Coronavirus infections levelling off in some of UK
12/03/2021 | news | health | 1,583
The UK's latest R number - 0.6 to 0.8 - suggests the outbreak is still shrinking overall.
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I know....made my day.

Wokerati are in mourning.
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At least we won't have to watch the hideous Geoff Norcott. Removed
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Ian
12/03/2021 15:02:34 28 26
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Come on UK! We can do this!

In the meantime ...

Hands ??? Face ??????? Space ??

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12/03/2021 15:29:30 0 1
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I don't think the space means that Elon Musk?? :)
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12/03/2021 15:02:40 12 5
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Great news.
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12/03/2021 15:23:08 24 23
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Agreed. Let's get these ridiculous restrictions lifted so we can go to the pub and celebrate.
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Wokerati are in mourning.
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dan
12/03/2021 15:05:56 23 13
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Waiting for the storm from the dodgy school tests. Just three years to flatten the curve!
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12/03/2021 15:20:07 17 15
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Are you feeling ok under that foil hat Dan?
Meanwhile the BBC has been infected by the Tory placeman Davie. Removed
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12/03/2021 15:07:12 42 39
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I'm worried about the strain placed on the NHS and the lack of reward for those fighting so hard to defend our nation. This pandemic shows why a strong publich health service is essential.
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12/03/2021 15:09:00 62 22
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And what about all the hospitality workers who've had their hours cut, or been furloughed....or made redundant to protect the NHS ????
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12/03/2021 15:32:49 4 11
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How can 13 people vote down your comment? NHS and other workers have saved lives and cared for us and are worthy of reward. And it’s easily affordable in a rich country like ours.
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12/03/2021 15:38:02 12 2
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The vast majority of NHS workers have not been anywhere near a covid patient so not at anymore risk than the rest of us....
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12/03/2021 15:44:19 2 1
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Its more about people not adhering to the rules. If the BAME vaccinations are a low uptake then that's a problem too.
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12/03/2021 15:07:22 19 24
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I receive the vaccine next Friday but hands/face/space indefinitely sounds good to me to reduce risk further.
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12/03/2021 15:11:53 13 3
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No one is going to stop you doing them if you want to
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12/03/2021 15:17:34 7 7
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You crack on then. Keep away from me as I won’t be.
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12/03/2021 15:07:37 11 20
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Meanwhile the J number passes 125,000.

Unfortunately you cannot vaccinate the dead.
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12/03/2021 15:20:43 4 1
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Well, you can, but it wouldn't be very useful.
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12/03/2021 15:08:50 9 12
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Still a long way to go but hopefull
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12/03/2021 15:27:01 2 4
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Get back under the stairs
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12/03/2021 15:07:12 42 39
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I'm worried about the strain placed on the NHS and the lack of reward for those fighting so hard to defend our nation. This pandemic shows why a strong publich health service is essential.
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12/03/2021 15:09:00 62 22
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And what about all the hospitality workers who've had their hours cut, or been furloughed....or made redundant to protect the NHS ????
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12/03/2021 15:14:20 11 20
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They are not dealing face to face with a virus or are you unaware of the job descriptions for each sector.
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12/03/2021 15:19:02 18 3
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Quite right. There are heroes in the NHS risking their health for sure. Yes all the extra hours - but paid overtime rates . Millions of others may not be heroes, but they have actually suffered the loss of income, isolation and all that comes with these
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12/03/2021 15:19:50 8 13
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What about them? People going into work day after day risking their lives for the rest of us are heroes. People on furlough are economically inconvenienced. The two aren't comparable.
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12/03/2021 16:07:19 1 2
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We don't have to race to the bottom. Why not have sympathy for all affected by the pandemic.
Regarding the NHS - it is simple: there is a massive staffing crisis that we need to fix or we all suffer. Part of that is through a proper system of reward. The pay for staff grade nurses is pretty poor considering their qualifications and lack of career progression (I am not a nurse btw)
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BBC headline "Coronavirus infections levelling off in some of UK" Yet in Sky News the headline is "Covid infection rate in England at lowest level since September" Please BBC, try to be a little more upbeat for once.
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The BBC report is accurate.
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12/03/2021 15:13:30 15 49
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BBC are now just a Tory mouthpiece. If they want people to stay scared, that's what they will push for. Remember you're not allowed to make jokes about the government anymore or your show will get cancelled! Meanwhile infection rates are falling but don't you dare stage a socially-distanced outdoor protest or you'll be destroyed financially. Not hard to see where this is all heading.
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12/03/2021 15:21:59 24 8
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I prefer accuracy over selective reporting to emphasise just the positives any day.
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12/03/2021 15:47:36 20 12
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BBC can't be upbeat about this Government, whatever the story. In the same way that north of the Border a lot of what the BBC produces and broadcasts is pro-SNP.
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12/03/2021 15:56:19 7 20
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What, just like the fool Johnson?
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BBC upbeat
This will never happen
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ME
12/03/2021 16:30:09 5 10
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Hopefully the BBC will be defunded soon and we won’t have to look at there repetitive articles and pointless scaremongering- these days they are a line version of the Daily Mail
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12/03/2021 16:54:14 2 1
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It can be levelling off whilst still falling.

It means it’s started to fall much less dramatically and may be near to ceasing to fall.
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12/03/2021 16:59:35 1 1
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The figures say the rates have gone up in the SE & SW of England so it is not all positive news.
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12/03/2021 17:10:24 1 1
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Or, if you prefer: Please Sky, try to be a little less sensationalist for once.
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12/03/2021 17:37:41 3 1
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The BBC reports news for the whole of the UK so it is accurate. Sky News chose to concentrate on England alone so it is accurate but not comprehensive. Read the article and if you're in England and Wales you can be upbeat, and if you're in Scotland and Northern Ireland, you may be more cautious about celebrating. England isn't the only country in the UK.
12/03/2021 19:02:32 1 1
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Here's a headline for you:

Desperate BBC basher picks holes in perfectly valid news headline

Better?
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12/03/2021 15:09:54 232 73
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With those kinds of figures you really do have to question why it is still illegal in England for two people to meet up, socially distanced, in a private garden. You can of course meet any number of people you like inside a garden centre....
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12/03/2021 15:11:30 27 66
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I thought it was legal from last Monday?
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12/03/2021 15:12:04 11 7
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Or bump into people in Sainsbury - how many conversations have you and I witnessed?
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12/03/2021 15:16:39 12 5
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No you can't, you can go there to buy stuff.
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12/03/2021 15:17:09 27 11
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You CAN'T meet any number of people inside a garden centre.
1. The Garden Centre has to make sure it's not got too many people
2. You may have many people in the Garden Centre, but they're not allowed to interact with each other - and if you're not interacting, then you're not "meeting"
3. You have to socially distance from everyone not in your bubble.
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12/03/2021 15:21:30 19 11
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You also need to wonder why these ridiculous border restrictions are still in place.
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12/03/2021 15:27:55 5 7
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To get to many private gardens you need to walk through a private house in many cases. This is the simple reason why there is a different rule.
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12/03/2021 15:31:35 1 5
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I questioned our local garden centre and they said the Government felt it was great for those gardeners mental health and well-being. Agreed but that was LAST AUGUST not January...If you should shop alone then how does this work, if you get stopped by Police on the where are you going angle how can I say Im just off to browse around a garden centre....
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12/03/2021 15:39:42 6 5
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Probably because if you give some people an inch.......
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12/03/2021 15:50:52 3 5
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Because businesses such as garden centres need people to buy stuff to stay afloat. No trade is being done if you meet someone in their garden, but it is still a small risk. Also, as soon as they say people can meet up in a garden, all the muppets will take this as green light to have mass gatherings
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12/03/2021 15:53:23 1 1
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...and people are doing. As well as supermarkets, DIY stores and anywhere the public are allowed. It is an absolute pain because those of us visiting the store are kept in holding queues outside where stores have a one in one out policy!
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12/03/2021 15:57:30 5 5
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The fact you need to ask this question underlines why we have to have such strict rules because common sense is so obviously not that common. It is a bit like the pubs. There is no/little danger in a SD drink in the pub but the very fact of them being open would greatly increase people meeting up b4 and after. If people could be trusted we could have fewer restrictions
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12/03/2021 16:08:00 2 3
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Because in some areas it is only levelling off and not reducing.
Also because it is not yet anywhere near insignificant levels and these figures are still appreciably higher than they were mid last summer.
And this is the top comment?
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12/03/2021 16:09:09 1 3
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Would you like the numbers to get worse or better? Let's assume the latter. Then what would be your plan to make that happen?
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12/03/2021 17:34:37 0 1
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If you want to meet people then become a teacher
12/03/2021 18:33:26 0 1
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I think because we all know what may happen when two folk meet in a private garden.
Can I just use your loo a minute?
Oh, its raining, well we just as well go inside.
12/03/2021 18:40:12 0 1
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I complained about a lack of social distancing in Tesco - groups of six and more people shopping together, no social distancing anywhere. Was told by the Tesco manager that they could not ask people to social distance. In fact, if you look at Tesco's policies, social distancing isn't even mentioned. It's disgusting, we're all locked up and this big business is more interested in profit.
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12/03/2021 15:11:00 2 11
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Let the South West open up!
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12/03/2021 15:19:49 3 1
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Oh right....forget the rest jack let's pull the ladder up!
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Pip
12/03/2021 15:23:22 0 2
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I agree, and tell those who downvoted to stay away..............?
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12/03/2021 15:27:16 1 1
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Fine if you want all the numpties to come and visit, bringing their virus with them to share with you.
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12/03/2021 15:09:04 204 96
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BBC headline "Coronavirus infections levelling off in some of UK" Yet in Sky News the headline is "Covid infection rate in England at lowest level since September" Please BBC, try to be a little more upbeat for once.
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12/03/2021 15:11:02 145 63
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The BBC report is accurate.
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12/03/2021 15:19:56 31 2
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Both reports are accurate

