The government reached 100,000 tests last Friday. Brilliant! Well done to Matt Hancock and his team for persevering until he reached the target. We should be congratulating him on that achievement, but the media take the negative way. Every test done by the Army at the drive-thru tests deserves more congratulations. But the UK is not really in lockdown.
Well the residents are, families are in lockdown, maybe with a little exercise and food shopping.
There is a huge hole in lockdown, which could have been saved, at least, by contact tracing. It is upsetting to say that no-one is being tested for Coronavirus when arriving into our airports. One man from India, on a TV snippet, said that he had been given a temperature check on departure, but nothing on arrival.
In the first few weeks of lockdown, airport arrivals were sent to a hotel for quarantine for two weeks. What happened to them after that? Stays in hotels or other establishments have been quietly shutdown. Why? Couldn’t they cope? Have they looked for help from government? Whoever made the decision must take responsibility for the consequences of many unknown people entering the UK and disappearing, It is worrying that the incomers may be treating the UK as a stopover point. They may travel onward, whilst carrying Coronavirus, but we don’t know. Other countries have closed their borders. We must do the same and quickly. And then you should start
contact tracing, possibly from end of March 2020. Airlines have passenger lists. Give ten newly qualified Computer Scientists and ten with 20 years’ experience and write a program to do the contact tracing for you. Or can it be done with the new App.?
And here comes Boris Johnson with his bizarre idea of reducing lockdown when the figures don’t match such a move. I wonder whether he has been talking to Donald Trump. It is best that the UK does its own lockdown planning. You cannot scale up the numbers to make them read what you want.
And Boris Johnson has had CoronaVirus. It takes a lot out of you; he knows that. So why put us all at risk? We still have daily tragedies of hundreds of people dying. Those figures are not coming down. We have to wait until there is a plateau.
To Boris, please take the mobile testing into Passport Control. Usually there are long queues, but now there must be space. Treat the new arrivals with tests and quarantine, as lack of it will devastate all of us at home and all of those caring for people with Covid-19 symptoms.
Start contact-tracing now. It should have been started before lockdown. And it should be ongoing. Starting now might stop us having a third spike.
Opening on Monday puts more people at risk. And it seems as though business has already been told to go back to work. Where the local motorway has been deserted, today there was a steady stream of vehicles. A plea to employers: issue your staff with rubber gloves and face protection, especially clear face masks. Then we can all relax.
Finally, many congratulations to Boris and his girlfriend, Carrie Symonds on the safe arrival of their baby son, Wilfred. That she was seen out on the same day that she gave birth, is understandable in current conditions, yet it is not a good message for new mothers. They have much to learn in a short time and they need loving care and flat shoes.
Keep safe, stay well