Day: 14 September 2020

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Second Wave of Hysteria Arrives Here we go – brace positions. The UK's "Rule of Six" ban on social gatherings over six people comes into force today, and the Government confirmed yesterday that it includes children in England (unlike in Wales and Scotland). Denmark – the country once lauded for its coronavirus response – has been placed on England's quarantine watch list due to rising cases (even though on most days since June it's had no Covid deaths at all). Countries around Europe tighten restrictions. Israel locks down again. SAGE scientist Professor Sir Mark Walport warns that the UK is "on the edge of losing control" while Professor Peter Openshaw (of, you've guessed it, Imperial College) intones that the public must "act fast" and fall into line or face a second lockdown. Panic is back. "You've only got to look across the Channel to see what is happening in France and what's happening in Spain," says Professor Walport. "The only way to stop the spread of this infection is to reduce the number of people we all come into contact with." And what is happening in France and Spain? Let's see. A huge rise in cases positive tests, and little else. Hospitals in some areas such as Madrid have seen a gentle rise in COVID-19 admissions, but nothing they can't ...

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