They should, perhaps, have reported "Covid infection rate in England at lowest level since September, although levelling off in some of UK"

That's the problem with headlines - they can't give you the whole story
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12/03/2021 16:52:25 0 6
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Only if you’re a totalitarian patriot!
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12/03/2021 17:25:08 1 2
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So is the Sky one, but the BBC and people like you prefer misery and permanent lockdown
12/03/2021 18:37:14 0 1
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Both are accurate. The point being made is that the BBC always go down a negative route. One morning at 7 am I read a headline on the BBC News website about an encouraging number of jobs being created in the economy. By 9 am that headline had gone, replaced by a headline about how many jobs had been lost in retail. Both headlines were factual but the boss at 9 am obviously didn't do positivity!
12/03/2021 19:55:52 1 0
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But incomplete. Being selectively accurate is a common tactic to avoid being fully informative and having to be accurate about info you might not want to communicate. This sham news. It could be “levelling off” at its highest level, or levelling off it it’s lowest level - or anywhere in between.
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Big Balony Company
12/03/2021 22:20:53 0 0
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The BBC has lost the plot. I'm sorry, but I join thousands in rarely coming here. To be honest, even considering ending my license. Very little that appeals to me anymore on the BBC.
12/03/2021 22:42:38 0 0
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The BBC report is accurate if you read the latest, weekly, ONS infection report. But their modeling is pretty off key sometimes and each week the report is crammed with more and more disclaimers. That said, the only real guide - which is the daily number of new infections by specimen date - is showing a slowdown in the rate of decrease. But that might be because less cases, the smaller the drop?
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12/03/2021 15:11:09 18 12
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The sampling method is deeply flawed and the BBC regurtitation of these statistics doesn't make it any less so

This is partly a self selecting sample and number of positives is so small now that the room for error is growing beyond the acceptable

Sampled statistics should never be quoted with saying the 95% confidence interval range - does the BBC not understand that or isn't the ONS saying
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12/03/2021 15:25:01 3 3
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Where have you been hiding ? your using phrases- deeply flawed!/quoted!/positives....grow up, nothing you say has relevance!
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12/03/2021 16:20:02 0 1
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All sampling is flawed. For starters are people who are willing to do these tests; as they are voluntary more or less likely to have covid than the general population.
However it will still be consistent with previous weeks - ONS do provide a accuracy range.
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12/03/2021 15:11:23 49 42
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Its all get a bit Boring - Before Anyone Starts - We have lost 2 (Both late 80`s) - Both my Mum Sisters and because of the stupid Restriction she was unable to make the funerals - This Hurts People in lots of ways - Time to just open up
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12/03/2021 15:15:07 52 51
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Yup Open up. Then we can all go to more funerals.
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We need to come to terms with the fact that we would be in exactly the same place if we had stuck to the original Pandemic Plan. (WFH, SD Hygiene, PV)
Ordering people to stay in their homes once the virus is endemic, is questionable in itself.
I remember a report from a New York hospital, saying all the patients admitted after LD, came from the tenements, and they’d seen no key workers at all.
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With those kinds of figures you really do have to question why it is still illegal in England for two people to meet up, socially distanced, in a private garden. You can of course meet any number of people you like inside a garden centre....
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I thought it was legal from last Monday?
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12/03/2021 15:14:59 33 2
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Not yet in a private garden.
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12/03/2021 15:16:11 31 43
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its illegal in a private garden but not in a park. in a private garden you may have the urge to visit the loo. the thing is that houses are Petri dishes of the virus. its a major place you could catch it.
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12/03/2021 15:17:56 21 3
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No. It is still illegal to meet another person in your garden in England. That isn't due to change until 28 March. Currently you can only meet 1 person in a public space.
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12/03/2021 15:22:11 6 4
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Wrong,not in private gardens.
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12/03/2021 18:10:05 0 1
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You still can't meet anyone in a private garden. Another two and a half weeks before we are allowed to do that.
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Levelling off?!!! ?? Jesus, we'll be down to single figure deaths come April
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12/03/2021 15:13:19 9 6
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Wishful thinking
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12/03/2021 15:13:40 8 4
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That still won't be enough for all the 'hide under your bed' brigade.
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12/03/2021 15:07:22 19 24
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I receive the vaccine next Friday but hands/face/space indefinitely sounds good to me to reduce risk further.
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12/03/2021 15:11:53 13 3
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No one is going to stop you doing them if you want to
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With those kinds of figures you really do have to question why it is still illegal in England for two people to meet up, socially distanced, in a private garden. You can of course meet any number of people you like inside a garden centre....
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12/03/2021 15:12:04 11 7
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Or bump into people in Sainsbury - how many conversations have you and I witnessed?
Meanwhile the BBC has been infected by the Tory placeman Davie. Removed
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Yep, Tory cancel culture in action. disgraceful. Removed
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Excellent news
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I receive the vaccine next Friday but hands/face/space indefinitely sounds good to me to reduce risk further.
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12/03/2021 15:02:34 28 26
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Come on UK! We can do this!

In the meantime ...

Hands ??? Face ??????? Space ??

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Levelling off?!!! ?? Jesus, we'll be down to single figure deaths come April
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12/03/2021 15:13:19 9 6
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Wishful thinking
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12/03/2021 15:32:10 0 1
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He didn't say which year!
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12/03/2021 15:13:21 88 10
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Things do seem to be going in the right direction, which can only be good.
A combination of lockdown and vaccination and people being sensible as we open up again and we could be over the worst. (I hope)
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12/03/2021 15:26:43 30 7
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Two out of three is about the best you'll get.
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12/03/2021 17:43:02 1 1
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Cases are already increasing since the schools re-opened. Thursday 2.75% increase. Today 11% increase. Tomorrow will almost certainly show an increase.
12/03/2021 21:17:57 0 1
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Good luck with "people being sensible" - many haven't throughout and many more are incapable as they're too dense to understand.
13/03/2021 10:00:37 0 0
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People being sensible?

After pounding the pavements for a year, it's clear to me that a large number of people never have or never will behave in a socially responsible manner.

Maybe if it was bubonic plague instead of this silent killer, they might start to pay attention.

Once the hygiene rules were spelt out last year, lockdown would not have been necessary, but rules mean nothing to some.
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BBC headline "Coronavirus infections levelling off in some of UK" Yet in Sky News the headline is "Covid infection rate in England at lowest level since September" Please BBC, try to be a little more upbeat for once.
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BBC are now just a Tory mouthpiece. If they want people to stay scared, that's what they will push for. Remember you're not allowed to make jokes about the government anymore or your show will get cancelled! Meanwhile infection rates are falling but don't you dare stage a socially-distanced outdoor protest or you'll be destroyed financially. Not hard to see where this is all heading.
You are having a laugh ! The BBC has never been more left wing, unless you are BAME, Woke, MGBGT+, disabled or a remainer the BBC does not believe that you exist ! Removed
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Towards paranoia?
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12/03/2021 17:10:33 1 1
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"BBC are now just a Tory mouthpiece."

