive the infection rate higher still.
The Tories are again losing control of the pandemic - or more precisely, are wilfully throwing it away in the pursuit of their murderous 'herd immunity', knowing full well what the consequences of their actions will be.
And this is the latest update from SKWAWKBOX on what has been happening in relation to government planning and the increasing infection rate in schools:
Plans are in place for COVID-19 wards to re-open from 2 October to cope with anticipated second wave - public health chiefs say government has ignored advice on how to re-open and that the risk to children is increasing
Public health bosses around the country have prepared plans, on the instruction of the government, to cope with a 'second wave' of the coronavirus from early next month, according to public health sources. Cases have been rising sharply across the country as the government presses ahead with the lifting of the lockdown.
Plans are in place to re-open COVID-19 wards as early as 2 October, less than four weeks away.
Hospitality. Then hospital
The return to schools will drive up the 'R' rate, but public health experts say that the already-increasing number of outbreaks is also being driven by the re-opening of hospitality venues - with evidence around the world showing that a new spike appears around four weeks after pubs and restaurants re-open for indoor service - and that the Tories' 'Eat Out to Help Out' scheme was launched against expert advice.
Changed risk to children
The evidence of the impact of the virus on children has also been reassessed in light of the emergence of the COVID-related Kawasaki syndrome and international studies on the viral load and transmission among children, with experts now concluding the risk to children over the age of ten is broadly similar to the threat to adults.
Ignored advice; political decisions
The dangers of a second wave are so great that the government was advised to open schools and nothing else as a first step, but the advice was ignored in what public health specialists say could only be a political decision. Instead, the government has released lockdown across multiple fronts, throwing away the opportunity to control the spread of the virus.
But the government is doing worse, deliberately delaying a measure recommended by experts so that it can look like it's doing something extra as the virus spikes again.
Masks held back
According to public health sources, making masks genuinely compulsory in public spaces has been held back, again for political reasons - so that the government has something additional to offer when the second wave hits.
What is not being prepared is as significant as what is. There is no intention to re-tighten lockdowns as another wave rises, in spite of claims to the contrary. The virus will be allowed to spread with minimal mitigation - and the 'herd immunity' plan with which the Tories entered the pandemic and which has always been pursued, with only a change of language because of public horror at the number of deaths it would cause, will continue.
The Tories secretly tripled temporary mortuary capacity in May in anticipation of an autumn second wave and have already thrown away tens of thousands of lives without even an expression of regret. The continuing preparations - and lack of them - for that second wave expose the Tories' complete disregard for those they are supposed to protect.
TODAY - MONDAY, 7 SEPTEMBER 2020
The SKWAWKBOX reported this morning that 158 UK schools have been hit by coronavirus outbreaks since the Tories re-opened classrooms.
That number has risen to 183, with 25 more schools affected in just a few hours.
One of the schools hit was the scene of a Boris Johnson PR stunt last month, while a school in Health Secretary Matt Hancock's constituency is the site of the first confirmed on-site infection cluster.
The rate of new infections in the UK has hit a 129-day high. The return to school, the push for workers to return to workplaces and the reopening of indoor hospitality is fueling a second wave that health chiefs have been told to expect at the beginning of next month.
Yet the Tories - with the collusion of Keir Starmer - continue to press ahead regardless.
THIS IS A RECIPE FOR MANY MORE DEATHS IN A COUNTRY THAT HAS ALREADY RECORDED MORE DEATHS PER HEAD OF POPULATION THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD.
YES, JOHNSON HAS SET A WORLD-RECORD WE MUST NOT FORGET.
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