Covid: Virus cases show clear signs of fall in most of UK
05/02/2021 | news | health | 1,881
The virus's reproduction, or R, number is estimated to be between 0.7 and 1.
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Vid
05/02/2021 14:42:47 162 13
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Awesome news. Keep going everyone!!!!
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05/02/2021 14:44:26 77 295
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Yes, well done British public.

Ignore the Tories' "blame the public" campaign.
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baz
05/02/2021 15:55:25 3 8
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Awesome eh.... maybe not. Awesome news would be not having to be locked down when there is no risk to you whatsoever... like the vast majority of the population. I have no issue with at risk groups being trapped at home, but its OTT in the extreme to lockdown young healthy people who are at more risk from dying with Influenza.... stupid beyond belief what has been wasted this year.
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05/02/2021 14:43:28 384 19
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No strategy, whether for managing Covid or anything else in life, will ever be 100% successful, or have 100% of population on board. It’s unrealistic to think otherwise.

However, this news shows there is enough going on for clear improvements, so we should be grateful for this. Throwing blame at others in society makes divide and rule worse, so we ultimately don’t solve any real problems.
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05/02/2021 14:50:12 125 838
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Excellent news and reinforces the fact that lockdowns and harmful border restrictions are not needed.

Open all borders and schools now.
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05/02/2021 15:12:38 8 8
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We should be grateful for this? Yes, it is good the vaccination programme is running well and on time.

But no gratitude is due to this government. Their dire mismanagement of dealing with the pandemic must not get glossed over because of a succesful vaccination programme.

They lied and thousands died unnecessarily.
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VoR
05/02/2021 15:21:10 3 2
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Equally failing to honestly analyse our performance and mistakes means (a) that we may repeat them instead of learn from them and (b) that where people have knowingly made decisions that put their personal interests ahead of those they are meant to serve, get away with it. That then encourages others to put their personal interests first. Exhibit A: Trump's Administration.
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05/02/2021 15:29:38 1 2
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It is great news and very proud of Uk vaccine program and science leading the way!
However We must model our social and economic response systems future pandemics more in line with South Korea, Aus, China and NZ
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05/02/2021 15:34:01 4 2
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Just as well we ignored such advice when we globally eradicated Smallpox and (more or less) Polio - even Measles, Mumps et al. We must go for eradication before this enemy mutates and becomes worse.
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05/02/2021 16:06:51 2 1
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Herd immunity to an RNA virus that is constantly mutating isn't a thing... think influenza and the common cold. The countries who have most successfully tackled CV19 have had a "Zero Covid" strategy.

Vaccination has, to-date, played no part in that strategy. Those countries have been able to return to normality and have had a lesser hit to their economy, despite lockdowns.
05/02/2021 16:46:37 0 2
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It really doesn't matter if not 100% success. This is superb news! It hopefully means those of us over 50 can finally go abroad on holiday and enjoy ourselves again - sun, sea and sand - after 12 months of being imprisoned, bored and frustrated.
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05/02/2021 14:43:29 101 27
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Cue all the journalists demanding an early end to the lockdown
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05/02/2021 14:46:02 61 150
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Cue all the Boris sycophants, attacking the media like it's 1930s Germany.
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05/02/2021 14:55:05 6 6
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Hopefully.
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05/02/2021 15:08:14 2 5
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Yes the earliest possible end
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05/02/2021 15:13:32 11 2
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and then same journalists clamouring for a new lockdown when rates go up again... its what gets those media clicks
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Pip
05/02/2021 15:21:40 12 3
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Cue all the nutters on here demanding an immediate end of lockdown.
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baz
05/02/2021 16:01:45 2 11
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Well, they'd be right to. There was no need to lockdown the vast majority of the country in the first place. Your chances of dying with covid if you're of working age are lower than with influenza.... sure lock up the vulnerable groups if that's how they want to live their last year or two, but not everyone else. Way OTT control from Gov.
05/02/2021 20:55:44 2 1
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You know our PM is a journalist, right?

But, unlike the person who wrote this article, he was sacked repeatedly for lying. Too dishonest for the rag but right for no 10 apparently
We can't have news like that or how else will SAGE et al maintain the fear and their grip over society ? Removed
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05/02/2021 14:48:26 11 20
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This is excellent news.

Time to start easing the restrictions, get the economy restarted, open the borders and get the kids back to school.

These restrictions have done real damage to the long term prospects of our society over the last year, particularly to the 10 million children who should be in school, and the sooner we get back up and running the better.
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05/02/2021 14:51:33 7 6
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Fortunately, the vast majority of don't take your grossly uninformed & hackneyed view of our scientists.

Sadly its views like yours that have prolonged the lockdowns.
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05/02/2021 15:14:17 0 2
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preoccupation with hidden motives i.e. paranoia
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05/02/2021 14:43:43 12 20
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Good news to see the drop. Not helped by this selfish behaviour

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-england-south-yorkshire-55950930

Beggars belief. The university should kick all these students out to send a clear message.
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05/02/2021 14:45:32 11 16
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Barnard Castle eye test ?
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05/02/2021 14:58:41 1 2
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Why only >30 £800 fines when it should've been >150? ALL FINES should now be £10,000 and enforced, even if their parents need to remortgage their houses. At the minimum, this should also carry a criminal record.
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05/02/2021 14:43:48 130 27
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Credit to the vast majority of the public, for following the rules.

There aren't enough thanks from politicians.
I find it so sad that our Tory govt tries to blame their failure to control the pandemic on a tiny minority who disregard the rules

This happens everywhere so why is the UK worst?

They want us to ignore 22bn wasted on Track & trace

Or the fact that Boris "Saviour of Christmas" Johnson dithers when making important decisions & often ignores SAGE scientific advice,constantly giving mixed messages
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05/02/2021 15:57:08 1 7
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Why should politicians be thanking us for doing what's in our best interests?
05/02/2021 17:38:05 1 0
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Why on earth should anybody be thanked for exercising common sense?
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05/02/2021 14:43:55 247 67
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Infections going down is a good news story, so don’t expect the media to make as big a thing of it as if they were going up.
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05/02/2021 14:46:48 108 178
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If only we had media that reported the facts and the news. Hang on. We do! What you want is propaganda.
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05/02/2021 15:03:01 9 13
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Not sure what you mean by that or what you are expecting the media to say.

Great news, but early days & caution needed as infections remain high. Thats the truth.

We're not in a propaganda war. I think most of us prefer it that way and we can handle it.
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RPH
05/02/2021 16:04:01 4 3
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You are responding to a media report making a big thing of infections going down...
05/02/2021 17:19:21 0 0
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It would be a grave error on the part of the media if it did not balance the welcome decline in infections with caution about getting ahead of ourselves. And let's not forget that a fall in the number of deaths from 1,000 per day is a 'good' thing ... daily deaths of 900 are hardly cause for celebration.
05/02/2021 17:45:17 0 1
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And yet, here you are commenting on a mainstream news thread about cases coming down.
06/02/2021 04:52:45 2 0
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The mainstream media is toxic
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05/02/2021 14:44:08 90 6
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Moving in the right direction at last.
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05/02/2021 14:56:31 61 178
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This is excellent news.

Time to start easing the restrictions, get the economy restarted, open the borders and get the kids back to school.

These restrictions have done real damage to the long term prospects of our society over the last year, particularly to the 10 million children who should be in school, and the sooner we get back up and running the better.
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Vid
05/02/2021 14:42:47 162 13
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Awesome news. Keep going everyone!!!!
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05/02/2021 14:44:26 77 295
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Yes, well done British public.

Ignore the Tories' "blame the public" campaign.
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05/02/2021 14:53:55 28 7
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But they don’t
Clearly you don't seem to have grasped the immutable truth that Labour are the real nasty party. Removed
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05/02/2021 15:01:11 59 7
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So the government locks down, invests millions into vaccines, gets these vaccines out there in record time, and somehow you blame the tories and claim it was the public all along, give some credit to the government.
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05/02/2021 15:09:05 17 6
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The virus is only spread by those who don't follow the guidelines...i.e. people aka the publi. What don't you get??
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05/02/2021 15:15:36 2 2
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I blame both - with good reason.
Shut up Removed
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05/02/2021 15:32:00 15 7
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Sorry, but it’s us public that caused problems by not adhering to the government’s guidelines back last year. We are not a police state so government cannot force us to stick to the rules.
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05/02/2021 15:47:15 1 2
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S**t up
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05/02/2021 15:49:28 2 4
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False gibberish from false optimism. Left wing buffoon
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05/02/2021 15:53:31 6 2
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They aren't "Blaming the public". For heaven's sake, look around at what's happening and drop your narrow-minded them and us mindset. Labour wouldn't have done any better.
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05/02/2021 15:56:08 2 2
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What rubbish you write.Unfortunately there were some in our society that flaunted the rules.The government have done a good job and that is why they nearly have the same level of support as they hat at the GE
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05/02/2021 16:00:32 0 2
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That's peer reviewed science, not Tory propaganda. It's a shame for you that it doesn't fit your preconceptions, obviously.
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05/02/2021 16:10:28 2 2
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I’m no Tory voter but they comment is pathetic. If anything Boris and his chums have been too patient with the minority of idiots across the country
05/02/2021 16:58:40 2 0
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I think you really have this the wrong way round. The PUBLIC have been generally TERRIBLE at adhering to the rules that the GOVERNMENT set out!
05/02/2021 17:37:10 1 0
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It is the public who are to blame
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05/02/2021 14:44:35 30 25
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With the new more transmissible variant we will need to get the numbers way lower than they are at the moment before opening things up. If we don't we will just keep see-sawing back in and out of lockdowns until Summer. Not currently seeing much of an exit strategy.
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05/02/2021 14:49:17 10 11
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You know this, do you?
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05/02/2021 14:54:42 2 3
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Or maybe realise that it will be around for a long time as with other seasonal illnesses for which we didn't trash the economy
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05/02/2021 14:44:45 27 55
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It will go up again conveniently when the government needs it to.
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05/02/2021 14:55:29 1 5
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Of course, it's all part of Johnson's and Hancock's agenda. They never listen to that boke that looks like ET.
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05/02/2021 15:15:25 0 2
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It will only go up when people in our population stop following the rules, and further spread the virus.
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05/02/2021 16:11:31 0 1
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But why would they need it to? No one has yet explained sensibly to me how it is in the Government's interest to keep lockdown going for longer than absolutely necessary? Why on earth would they do that?
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05/02/2021 14:45:21 69 9
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Seems like the good news really seems to be rolling in lately!
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jon
05/02/2021 14:53:01 112 6
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Good news also from Oxford University that the Astra Zeneca vaccine seems to be effective against the Kent variant.
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05/02/2021 14:43:43 12 20
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Good news to see the drop. Not helped by this selfish behaviour