Does that apply in Scotland and Wales too?

Must be a nightmare for the HR people having to vet employees political leanings.
12/03/2021 18:38:07 1 1
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Is this the same BBC I am watching?
You have different view to me for sure!
12/03/2021 21:08:32 2 0
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Nish Kumar got cancelled for being a foul-mouthed racist bigot.

I thought you lot were fine with that??
That's it then, lets get back to normal, open everything up and f the consequences.

Not really, just wanted to say it before Voice of Treason started spouting his rubbish
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Nice one. Humour is alive and well.
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Levelling off?!!! ?? Jesus, we'll be down to single figure deaths come April
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That still won't be enough for all the 'hide under your bed' brigade.
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12/03/2021 15:13:42 17 9
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So our office for national statistics come up with gems such as " early signs of a possible increase " and " trend is uncertain " Its either going up or down surely
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12/03/2021 15:22:32 27 3
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As Paul Whitehouse used to say, 'a little bit weerrrr, a little bit weeeeeey, a little bit dodgy!'
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12/03/2021 15:27:44 5 1
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The communication skills of SAGE, ONS, Whitty are now bare for all to see.... Atrocious. They are never clear.. "Experts" warning about the obvious. "If we remove restrictions too soon.. then infections will go up!" Rinse and repeat. Experts? Ability communicate? Don't make me laugh.
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12/03/2021 15:39:28 2 2
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The trend is uncertain when the margin of error is greater than the change - remember they are only surveying a small percentage of the population.
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12/03/2021 15:49:19 1 3
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Only someone who has a low level of maths/data understanding would make such a comment.
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And what about all the hospitality workers who've had their hours cut, or been furloughed....or made redundant to protect the NHS ????
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12/03/2021 15:14:20 11 20
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They are not dealing face to face with a virus or are you unaware of the job descriptions for each sector.
12/03/2021 20:13:06 0 0
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Er, yes they are, wife and son work for Greene King, masked up all day in the months before this lockdown, reliant on people bring honest about their Covid status and behaving their selves by obeying the laws at the time.
Still had people trying to get in without masks and without ordering food!
Stupid is as Stupid does I guess anyway, they are well down on their wages
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12/03/2021 15:14:57 13 14
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We all need to keep being carefull and following the advice for a bit longer and more people get the vaccine so that when the restrictions ease it will be permanent.
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12/03/2021 16:37:56 1 2
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You’re kidding? They’ve loved every minute of this junta and the British public have shown what a bunch of spineless fools they are. There will be more lockdowns. For anything they wish.
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I thought it was legal from last Monday?
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12/03/2021 15:14:59 33 2
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Not yet in a private garden.
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Its all get a bit Boring - Before Anyone Starts - We have lost 2 (Both late 80`s) - Both my Mum Sisters and because of the stupid Restriction she was unable to make the funerals - This Hurts People in lots of ways - Time to just open up
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12/03/2021 15:15:07 52 51
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Yup Open up. Then we can all go to more funerals.
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12/03/2021 15:34:25 13 6
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Sorry, but this kind of comment is ridiculous. 23m people have now had at least one dose, which provides significant protection, and that number should skyrocket starting from next week. They are also the people most likely to end up in hospital or die. This kind of squeamish handwringing needs to stop or we'll never get out of this. There is a level of risk society is going to need to accept.
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12/03/2021 15:56:26 6 5
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So you want us to stay locked down forever instead of learning to live with the virus? NO NO NO!!!
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12/03/2021 16:21:35 3 2
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About 50% of people don't get irony or dark humour.
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12/03/2021 15:11:23 49 42
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Its all get a bit Boring - Before Anyone Starts - We have lost 2 (Both late 80`s) - Both my Mum Sisters and because of the stupid Restriction she was unable to make the funerals - This Hurts People in lots of ways - Time to just open up
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12/03/2021 15:15:38 10 5
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We need to come to terms with the fact that we would be in exactly the same place if we had stuck to the original Pandemic Plan. (WFH, SD Hygiene, PV)
Ordering people to stay in their homes once the virus is endemic, is questionable in itself.
I remember a report from a New York hospital, saying all the patients admitted after LD, came from the tenements, and they’d seen no key workers at all.
13/03/2021 20:07:03 0 0
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It is interesting how New York still has some of the highest number of Covid cases, etc in the USA even though they have some of the strictest restrictions.
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12/03/2021 15:15:46 70 15
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There will be 2 schools of thought at work here.

1, Oh look, what we're doing is working, let's keep it up.

2, Oh look, it's all over, start the car and send out the invites
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12/03/2021 15:21:13 22 110
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There is a third. Variants, Will the Vaccine work. Keep us all locked down until everyone is vaccinated plus a year.
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12/03/2021 15:56:22 6 1
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I fear the govt is in the first group, I'm firmly in the second.
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12/03/2021 17:50:28 3 1
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3. Oh look. The government made a massive overreaction but have go so far that they can't back down now.
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let us out please, please please.
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Be patient or we'll end up back in square one
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You can go out for many reasons and its very good for your physical and mental health to do so, even just a walk with a friend or a trip to the park. Check the rules and you'll see there is nothing forcing you to stay at home, that's just a an appeal not to go out for unnecessary reasons, but getting some fresh air for your sanity is necessary in my opinion.
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12/03/2021 16:58:37 3 6
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Another wave in the SE & SW ? Look what is happen in the Isle of Man at present where they relaxed the rules and are now in lockdown again and as the ferry connections has been suspended cut off as well.
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12/03/2021 17:28:51 1 4
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Wait
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12/03/2021 18:18:02 0 2
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Most people already are doing their own thing
12/03/2021 19:26:25 0 1
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Or we'll COME out; i'll be naked!
12/03/2021 21:00:24 1 1
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Lol what on earth for? This lockdown is petty and mild. Not stopping most working or 'necessary' old fashioned shopping. Ok so irrelevant useless expensive horrible eating out and other hostility areas are closed but seriously whoever uses them anyway? Food and goods all get to us. Entertainment all comes direct into the home. Made no difference to my life. It is normal.
13/03/2021 06:39:59 0 0
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We've already left the EU..
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12/03/2021 15:11:30 27 66
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I thought it was legal from last Monday?
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12/03/2021 15:16:11 31 43
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its illegal in a private garden but not in a park. in a private garden you may have the urge to visit the loo. the thing is that houses are Petri dishes of the virus. its a major place you could catch it.
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12/03/2021 15:19:44 21 5
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And if you need a wee while in the park, what's the plan?
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12/03/2021 16:07:21 3 1
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Just use the shrubbery - then everyone's safe!
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12/03/2021 16:18:24 1 1
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And you may not have the urge to visit the loo in a park?
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12/03/2021 18:16:10 0 1
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get a life
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12/03/2021 15:09:54 232 73
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With those kinds of figures you really do have to question why it is still illegal in England for two people to meet up, socially distanced, in a private garden. You can of course meet any number of people you like inside a garden centre....
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12/03/2021 15:16:39 12 5
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No you can't, you can go there to buy stuff.
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12/03/2021 15:16:42 232 64
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"It is too soon to predict, from these statistics, what effect the reopening of schools might have on infection rates going forward, say experts"

I think it is obvious to everyone (except perhaps to those at No 10) that infections rates are going to increase with schools returning.

The real test is whether this in turn affects hospitalisation and death rates in the coming weeks and months.
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12/03/2021 15:18:56 161 48
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Why 'except those in No. 10'. That is why they are talking about restraint to see what effect this has. It's not all about government bashing.
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12/03/2021 15:30:32 10 10
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There is no reason to expect infections ro rise as a result of schools opening, but they probably won't fall so quickly.

However the numbers will
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12/03/2021 15:40:02 9 6
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Remember, No. 10 only makes the rules for England.
The Celtic administrations share equal responsibility.
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12/03/2021 15:43:04 21 2
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I think the government has stated that they expect cases may start to rise over the next few months.

The schools going back change the behavior of adults to; more likely to go into work/ socialise and therefore is an additional source of transmission not just the kids.
I've noticed my work carpark busier since the kids have gone back.
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12/03/2021 15:46:38 24 5
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"The reopening of schools will have an impact on infection rates that could affect the roadmap for lifting restrictions, Boris Johnson has warned" Perhaps he is better informed than you? Still -no accounting for unjustified prejudice
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12/03/2021 16:03:41 15 3
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No 10 does know though, it's been mentioned at the briefings. Have you not watched?
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12/03/2021 16:04:29 11 2
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We've had over 3 million additional tests (70% increase) in the past 7 days, which will presumably be mostly schools. As results are reported daily, surely we would be seeing the effect already or about now.
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12/03/2021 16:05:48 17 3
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It's about a cost / benefit analysis. Yes it was obvious infection rates will increase by school reopening; but that needed to be weighed against the benefits of reopening schools.

