The two subjects dominating most of the debate at the moment are testing and the impact of lockdown on the economy. Lockdown slows and lowers the rate of infection and this buys time during which the NHS can prepare extra capacity to deal with the volume of patients that willContinue Reading

Yesterday’s total dead was the worst yet by far, 563. It’s on track with the predictions and we’ve probably got another two weeks before the peak. The stories in the media are beginning to turn to blame, accusations of missed opportunities, and criticism of the government’s handling of the crisisContinue Reading

We’re now in the phase during which the total number of deaths each is likely to rise sharply before it reaches its peak. Yesterday‘s total was the worst yet, 381 in one day, and the true figure may actually be worse because of the way statistics have been collected. NurseriesContinue Reading

Britain has completed its first week in lock down (is it lock down or lockdown?) A week ago the estimate for the peak in the infection rate and date toll was April 5th, then it was April 17th, and now it’s probably later but there’s no certainty. We’ve grown usedContinue Reading

Over 750,000 people in the UK have volunteered to help the NHS, three times the original target. Yesterday there were another 206 deaths in the UK. The talk this morning is the response to the briefing giving by the deputy chief medical officer Jenny Harries in which she said itContinue Reading

Yesterday’s death toll was the worst single day yet – 260, so the total for the UK has now exceeded 1,000 deaths. It’s rising as predicted though of course only a fraction of the 10,000+ in Italy and nearly 6,000 in Spain. The suggested date for the peak has movedContinue Reading

Mercifully, the sun is still shining this morning on the first Saturday of lockdown, but the news remains grim. The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has tested positive for the virus, as has the Health Secretary Matt Hancock and the CMO (Chief Medical Officer) Chris Whitty. The PM is now inContinue Reading