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-england-south-yorkshire-55950930

Beggars belief. The university should kick all these students out to send a clear message.
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05/02/2021 14:45:32 11 16
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Barnard Castle eye test ?
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05/02/2021 14:45:35 2 27
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Zero covid vote before parliament
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kh
05/02/2021 14:51:43 1 1
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Parliament legislating for miracles. They could just ban PCR and rapid testing if they want to achieve that.
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05/02/2021 14:43:29 101 27
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Cue all the journalists demanding an early end to the lockdown
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05/02/2021 14:46:02 61 150
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Cue all the Boris sycophants, attacking the media like it's 1930s Germany.
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05/02/2021 16:06:01 1 5
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That's a Corbynite thing, not Johnson's lot.
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05/02/2021 14:43:55 247 67
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Infections going down is a good news story, so don’t expect the media to make as big a thing of it as if they were going up.
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05/02/2021 14:46:48 108 178
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If only we had media that reported the facts and the news. Hang on. We do! What you want is propaganda.
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05/02/2021 14:56:39 40 5
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If you think they only report 'the facts' you must be very naive.
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05/02/2021 15:05:40 19 1
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What we should expect is a balanced view based on known facts and credible evidence
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05/02/2021 15:08:44 12 14
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The BBC is as good as a government/Sage mouthpiece since last March. Which refers to what BSUB said.
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05/02/2021 15:25:25 19 3
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No just balanced reporting. Germany states one of the reasons for their lower rates is due to the fact the media bought into it, remained positive and encouraged people. Our media has been negative from the start which just helps erode public confidence.

We need more positive stories.
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05/02/2021 15:39:36 14 9
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IMO BBC is very poor at reporting clean facts, usually reports with an anti Great Britain Liberal Lefty , anti Govt slant.
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05/02/2021 16:23:42 2 5
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Look at the Graph above, it proves the Xmas lock-down was pointless, the curve is flattening between 21st & 29th - we locked down on 20th! We need an open inquiry into this Covid Cultist debacle. We closed the NHS for 10 months to anything but Covid, yet Covid 'with' 'within 28 days' and 'of' are the only killers if BBC is to be believed.
05/02/2021 16:47:21 2 0
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The point is that the media over emphasise bad news. For example they reported that treatment with blood plasma does not work. I happened to have my first appointment to donate it a week later so I phoned up to ask if it was cancelled, they said it was still going ahead and that the "failed" test was only on a small specific group of late stage patients, for others it works. Selective reporting.
05/02/2021 18:49:57 1 0
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No, we don't want propaganda but unfortunately it seems propaganda is the only thing the media are skilled at these days
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05/02/2021 14:45:16 29 49
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With so many people having contracted the virus and recovered (therefore immune), and the huge number vaccinated, we must surely be reaching a point where we can end the lockdown. Let's stop being overly cautious, just get society back to normal. We've wasted enough time cowering before this virus.
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05/02/2021 14:50:42 12 11
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A lot of what you have based your advice on is questionable at best.
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GH
05/02/2021 14:52:09 3 5
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The scientific advice is this will happen around July at current vaccination and infection rates. A long way to go yet.

I’m not sure that “cowering “ is the correct term to use.
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05/02/2021 15:13:08 1 2
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The cost of long covid to the country in the long term is likely going to be even higher (in terms of treatment costs, and welfare costs) than the cost of the 100,000+ deaths from Covid. The people getting long covid are younger than those dying, it's a real problem. Herd immunity for covid is estimated at around 60-80% of the country having immunity, right now it's max 20%.
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05/02/2021 15:13:31 0 4
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And here comes the 4th wave. Patience is required a little longer to make things safer for everyone. Fact - no lockdowns would have meant a significantly higher number of UK deaths, ( more likely 250,000/300,00 deaths ) the more the spread, the more the mutations, the more the deaths. Its not been proven immunity lasts in those who have had the virus, or for how long it lasts.
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05/02/2021 15:14:10 1 3
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are you well?
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05/02/2021 15:16:50 1 3
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That infamous 'herd immunity' may start to show when well over 60% (possibly 80%) of the population are immune.

It's being careless and selfish that lead to the second wave and allowed the Kent variant to arise. My daughter's in Auckland, enjoying freedom and mass gatherings. Because NZ was, and is, properly cautious. The contrast is stark and very telling.
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05/02/2021 16:09:42 1 1
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i don't think you are well enough informed or qualified to make that decision
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05/02/2021 14:47:10 16 20
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Wow, Boris must be doing something right for once!
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05/02/2021 14:52:29 2 6
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Well done the NHS.

I know a nurse who is working seven days a week vaccinating people.

But sure give Johnson all the credit.
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05/02/2021 15:13:27 0 2
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dont forget we've still got the highest infection/death rates in the world...Boris has done a great job in coming first for the first time!!!!
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05/02/2021 15:19:09 2 1
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Problem is everybody blames Boris while Drakemore, Sturgeon and Foster keep quiet and get an easy ride. They want devolved government’s but not the responsibility.
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05/02/2021 14:48:25 66 38
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Wonder where all the “lockdowns don’t work” and “follow the Swedish example” commentators have gone...?
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05/02/2021 14:55:23 12 35
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There's no evidence whatsoever that lockdowns work, the drop infection rates is almost certainly down to the number of people that have had the vaccine.
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05/02/2021 14:56:54 14 19
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Lockdowns do not work unless you plan to stay in them forever.
Is that what you're advocating?
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05/02/2021 15:06:08 2 1
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Goes to prove what may have seemed right at the start for one country, doesn't necessary means its right for every country.
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05/02/2021 15:07:16 10 6
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They didn't go anywhere, it's just harder to hear their voices as any opposition to this government's ridiculous policies and appalling handling of this whole sorry episode is silenced and censored.
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05/02/2021 15:09:36 5 3
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Don't forget the US state that praised Sweden and followed their model, which is now the most infected state in the US by population.
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05/02/2021 15:26:06 7 3
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Nowhere; 'Jim' is still spouting his counter-intuitive, rubbish on here with zero evidence. Unfortunately he probably follows his own advice too. Hopefully he won't clog up an ICU bed for weeks on end.
We can't have news like that or how else will SAGE et al maintain the fear and their grip over society ? Removed
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05/02/2021 14:48:26 11 20
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This is excellent news.

Time to start easing the restrictions, get the economy restarted, open the borders and get the kids back to school.

These restrictions have done real damage to the long term prospects of our society over the last year, particularly to the 10 million children who should be in school, and the sooner we get back up and running the better.
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05/02/2021 14:48:30 102 6
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The beginning of the end I hope
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05/02/2021 14:54:06 95 26
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More like the end of the beginning. Whole lot more to deal with, not least the origins of this.
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05/02/2021 15:26:06 0 13
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There's a very, very long way to do. Don't expect a return to normal for many years. The virus is mutating at a rapid rate, no wonder with infection rates sky high all over the world so it's only a matter of time before a variant emerges with total vaccine avoidance.
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05/02/2021 16:03:33 1 3
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Not until the politicians grow a pair and stop the lockdown and mask nonsense.
Masks, totally useless - Proven in numerous studies that they don't do anything outside a medical environment.
Mandated on 24th July and look at the cases chart- if anything the cases went up!
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05/02/2021 14:49:19 31 38
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WELL DONE BORIS - you've got the virus ON THE RUN. Great policies and leadership - particularly in relation to the vaccine. IMAGINE IF WE WERE STILL IN EUROPE - what a hopeless shambles that continent is!!! HOORAY FOR ENGLAND!!!
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05/02/2021 14:54:57 2 3
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HOORAY for everything English! You should pat yourself resoundingly on the back for......well, for everything good in the world!
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05/02/2021 14:57:02 1 3
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Wow. Just Wow.
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Dan
05/02/2021 14:57:35 1 3
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Hooray for England and all that, but we are still in Europe. Check a map.
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05/02/2021 14:57:35 2 3
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We literally have (literally) the highest death rate in the world.

Also, we could've gone our own way with vaccines even in the EU.

But sure, politicise this with your lazy nationalism, champ!
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05/02/2021 14:58:49 2 2
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Things are in fact heading in the right direction DESPITE BJ's ineptitude. We have the HIGHEST number of cases and deaths in the whole of Europe. The hopeless shambles is in the UK, I'm afraid.
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05/02/2021 14:59:20 2 1
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The vaccination rollout has been the only success during this crisis, however what about the 110k covid related, lets not forget the tens of thousand that have lost the jobs or those suffering from long covid plus the mental health crisis. The only time we celebrate is when globally the spread of the virus is in control.
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05/02/2021 15:04:19 2 2
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Its down to the majority population of the UK following the rules....not down to Boris that the infection rate is coming down. His bumbling incompetence has caused thousands of unnecessary excess deaths. That's the true shambles of this episode in all our lives.
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05/02/2021 15:06:47 0 2
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Actually everything in France (half my family lives there, and I have dual nationality) is set up for the vaccination programme : premises, staff, etc. They are not vaccinating because the drugs company have not delivered the vaccines. Whatever your views on Brexit, you need to take this fact on board.
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05/02/2021 15:08:45 1 2
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Boris did sweet FA to deal with the virus. Vaccine strategy run by NHS, and working well, unlike government run Track and Trace, Covid Apps, Lockdown-Late strategy, and so on. One good decision by the government - go all in on vaccine, likely following expert advice for once - does not undo all the terrible decisions they have made otherwise.
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05/02/2021 15:09:40 0 2
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Boris said a year ago 'we will beat this virus' he's still saying it though we have higher infection levels now , the highest in the world ..WHAT ARE YOU SAYING WELL DONE FOR? Eu has lower infection/ death rates than us we should have remained but for blind brexiteers cannot see the FACTS !!!!!!
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05/02/2021 15:10:01 0 2
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Well done for letting the virus run throughout the UK until mid-March 2020? Well done for the 'herd immunity' fiasco? Well done for PPE shortages? Well done for the parlous state of the NHS? Well done for so many misjudgments and U-turns? Well done for killing 100,000 people so far?