Personally I think it was the right choice (but I'm biased, I have school-aged kids).

It would not be beneficial to stay in lockdown until Coronavirus cases are 0, at some point a calculated risk must be taken
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12/03/2021 16:09:43 4 1
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As English schools started opening some 3 days after the analysis data window closed - there should be absolutely no evidence of schools "re-opening" in the English data.
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12/03/2021 16:14:03 6 1
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There's likely to be a rise in cases due to the massively increased testing this week, especially as most are lateral flow tests with a false positive rate of 0.1%. Although the government says this is "extremely low", when you're testing 1.6 million people a day, almost 1.3 million with LFT tests it would still lead to around 1,300 false positives.
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12/03/2021 16:21:30 0 4
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Why hasn't Eton reopened? Do they know something that us mere plebs don't?
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12/03/2021 16:19:56 3 2
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No 10 have said they expect rises, and they need 2 weeks after 3 weeks of school to analyse and decide next step. Try listening rather than taking everything Captain Hindsight tells you
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12/03/2021 16:25:44 2 2
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Infections and positive tests are NOT the same thing despite Johnson and Co telling us otherwise.
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12/03/2021 16:43:05 1 1
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they will be higher than they would otherwise have been. You cannot state with certainty that schools alone will move R number from 0.7 to above 1.
Recorded infections are likely up due to increase testing.
5m additional tests this week compared to the previous week (school testing?) they talk about the LFR having a false positive rate of 1/1000. that would mean the 41k cases include 5k false +ve
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12/03/2021 16:44:58 3 1
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More testing done this week at schools. It’s bound to find cases that would otherwise have been missed, especially asymptomatic cases.
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12/03/2021 17:04:45 2 1
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I think the issue with schools is not only could transmission increase but the increased number of tests from the regular testing will also push numbers up. It’s like anything the more you look for it the more you will find! May not have a direct correlation on hospitalisation and deaths!
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12/03/2021 17:38:23 1 1
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No10 & the scientists have already indicated that they expect an upturn in infections due to the reopening measures. The question is whether this increase is enough to give them pause for even more thought & therefore delay the reopening
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12/03/2021 17:39:53 1 1
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And Thursday and Friday have see increases over the same days last week 2.75% (Thursday) and 11% (Today). These are actually the figures for Weds and Thurs, so, we can also expect to see an increase in tomorrows figure. Let us hope that our partially vaccinated country does not see increased illness/deaths.
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12/03/2021 17:51:36 2 1
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The risk of an increase in hospitalization is much lower now that the majority of the at risk groups have had at least one dose of the vaccine. Infection rate will also continue to reduce as the percentage of the population vaccinated increases.
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12/03/2021 17:57:35 1 1
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Why do the "experts" need longer in England than Wales or Scotland to decide when to open things. Do their experts know better?? They obviously don't talk to one another.
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12/03/2021 18:09:04 2 1
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It is obviuos that cases will rise with the return of schools, even with No10 as that is what BoJo said.
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12/03/2021 18:15:25 1 1
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Given the vast majority of those in the age groups that were dying are at least partly vaccinated, thats highly unlikely. Meanwhile the country is going into economic meltdown!
12/03/2021 21:18:26 0 2
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"The real test is whether this in turn affects hospitalisation and death rates in the coming weeks and months."

By then it's too late. Not for the kids. For the parents...
13/03/2021 06:48:22 0 0
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Yes but it will spread among the people least likely to go to hospital over it, that is their plan.
13/03/2021 12:22:01 0 0
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There will be an immediate rise in the recorded number of new infections because the testing at schools will find cases which would have otherwise been undetected, especially asymptomatic cases.

However, as these cases are told to stay away and isolate, the new infections at school should quickly drop again.
13/03/2021 18:25:50 1 0
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This is how the "experts" do their mathematical modelling and then estimate what is going to happen. These estimates are then passed onto Boris, loosely called "following the science" .
That's it then, lets get back to normal, open everything up and f the consequences.

Not really, just wanted to say it before Voice of Treason started spouting his rubbish
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12/03/2021 15:17:07 1 2
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Nice one. Humour is alive and well.
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12/03/2021 15:09:54 232 73
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With those kinds of figures you really do have to question why it is still illegal in England for two people to meet up, socially distanced, in a private garden. You can of course meet any number of people you like inside a garden centre....
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12/03/2021 15:17:09 27 11
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You CAN'T meet any number of people inside a garden centre.
1. The Garden Centre has to make sure it's not got too many people
2. You may have many people in the Garden Centre, but they're not allowed to interact with each other - and if you're not interacting, then you're not "meeting"
3. You have to socially distance from everyone not in your bubble.
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12/03/2021 15:25:40 1 4
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So that's where I've been going wrong, oops...........?
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12/03/2021 15:49:18 11 4
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So if you go into a Garden Centre and unexpectedly see a friend in there, you're not allowed to say hello and ask how they are, even at a distance of over two metres? You just have to ignore them? Covid-Fascism, it's a thing.
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12/03/2021 15:57:13 4 2
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Which shows you the stupidity o f unenforceable "laws". People have been meeting in parks and supermarkets for months. No one says anything.
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12/03/2021 16:09:48 3 1
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Yeah, like that happens.
The only time I've being to a garden centre in the last few weeks, I had to say "excuse me" to a group of people chatting and blocking the aisle. And despite who the current blame game seems to want to victimize, they weren't teenagers. Quite the opposite.
12/03/2021 18:47:55 1 1
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You’ve successfully set out the Orwellian nightmare that we currently tolerate. How have we come to this? Am I the only person that thinks that when we look back on this we might consider that turning the UK into North Korea was illegal?
12/03/2021 19:04:32 0 0
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Square
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12/03/2021 21:18:41 0 0
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And you REALLY belive that is what everyone is doing??? Get Real!
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12/03/2021 15:07:22 19 24
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I receive the vaccine next Friday but hands/face/space indefinitely sounds good to me to reduce risk further.
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12/03/2021 15:17:34 7 7
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You crack on then. Keep away from me as I won’t be.
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12/03/2021 15:20:45 7 2
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As long as you isolate yourself from the rest of us, you should be free to make that choice.
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12/03/2021 15:17:52 10 18
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Until we achieve around 80% of the population immunised, we will still need some sort of restrictions unless we want the figures to start rising again
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12/03/2021 15:20:33 15 6
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Doesn’t matter how high the infection rate is. As long as people are staying out of hospital and not dying we could have 100% infection rate.
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12/03/2021 15:11:30 27 66
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I thought it was legal from last Monday?
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12/03/2021 15:17:56 21 3
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No. It is still illegal to meet another person in your garden in England. That isn't due to change until 28 March. Currently you can only meet 1 person in a public space.
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12/03/2021 18:17:20 1 1
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Its illegal to drive at 31 in a 30mph zone but people do it all the time. Same with Covid. I conservatively guess that 80%+ are breaking rules to various degrees.
12/03/2021 19:04:59 0 0
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29th March
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12/03/2021 15:15:58 147 58
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let us out please, please please.
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12/03/2021 15:18:11 149 152
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Be patient or we'll end up back in square one
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JGC
12/03/2021 15:29:54 43 11
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It started out as 3 weeks to "flatten the curve". Here we are 12 months later. How much patience do you think people should show?
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12/03/2021 15:36:02 23 7
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By what mechanism will we end up at square one?
Can this mechanism be removed by waiting?
Your comment only makes sense if you can name the reason we could return to square one and also explain why this reason will no longer apply at a defined time in the future
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12/03/2021 15:51:50 17 5
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We have a vaccine.

Carpe diem!
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12/03/2021 15:53:11 26 6
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What is the point of a vaccine if we have to stay in and out of lockdown forever?
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12/03/2021 16:19:13 13 8
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We cannot go "back to square one" now over 23 million have been vaccinated. There's a negligible chance of any variant for which the vaccines have no effect at all and the vaccine can be easily adapted to combat new strains, only requiring a single booster dose rather than 2 new doses.
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12/03/2021 16:27:20 7 6
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We have never moved off square one !
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12/03/2021 17:00:06 2 3
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Boooo!
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12/03/2021 17:33:05 3 3
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Carpe diem: What are you on about? It was back to square one at the beginning of this year, which was due to the highly incompetent government's total insanity of failing to get to grips with the pandemic, with their pussy footing around, half baked ideas (like the tier system).

