Letters: Government’s Breathtaking Incompetence Over India’s Covid Variant
This government, so opposed to the free movement of people, seems to have done virtually nothing to prevent the free movement of the coronavirus.
Let me say right away, in Bo-Jo’s favor, that the leaflet he took to get hold of the undeveloped, untested and untested vaccines turned out to be a masterstroke. Sadly, this is about the only culmination of what continues to be a catalog of hesitation, covered in outright incompetence and incompetence.
We know that tens of thousands of people would be alive today if this government had made different decisions in the past, even though most governments around the world probably do.
Yet we are an island. We imported the coronavirus. He doesn’t fly here on his own and now, dating back to April, perhaps the most outrageous failure of this unnecessary government today is to come home to roost.
Can the Prime Minister be forgiven for his gross mistakes and omissions in the early days?
In an appearance before MPs on May 26, Dominic Cummings said: “Basically there was no proper border policy because the Prime Minister never wanted a proper border policy. download the documents from Singapore or Taiwan, translate them into English and submit them here.
At that time, this was all new to us. It was, yes, it was unprecedented. But by April 2021, surely even these people should have learned some lessons, and if Johnson refused to listen to Sage, he could have activated the 10-hour diary quite easily.
The Indian variant has been described in news after newscast as a coronavirus tsunami. In early April, crematoria in India were running out of space and families covered their dead and left them on the riverbanks. As the disease swept through cities, hospitals ran out of oxygen and patients died in parking lots. All of this was vigorously relayed in the daily BBC news broadcasts.
While the evidence from Pakistan and Bangladesh was patchy on April 8, they were placed on a red list. We had already identified cases of the Indian variant in England a week before, but what have Johnson and his hapless ministers done about the returnees from India? Nothing.
It was not until April 23 that the Indian emigrants and returnees were quarantined at the hotel. During that nearly three-week period, arrivals from the New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore hot spots passed through thousands of airports (official figures put it at over 7,000 per week) to return directly to families, to jobs and schools, free and safe. . After the possible, very late inclusion of India, between April 19 and 23, searches for flights to Britain from India increased by 250%.
As for the incredibly expensive and equally unnecessary ‘Test & Trace System’, as usual, they didn’t do anything either, but in their defense, nothing was asked of them.
As a direct result of this mind-boggling incompetence, two things should now happen, if only for another reason, as an apology to those whose lives and businesses continue to be ruined.
Appropriate financial support should be put in place to compensate for travel and hospitality for four weeks of completely avoidable postponement. In addition, the government must now introduce a locally led test and traceability system, abandoning SERCO, Dido Harding and his Talk Talk hangers. With cases at record levels in March, contacts could have been easily identified and isolated quickly. Combined with appropriate financial support for those who isolate, we would have controlled these cases much more effectively. We need to do it now because Covid is not going to go away anytime soon. We have already spent £ 22bn in taxpayer money and increased on this hopeless failure and this is double the amount spent so far on vaccination.
Professor Gabriel Scally, a member of the independent Sage Group, recently said “We have been disappointed by the large number of cases of this dangerous Indian variant which the UK has imported without cause. ”
I will say we have been.
Restore the historic tabernacle stones
Whenever I walk past the vacant space, across from what used to be the Riflemans, in Regent Street, I am convinced that this would be the perfect location for the reinstatement of the Tabernacle Stones, which I believe belong to the Advice.
With architectural imagination, the stones could be used as a facade for a new building, which would have to be tilted to face the war memorial.
Then the stones would be back in the area to which they belong.