At least Sweden follow a pretty consistent plan, perhaps because the politicians has stepped back and refuses to take any responsibility and leaves it to the technocrats, for better or worse.Yeah, the main problem with the way that the UK has dealt with the pandemic is not lockdown or no lockdown, it's that they have never looked as though they knew what they were doing.
From my memory.... first Johnson said it wasn't going to affect us, he said there would be no lockdown and bragged about shaking hands with sufferers, he kept going on telly or whatever saying pubs would stay open and schools would definitely stay open, then they shut pubs but said schools would definitely stay open, then they shut schools, then there was a lockdown, then Johnson almost died, they kept making up lies about PPE and ventilators etc and setting themselves arbitrary targets which they failed to meet and then fudged to look as though they had succeeded, then they demanded Ferguson should be fired for sneaking out, then they refused to fire Cummings for doing much worse, then they kept going on about their track and trace app, now they've abandoned that, they want to re-open and have stopped the scientists who disagree from speaking out. Oh yeahn and they keep saying they've always been guided by the science (among many other lies).
For me it's not any individual policy that I especially disagree with, the main thing is that there has been no consistency, not guiding rule. There is no leadership, no plan, no honesty.
Probably been lingering in all the hard hit countries since 2019. A couple of superspreader events (Football matches or religious events, same-same) and boom.
The US overall death rate continues to decrease steadily and the number of cases doesn't matter if they aren't serious (the most susceptible are hit hard at the start, creating the initial sharp increase in deaths). The media has 50 states from which to pick a spike - which could just be statistical noise or chance - and whip up a scare story. If the death rate starts increasing then maybe a second wave becomes plausible, but there's no way it's going to match the first even so.Looking like Florida is soon gonna be the US epicentre. It seems that the US is still getting, what, 20k plus new infections per day. Is it past its peak at all there?
Or in other words, exactly the opposite of what the UK government did.A paper on Vietnam’s success in suppressing Covid-19 using strict quarantining and widespread testing has been penned by experts including Vietnamese officials and staff from Oxford University’s clinical research unit in Ho Chi Minh City.
They list lessons which are applicable to other states, including:
- Investment in public health infrastructure.
- Early action, including border closures.
- Thorough contact tracing.
- Quarantines based on possible exposure, rather than symptoms only.
- Clear communication with a consistent narrative.
- A strong whole-of-society approach engaging multi sectorial stakeholders.
Portugal’s Prime Minister Antonio Costa has said some coronavirus restrictions would be reimposed in the capital Lisbon to help control outbreaks from the pandemic.
Costa said measures to be introduced from Tuesday included a restriction on gatherings of more than 10 people and orders for cafes and shops to close at 8pm in the capital.
“Certain measures will be applied to the capital region,” the premier said a press conference after meeting with mayors of several municipalities.
According to official data compiled by local media, between May 21 and June 21, Portugal recorded 9,221 new cases of COVID-19 with most cases detected in the Lisbon and Tagus Valley regions.