People have been far too patient enough with this insanity, and are NOT prepared to tolerate it any longer.
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12/03/2021 23:00:32 0 0
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given the high immunisation figures, that would be impossible, just how much longer do you want to wait?
The Tories also start their cancel culture at the BBC, removing the MASH Report, the one show that satarises those in power. What a surprise. Removed
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Mash was cancelled because it wasn’t funny and it’s ratings were bad Removed
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12/03/2021 15:18:33 34 4
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Very encouraging, does make you wonder though how we are still getting c6000 people a day testing positive. It would be useful to understand if these are a mixture of all environments, mostly from work, mostly from home etc
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12/03/2021 15:28:08 63 14
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Interestingly in Spain they can tell precisely where the vast majority of infections have been acquired- makes you wonder why our hopeless test and trace cannot ??
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12/03/2021 15:30:59 12 4
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Problem is the people who are being vaccinated generally are staying at home and keeping away from people. The younger people who have to go to work generally are not protected - hence we still get infections. Probably we are going to have to gauge lockdowns by hospitalisation and vaccination levels not infection levels.
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12/03/2021 15:46:16 11 11
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Next time you go shopping just look at how many unfit,morbidly obese people are waddling around you.Of course covid will still infect people but if you are fit and healthy and have looked after yourself then fine.
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12/03/2021 16:02:34 2 3
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Mostly from the hypochondriacs I think. Most healthy people wouldn't risk a test.
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12/03/2021 16:55:33 4 2
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I was thinking the same. Who is still getting it? If they are following the rules they shouldn't be catching it. Surely after a year they should know how to avoid it. These people are holding us back from freedom.
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12/03/2021 15:18:55 174 27
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Testing has gone through the roof with schools returning. 1.5m in one day!

This will show more infections by default & that's without the false positives
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12/03/2021 15:23:59 84 142
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We all know the PCR tests were totally misleading and giving false positives, thus driving the pandemic, fear.
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12/03/2021 15:24:19 11 2
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Well HUACTUALLY...

The false positive just counts as a positive on the ONS statistics, so it will show an incorrect increase.
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12/03/2021 15:35:14 21 6
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You need to read the article as do those who up voted. The ONS figures, which are what this article is about, is from their random surveys, not the daily test figures. The ONS figures will not be affected by the increased testing in schools and should be considered a much better indicator than the daily figures.
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12/03/2021 16:51:32 5 2
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Actually, more testing will not affect the estimate of infections *per capita* (except to make it more accurate).

Look at it this way: in a large population with *actual* per-capita infections of 1 in 10, if you test 100 people you will get around 10 positives. If you test 1000 people you will get around 100 positives. That's around 1 in 10 in both cases :-)
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RG
12/03/2021 16:55:47 1 7
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The 1.5 m tests a day figure is a lie.
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12/03/2021 16:56:02 5 2
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These tests are independent from the schools testing - they are done by random tests being sent to proper laboratories rather than lateral flow tests as used in schools.
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12/03/2021 18:02:52 0 1
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Then only star worth watching is hospital admissions. Which is now starting to tail off its quick decline. However we are way below the peak in january
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12/03/2021 15:16:42 232 64
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"It is too soon to predict, from these statistics, what effect the reopening of schools might have on infection rates going forward, say experts"

I think it is obvious to everyone (except perhaps to those at No 10) that infections rates are going to increase with schools returning.

The real test is whether this in turn affects hospitalisation and death rates in the coming weeks and months.
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12/03/2021 15:18:56 161 48
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Why 'except those in No. 10'. That is why they are talking about restraint to see what effect this has. It's not all about government bashing.
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12/03/2021 15:38:05 18 7
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It certainly isn't obvious to me why rates are 'going to increase'. Schools reopening will have an effect on the rate but there are many other factors attributed to that aggregated rate that may dominate and we will continue to see a decrease.
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12/03/2021 15:09:00 62 22
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And what about all the hospitality workers who've had their hours cut, or been furloughed....or made redundant to protect the NHS ????
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12/03/2021 15:19:02 18 3
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Quite right. There are heroes in the NHS risking their health for sure. Yes all the extra hours - but paid overtime rates . Millions of others may not be heroes, but they have actually suffered the loss of income, isolation and all that comes with these
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12/03/2021 15:16:27 73 53
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It's going up in Scotland!! Well done the SNP.
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12/03/2021 15:21:54 106 51
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Why blame the SNP?.Surely it's the eejits who can't or won't follow the rules you should be pointing the finger at?
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12/03/2021 15:28:25 1 4
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Probably best to leave this sort of narrative to the SNP.
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12/03/2021 15:32:23 21 13
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Well done the SNP? Well done the scumbag Rangers supporters more like. Selfish Self centred people.
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12/03/2021 15:46:39 3 3
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I see it as just a timing difference,
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12/03/2021 15:49:29 8 2
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How is 1 in 270 better than 1 in 320? This will go up and down in various areas. Cheap and inaccurate point scoring on your part.
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12/03/2021 15:51:14 0 1
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It's colder up there!
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12/03/2021 15:53:17 7 11
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Still better than England, though, and our schools have been back longer. Do try to understand.
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12/03/2021 16:15:46 3 4
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don't blame SNP this time ..blame idiot football supporters in Glasgow who amassed in their thousands when Rangers won the Scottish league
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12/03/2021 16:19:13 3 2
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Seeing as we have PR in Scotland, only fair to share the blame on Tories, LibDems, Labour and Greens. Although maybe we should share the blame by football allegiance after last weekend? Or on that ultra-pervious border.
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12/03/2021 17:14:08 4 1
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When Douglas Ross said he wants to open up quicker, how is an increasing infection rate the fault of the SNP?
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12/03/2021 17:14:42 1 3
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There is lockdown fatigue in Scotland. Some areas in the central belt have seen strict restrictions since Oct. Then the Sots were told that they will be back to Levels and the Levels will be even tougher... that had the effect of demoralising a lot of families who are now making their own rules. I don’t think football fans outdoor are the pb, it’s more humans wanted to be human.
The Tories also start their cancel culture at the BBC, removing the MASH Report, the one show that satarises those in power. What a surprise. Removed
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12/03/2021 15:19:24 42 25
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So one in 280 is 357 per 100’000.
But the very same ONS website says the infection rate in my region is 170 per 100’000. And that’s one of the highest?
Most regions are around 150 with quite a few under 100 in 100’000....

