UK downgrades COVID-19 but maintains catastrophic lockdown. Why? Does Boris Johnson like suicides?

There has to be a reason why the UK government is torturing its citizens, destroying jobs and businesses and lifting the suicide rate.  Someone should ask Mr Johnson how many must die before he admits his mistake in doing the lockdown days after the virus was downgraded.  It is quite clear this is a political destruction of peoples’ lives.

UK downgrades COVID-19; no longer a high consequence infectious disease

Where is the media roar all over the world—blasting out the news that the UK government no longer considers COVID an existential threat to all life on Earth?

No giant headlines indicating that the dominos are now starting to fall in another direction—away from sheer suicidal insanity?

Oh, that’s right, it’s the MEDIA.

The UK government, on its website, announced on March 23, under “Status of COVID-19”:

“As of 19 March 2020, COVID-19 is no longer considered to be a high consequence infectious diseases (HCID) in the UK.”


“The 4 nations public health HCID group made an interim recommendation in January 2020 to classify COVID-19 as an HCID. This was based on consideration of the UK HCID criteria about the virus and the disease with information available during the early stages of the outbreak. Now that more is known about COVID-19, the public health bodies in the UK have reviewed the most up to date information about COVID-19 against the UK HCID criteria. They have determined that several features have now changed; in particular, more information is available about mortality rates (low overall), and there is now greater clinical awareness and a specific and sensitive laboratory test, the availability of which continues to increase.”

“The Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens (ACDP) is also of the opinion that COVID-19 should no longer be classified as an HCID.”

“The need to have a national, coordinated response remains, but this is being met by the government’s COVID-19 response.”

“Cases of COVID-19 are no longer managed by HCID treatment centres only. All healthcare workers managing possible and confirmed cases should follow the updated national infection and prevention (IPC) guidance for COVID-19, which supersedes all previous IPC guidance for COVID-19. This guidance includes instructions about different personal protective equipment (PPE) ensembles that are appropriate for different clinical scenarios.”

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Link: www[dot]gov[dot]uk/guidance/high-consequence-infectious-diseases-hcid#status-of-covid-19

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Front Bench

Good morning. The pandemic may now be under control. If it is, we’ve still got to figure out how we safely get out of lockdown and save the economy.

NHS secure if public sticks to rules, but route out of lockdown still missing

By Daniel Capurro,
Front Bench Editor
There is cautious optimism in the Government and among its scientific advisers that with the current measures in place, the NHS should be able to cope with the peak of the coronavirus outbreak in Britain.

– Stay at home. It’s working –

Dr Neil Ferguson of Imperial College London, whose modelling has been central to Government decision making, told MPs yesterday that while there might be some individual spots of high pressure, at a national level the NHS would not exceed capacity.

He also said that the number of deaths may be below the “best case” 20,000 he outlined a few days ago, and that perhaps two-thirds of those deaths were likely to be of people who would have died this year of other causes.

This does not mean that the UK is out of the woods at all. While the peak in the number of cases is now expected in the next two to three weeks, one rather substantial question still hangs over the country (and the world): when can we get back to normal?

To answer that question, scientists need to know a lot more about the epidemic and the virus itself.

– The battle of the models –

Assuming the current models are correct, a best-case scenario for the coming months in the UK might look something like South Korea. With mass testing, contact tracing and isolation, life might be able to return to some kind of normality, but with a return to more stringent measures on a hair trigger.

As Dr Ferguson told MPs yesterday, it became clear early on that the UK did not have the testing capacity to take that route at the beginning of the outbreak, but it could do so in a few weeks.

But the key thing to know is how widespread the virus actually is. A study from Oxford University this week caused a stir by finding that Covid-19 might have arrived in the UK a month earlier than thought and that 50 per cent of the population could have it already.

That would match up with our report today that the UK’s patient zero could actually be a British tourist who returned from a skiing holiday with the virus back in January.

If correct, it would mean that the vast majority of cases are asymptomatic, with hospitalisation rates possibly as low as one in one thousand, and that herd immunity may actually already be close. If so, the lockdown could be short-lived.

Government scientists have not ruled out the modelling being correct.

Equally, a symptom-tracking app developed by scientists at King’s College London suggests that the infection level could be one in 10 at the moment. That’s higher than the current modelling being used, but nowhere near as high as the Oxford study found.

– Test, test, test and then test some more –

All of which is why testing is essential and why a new antibody test, which would show if someone has had and recovered from Covid-19, is being hailed as a game-changer.

Dr Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer, was keen to downplay expectations that such tests are imminent and will soon be available for the general public. But that is the ultimate objective and it could be possible in a few weeks.

The Government has purchased 3.5 million of the tests, and they could, if they prove to be accurate and reliable, eventually be rolled out for online purchase and use at home.

But before that happens, there will be two priorities. One is to get the antibody test, as well as that for the virus, to frontline healthcare workers. The NHS needs as many staff available as possible, but is losing many to self-isolation. Getting those who are not ill or are immune back to work is crucial. After that, other key workers could be tested, and eventually the general population.

The next priority is to use the antibody tests for community testing, to interrogate the modelling and find out how widespread the virus has really been. Only then can scientists start to calculate how stringently lockdown measures will need to be enforced and for how long.

There are, of course, many other factors to take into account. For one, it’s not clear how long acquired immunity lasts for. If it’s short-lived, Covid-19 could become a seasonal problem.

Still, all of the above serves as a reminder of one key thing. While a vaccine against the coronavirus is clearly the way out of this nightmare, there’s another vital strand of the fight which can be won much sooner: the battle for information.


One Response to “UK downgrades COVID-19 but maintains catastrophic lockdown. Why? Does Boris Johnson like suicides?”

  1. Belyi says:

    What a load of misleading and pompous rubbish from Dr Ferguson. He’s saying what he’s told to say otherwise he loses his job.

    Apparently “…the number of deaths may be below the “best case” 20,000 he outlined a few days ago, and that perhaps two-thirds of those deaths were likely to be of people who would have died this year of other causes…”, So that doesn’t add much to the rate of around 1600 deaths a day in normal times just in England.

    A friend told me yesterday and she knew of five people who had died in the past few days but all of them of other causes than “the deadly virus”.

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