No surprises here - but please never lose your sense of shock. It really has got this bad in the UK. My source here is this afternoon's Mirror Politics:
|The SARS-CoV-2 virus|
Earlier, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) issued a press release - to be published at 10.30pm - putting a positive spin on the figures, with Matt Hancock describing them as "groundbreaking".
|Do you trust this man?|
- Scientists, union officials and teachers said that the lack of transparency was "deeply worrying."
- The page which contained the data on the spread of the India Covid-19 variant in schools was removed from the Public Health England report that was published on Thursday 13 May.
- Days later, the government went ahead with its decision to allow the removal of face coverings in schools.
- Evidence seen by The Observer suggests No 10 was directly involved in the decision not to publish it.
- In hotspots such as Bolton, cases are rising fastest among school-age children.
- Minutes from the Sage advisory group meeting last week warn the new variants are "capable of generating a wave of infections bigger than previous waves", and that the danger of "overreacting seems small compared to the potential benefit of delaying a third wave until more people are vaccinated".
|Take a look - and then ask why we are still set on following the dates in the roadmap.|
- Tests of the town's sewage indicated Bedford had a rapidly escalating problem probably linked to the India variant, but no attempt was made by central government to intervene.
- Public health officials in Bedford believe that the government chose, instead, to highlight rising cases linked to the India variant in the north-west of England to try to keep its roadmap out of lockdown on track.
- By the time surge testing began in Bedford last week the town was recording the second-highest rate of Covid-19 in England, with cases doubling every five days.
- Responding to the claims, Louise Jackson, portfolio holder for public health and wellbeing on Bedford borough council, said: "We were second in the country in terms of infection rates and they were still talking about Bolton, Blackburn and Darwen. Why on earth would you want to miss Bedford off the list? Unless of course you were doing it because we are so close to London. They didn't want anybody to think it was anything other than a localised issue."