Something doesn’t add up.... must be the same mathematician that Sunak used for his budget.
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12/03/2021 15:22:01 3 3
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26 per 100k where I live
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12/03/2021 15:22:42 6 3
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That's because the infections per 100,000 are measured over a 7 day period, not one day.
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12/03/2021 15:25:12 3 2
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The first figure comes from random testing of a cross section of the population , and extrapolating the results across a country's population. The other figure comes from people who get tested for various reasons , and as such has always missed a good chunk of cases.
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12/03/2021 15:33:10 5 1
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73.25% of statistics are rubbish,...
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12/03/2021 15:42:19 1 2
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The ONS test everyone in the sample, so they pick up presymptomatic and asymptomatic cases - that's why their numbers are higher.
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12/03/2021 16:55:47 0 3
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357 per 100k have it at a given time
170 per 100k were confirmed new cases in 7 days
People will have covid for longer than a week, and some people never get tested, hence the difference
13/03/2021 19:36:10 0 0
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I assume the ONS is guessing that some infected people aren't being tested. You can hardly guess how many people that is though, can you? So the ONS website is guessing basically
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12/03/2021 15:19:37 33 31
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If successive governments, both Labour and Conservative, had protected the NHS by not cutting funding then it wouldn't be in the perilous state it's in now and wouldn't need "protecting" by the general public.
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12/03/2021 15:22:34 17 54
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Really, it's just the Tories that have decimated the NHS. Labour have done amazing things for public services, the very services which have saved thousands of lives during a world crisis.
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12/03/2021 15:27:45 13 3
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Fund massive over capacity so that we can cope with these (hopefully) rare events? I guess you would have thousands of snow ploughs on standby in the event of our one day of snowfall per year.
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12/03/2021 15:35:21 5 9
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Labour added 1% to National Insurance to fund the NHS, and targets (whether 4hrs max to be treated in A+E, or starting cancer treatment quickly) were met each quarter. Under the Tories, the targets had started to be missed every quarter even in 2019 (ie before Covid came along). The virus hit an NHS which was already suffering from Tory underfunding.
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12/03/2021 15:50:31 6 1
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Funding was not cut - it has risen under all governments. But no matter how much is spent, you can't predict once in a century events.
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12/03/2021 15:59:16 1 1
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It's a bottomless hole, impossible to fill, easy to empty
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12/03/2021 15:16:11 31 43
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its illegal in a private garden but not in a park. in a private garden you may have the urge to visit the loo. the thing is that houses are Petri dishes of the virus. its a major place you could catch it.
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12/03/2021 15:19:44 21 5
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And if you need a wee while in the park, what's the plan?
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12/03/2021 15:23:22 15 2
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If its a nice big park with trees??
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12/03/2021 15:25:45 3 2
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Pee behind a bush as usual.
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12/03/2021 15:50:19 5 3
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Risk getting done for indecent exposure. Safest staying indoors 24/7 and never coming out again until Bozo says so. Covid-Fascism, it's a thing.
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12/03/2021 17:22:33 0 1
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,find a bush 2 m from anyone?
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12/03/2021 17:31:53 0 1
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Use the pond.
Love the bbc hys, make a comment against the narrative and it's instantly removed. Freedom and freedom of speech my grandfather's fought for, now non existent. Joke of a country, welcome to the new China. Removed
Ha, I once made a post that the BBC were against free speech and is was removed. There reason? “On occasion we don’t need a reason” Removed
Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves. -
D.H.Lawrence.
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Don't equate the BBC with our country please. Removed
Spot on Removed
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12/03/2021 15:37:42 0 1
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stop being the arise that your grandfather despised, he like my father enlisted because they had no choice , either through ignorance or poverty. please dont use your pathetic childish rants to give credibility to such childish out pourings!
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12/03/2021 15:11:00 2 11
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Let the South West open up!
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12/03/2021 15:19:49 3 1
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Oh right....forget the rest jack let's pull the ladder up!
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12/03/2021 15:09:00 62 22
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And what about all the hospitality workers who've had their hours cut, or been furloughed....or made redundant to protect the NHS ????
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12/03/2021 15:19:50 8 13
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What about them? People going into work day after day risking their lives for the rest of us are heroes. People on furlough are economically inconvenienced. The two aren't comparable.
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12/03/2021 15:30:48 14 5
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That is really about career choice... do you choose to be a nurse, soldier, fireman etc so we all have to worship you for essentially doing what you're paid to do?

There is nothing to say that the barperson in your local wouldn't be a hero in the right circumstances either.
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12/03/2021 15:11:02 145 63
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The BBC report is accurate.
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12/03/2021 15:19:56 31 2
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Both reports are accurate

They should, perhaps, have reported "Covid infection rate in England at lowest level since September, although levelling off in some of UK"

That's the problem with headlines - they can't give you the whole story
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12/03/2021 15:28:56 11 1
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Here in South Devon, we're close to levelling off at '0', in fact most of us in Devon are.................?
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12/03/2021 16:23:48 2 4
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But that is why they are headline, people need to read the detail
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dan
12/03/2021 15:05:56 23 13
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Waiting for the storm from the dodgy school tests. Just three years to flatten the curve!
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12/03/2021 15:20:07 17 15
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Are you feeling ok under that foil hat Dan?
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dan
12/03/2021 15:22:14 2 3
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Ran out of foil, so decided to take the 'vaccine' instead. Feeling a bit strange!!
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DB
12/03/2021 15:20:13 9 7
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Is this because we are, at last, carrying out a lot more tests?
86
12/03/2021 15:22:17 6 5
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Look and you will find....
120
12/03/2021 15:27:51 3 1
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I would say it is due to the lockdown and vaccinations
337
12/03/2021 16:01:21 0 1
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No chance, the test and trace was never going to work. Testing the asymptomatic was it's downfall.
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12/03/2021 15:11:23 49 42
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Its all get a bit Boring - Before Anyone Starts - We have lost 2 (Both late 80`s) - Both my Mum Sisters and because of the stupid Restriction she was unable to make the funerals - This Hurts People in lots of ways - Time to just open up
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gc
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I`m guessing your mum never told you how stupid you were! Mum`s like to think the best of their kids! Wake up! Look at the world ! It isnt over! Ive lost as have others, stop being a flower and realize its not about you! Removed
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12/03/2021 15:17:52 10 18
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Until we achieve around 80% of the population immunised, we will still need some sort of restrictions unless we want the figures to start rising again
73
12/03/2021 15:20:33 15 6
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Doesn’t matter how high the infection rate is. As long as people are staying out of hospital and not dying we could have 100% infection rate.
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Ian
12/03/2021 15:25:15 0 4
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And when the 100% infection rate leads to a deadly mutation?
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12/03/2021 15:26:05 0 3
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With infection rates that high, there would be far greater risk of a mutation developing that side-steps the vaccines, taking us backwards into lockdowns again
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12/03/2021 15:26:54 2 2
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Absolutely! I don’t know why people dismiss comments such as yours.
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12/03/2021 15:29:24 1 2
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But too many folk off sick would impact services and food production etc, cant have too many with the virus even though they dont need hospital care
145
12/03/2021 15:32:20 1 2
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Except for the little matter of new variants which are more likely to occur with high levels of infection.
170
12/03/2021 15:28:07 0 2
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Well said. Some people just won't, or don't want to, understand
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12/03/2021 15:07:37 11 20
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Meanwhile the J number passes 125,000.

Unfortunately you cannot vaccinate the dead.
74
12/03/2021 15:20:43 4 1
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Well, you can, but it wouldn't be very useful.
51
12/03/2021 15:17:34 7 7
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You crack on then. Keep away from me as I won’t be.
75
12/03/2021 15:20:45 7 2
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As long as you isolate yourself from the rest of us, you should be free to make that choice.
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Ray
12/03/2021 15:15:46 70 15
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There will be 2 schools of thought at work here.

1, Oh look, what we're doing is working, let's keep it up.

2, Oh look, it's all over, start the car and send out the invites
76
12/03/2021 15:21:13 22 110
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There is a third. Variants, Will the Vaccine work. Keep us all locked down until everyone is vaccinated plus a year.
294
12/03/2021 15:54:08 21 2
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I hope this is a joke because if it isn't you can shove your suggestion
303
12/03/2021 15:55:33 19 2
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Are you on another planet? You may want to waste 2-3 years of your life but i don't
305
12/03/2021 15:55:58 11 3
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Stop going on about variant. Were you that worry about a new flu variant every year
314
12/03/2021 15:57:10 5 3
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In your dreams!
345
12/03/2021 16:02:46 4 3
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Why plus a year? we just need to be cautious till more people have had their first dose. The only thing that might scupper it all is idiots like Bolsonaro in Brazil -doing his best to create mutant viruses (letting the infection run wild through the population)
587
12/03/2021 16:47:11 7 1
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If you do that, there won't a country to come back to when we're released!
12/03/2021 23:02:38 0 0
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so bonkers.
45
12/03/2021 15:15:58 147 58
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let us out please, please please.
Removed
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12/03/2021 15:09:54 232 73
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With those kinds of figures you really do have to question why it is still illegal in England for two people to meet up, socially distanced, in a private garden. You can of course meet any number of people you like inside a garden centre....
78
12/03/2021 15:21:30 19 11
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You also need to wonder why these ridiculous border restrictions are still in place.
421
12/03/2021 16:19:02 2 1
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Because they suit a certain ugly agenda.
792
12/03/2021 17:26:45 0 3
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To prorect against anyone bringing a new variant in?
Hope Johnson doesn't bring one back from NI.
Why is he there, anywY?
Zoom bot aorking?
or a photoshoot in a yellow hat?
Love the bbc hys, make a comment against the narrative and it's instantly removed. Freedom and freedom of speech my grandfather's fought for, now non existent. Joke of a country, welcome to the new China. Removed
Ha, I once made a post that the BBC were against free speech and is was removed. There reason? “On occasion we don’t need a reason” Removed
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12/03/2021 15:16:27 73 53
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It's going up in Scotland!! Well done the SNP.
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12/03/2021 15:21:54 106 51
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Why blame the SNP?.Surely it's the eejits who can't or won't follow the rules you should be pointing the finger at?
300
12/03/2021 15:54:46 2 2
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This whole epidemic has seen the people blamed for every little blip. They have mostly done the same every day for a year and yet "figures" have varied wildly. Has it occurred that there are other factors involved? Which is also why some areas and countries have lower rates even with looser restrictions. It is NOT one size fits all, never has been.
449
12/03/2021 16:23:50 1 3
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Agree - its not a politics thing, its a people thing - too many eejits as you say - but its been that all along, if people had done what was asked from the start we'd be clear now
629
12/03/2021 16:54:26 0 3
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Wee jimmy is not cranky
700
12/03/2021 17:05:23 2 3
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Well.... Scotland blamed Boris so it seems only fair to reciprocate.
974
12/03/2021 18:13:21 2 2
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Well many people have spent the past year blaming the Tory government for infections/deaths throughout the UK. Why should the SNP be exempt from criticism?
12/03/2021 18:58:11 0 2
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most of scotland is hills and full of sheep, they do follow the rules, this thing is air borne, and has been since the start, and it can get in through cuts to skin as well, so lockdowns, distancing and facemasks are about as much use as a chocolate teapot on a hot stove, and a total waste of time, should have left this to do its thing, it would have been over by last summer
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12/03/2021 15:09:04 204 96
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BBC headline "Coronavirus infections levelling off in some of UK" Yet in Sky News the headline is "Covid infection rate in England at lowest level since September" Please BBC, try to be a little more upbeat for once.
81
12/03/2021 15:21:59 24 8
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I prefer accuracy over selective reporting to emphasise just the positives any day.
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12/03/2021 15:54:19 30 11
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I also prefer accuracy, yet the BBC use selective reporting to promote the negatives.
63
12/03/2021 15:19:24 42 25
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So one in 280 is 357 per 100’000.
But the very same ONS website says the infection rate in my region is 170 per 100’000. And that’s one of the highest?
Most regions are around 150 with quite a few under 100 in 100’000....