He deserves to be arrested, not congratulated.
05/02/2021 18:54:29 0 0
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Satire?
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05/02/2021 14:49:36 447 125
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Great news, but let's not mess it up by relaxing lockdown early and then having to clampdown again.

Let's get the over 50's vaccinated by mid April then ease off in Spring and Summer, whilst shutting our external borders to stop new variants coming in. The whole country needs a few months to get back to normal, we've earnt it !
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05/02/2021 14:59:37 151 102
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Current lockdown until April? I think a return to the tier system in March is plausible.
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05/02/2021 15:06:48 28 37
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I am not locking down till Mid April! Tier systems from March 8th and then freedom by April/May....
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05/02/2021 15:17:02 5 7
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We have been here before - let hope the government doesn't mess it up again!
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05/02/2021 15:24:02 8 9
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Nah once the situation has improved significantly, open the borders. Whats the alternative? Never being allowed to go on holiday abroad ever again in case a new variant gets imported?
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05/02/2021 15:30:31 2 10
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I'm fit healthy and 53 and intend to stay that way.so no unnecessary vaccine for me..usual negative comments expected.zzzz
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05/02/2021 15:40:32 3 1
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Even at the current rate of vaccinations (which can still increase) the over 50s would be vaccinated by around the end of March.
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05/02/2021 15:50:18 3 1
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Yes, if everyone over 50 is vaccinated by mid April then lockdown could maybe start to be relaxed mid May. That gives the vaccine time to be effective on those vaccinated in mid April. Whatever happens borders should be kept shut until the end of this year.
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baz
05/02/2021 15:53:13 2 5
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The lockdowns would never have ended this, only herd immunity through people being exposed to the virus and vaccination were ever going to achieve that. Lockdown is basically putting your finger in a dyke....
05/02/2021 16:50:19 1 0
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The job isn't done now, and it won't be completed in a few months. I just pray that the government won't repeat last year's huge mistake, which was to relax all the restrictions and send people off to Greece, Spain, Portugal, etc on holiday. It was wrong to do it, and it would be wrong to do it again this year.
05/02/2021 16:54:29 0 1
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You realise Spring starts on 20 March don't you? Do you have young kids at home being home-schooled whilst also trying to hold down a full time job? Many, many people in that position cannot face this continuing much longer.
05/02/2021 18:13:45 0 1
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No way, a return to the tier system at the start of March is the best way forward for us
05/02/2021 18:25:15 0 1
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Meanwhile 9 million jobs are lost and the economy is beyond repair. Its clear the people voting to keep lockdowns have no connection to the financial cost and the cost in death and health degradation from non-covid causes.
05/02/2021 19:04:40 1 0
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What about all of us under 50?
05/02/2021 22:50:44 1 0
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What is it with the UK? NZ and AU went into complete lockdown, as did Taiwan, etc, and are now virtually Covid-free. The UK is an Island and now controls it's own borders. Too little too late. Still letting 20,000 per day in to the UK via Airports. It doesn't matter now. The damage has been done...
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05/02/2021 14:46:31 15 30
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Infection rates remain high because the government was pushing its five days of Christmas/Labour wants to cancel Xmas.

Nobody bothered to check statistics during the holidays.

So next time you want to complain about lockdowns remember whose irresponsible actions caused this lockdown.
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05/02/2021 14:52:19 8 5
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Maybe try reading the article that proves exactly the opposite
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05/02/2021 14:52:29 1 2
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Yes . China.
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05/02/2021 14:56:48 0 2
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In the end we only had ONE day which would not have had that much of an effect. The problem was (and is) linked to those that don't think the rules apply to them, it's been clear from the start what people need to do (not confusing) but some are just selfish and as in other aspects of life spoil it for the majority.
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05/02/2021 14:51:58 0 1
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Experts have already debunked the "Christmas spike" claim right here on this very website.
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05/02/2021 14:58:24 0 2
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It was a % of the population & the press media who were pushing the government to allow the 5 day relaxation over Christmas, and that was partly because of non-believers of the virus, because of those who chose to break the rules at any cost, and because lockdown doesn't suit their way of life, and finally because people are impatient.
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05/02/2021 14:46:52 40 36
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Hopefully no relaxation until infection rates and deaths are VERY low.
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05/02/2021 14:50:58 26 49
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Open everything now!
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05/02/2021 14:56:10 5 3
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Yes, just keep everyone in Lockdown for years on end to appease your own self worry! - hopefully full normality by Summer - those that want to can remain wearing masks and standing apart
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05/02/2021 14:56:49 2 2
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That will be never then. Look at Australia, one possible case and they lock down a city of 3 million people for a weeks.
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05/02/2021 14:43:28 384 19
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No strategy, whether for managing Covid or anything else in life, will ever be 100% successful, or have 100% of population on board. It’s unrealistic to think otherwise.

However, this news shows there is enough going on for clear improvements, so we should be grateful for this. Throwing blame at others in society makes divide and rule worse, so we ultimately don’t solve any real problems.
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05/02/2021 14:50:12 125 838
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Excellent news and reinforces the fact that lockdowns and harmful border restrictions are not needed.

Open all borders and schools now.
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05/02/2021 14:59:48 140 11
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sigh, covid obviously affects brain power as well.
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05/02/2021 15:00:36 108 13
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What, like we did after lockdown one and lockdown two but with a virus that's 70% more infectious now! What could possibly go wrong?
143
05/02/2021 15:03:50 82 4
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May I ask how you reach that conclusion from this article?
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05/02/2021 15:04:54 75 8
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Erm. We literally have clear evidence that it worked.

Why would you want to raise the R rate?
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05/02/2021 15:06:27 75 12
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Opening borders and schools would be a really stupid thing to do right now.
More people will die. Do you get it ?
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05/02/2021 15:07:56 52 7
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Lockdown & Border restrictions are why the rate is is down but infections remain high as stated in the article you should have read, but obviously haven't.

Its not exactly a massive leap in logical thought though even if you didn't.
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05/02/2021 15:08:06 71 6
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Clearly you need to be kept well away from any sharp objects...
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Pip
05/02/2021 15:11:28 15 7
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Oh dear Jim, and back to lockdown No.4 in September............?
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05/02/2021 15:13:23 10 3
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meanwhile....back on planet earth.......
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05/02/2021 15:14:13 9 6
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Schools yes, borders absolutely not. One of the reasons this has dragged on for so long is because the government allowed flights to continue for so long, the surest way to spread the virus as far and wide as possible.
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05/02/2021 15:15:54 7 3
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Jim’ll’fix’it ..... oh no hang on, he won’t !
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05/02/2021 15:16:23 10 5
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The numbers are going down because of the lockdown - even the government admits the vaccination programme will have had little impact yet.
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05/02/2021 15:17:42 7 4
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I'm not a great lover of lockdowns but the evidence seems to suggest that each time there is a lockdown the prevalence of the virus falls. Whether this is caused by the physical restrictions of the lockdown or is a psychological side effect I really don't know, ask an epidemiologist & sociologist, but the 3 lockdowns we have had have reduced infections & every time we reopen they rise.
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05/02/2021 15:21:03 6 5
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Is that sarcasm or are you really that stupid?
427
05/02/2021 15:26:44 5 4
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If we go back to pre-lockdown situation it will start rising again
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05/02/2021 15:39:00 3 4
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Duhhh. It shows that lockdown and border controls lead to reducing numbers!
The hard bit is balancing the unpalatable economic and mental health needs against the also unpalatable health implications of full hospitals
Remember, Full hospital + overloaded ambulance service means if you or a loved one are in a car crash they could die unnecessarily because of ambulance delay or no operating theatre
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05/02/2021 15:42:17 1 2
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No jab for you m8y
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05/02/2021 15:43:31 6 4
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Are you mentally deficient? What part of virus and lethal don't you get? How would you feel if you caught it with no symptoms kissed your grandmother and she died HORRIBLY. You are morally stupid.
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05/02/2021 15:45:32 3 3
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Just ignoring the success of countries with tight border controls? Who are now living almost normal lives and whose economies have managed to keep working? That happened because of earlier tough rules, not in spite of them. Rather than our softer approach, which was well meaning but has ultimately proven very costly in life and money.
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05/02/2021 15:49:23 1 4
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At last, someone who has noticed on the graph above, infection curve above was flattening between 21st & 29th Dec something NOT possible due to lock-down. Same was true is March/April. Remember the BBC having to report on SAGE using out of date figures to justify the pre-Xmas lock-down? SAGE is out to save their careers & politicians,and their attempt to justify lock-downs risible.
They are needed - it's the semi-lockdown we are in, together with the border restrictions that is bringing the rate down - or are you one of those people that haunts empty hospital corridors on a Sunday night to prove the whole thing is a hoax? Removed
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05/02/2021 15:55:54 2 1
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Are you trying to be funny or have you been living on a different planet for the last year?
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RPH
05/02/2021 16:01:07 1 1
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@sigh@
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05/02/2021 16:12:21 1 1
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The case loads are coming down because of the restrictions particularly schools being closed. All the Administrations in the UK should look to keep schools closed until the rest of the restrictions are removed instead of the other way around. But they won't because they are fixated on having schools open.
05/02/2021 16:42:49 3 1
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??????????????????????? How did you come to that conclusion?

