Drakeford’s Big Self-Promotion

Mark Drakeford went a step further than even Nicola Sturgeon in pushing the limits of the Union on Friday by referring to himself as “the Prime Minister of Wales” during a Covid press briefing. Speaking to BBC reporter Mark Hutchings, who asked Drakeford whether he planned to set a firm date for the lifting of Wales’ Covid restrictions, the First Minister said:

“No I won’t because I’m the Prime Minister of Wales, not a horoscope writer for a daily newspaper. And it’s simply impossible for anybody to peer into the future of coronavirus with the sort of definiteness you were suggesting.”

Hutchings later gave Drakeford the benefit of the doubt by suggesting it was just a “slip“. Probably, although Drakeford also changed his Twitter handle to “@PrifWeinidog” back in October – a direct Welsh translation of Prime Minister…

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WATCH LIVE: Boris’s New Year Omicron Briefing
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Sajid Javid Warns That Pandemic “Is Far From Over”

This morning Sajid Javid warned that the pandemic “is far from over” following the discovery of a new highly mutated variant spreading across South Africa. In a Commons statement this morning, Javid said:

“Early indications show that this variant may be more transmissible than the Delta variant […] We must continue to act with caution and do all we can to keep this virus at bay”. 

So far there are no detected cases of this new variant in the UK, though Javid warned that it’s of “huge international concern”. The government has already moved six African countries onto the red list, with Transport Secretary Grant Shapps claiming the move was about “buying time” ahead of the “inevitable” spread of the new variant. Hardly a promising start to Christmas… 

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SAGE Modelling Proven Wrong, Real World Data Beats Most Optimistic Forecast

Now midway through November, almost 5 months sine the July 19 “freedom day”, we can review whether or not it has been the disaster SAGE doom-mongers predicted it would be. According to the SAGE modelling published on 14 September, in a worst case scenario the UK could expect well over 6,000 hospitalisations per day throughout the month of October. In SAGE’s best case scenario Britain could expect around 1,700 hospitalisations per day by November 2. The central forecast was for some 4,300 hospitalisations a day by the start of November.

Real data has completely disproven the gloom and doom prophesies relayed to the public by SAGE and the government. On November 2 just over 1,000 people were admitted to hospital with Covid-19. That is below the most optimistic scenario outlined, and almost 80% below their central forecast scenario. On top of that new ONS data shows a clear downward trend in the number of cases and hospitalisations. With new therapeutic treatments coming to treat Covid optimists are even more confident. The doomsters have been proven comprehensively wrong, again.

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Welsh Labour: Poor People Don’t Go to Football Matches

Now that vaccine passports are being extended to cinemas and sports fixtures across Wales, their impact on small businesses and low income families almost sparked a partisan brawl last night in the Senedd. Fortunately, Welsh Labour MS Jenny Rathbone was on hand to put the issue to rest… by insisting that low income people are too poor to be affected by the changes in the first place. 

Speaking in the chamber last night, Rathbone said:

“People on the lowest incomes are not able to go to the matches either the rugby, the football or the cinema. You know, let’s get real on this one.”

No need to worry, then.

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New Study Suggests Covid Cases Have Peaked

Scientists on the Zoe Covid study have argued that UK cases of Covid-19 have peaked for the year. According to their research there has been a clear decline in cases in under-18s since mid-October, with infection rates levelling off in all age groups except 55 to 75-year-olds. Broadly speaking, that sounds like good news…

Zoe’s Covid Study – which approximates the number of Covid cases in the community – has estimated that there has been a 4.7% decrease from last week to this week in the number daily symptomatic case. The study contends that this is because sustained high rates of infection in schools, and the vaccine success has driven up levels of immunity, causing cases to fall. Herd immunity might be a good, working strategy after all…

This study might explain the current state of plateauing death rates yet dipping case numbers, with 37,269 confirmed cases yesterday and 214 reported deaths. If this study is correct and case rates continue to fall, coupled with the news that Pfizer’s new Paxlovid treatment cuts the risk of hospitalisation or death by 89% when given within three days after the start of symptoms, Covid is effectively over, or at least the beginning of the end is in sight. Humanity has won against the virus.

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