Something doesn’t add up.... must be the same mathematician that Sunak used for his budget.
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12/03/2021 15:22:01 3 3
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26 per 100k where I live
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12/03/2021 15:11:30 27 66
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I thought it was legal from last Monday?
83
12/03/2021 15:22:11 6 4
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Wrong,not in private gardens.
330
12/03/2021 15:59:41 6 3
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And exactly who is going to enforce who I can or can't have in my garden? The police? Well no because that would mean too many people. Shows you the stupidity of the whole thing.
70
12/03/2021 15:20:07 17 15
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Are you feeling ok under that foil hat Dan?
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dan
12/03/2021 15:22:14 2 3
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Ran out of foil, so decided to take the 'vaccine' instead. Feeling a bit strange!!
85
12/03/2021 15:22:14 5 16
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Where I live, there are now so many day trippers, illegal Air B'n'B'ers, and people in holiday lets, that it's only a matter of time before we're all locked in again
94
12/03/2021 15:23:53 4 2
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Because the rules don't apply to them....didn't you know that? They're totally independent of the law!
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DB
12/03/2021 15:20:13 9 7
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Is this because we are, at last, carrying out a lot more tests?
86
12/03/2021 15:22:17 6 5
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Look and you will find....
87
12/03/2021 15:22:30 9 9
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superal1966 15:16
I think it is obvious to everyone (except perhaps to those at No 10

No ... they are fully aware of it ... that is why there are 5 week gaps between lockdown easing stages ... to assess the impact of the previous stage ... do try to put your inane prejudicial comments to one side and make a sensible adult contribution.
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12/03/2021 15:13:42 17 9
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So our office for national statistics come up with gems such as " early signs of a possible increase " and " trend is uncertain " Its either going up or down surely
88
12/03/2021 15:22:32 27 3
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As Paul Whitehouse used to say, 'a little bit weerrrr, a little bit weeeeeey, a little bit dodgy!'
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12/03/2021 15:19:37 33 31
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If successive governments, both Labour and Conservative, had protected the NHS by not cutting funding then it wouldn't be in the perilous state it's in now and wouldn't need "protecting" by the general public.
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Ian
12/03/2021 15:22:34 17 54
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Really, it's just the Tories that have decimated the NHS. Labour have done amazing things for public services, the very services which have saved thousands of lives during a world crisis.
203
12/03/2021 15:41:55 8 3
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Decimated means reduced by a tenth. Labour governments have reduced NHS funding by far more than a tenth
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12/03/2021 15:50:32 7 2
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If you REALLY believe that fiction you should try reading or learning about real life more. Labour (and other parties) have done nothing "for public services". They, like all politicians, only ever did anything to further their own aims.
276
12/03/2021 15:52:24 1 2
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I'm genuinely shocked. Did you actually type that? Please tell me it's a wind up.
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12/03/2021 15:19:24 42 25
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So one in 280 is 357 per 100’000.
But the very same ONS website says the infection rate in my region is 170 per 100’000. And that’s one of the highest?
Most regions are around 150 with quite a few under 100 in 100’000....

Something doesn’t add up.... must be the same mathematician that Sunak used for his budget.
90
12/03/2021 15:22:42 6 3
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That's because the infections per 100,000 are measured over a 7 day period, not one day.
107
12/03/2021 15:26:26 1 1
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If you read the article it actually says “last weeks”. It doesn’t say per day.
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12/03/2021 15:02:40 12 5
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Great news.
91
12/03/2021 15:23:08 24 23
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Agreed. Let's get these ridiculous restrictions lifted so we can go to the pub and celebrate.
166
12/03/2021 15:36:37 6 7
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"Ridiculous"? - with a highly infectious disease which has killed over 100,000? What would you expect the Government to do?
306
12/03/2021 15:56:09 5 4
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If only your comments matched your username.
774
12/03/2021 17:22:04 2 1
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Ignorant people can be forgiven for being ignorant, as long as they keep their uninformed opinions to themselves.
Stupid, ignorant people can be forgiven for not informing themselves better.
If you're not stupid, some serious study of the science is highly recommended (when you can spare some time from your piss-ups).
Wonder which of these categories you fell into?
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12/03/2021 15:19:44 21 5
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And if you need a wee while in the park, what's the plan?
92
12/03/2021 15:23:22 15 2
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If its a nice big park with trees??
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12/03/2021 15:11:00 2 11
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Let the South West open up!
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Pip
12/03/2021 15:23:22 0 2
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I agree, and tell those who downvoted to stay away..............?
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12/03/2021 15:22:14 5 16
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Where I live, there are now so many day trippers, illegal Air B'n'B'ers, and people in holiday lets, that it's only a matter of time before we're all locked in again
94
12/03/2021 15:23:53 4 2
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Because the rules don't apply to them....didn't you know that? They're totally independent of the law!
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12/03/2021 15:18:55 174 27
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Testing has gone through the roof with schools returning. 1.5m in one day!

This will show more infections by default & that's without the false positives
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12/03/2021 15:23:59 84 142
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We all know the PCR tests were totally misleading and giving false positives, thus driving the pandemic, fear.
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12/03/2021 15:31:53 14 6
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Who's "we"?
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12/03/2021 15:33:10 37 7
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PCR tests are pretty accurate - you must be thinking of lateral flow tests
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12/03/2021 15:34:43 26 8
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False. PCR has a very low level of false positives. You are thinking of the quick tests which do have a high false positive rate.

ONS testing also has nothing to do with the quantity of schools or diagnostic testing -It is a statistically relevant random sample of the country taken every week.
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12/03/2021 15:36:35 24 9
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No you are wrong as is possible to be. The PCR is the gold standard - its's the lateral flow test that is problematic when case numbers are low.
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Rob
12/03/2021 15:29:00 20 7
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PCR false positives are very rare. It's the antigen tests that are less reliable.
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12/03/2021 15:51:24 13 14
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People are downvoting this but the WHO advice on PCR tests for viral infections is not to rely on them alone because they push hysteria. If you don’t believe me look it up!
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12/03/2021 15:53:21 24 3
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Lets try to get this correct as many people are responding. The PCR test is much more sensitive than lateral flow, detecting low levels of virus. So it picks up pre-symptomatic & asymptomatic individuals. There is an argument that some of those people detected by PCR have such a low viral load they are unlikely to spread Covid - but then lateral flow misses some who would be infectious tomorrow!
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12/03/2021 16:30:21 6 2
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Peter, do you have a link to a reputable article about false positivity rate of PCR?
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12/03/2021 16:47:38 7 3
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Please give a link to a reputable scientific article or analysis as evidence to back up your assertion. Otherwise you're just spreading lies.
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RG
12/03/2021 16:56:18 2 7
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Quite right. If there were no PCR tests we would never have heard of covid!
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12/03/2021 16:56:51 1 2
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The false positive rate is about 1/1000 - I am not clear what the false negative rate is.
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12/03/2021 18:17:24 0 1
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Only around half are false. /sarcasm
12/03/2021 18:33:52 0 1
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That and death.
12/03/2021 18:43:31 0 1
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Define All
12/03/2021 18:50:13 1 1
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PCR is not misleading, it’s extremely accurate and sensitive. What we do with the data on the other hand...
12/03/2021 19:46:17 1 0
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The ignorance is strong with this one. The PCR test is about as accurate as you can get. Lateral flow test is at best indicative and not in anyway definitive.
12/03/2021 20:40:14 1 0
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Do you enjoy being a spreader of lies and fear?
12/03/2021 21:16:04 0 1
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We don't 'all know' - most of us know the facts.
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12/03/2021 15:18:55 174 27
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Testing has gone through the roof with schools returning. 1.5m in one day!