Brexiters brains really are wired in a very strange way.
05/02/2021 16:43:13 3 1
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Ha ha, this reinforces that lockdowns aren’t necessary are they, Jim?

What the hell on earth do you and others with the same nonsensical view think has singularly brought a decline to the rates of infection? Chance? Good luck?

WAKE UP.
05/02/2021 16:45:12 4 0
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Eh? If it wasn’t the strict lockdowns what on earth do you think has brought the number down?
05/02/2021 16:45:49 3 0
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Top prize for most idiotic statement of the day!
05/02/2021 16:47:52 4 0
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Declining infection rates pretty conclusively prove the lockdown IS working. It would be stupid to lift it too early and risk another surge and re-lockdown.
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05/02/2021 14:45:16 29 49
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With so many people having contracted the virus and recovered (therefore immune), and the huge number vaccinated, we must surely be reaching a point where we can end the lockdown. Let's stop being overly cautious, just get society back to normal. We've wasted enough time cowering before this virus.
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05/02/2021 14:50:42 12 11
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A lot of what you have based your advice on is questionable at best.
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05/02/2021 14:53:20 1 2
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Such as?
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05/02/2021 14:46:52 40 36
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Hopefully no relaxation until infection rates and deaths are VERY low.
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05/02/2021 14:50:58 26 49
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Open everything now!
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05/02/2021 14:55:28 1 1
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Why?
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05/02/2021 14:56:27 5 4
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too right, those who don't want to go out stay at home for the rest of the year
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05/02/2021 14:44:35 30 25
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With the new more transmissible variant we will need to get the numbers way lower than they are at the moment before opening things up. If we don't we will just keep see-sawing back in and out of lockdowns until Summer. Not currently seeing much of an exit strategy.
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05/02/2021 14:49:17 10 11
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You know this, do you?
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Dan
05/02/2021 14:59:27 2 4
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It's called "common sense". You should try it.
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05/02/2021 15:19:05 1 2
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Yep, King's college study showed it adds 0.3 to the R rate
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05/02/2021 14:51:25 16 11
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at the moment we are in the middle it could swing either way we wont be certain for at least a month
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05/02/2021 15:01:38 7 14
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Yeah, let's destroy the education system and everyone's livelihoods along with what's left of the economy until 2002 shall we, just to be on the safe side?
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05/02/2021 14:51:28 146 18
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We are very lucky to live now...it would have taken years to many years to have had vaccine only a few years ago well done everyone
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05/02/2021 15:05:33 132 5
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The other thing that wasn't available a few years ago is the technology which has enabled millions to work (fairly effectively) from home.
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SD
05/02/2021 15:38:42 4 7
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Very unlucky if you ask me - not a chance we would have locked down even 10 years ago for such a mild illness.
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05/02/2021 15:43:44 4 2
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Completely the opposite. In the past, Hong Kong flu, mers, SARS 1 people just got on with their lives.
We not live in age of social media where spending trillions is acceptable even thou the consequence will be hundreds of thousands of extra deaths over next 10 years.
And if you include developing countries you are talking hundreds of millions of deaths due to the financial crash
05/02/2021 16:53:25 2 3
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Well, i suppose one day Ferguson just had to get some dumb Government to lock-down & suspend all normal life. He's tried it twice before, 2005, Bird Flu, and 2009 Swine Flu. Remember those pandemics? No neither does anyone else.
05/02/2021 21:29:05 1 1
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The virus has a <1% death rate.
We can't have news like that or how else will SAGE et al maintain the fear and their grip over society ? Removed
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05/02/2021 14:51:33 7 6
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Fortunately, the vast majority of don't take your grossly uninformed & hackneyed view of our scientists.

Sadly its views like yours that have prolonged the lockdowns.
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Al
05/02/2021 14:51:39 890 177
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The problem for the Government is that, whilst infections are going down, they are still at quite a high level. Only a small increase in the R rate could send rates very high again in a short space of time. Pressure to release the lockdown grows but the penalty for getting it wrong remains high.
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Dan
05/02/2021 14:54:21 522 193
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How anyone possibly downvote your comment is beyond me.
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kev
05/02/2021 15:05:57 46 148
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Amazing is'nt it. You pass the peak of the hill and amazingly you are still high. What's in front of you however is all downhill, unless you are a so called scientist or media, in which case all you see is the next hill.
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05/02/2021 15:09:28 60 117
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Exactly if the top exstimste of R is 1 then long way to go.

Top estimate needs to be 0.8 and case rates down to < 1000 as a minimum.
Hospital additions should be back to a level close to average for this time of year.
Mortality rates needs to be <20 per day.

Only then can a small relaxation take place, pubs/bars/restaurant very last to open.
All holidays abroad for next 2 years must be banned.
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05/02/2021 15:13:53 20 4
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Well said.
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05/02/2021 15:18:39 27 12
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Yup , no point at all in trying to "get back some normality" too soon ....we've tried it twice and it didnt work ..it isnt a case of third time lucky I fear.
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05/02/2021 15:20:37 19 15
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It just looks like that for every week we fail to lockdown on the uptick, we need a 3-4 weeks of lockdown to recover.

Surely our great scientists and politicians can come up with an acceptable balance.

I would be happy to ban all foreign holidays in 2021 and encourage people to spend locally.
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VoR
05/02/2021 15:24:31 29 4
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Agreed. We probably shouldn't come out of lockdown until (a) enough of the population are vaccinated that R will remain below one after restrictions are lifted, and (b) we are already at a manageable number of hospitalised cases. Medical staff need a bit of a break instead of us running them at their redlines for sustained periods.
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05/02/2021 15:31:07 7 5
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And Keir Hindsight will be the first screaming for lockdown to be lifted and then at the front of the queue to blame Boris when as a result infection levels take off again.
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05/02/2021 15:40:31 7 1
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Agree fully. The estimated number of currently infected people is currently about the same when counties were being moved up a tier in mid December. Thinking that it took 6 weeks to get back to that level speaks for itself.
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05/02/2021 15:45:20 2 13
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No it doesn't, yet again you can't read data on a graph. Look at the Graph above, infection curve flattening between 21st & 29th December - NOT possible if it was due to lock-down on 20th! Yet again Covid Cult with its lock-down hysteria ignores the data!
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05/02/2021 14:52:06 14 3
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Due to lockdown or vaccine ?
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05/02/2021 14:59:27 21 2
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Probably more lockdown at the moment, the full effect of the vaccinations will take a while to kick in.
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05/02/2021 14:56:48 0 1
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Both
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05/02/2021 14:45:16 29 49
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With so many people having contracted the virus and recovered (therefore immune), and the huge number vaccinated, we must surely be reaching a point where we can end the lockdown. Let's stop being overly cautious, just get society back to normal. We've wasted enough time cowering before this virus.
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GH
05/02/2021 14:52:09 3 5
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The scientific advice is this will happen around July at current vaccination and infection rates. A long way to go yet.

I’m not sure that “cowering “ is the correct term to use.
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05/02/2021 14:46:31 15 30
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Infection rates remain high because the government was pushing its five days of Christmas/Labour wants to cancel Xmas.

Nobody bothered to check statistics during the holidays.

So next time you want to complain about lockdowns remember whose irresponsible actions caused this lockdown.
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05/02/2021 14:52:19 8 5
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Maybe try reading the article that proves exactly the opposite
05/02/2021 20:36:24 0 0
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I did. Absence of proof is not the same as proof of absence.
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05/02/2021 14:52:21 43 27
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Can’t wait for lockdown to end, need those pubs and restaurants to open again, getting fed up of having to cook my dinner and spending nights in with the significant other!
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05/02/2021 14:46:31 15 30
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Infection rates remain high because the government was pushing its five days of Christmas/Labour wants to cancel Xmas.

Nobody bothered to check statistics during the holidays.

So next time you want to complain about lockdowns remember whose irresponsible actions caused this lockdown.
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05/02/2021 14:52:29 1 2
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Yes . China.
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05/02/2021 14:45:21 69 9
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Seems like the good news really seems to be rolling in lately!
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jon
05/02/2021 14:53:01 112 6
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Good news also from Oxford University that the Astra Zeneca vaccine seems to be effective against the Kent variant.
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05/02/2021 14:53:06 91 42
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Keep as we are for another month please
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05/02/2021 14:58:34 42 53
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Enjoying furlough?
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05/02/2021 15:14:49 2 11
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You intern if you want to. The lady's not for interning.
05/02/2021 17:35:15 5 3
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NO NO NO. Lockdowns haven't worked before. We have a vaccination program in place and should not be looking to extend the lockdown a day more than necessary.
05/02/2021 18:56:47 0 1
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You can if you like. I have a life to live thanks
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05/02/2021 14:53:40 51 26
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Well done those who are observing the rules......pity some are not and are prolonging the agony for the rest of us.......selfish.
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05/02/2021 14:58:16 18 22
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Where's your evidence for this somewhat spurious claim? Have you even checked the source of infections? Maybe ask yourself why the majority of cases are contracted in hospital or care homes since that's where infection control should be at its best but is clearly far from it
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05/02/2021 15:05:56 5 4
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only the selfish people referenced in the comment would down vote - which kinda explains why we have so many lockdowns
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05/02/2021 14:53:41 239 40
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Splendid. Don't blow it now. No piling round mates' houses and generally sending us back to square one.
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05/02/2021 15:18:08 138 20
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It's been going on throughout. You really can't fix stupid.
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05/02/2021 15:36:00 7 2
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Too late for the Sheffield students .. they didn’t get the memo ??
And these are supposed to be our future .. god help us!
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05/02/2021 16:05:51 6 1
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Do you really think you're going to see the people you're addressing your comment to here?

