Having read the short article by Michael Gove, he has to be stopped.
The Chinese authorities discovered a new, unrecognizable virus in Wuhan, a city of 11 million people on 9 December 2019. Twenty-two days later, they had identified the source as possibly a live fish and animal market in Wuhan. However, the Coronavirus had never transmitted to humans before. Consider how long it would take Europe, to identify the virus, argue about where it originated, no one country wanting to take the blame and you will see just what a gargantuan job it was. After Christmas and aware of Chinese New Year on the horizon, the Chinese told the World Health Organization on 31 December. This undoubtedly saved thousands of lives of foreign tourists and Chinese people alike. It was a statesman’s decision.
Cities went into lockdown to try and contain the spread of the virus. People were forcibly taken to hospital, if they were showing symptoms or had been in contact with an infected person. China appears to be the first country to recover from Covid-19 disease. I just hope that we are asking for help.
China does not deserve being poked by Mr Gove, a man with delusions of grandeur (an early leadership candidate against Boris Johnson). Now he has truly shot himself in the foot. We like the Chinese. Maybe it’s partly because they looked at our country and decided they would like to live here. Why would we insult them? It seems as if Mr Gove and a short-serving Prime Minister, Ian Duncan Smith have not done their research. And why do I get the impression that their next shot will be about Huawei? If there is no hullaboo about this article, let’s be stupider and cast another stone. Let’s not.
The only terrifying thing is that Mr Gove took Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary’s place today when telling us of more family tragedies. My problem was that he looked like a Prime Minister. Boris, please send him on a mission, not to China obviously.
As neither Messsrs Gove and Duncan Smith are in business, please be aware that every company wants to save the world and make the most money. It is normal. Capitalism has guards against world takeover happening, but a funny response came from a security agency, when they said that they could keep a telecomms company from accessing our secure networks. Unless that was fake news. If not, then they should employ some younger minds who have been immersed in computer hacking or in degrees. Really, what a daft thing to say. Please do not tar us all with the same brush.
And the international response or lack thereof? It was exactly the same for all countries. Firstly there is disbelief, then comes realization that the old and young in societies were most at risk, as well as those with underlying health conditions. And people were dying. Boris Johnson handled the emergency marvellously. I’m feeling a bit worried about him, as he socially distanced himself at least a week ago.
We did not have insufficient time to prepare; we simply did not believe that:
a) the Coronavirus had transmitted to humans
b) that people are dying.
the whole world’s scientists are studying the coronavirus. Once its strands have been found, can each country take a different part of the virus and study it, in the hope of finding a cure more quickly?
I have stopped watching the news. We have measured our soldiers’ deaths in individual tragedies. Now in the UK, government shares news of multiple tragedies. Maybe they should concentrate on news of how well communities are helping each other.
Could we establish a fund to buy more ventilators or equipment to help workers on the front line? You may not remember but a British space scientist, Professor Colin Trevor Pullinger said that if the British public each gave £10, we could put together another UK mission to Mars? So £1-£5 each to buy new facial equipment in our communities? Just a thought.
Stay safe and keep happy at home.