Van Tam: I No Longer Wear a Face Mask

In a sign, if we ever really needed one, that Covid is well and truly over, Jonathan Van Tam has declared he no longer wears a face mask.

“I don’t wear a face covering, no I don’t wear a face covering, but if there were circumstances where I felt it was a really closed environment with very high crowding and very intense social interaction then those are the situations where I might think ‘should I or shouldn’t I’.”

This’ll properly wind up the performative Covid virtue signallers on Twitter…

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UK Has Lower Covid Excess Death Rate than US, Spain and Germany

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released grim new data on the overall Covid death toll, with an estimated 15 million people thought to have died from the disease since the start of the pandemic. Three times more than the last official count… 

The WHO also broke down the excess death rate – i.e. how many more people died beyond the pre-pandemic mortality rate – on a country-by-country basis. The UK is ranked 56th, with 109 excess deaths per 100,000 people. That’s below Spain, Italy, Germany, and the US… 

While Spain, Germany, and Italy all retained certain Covid restrictions for far longer than the UK, their excess death rates per 100,000 people sat higher at 111, 116, and 133 respectively. The global average is 96, although it’s worth bearing in mind the extreme – and deplorable – lockdown measures still used in countries like China to depress that figure. Sweden, which rejected most over-the-top legally-binding Covid measures throughout the pandemic, had an excess death rate of 56 – almost half the UK’s. Fancy that.

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Parliament Announces Unlimited Numbers Once Again Allowed in Sports and Strangers

The Parliamentary estate has finally caught up with reality this afternoon, with the COVID-19 planning group confirming the last of the Covid restrictions on-site will be removed as of today. Yes, there were still a few left hanging around over two years later…

The two of note are the removal of the (useless) plastic screens in hospitality areas like the bars and canteens, and the lifting of capacity limits in rooms across the estate, which will be a welcome change at Sports and Social. Although limits will remain in “a small number of areas where specific concerns with ventilation occur”… for some reason.

Staff are also no longer required to report positive cases to the internal test and trace team, with the phone line and email being closed down. Party time in Strangers later…

Read the updated guidance below:

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PM Won’t Rule Out Another Lockdown

Tory  power couple MPs Esther McVey and Philip Davies managed to secure a sit-down interview with the PM, set to be broadcast in full during their show tomorrow, in which the PM says he cannot rule out another lockdown. Guido reckons the PM can announce whatever he likes, the public has declared the pandemic over and after Partygate may no longer listen to new rules…

“I want to avoid any such thing happening again, and I can’t rule out some, Esther, I can’t say we wouldn’t be forced to do non-pharmaceutical interventions again of the kind we did. 

I think it would be irresponsible of any leader in any democracy to say they’re going to rule out something that would save lives… there could be a new variant – more deadly – there could be a variant that affects children badly that we really need to contain, I’m not going to take any options off the table.”

The interview is a real coup for McVey, who both managed to secure an interview with the PM and avoided doxxing his mobile phone number

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Public Finally Deems Pandemic Over

A fascinating poll published last night implies the public finally believes Covid is over, according to pollster James Johnson. Data from Kekst shows that for the first time since the pandemic began, more people want the government to prioritise protecting the economy over limiting the spread of the virus. 41% to 38%.

The offical rate for covid per 100,000 people is currently over 700. Nevertheless as Johnson says, this metric has always been a “personal benchmark for when the public have all but declared the pandemic over”Pop the champagne…

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Ashworth Gets F in Lockdown History

Now that Nadhim Zahawi has said the government made “a mistake” in closing schools during the pandemic, the Labour frontbench is confused over how to oppose them given their own record throughout the last two years. Appearing on Sunday Morning, Ashworth was asked whether, in hindsight, he agrees with Zahawi that schools should have stayed open throughout the lockdowns:

“We were always very clear that school closures had to be absolutely the last resort. We never wanted to see schools closed… we always wanted schools to stay open where they could.”

A brief history lesson for Jon: just hours before the third January 2021 lockdown was introduced, Sir Keir told both Sky and ITV in January 2021 that while school closures “should be a last resort”, it was “inevitable” that they would and “[their] closure should be part of the national restrictions… as soon as possible”. For Sir Keir, that meant primary schools too.

Both Ashworth and Starmer claimed closures should be a last resort, yet now the dust has settled, the party doesn’t seem willing to say if they made the right call – especially during the third lockdown. Zahawi’s admitted he thinks it was a mistake. What does Starmer think?

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