Instagram, TikTok or whatever social media site is 'in' at the moment is the place to find that kind of crowd.

Also @Besford it isn't anything to do with stupidity, I've seen some of the supposedly cleverest people from my school showing off flouting the rules, it's pure arrogance more than anything else.
05/02/2021 17:36:39 1 0
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Good luck with that one
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05/02/2021 14:53:44 73 39
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Would have happened quicker if all the hard of thinking just wore face masks, didn't have parties and abided by the rules. If you are going to vote this post down do you think that us all abiding by the rules is a bad thing and you are a special case because you are more important than the rest of us? If the answer is yes please seek medical help immediately.
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05/02/2021 15:03:12 11 18
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Do you have proof that is definitely them prolonging it (that isn't the media reporting specific incidents)?
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05/02/2021 14:56:19 1 2
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You know this, do you?
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05/02/2021 15:09:55 7 2
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Did you wear a face mask when you didn't have to? Bet not - it was only when the government decided that we should all wear them that suddenly you get all the 'holier than thou' brigade castigating everyone else. The BBC long ago took down the video they used to have of a medical expert demonstrating why face masks, in normal circumstances, don't work. Wonder why?
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bob
05/02/2021 15:33:30 1 1
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Yes, of course, the 'hard of thinking' should have worn masks, avoided social contact, washed hands etc, but the real problem is that many people who should have stayed off work were forced by economic pressure to go into work and spread the virus. Our family has been lucky and has self-isolated for 10 months - we know people (spoke to them on zoom) who have been forced into work
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05/02/2021 14:53:52 303 85
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And the nut jobs will be out in force screaming open up everything and burn your masks. This is only the start of the end. We've a long way to go till we're through this.
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05/02/2021 15:01:01 118 282
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Nut jobs that's laughable. The real but jobs are those begging for endless lockdown that serves little purpose
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05/02/2021 14:55:57 34 31
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And the lockdown fanatics will be out in force screaming ignore reality and keep us locked down for several more years...just in case.
Time for you to stay in and let us all go on with looking after reality. You people are a cancer on our society but you think you are so righteous. How long are you going to virtue signal before you slip out the back door and join in with humanity? Make me sick Removed
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05/02/2021 15:55:40 4 2
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Unfortunately a lot of the nut jobs are on the government back benches. This isn't an anti-Tory comment, just the facts, the same as Labour have a load of hangovers from 1960's Marxism.
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baz
05/02/2021 15:58:53 4 7
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There is only a long way to go because the policy was wrong in the first place. That was why the government only did lockdowns once forced to by Macron and the EU. No hint of us joining the madness until he threatened us with no trade or transit of any kind into the EU or out to us.... simply asking the vulnerable groups to stay home and safe would've sufficed from the get go.
05/02/2021 16:35:36 1 4
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Try the science, here as a 'mask study' from 2016, it relating to dentists.

https://web.archive.org/web/20200509053953/https:/www.oralhealthgroup.com/features/face-masks-dont-work-revealing-review/

Even tells you how mask use started.
05/02/2021 16:56:40 1 7
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Ah you're one of those nut jobs who just loves to be 'locked down' I guess.
05/02/2021 17:03:16 2 0
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I think you will be surprised-a rapid effective vaccination programme which severely affects transmission as well as infection will drive this down to insignificant levels very quickly - variants are much more unlikely if you have low infection rates so the only real restriction needs to be on international travel for the time being
05/02/2021 17:06:12 2 3
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There is no end. There is just managing the disease and accepting it is with us. Without Covid 30k people die of pneumonia every year in UK. People get ill and die - that is a fact. The new challenge will be weaning a large section of the population off an epidemic of fear and hysteria
05/02/2021 19:47:41 0 0
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The end of the beginning maybe...
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05/02/2021 14:44:26 77 295
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Yes, well done British public.

Ignore the Tories' "blame the public" campaign.
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05/02/2021 14:53:55 28 7
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But they don’t
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05/02/2021 16:08:32 1 2
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Oh but they do in their PR language...and they NEVER except blame
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05/02/2021 14:48:30 102 6
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The beginning of the end I hope
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GH
05/02/2021 14:54:06 95 26
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More like the end of the beginning. Whole lot more to deal with, not least the origins of this.
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05/02/2021 15:24:44 2 9
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Boris Johnson if the dead could speak. Not taking this virus seriously.
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05/02/2021 15:30:55 6 7
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Don’t expect WHO to come up with anything but a whitewash. We know the main bit: it came from China - are they sorry? No - either out of the lab or a bat bit an animal that was then sold live at a market (which by remarkable coincidence is literally 200 yards down the road from the virus lab).
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05/02/2021 15:37:22 4 3
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Yes Chinese are doing a good job providing information and giving access to people.
Perhaps I am cynical but the years delay was so they could confirm it was not due to an outbreak at their biolab, or it took a year to groom all the locals.
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Al
05/02/2021 14:51:39 890 177
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The problem for the Government is that, whilst infections are going down, they are still at quite a high level. Only a small increase in the R rate could send rates very high again in a short space of time. Pressure to release the lockdown grows but the penalty for getting it wrong remains high.
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Dan
05/02/2021 14:54:21 522 193
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How anyone possibly downvote your comment is beyond me.
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05/02/2021 15:07:50 74 142
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Because they are hinting at a long lockdown. You may be happy sitting in your dressing gown all day, but millions are not!
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05/02/2021 15:11:35 94 32
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Usually those who put their own selfish needs before the good of the country and if we are extremely unlucky - good of humanity in general.
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05/02/2021 15:14:40 107 23
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There's a high numpty faction in the UK population - some ignorant still but others pro-actively denying reality. It doesn't take many!
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05/02/2021 15:18:04 34 104
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Please provide link to research papers which have assessed the effectiveness of lockdown.
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05/02/2021 15:20:55 40 20
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Covid deniers, anti-vaxers and the "it's only flu" members of the Flat Earth Society.
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05/02/2021 15:22:33 20 18
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Maybe because “remains high” suggests he is parroting Sage and is happy to leave it all to them to decide, and there are plenty of us who think Sage are getting far more than their fair slice of the pie. Up to them, we’d be in lockdown till the end of next winter.
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05/02/2021 15:25:58 5 22
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I downvoted it because it’s not accurate. The R rate would need to increase dramatically for infections to rise significantly in a small space of time - at least 50% and a small easing of restrictions would not cause that.
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cb
05/02/2021 15:27:58 6 12
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Maybe people that have lost their houses and jobs - but never mind Jack I'm ok
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05/02/2021 15:28:39 4 25
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Coz we sick fed up of unnecessary lockdowns.this virus has 99.9%survival rate
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05/02/2021 15:34:20 13 4
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It will be the 'When can I go to Disneyland brigade' !?
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05/02/2021 15:48:21 3 2
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beyond me too!
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kh
05/02/2021 14:50:55 4 3
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Do we know the following things?
1. Are PCR amplification cycles now lower as suggested
2. Total number of tests conducted, falling
3. Total number of true negatives.
4. Has the reason for seeking a test changed? Eg illness from any resp virus, work or travel condition
5. Is vaccination likely to reduce the number of people seeking tests.

It would be nice to interpret the data ourselves.
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05/02/2021 15:01:13 4 1
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According to the government dashboard the number of tests is increasing, not falling - record 800,000 tests yesterday. ONS study - that doesn’t rely on people coming forward for tests - also shows case numbers falling, so don’t think that’s in doubt
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05/02/2021 15:17:51 0 1
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They're not going to start now. A public enquiry in about ten years may shed some light on it.
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05/02/2021 14:48:25 66 38
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Wonder where all the “lockdowns don’t work” and “follow the Swedish example” commentators have gone...?
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05/02/2021 14:44:35 30 25
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With the new more transmissible variant we will need to get the numbers way lower than they are at the moment before opening things up. If we don't we will just keep see-sawing back in and out of lockdowns until Summer. Not currently seeing much of an exit strategy.
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05/02/2021 14:54:42 2 3
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Or maybe realise that it will be around for a long time as with other seasonal illnesses for which we didn't trash the economy
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05/02/2021 14:49:19 31 38
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WELL DONE BORIS - you've got the virus ON THE RUN. Great policies and leadership - particularly in relation to the vaccine. IMAGINE IF WE WERE STILL IN EUROPE - what a hopeless shambles that continent is!!! HOORAY FOR ENGLAND!!!
51
05/02/2021 14:54:57 2 3
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HOORAY for everything English! You should pat yourself resoundingly on the back for......well, for everything good in the world!
52
05/02/2021 14:54:59 5 8
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Enjoy your Brexit dividend everyone
68
05/02/2021 14:56:27 2 2
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exactly what do you mean?
109
05/02/2021 15:00:35 3 2
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Have you got a problem with your computer because the above comment is all you seem to be able to post which is meaningless.

By the way the BOE said GDP will be back where it was pre-pandemic (and pre-Brexit) in 10 months time, pretty impressive after a year of close down and of course leaving the EU which remain supporters said would be so bad and has turned out NOT to be the case.
3
05/02/2021 14:43:29 101 27
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Cue all the journalists demanding an early end to the lockdown
53
05/02/2021 14:55:05 6 6
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Hopefully.
54
05/02/2021 14:55:06 38 11
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We all need to still be very vigilant and very cautious. No early end to the lockdown is needed. Get the infection rates very low before any consideration is given to any relaxation of the present rules. I like a pint as much as the next person and would love to see the schools open as soon as possible but please ensure that it is safe to do so. A third spike would be a disaster for everyone.
05/02/2021 17:58:03 2 5
bbc
Only if the government overreacts again on the basis of a 0.1% death rate.
55
05/02/2021 14:55:13 21 10
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Could the BBC just for once report the factual (if they know it when they see it) news and not caveat everything with "experts" comments.