This will show more infections by default & that's without the false positives
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12/03/2021 15:24:19 11 2
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Well HUACTUALLY...

The false positive just counts as a positive on the ONS statistics, so it will show an incorrect increase.
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12/03/2021 15:24:31 402 231
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This is tedious in the extreme. Infections mean nothing - the vaccine is surely designed to avoid hospitalisation. People who are fit will barely notice it (fact). Covid will be with us forever. Move on, live with it, deal with it.
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12/03/2021 15:42:02 273 189
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No, inaccurate to say people who are fit will not barely notice it. And FACT at the end of your sentence will not make it true. In reality, MOST of those who are fit will barely notice but certainly not ALL. I can point to a gym friend of mine who is 38, runs in 10km races and is now training for the next marathon. Fit as a fiddle but she got Covid a week ago and has had the most dreadful 4 days.
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12/03/2021 15:46:14 89 49
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Terry, you may wish to reappraise your "fact" as "fiction". I know several healthy, fit people who have been hospitalised through Covid. Your "fact" is, in fact, your assertion backed up by nothing more than guesswork and opinion
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12/03/2021 15:58:37 49 23
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No - there is increasing evidence the vaccines stop transmission and that is what will end this pandemic. However, till we have herd immunity we need to keep the infection rate low to stop new variants emerging. Take it from a geneticist - more infection means more mutation. We do not want to repeat of Spanish flu - it is thought that second wave was a mutated form which affected the young/healthy
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12/03/2021 15:59:41 86 30
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I was 40, exceptionally fit and healthy with no pre existing health complaints when I caught Covid. It nearly killed me and has left me for the last year suffering the endless effects of long Covid. I'm sick of reading comments saying it only affects the elderly and infirm. It doesn't.
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12/03/2021 16:00:13 48 33
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Attitudes like yours are tedious in the extreme! You are incorrect to claim as FACT that fit people will barely notice it. A study of identical twins has indicated that the virus can have a significantly different impact on each. I'm supporting those who have suffered this virus and maybe still suffering from the long term effects. Read the BBC article about those with super antibodies.
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12/03/2021 16:05:33 20 22
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I found a fact, sorry, (fact) for you Terry, there has been 2.63 million deaths worldwide related to Covid. I think them people will find it hard to move on or live with it.
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12/03/2021 16:08:31 13 10
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Infections still make a difference right now because we've still got a lot of vaccinations which need doing. Plus remember it takes 3 weeks before the vaccine starts to really help. They're mostly jabbing people in there 60s at the moment. - Even people in their 50s have quite a high hospitalisation rate from Covid (Even if the death rate is starting to drop by that age)
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12/03/2021 16:10:34 18 18
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Yep - even with a year long lockdown 130,000 peple have died because they're what, unfit? Simplistic claptrap. And for you're info, infections are everything; you know, because that's what transmits from all your young fit 30 somethings to the older fit 70 somethings.
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ME
12/03/2021 16:10:59 27 26
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It’s amazing how many people who have not had COVID are lost people to it say “This is tedious, deal with it and move on”. Sort of like a millionaire telling a family at a food bank that they “need to get over being poor”. Terry McCann epitomises the self centred core who perpetuate this nasty pandemic
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12/03/2021 16:16:13 14 6
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Fact?

No, didn't think you had a clue.
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12/03/2021 16:26:18 15 15
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Not fact at all. I know fit, healthy people in their 20's and early 30's who have been hospitalised for 7-10 days. One is still suffering after 3 months
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12/03/2021 16:27:01 13 11
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"People who are fit will barely notice it (fact)"
Could you post a link to a reputable article about that?
My understanding is that the severity of illness is due to multiple factors.
Viral load, genetics, & underlying conditions.
Plenty of "fit" people have died or suffer long term and severe consequences.
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12/03/2021 16:40:28 11 7
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Totally inaccurate. Long Covid can be and is a real problem especially for those that have no underlying or preexisting health conditions and are "fit".
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12/03/2021 16:41:43 5 1
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Headaches, chest pains and general weakness.

Still, you are ok. That's what matters.
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12/03/2021 16:52:08 9 7
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Whilst you all pontificate about how we should continue to hide until this virus is eradicated do any of you know the number of virus humanity as eradicated?

Two.

So we need to face facts and either get busy living with this virus or we don't.

It's that simple.

Because we can't furlough, shield, hide etc forever, because to be brutally honest the cure is now becoming worse than the disease.
654
12/03/2021 16:58:08 5 4
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Not a fact.
658
12/03/2021 16:58:40 4 1
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Over 30% of people admitted to hospital for any reason caught COVID whilst in there. COVID was not the reason they were admitted to hospital.
Hospital numbers and deaths mean absolutely nothing.
https://www.bmj.com/content/372/bmj.n70
676
12/03/2021 17:01:21 3 4
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And your medical qualifications are?
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12/03/2021 15:25:00 52 9
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Ideally we need to increase the vaccination rate.
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12/03/2021 15:40:33 29 4
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instead it has been reducing over the past couple of weeks.
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12/03/2021 15:41:15 20 6
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The vaccination rate todate has been phenominal. Sure, any increase will be very welcome, but let's not suggest or imply that all those involved in planning, organising, and running the programme have not done a fantastic job.

Just look at performance abroad to see how wonderful our programme has been.
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12/03/2021 15:47:50 8 8
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I am concerned that there's going to be a sticking point when they start rolling out to the under-40s, as sadly I predict there will be enough younger people falling for the anti-vax propaganda to put a dent in the figures. I really hope I am wrong, though!
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12/03/2021 16:09:51 20 1
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Rumour has it that its going to increase significantly very soon.

It's not reduced all that much - they are still at 2.5m dosses as a 7 day average. This peaked at about 3m for a short period.

Some of the graphs are a bit misleading as 2nd dosses have started to ramp up.
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12/03/2021 17:05:03 1 12
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The latest data shows that vaccination only reduces the risk of getting infected by about 1/3 will not keep the R rate below 1 unless other measures are in place. The Isle of Man has similar vaccination rates to the UK and is in the midst of a large surge in cases. (Data from the WHO site)
12/03/2021 19:50:25 2 1
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They only report first doses, so as they give more and more second doses the rate at which the first dose goes up slows down. I would assume, although unlike everybody else on here I am not very bright.
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12/03/2021 15:11:09 18 12
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The sampling method is deeply flawed and the BBC regurtitation of these statistics doesn't make it any less so

This is partly a self selecting sample and number of positives is so small now that the room for error is growing beyond the acceptable

Sampled statistics should never be quoted with saying the 95% confidence interval range - does the BBC not understand that or isn't the ONS saying
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gc
12/03/2021 15:25:01 3 3
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Where have you been hiding ? your using phrases- deeply flawed!/quoted!/positives....grow up, nothing you say has relevance!
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12/03/2021 15:19:24 42 25
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So one in 280 is 357 per 100’000.
But the very same ONS website says the infection rate in my region is 170 per 100’000. And that’s one of the highest?
Most regions are around 150 with quite a few under 100 in 100’000....

Something doesn’t add up.... must be the same mathematician that Sunak used for his budget.
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12/03/2021 15:25:12 3 2
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The first figure comes from random testing of a cross section of the population , and extrapolating the results across a country's population. The other figure comes from people who get tested for various reasons , and as such has always missed a good chunk of cases.
13/03/2021 19:38:10 0 0
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And the first figure is little more than a guess