My blogpost last week sounded an alert - press this link to read the story.
Each day that passes, I watch the TV news on BBC and Channel 4 and I read my newspapers and I wait for the coverage. In vain, so far.
|Covid testing is in decline - why?|
Let me bring you up-to-date with the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), and provide some context:
The media is full of news that echoes the message from national government - we are on the way out of the Omicron coronavirus crisis. The few politicians left supporting the PM are citing as evidence for thequality of their man the fact that he got it right when he called for the lifting of restrictions as the threat from Omicron fades.
|My thanks to the brilliant Gary Barker for this cartoon|
It is true that there was a decline over twelve days from the 4 January 2022 (218,724 new cases) to the 16 January 2022 (70,924 new cases) What you are not hearing is that there has been a reduction in testing of over 20% in the same period. Nor are you hearing that the ONS survey of thousands of swabs in a national survey shows that the rate of infection is still growing. Nor are you hearing that the figures for the last two days show that the decline has now been reversed, despite the reduction in testing:
On Monday 17 January there were 84,429 new cases; yesterday, there were 94,432.
This story has been manipulated.
If the numbers of patients on ventilation has fallen from the 800s to the 700s in January, I fear the reason is obvious and shocking. More patients are dying. This is the story you are not hearing - and the reason is all to do with Johnson's survival agenda.
I gulped involuntarily yesterday teatime when I saw how many people had died in the last 24 hours within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test.
The 7-day average now stands at 272 deaths. On January 1, 2022, the 7-day average figure for deaths was 130.
Where is the outrage? The official story is that the Omicron variant is a milder version.