From day one these so called experts have again and again proved to be just the opposite.
86
05/02/2021 14:58:18 13 3
bbc
Are you suggesting that the Impartial BBC only uses experts that support its War Room's own agenda?
123
05/02/2021 15:01:48 4 1
bbc
So where do you get your 'facts' from? Facebook? YouTube? Some keyboard warrior sitting in his/her bedroom? I'll continue to listen to those who are working with this on a daily basis.
56
05/02/2021 14:55:20 384 121
bbc
Any decent person could be expected to express just a hint of gratitude to the UK government for securing more doses of vaccine per capita than a!most every other country especially those in the EU. Not Sturgeon, however, she can't even bring herself to say Oxford. She is a national disgrace.
Awa an bile yer heid. Removed
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05/02/2021 15:03:13 29 24
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Sturgeon is a monomaniac and sees everything through the prism of independence. I wish I had a vote 4.8m x £2k = £9.6bn better off. Suppose she's recover that from the oil revenues too - ahem.....
It will all fall apart when she goes - the rest are talentless bawheeds.
203
05/02/2021 15:09:15 41 37
bbc
The flip side is the UK has most deaths per 100,000 of the population. The Westminster government has done well with their vaccine procurement programme but appallingly in so many other areas.
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05/02/2021 15:12:20 32 16
bbc
She couldn't, as she has to crawl to the EU and curry favour with them in case Scotland ever becomes 'independent' (and then immediately throws it away by trying to join the EU again, even though the message from the EU is clearly 'get to the back of the queue'.)
244
05/02/2021 15:13:00 33 7
bbc
Ironically her attitude has persuaded me to support the Scots having independence. Was always against it but now would be happy with it to see the back of her. I don't expect she intended it to work that way but whatever works eh?
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VoR
05/02/2021 15:30:20 29 2
bbc
This is one thing the gov't has got right. Better to risk overpurchasing and then share some than to underpurchase and to wait for handouts.
642
05/02/2021 15:45:03 22 14
bbc
Any decent person could be expected to express just a hint of criticism to the UK goverment for being the European country with more COVID-19 related deaths and one the worst death rate in the world.
943
05/02/2021 16:16:29 4 2
bbc
Can't wait for a "Stir it like Sturgeon" mockumentary. C'mon BBC! ;-)
944
05/02/2021 16:16:41 8 13
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The head of NHS secured vaccines...gratitude to those callous corrupt ministers whos inactions led to huge deathtoll?
Keep reading the tory press why dont you
05/02/2021 16:49:48 2 8
bbc
Are you for real ?

Nicola is brilliant - has led us brilliantly and doing a great job.

Just take a breath and clear your mind of hatred for second.
05/02/2021 17:18:08 3 1
bbc
Sooner or later the clown was bound to get something right . Well done . Mainly impressed with Oxford University who provided the silver bullet .
05/02/2021 17:19:00 5 0
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I hope the Scottish get the vote they need, be funny when the EU sticks 2 fingers up to their membership and Sturgeon melts away into the background and becomes a distant smell
05/02/2021 17:20:03 6 0
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In June 2020 Sturgeon was on TV smirking that she had the virus in Scotland under control. Now 7 months on her inability to deal with it is showing as she looks to have aged 20 years.
05/02/2021 17:22:01 6 0
bbc
You're right. She also avoids saying 'England'
Instead, she refers to 'south of the border' Grrrrr!
05/02/2021 17:54:19 5 1
bbc
My brother in law lives in Dundee and has said the only person Nicola sturgeon cares about is herself
All she cares about is getting 1 over on boris,
If she wants independence then boris should say, okay doky, from midnight this coming sunday, u got it, remove funding, and watch all the companies based there emigrate south over night, Scotland would be bankrupt within a wk
05/02/2021 18:26:52 2 0
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She's a regional disgrace, not a national one. She only represents one part of the UK
05/02/2021 19:16:48 0 0
bbc
I notice in his visit to Scotland at the Livingtone plant to show how well the union worked together it was totally ignored it is a French company that owns the factory
05/02/2021 19:25:51 0 0
bbc
She had to ask Westminster for help as they missed their end of January target of 1million vaccinations by 400,000.

I'm not holding my breath on her giving Boris any gratitude.
05/02/2021 19:26:26 2 0
bbc
Vaccinations are fabulous & credit where it is due to the govt for procuring these. But most credit due to the scientists who developed these and to the amazing but beleaguered & by govt run down & largely unappreciated NHS heroes administering them. But the heartbreakingly high death toll can't be disregarded as seems to be happening & Johnson's dire mishandling of the pandemic is unpardonable!!
05/02/2021 20:51:56 0 0
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Fudd
05/02/2021 21:47:17 0 0
bbc
Any decent person has nothing but total contempt for the shower of incompetent self serving fools called the ' UK government'.
06/02/2021 04:51:19 0 0
bbc
She only has one agenda and it is fraught with problems for Scots
19
05/02/2021 14:48:25 66 38
bbc
Wonder where all the “lockdowns don’t work” and “follow the Swedish example” commentators have gone...?
57
05/02/2021 14:55:23 12 35
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There's no evidence whatsoever that lockdowns work, the drop infection rates is almost certainly down to the number of people that have had the vaccine.
146
05/02/2021 15:04:33 19 7
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Unlikely as only around 10% vaccinated and the vast majority are older people who were staying in. There is evidence that lockdowns do reduce spread. Till they are eased, then it goes up again.
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05/02/2021 15:10:47 10 4
bbc
No evidence except every lockdown everywhere showing cases dropping after lockdown occurs - even lax lockdowns like the UK's. Lockdown early, leave lockdown early, that's the lesson we should be learning. Not lockdown late, stay in lockdown for months until cases get down enough.
802
05/02/2021 15:59:09 2 2
bbc
I’m all ears. Explain the graphs March to July last year then. You know....the year we didn’t have a vaccine and the infection rate nose dived.
58
05/02/2021 14:55:25 5 14
bbc
Anyone noticed that we have passed where flu infections usually high at this time of year, also not to sound cruel all the people due to die have died so we are left with the healthy. And with the vaccine no wonder. Nothing to do with the lock down as traffic and people volume is high still.
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Aj
05/02/2021 14:55:26 38 15
bbc
Finally some positive news only to be shot down by "buts" and "howevers"
103
05/02/2021 14:59:40 44 19
bbc
It's amazing that the BBC should cover a positive story - not even a snide dig in the closing comments like they usually do.
550
05/02/2021 15:36:25 1 1
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Because nothing is certain. Guessing and speculation =/= "positive news"
28
05/02/2021 14:50:58 26 49
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Open everything now!
60
05/02/2021 14:55:28 1 1
bbc
Why?
61
05/02/2021 14:55:29 95 16
bbc
Hopefully we can open up in April when the most susceptible have been vaccinated. We can't keep everyone cooped up much longer given the impact on both physical and mental health, not to mention the huge economic cost. All of which will be with us for decades to come.
534
05/02/2021 15:34:06 27 24
bbc
Because MSM have been incessant, Lockdown for all is now ingrained in the national psyche as irrevocable.
The refusal from MSM&HMG to have an open debate, is shameful; apparently in the name of affecting compliance.
BJ’s refusal to be questioned by Andrew Neil, was seen as a success, and they’ve doubled down on that strategy: pre-scripted questions only, and fingers crossed we’ll get away with it
821
05/02/2021 16:00:54 3 1
bbc
That sounds a sensible comment.
62
05/02/2021 14:55:38 4 2
bbc
Great news, is this the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning?
926
05/02/2021 16:07:45 0 1
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end of the beginning.3rd wave in the winter?
63
05/02/2021 14:55:46 378 61
bbc
Oh dear, I don't like to be Job's comforter, but last time we were told it is easing off, lots of people stopped taking any precautions and we had another surge of infections and deaths, worse than the first. Lets hope for more responsibility now, no more 400 people weddings, 150 people funerals, raves, etc until covid 19 is WELL under control.
It is not controlled by the government, but by US.
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05/02/2021 15:00:10 169 30
bbc
100% right
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JWG
05/02/2021 15:15:32 6 35
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Rubbish
286
05/02/2021 15:15:44 17 3
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In the end, it can only be controlled by immunity which is why vaccinations are very useful
424
05/02/2021 15:26:36 23 11
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The number of downvotes just explains why we have a problem
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VoR
05/02/2021 15:28:31 17 9
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That said, the gov't could help control the Covidiots. No one else can.
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Bob
05/02/2021 15:49:59 9 3
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It is already happening. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-55950930

And this is a uni that claimed students shouldn't be scapegoated and no one was misbehaving. And these are also the same students moaning about having to pay for accommodation.
801
05/02/2021 15:59:08 8 5
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That's actually not what happened. The infection rate has increased when the Government has eased lockdown rules.

The main centres for the increase in virus spread have been schools, universities and workplaces according to ONS data.

So whilst it's popular for the Tory Bots to blame the public (us plebs) only a small minority have been reckless.
803
05/02/2021 15:59:21 5 15
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It is not controlled. It is a virus. If you think it can be controlled you are kidding yourself. End lockdown now.
869
05/02/2021 16:07:45 8 2
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I disagree that's why we had a surge. It's a combination of a new variant, the effect of winter and relaxing the November lockdown at the worst possible time.
It would have made much more sense to not lockdown in November but instead gradually increase restrictions as winter began, rather than relax them at the exact time that respiratory viruses thrive.
964
05/02/2021 16:20:27 1 4
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The very graph above proves the Xmas lock-down had sweet FA to do with it, the infection curve could not have started flattening between 21 & 29th for a 20th lock-down!! Is Prof Ferguson posting under a rash of usernames on here?
05/02/2021 16:35:30 0 6
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Idiotic comment. The governemt failed repeatedly. Hesitant an inneffective. Yet you would rather blame your fellow man then your Etonion master, Doff your cap elsehwere chump.
05/02/2021 16:43:13 1 3
bbc
If you are very unlikely to catch it or pass it on why restrict activity once sufficient numbers have been vaccinated - the cure then becomes far worse than the disease
05/02/2021 16:54:13 2 2
bbc
It's now controlled by the success of the vaccination program, not by us. The quicker we get it in the arms the faster we can lift all restrictions.
05/02/2021 16:57:14 4 2
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Yes, but only 90% of 'us'. The irresponsible 10% will keep the infection going until the government cracks down hard on them. No sign of that any time soon....
05/02/2021 18:55:24 1 1
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Not entirely correct. It 'eased off' months ago as summer approached. No face masks then its interesting to note, and shortly afterwards the government went so far as to encourage people into restaurants - still no rise. More gatherings took place throughout the summer too. As anyone who deals with respiratory viruses knows, there are a lot of other factors. Winter is an important one.
05/02/2021 19:19:42 1 0
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And the vaccine - that's a new factor.
DB
05/02/2021 20:31:21 1 0
bbc
Spot on! Controlled by US. Which is why, sadly it will go backwards yet again. Cos we have far too many selfish idiots in thi country.
05/02/2021 21:10:10 1 0
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Whilst mass gatherings no doubt cause covid to spread, they only represent a tiny minority of the population. It's all those small scale meet ups, which are happening daily between millions, that are really responsible for most cases. Yes some meet ups are legal but many are not. All non essential meet ups should be condemned, no matter their size.
06/02/2021 13:22:54 0 0
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bs. stop blaming the public. anyhow, whos to say how people live their lives during a period where a viral infection kills less than 1% of the people it infects... we need heard immunity and our right back before its to late.
25
05/02/2021 14:46:52 40 36
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Hopefully no relaxation until infection rates and deaths are VERY low.
64
05/02/2021 14:56:10 5 3
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Yes, just keep everyone in Lockdown for years on end to appease your own self worry! - hopefully full normality by Summer - those that want to can remain wearing masks and standing apart
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Pip
05/02/2021 15:33:30 0 1
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And if you catch it and there's no spare bed for you, I wonder what you'll be bleating then............?
65
05/02/2021 14:56:14 8 8
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are they dropping because most of the idiots who ignore the rules have now had it?
133
05/02/2021 15:02:39 2 1
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no, they're dropping because we are past the post Christmas peak
240
05/02/2021 15:12:41 1 1
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It’s a really funny comment. Speaking as one that’s not too pleased at the rules, I’d be happy to have had it!
426
05/02/2021 15:26:44 0 1
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Nah, a lot of the rule breakers are too young to cop for it too badly. They have probably given it to granny though.
66
05/02/2021 14:56:16 83 21
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Imagine where we'd be if we closed the airports.
134
05/02/2021 15:02:49 46 152
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You just don't get it do you!

All border restrictions achieve is more self harm to the economy and society without having any effect on infections or deaths. It's a shirt termist policy that does far more economic harm than any public health gains and is purely pandering to populist tweets.

Open all borders now.
579
05/02/2021 15:39:12 7 3
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yep, there would 400,000 brits trapped overseas..perhaps one of your loved ones. There are still 38,000 Australians stuck in the UK a year after Australia closed their borders
05/02/2021 16:56:03 2 2
bbc
Exactly where we are today because Covid Cultists demanded lock-downs. Wait until June. Furlough and all those 'Covid loans' start to unravel. EU already knows what lock-down costs, a cure worse than the disease.

https://www.euronews.com/2020/12/11/new-poverty-hits-europe?minutetv=true
05/02/2021 16:59:46 1 1
bbc
Just imagine it - in a much better place, without people bringing new variations of Covid in!
05/02/2021 18:18:08 0 0
bbc
which is what we should be doing! Its not difficult finding an alternative route into the UK via countless transit airports. Just look at the number of planes in the sky on any flight tracking software and you will see the real problem.
05/02/2021 20:46:17 0 0
bbc
Too late to close stable door and vaccine effective on variants.
05/02/2021 22:20:40 0 0
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What about the lorry drivers and others arriving by sea. Also the evidence on the WHO site says the virus can survive for at least 3 weeks on the packaging for chilled foods so no imports that cannot be sterilized - chlorinated Chicken anyone ?
28
05/02/2021 14:50:58 26 49
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Open everything now!
67
05/02/2021 14:56:27 5 4
bbc
too right, those who don't want to go out stay at home for the rest of the year
52
05/02/2021 14:54:59 5 8
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Enjoy your Brexit dividend everyone
68
05/02/2021 14:56:27 2 2
bbc
exactly what do you mean?
8
05/02/2021 14:44:08 90 6
bbc
Moving in the right direction at last.
69
05/02/2021 14:56:31 61 178
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This is excellent news.

Time to start easing the restrictions, get the economy restarted, open the borders and get the kids back to school.

These restrictions have done real damage to the long term prospects of our society over the last year, particularly to the 10 million children who should be in school, and the sooner we get back up and running the better.
135
05/02/2021 15:02:53 19 10
bbc
Just got of the phone to a work colleague who's daughter got infected at school. Whole family went down with it and her husband is now in hospital
144
05/02/2021 15:03:59 24 9
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Far too early for that. We have only just started to come down from the current peak. Easing up now would be a disaster, numbers must come down a lot further yet as a minimum groups 1-4 should be completed and then 3 weeks after that point it can be carefully considered.
308
05/02/2021 15:17:21 15 9
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Jim, you ARE the problem. Are you trolling, ignorant or genuinely stupid?
444
05/02/2021 15:27:50 9 8
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When Jim next week.? Glad you're not in charge and making decisions. The children will cope with the results of this last year better than most adults.
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VoR
05/02/2021 15:27:51 9 6
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The R number doesn't work how you think. It will jump up upon the relaxation of restrictions, unless everyone continues to restrict themselves voluntarily. We need to get vaccinations in place and/or improved weather, so that it is below 1 even after restrictions are relaxed. Plus hospitalised cases need to fall from their current levels as fast as we can manage, for a bit.
647
05/02/2021 15:45:23 5 4
bbc
I totally agree Jim once al the vulnerable are safely vaccinated, and its had time to take effect.
805
05/02/2021 15:59:54 4 7
bbc
Yes, and all those people who are now screaming about reopening everything are the same ones who would be screaming because there wasn't room in ICU for their 95 year old demented granny.
05/02/2021 17:01:28 2 1
bbc
Not going to disagree with the sentiment. But too early yet. Needs another month at least before any easing at all
05/02/2021 19:05:59 0 0
bbc
I hear Branson and Musk have some space on their first flight to the moon, please be on it.
05/02/2021 21:23:02 0 0
bbc
No
06/02/2021 04:59:38 0 0
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Not yet we don't want to grab failure from the jaws of success
70
05/02/2021 14:56:37 15 13
bbc
And to think London was in Tier 2 on 15th December. Pubs and restaurants all open. And they wonder why there was a huge outbreak. Awful mid management from the government
876
05/02/2021 15:54:44 3 2
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but we all know,thats because it was london.bit like kier starmer going as far north as watford.think he got a nosebleed though.
05/02/2021 16:31:22 1 0
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Have you forgotten, London must be treated preferably to the north, Manchester been in lockdown for the best part of a yesr now
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05/02/2021 14:46:48 108 178
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If only we had media that reported the facts and the news. Hang on. We do! What you want is propaganda.
71
05/02/2021 14:56:39 40 5
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If you think they only report 'the facts' you must be very naive.
24
05/02/2021 14:46:31 15 30
bbc
Infection rates remain high because the government was pushing its five days of Christmas/Labour wants to cancel Xmas.

Nobody bothered to check statistics during the holidays.

So next time you want to complain about lockdowns remember whose irresponsible actions caused this lockdown.
72
05/02/2021 14:56:48 0 2
bbc
In the end we only had ONE day which would not have had that much of an effect. The problem was (and is) linked to those that don't think the rules apply to them, it's been clear from the start what people need to do (not confusing) but some are just selfish and as in other aspects of life spoil it for the majority.
73
05/02/2021 14:56:48 5 7
bbc
High but falling...is still high isn’t it?
Are we going to allow the first green shoots of recovery to scupper future safety by reopening everything too early? Of course. What’s a few more deaths when we’re already well over 100,000?
25
05/02/2021 14:46:52 40 36
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Hopefully no relaxation until infection rates and deaths are VERY low.
74
05/02/2021 14:56:49 2 2
bbc
That will be never then. Look at Australia, one possible case and they lock down a city of 3 million people for a weeks.
164
05/02/2021 15:05:52 3 3
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Yes, two weeks lockdown for a single case in Australia, then they get on with life afterwards. Britain it's been no lockdown until it's absolutely terrible, then three months of lockdown. One is better than the other - the one where you lockdown hard and early.
19
05/02/2021 14:48:25 66 38
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Wonder where all the “lockdowns don’t work” and “follow the Swedish example” commentators have gone...?
75
05/02/2021 14:56:54 14 19
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Lockdowns do not work unless you plan to stay in them forever.
Is that what you're advocating?
22
05/02/2021 14:49:19 31 38
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WELL DONE BORIS - you've got the virus ON THE RUN. Great policies and leadership - particularly in relation to the vaccine. IMAGINE IF WE WERE STILL IN EUROPE - what a hopeless shambles that continent is!!! HOORAY FOR ENGLAND!!!
76
05/02/2021 14:57:02 1 3
bbc
Wow. Just Wow.
77
05/02/2021 14:57:11 24 12
bbc
Just wondering if the BBC would like to review whether their reporting last year was unbiased on whether Britain should join the European vaccine strategy...?
174
05/02/2021 15:06:46 4 6
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They could have joined it and done their own thing as well
Like Hungary etc
You are aware that most EU citizens are not living under total lockdown like we are in the UK arent you?

They even reopened pubs and cafes etc in 2/3 of Italy last week

The sad truth is that the UK is the worst effected nation in Europe and we all know whose dither and poor policies are to blame for that.....
545
05/02/2021 15:35:45 1 1
bbc
Perhaps you could tell us?

You've already started, even though its nothing to do with the article.
22
05/02/2021 14:49:19 31 38
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WELL DONE BORIS - you've got the virus ON THE RUN. Great policies and leadership - particularly in relation to the vaccine. IMAGINE IF WE WERE STILL IN EUROPE - what a hopeless shambles that continent is!!! HOORAY FOR ENGLAND!!!
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Dan
05/02/2021 14:57:35 1 3
bbc
Hooray for England and all that, but we are still in Europe. Check a map.
22
05/02/2021 14:49:19 31 38
bbc
WELL DONE BORIS - you've got the virus ON THE RUN. Great policies and leadership - particularly in relation to the vaccine. IMAGINE IF WE WERE STILL IN EUROPE - what a hopeless shambles that continent is!!! HOORAY FOR ENGLAND!!!
79
05/02/2021 14:57:35 2 3
bbc
We literally have (literally) the highest death rate in the world.

Also, we could've gone our own way with vaccines even in the EU.

But sure, politicise this with your lazy nationalism, champ!
200
05/02/2021 15:09:03 2 2
bbc
Well, we literally (literally) don't, but don't let that stop you...
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Ant
05/02/2021 14:57:56 1 1
bbc
Living standards for the majority of decent people across the UK are falling, meanwhile a minority swim through life nicely.

We shall soon see where all this ends.
14
05/02/2021 14:45:35 2 27
bbc
Zero covid vote before parliament
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kh
05/02/2021 14:51:43 1 1
bbc
Parliament legislating for miracles. They could just ban PCR and rapid testing if they want to achieve that.
24
05/02/2021 14:46:31 15 30
bbc
Infection rates remain high because the government was pushing its five days of Christmas/Labour wants to cancel Xmas.

Nobody bothered to check statistics during the holidays.

So next time you want to complain about lockdowns remember whose irresponsible actions caused this lockdown.
82
05/02/2021 14:51:58 0 1
bbc
Experts have already debunked the "Christmas spike" claim right here on this very website.
Removed
18
05/02/2021 14:47:10 16 20
bbc
Wow, Boris must be doing something right for once!
83
05/02/2021 14:52:29 2 6
bbc
Well done the NHS.

I know a nurse who is working seven days a week vaccinating people.

But sure give Johnson all the credit.
27
05/02/2021 14:50:42 12 11
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A lot of what you have based your advice on is questionable at best.
84
05/02/2021 14:53:20 1 2
bbc
Such as?
41
05/02/2021 14:53:40 51 26
bbc
Well done those who are observing the rules......pity some are not and are prolonging the agony for the rest of us.......selfish.
85
05/02/2021 14:58:16 18 22
bbc
Where's your evidence for this somewhat spurious claim? Have you even checked the source of infections? Maybe ask yourself why the majority of cases are contracted in hospital or care homes since that's where infection control should be at its best but is clearly far from it
05/02/2021 19:07:58 0 0
bbc
Spoken like a true lockdown avoider.
05/02/2021 19:30:58 0 0
bbc
Obviously because selfish people get infected and end up in hospital where there is a large concentration of sick people with weakened immune systems to infect. Same goes for care homes.
55
05/02/2021 14:55:13 21 10
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Could the BBC just for once report the factual (if they know it when they see it) news and not caveat everything with "experts" comments.

From day one these so called experts have again and again proved to be just the opposite.
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05/02/2021 14:58:18 13 3
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Are you suggesting that the Impartial BBC only uses experts that support its War Room's own agenda?
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05/02/2021 15:06:36 0 2
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You might think that, I couldn't possibly comment.
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05/02/2021 14:58:21 16 3
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Common sense must prevail , open up slowly and as safe as possible.

Initially , match freedoms with some restrictions .
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05/02/2021 15:02:12 10 2
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Agree with your sentiment, but sadly "common sense" is a contradiction in terms
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05/02/2021 14:58:23 5 6
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"Experts" want to make sure you stay locked down. And the nameless study that shows people with COVID would still board a flight! You have to have and prove a negative test in order to be able to board a plane. Get real with these studies and stop wasting time generating paranoia about travel. If you follow the rules, ie get a test / wear a mask and isolate as required it is just as safe.
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05/02/2021 14:46:31 15 30
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Infection rates remain high because the government was pushing its five days of Christmas/Labour wants to cancel Xmas.

Nobody bothered to check statistics during the holidays.

So next time you want to complain about lockdowns remember whose irresponsible actions caused this lockdown.
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05/02/2021 14:58:24 0 2
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It was a % of the population & the press media who were pushing the government to allow the 5 day relaxation over Christmas, and that was partly because of non-believers of the virus, because of those who chose to break the rules at any cost, and because lockdown doesn't suit their way of life, and finally because people are impatient.
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05/02/2021 14:53:06 91 42
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Keep as we are for another month please
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05/02/2021 14:58:34 42 53
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Enjoying furlough?
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05/02/2021 15:02:10 25 5
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Probably wanting this to be the last lockdown, rather than on-off for the next 6 months.
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05/02/2021 15:33:28 4 4
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You clearly are. No job prospects?
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05/02/2021 16:02:42 12 6
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A stupid and offensive comment.
05/02/2021 18:28:35 0 1
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too many probably are .....a quasi legit way of hiding behind the curtains all day as a benefits junkie.
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05/02/2021 14:58:34 19 2
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That's great, it's progress, although it is from a very high peak. Vaccines should have a further reducing effect in February as well.

Let's not unlock too soon and undo all the good work, unlike when the nation's lockdown was relaxed in early December. Obviously this needs the government to support those that need help - small businesses, pubs, etc - for as long as necessary.
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05/02/2021 15:01:10 14 1
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Agree, but please remember that Govt support (of a financial nature) is actually taxpayers' support
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05/02/2021 15:01:36 2 1
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The difference this time is that we're approaching summer, when more activities will be outside and cases of the virus are likely to reduce anyway. Alongside the fast vaccination schedule, we can unlock quickly and confidently this time.
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05/02/2021 14:49:19 31 38
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WELL DONE BORIS - you've got the virus ON THE RUN. Great policies and leadership - particularly in relation to the vaccine. IMAGINE IF WE WERE STILL IN EUROPE - what a hopeless shambles that continent is!!! HOORAY FOR ENGLAND!!!
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05/02/2021 14:58:49 2 2
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Things are in fact heading in the right direction DESPITE BJ's ineptitude. We have the HIGHEST number of cases and deaths in the whole of Europe. The hopeless shambles is in the UK, I'm afraid.
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05/02/2021 14:59:15 7 3
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This is the real problem - the BBC and other media outlets reporting good news and bad news in the same day. People that want to break the rules will read the good news and ignore the bad news. It's too early to be sure we are getting out of this and even the graph above says virus rates are high. Please stop encouraging people to get out and about again on small shreds of evidence
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05/02/2021 14:49:19 31 38
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WELL DONE BORIS - you've got the virus ON THE RUN. Great policies and leadership - particularly in relation to the vaccine. IMAGINE IF WE WERE STILL IN EUROPE - what a hopeless shambles that continent is!!! HOORAY FOR ENGLAND!!!
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05/02/2021 14:59:20 2 1
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The vaccination rollout has been the only success during this crisis, however what about the 110k covid related, lets not forget the tens of thousand that have lost the jobs or those suffering from long covid plus the mental health crisis. The only time we celebrate is when globally the spread of the virus is in control.
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05/02/2021 14:59:21 7 4
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Two terms I'll be glad to never hear again...

"Brexit"
(Still waiting for the four horsemen of the Apocalypse to arrive as the BBC predicted)

And
"But experts warn..."
(Sooooooooooo many of them that I'm expecting them to have their own TV channel soon)
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05/02/2021 15:01:28 4 5
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So why did you bring up "Brexit" again?
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05/02/2021 14:49:17 10 11
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You know this, do you?
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Dan
05/02/2021 14:59:27 2 4
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It's called "common sense". You should try it.
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05/02/2021 14:52:06 14 3
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Due to lockdown or vaccine ?
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05/02/2021 14:59:27 21 2
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Probably more lockdown at the moment, the full effect of the vaccinations will take a while to kick in.
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05/02/2021 15:03:04 0 2
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So we still don't actually know if it works ?
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SAM
05/02/2021 14:59:29 3 2
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Very encouraging news which combined with the vaccine role out and early data on effectiveness is all looking good.
BUT take note we are still are still detecting 20,000 cases/day this is 10 times the level when SAGE called for a lockdown in November. If we release now there will almost certainly be a rapid resurgence and more pressure on the hospitals.
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05/02/2021 14:59:33 5 5
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What I don’t understand is that we have averaged around 700k to 1.2million people infected for the past 12 weeks
Given that infection lasts on average 14days
In rough terms that’s 6, 2 week periods
So, around 6million people with coronavirus in the last 12 weeks
6million is 11% of England population

If these numbers were right, we would have all had it by now
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05/02/2021 15:36:28 0 1
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And your point is?
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05/02/2021 14:55:20 384 121
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Any decent person could be expected to express just a hint of gratitude to the UK government for securing more doses of vaccine per capita than a!most every other country especially those in the EU. Not Sturgeon, however, she can't even bring herself to say Oxford. She is a national disgrace.
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Awa an bile yer heid. Removed
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05/02/2021 15:32:19 15 11
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Awa and GROW UP.
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05/02/2021 15:33:11 14 4
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I assume you are Scottish and a supporter of Nicola.
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05/02/2021 16:00:44 11 3
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Yeel be bilen yer ain heid if ye get independence. Nay mare freebies from Sassanach land.
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05/02/2021 16:03:44 0 2
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?
05/02/2021 17:35:21 0 0
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Does Scotland still have the best fitba team ?
05/02/2021 18:51:18 1 0
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no, its a fair comment ... I've never heard her say Oxford vaccine ... shameful , petty, small minded , chip on both shoulders about everything.....
05/02/2021 18:53:56 0 0
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Bloody Jimmys