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Sorry Gainsborough, I've just seen that you've covered this already.
at 09:58 29 May 2020







Over and out.
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Good twitter thread on the Government's comms strategy
at 13:40 12 May 2020

FFS

This sort of thing is so fecking tedious.

I'm off to pull my fingernails out.
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Good twitter thread on the Government's comms strategy
at 13:20 12 May 2020

I agree that I think that the latest directives are a mumble jumble, I have said that from the start.

Whether anyone agrees with the latest directive or not it is not the case that using common sense is the governments entire strategy.

Suggesting it is is just daft and wrong.
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A time to take stock - and be ready to reform
at 13:10 12 May 2020

It isn't that straightforward to lock down one of the busiest international hubs on the planet.

Also no country has hundreds of land borders to be fair.
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Good twitter thread on the Government's comms strategy
at 13:06 12 May 2020

But people do need to use common sense, there is no doubt about that.

Whilst shopping yesterday I kept my head down when coming into closer contact to people than what I would have liked. By doing this the chances of infection are reduced.

At the same time a fellow customer was shouting to her young daughter who had ran off to look at cakes. Not only should she have kept closer reigns on her daughter she shouldn't have shouted out potentially spreading germs all down the aisle.

Whilst I think the latest guidelines are premature and confusing there is no denying that people should use their common sense.

Surely anyone who thinks that a directive to use common sense is wrong clearly has no common sense of their own.
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A time to take stock - and be ready to reform
at 12:58 12 May 2020

What I will agree with is that we have relaxed the lockdown a fortnight too early and that the new directive is confusing to say the least.

Certainly not thought out.

I can't see why no one in government listened to Boris's latest address to the nation prior to it being broadcast and said "Hang on a minute, it's too complicated and vague, in fact it needs completely reworking"
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A time to take stock - and be ready to reform
at 12:22 12 May 2020

I appreciate north of Italy locked down a bit earlier but I've just checked my whatsapp timeline. My mate in Italy could still go for a beer or coffee on 12th March albeit restricted hours.

Spain locked down on the 15th and Germany one day before us - although I hesitate to mention Germany because they are simply brilliant at everything.

However none of that was the point in my earlier post regarding Belgium and in particular Ireland.
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A time to take stock - and be ready to reform
at 11:28 12 May 2020

Again, far too simplistic - especially when the much loved Covid death league is certainly not reliable.

If you wish to take the figures as gospel we are behind both Italy and Spain in deaths per million, we won't even mention Belgium who have tested more than Germany but have a death rate per million approaching x 9

It is obvious that population density is a massive swing factor in Covid cases, it doesn't take a genius to realise that any R rate over 1 is going to cause massive problems in countries with dense populations, international visitors and trade and areas with high BAME occupants, if you take that to its conclusion and if you do indeed wish to compare the Premier League of death counts then Ireland on 302 deaths per million against UK on 482 deaths per million is mentally bad
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Covid murder
at 10:34 12 May 2020

That is awful. A couple of skag heads spat on someone in their front garden last week on the road of my place of work for no apparent reason.
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Update on KJ...
at 09:30 12 May 2020

Nice one Hoppy.

Give the daft old mare my best wishes.
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Premier League *can* restart in 3 weeks...
at 17:24 11 May 2020

If they insist on a result - The only sensible way of resolving this is to forget any chance of playing again until it is perfectly safe (lets say March) and then finish the league and resume the next season as normal in August / September.

So in effect there will be no 2020/21 season.
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Guidelines are here...
at 16:49 11 May 2020

I think the new guidelines are unnecessarily complicated.

All they really had to say was “Do what the hell you want with whoever you want as long as you are 2m apart”

I don’t see what is relevant about who you see in the park. What is the difference in observing 2m distance from fellow park strollers whether or not this includes other family members from different households?
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Covid deaths
at 12:27 11 May 2020

Yes it is same same.

I didn't see your follow on post.

As Bloots allures to, I think you can take all the death reports in the world with a pinch of salt

Deaths per million

UK 469
China 3
Belgium 751
Germany 90
Pakistan 3

Tests per million

UK 27k
China No data
Belgium 51k
Germany 33k
Pakistan 1.5k

Interestingly despite Belgium testing 50% more per million than Germany they have a death rate per million x 9 fold
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Covid deaths
at 11:49 11 May 2020

Not so, and I genuinely can't elaborate but I can guarantee you GP's are signing of deaths as Covid just due to circumstance.

This is latest guidelines.

Guidance for doctors completing Medical
Certificates of Cause of Death in England and
Wales
FOR USE DURING THE EMERGENCY PERIOD
ONLY

Medical practitioners are required to certify causes of death “to the best of their
knowledge and belief”. Without diagnostic proof, if appropriate and to avoid delay,
medical practitioners can circle ‘2’ in the MCCD (“information from post-mortem may be
available later”) or tick Box B on the reverse of the MCCD for ante-mortem
investigations. For example, if before death the patient had symptoms typical of COVID19 infection, but the test result has not been received, it would be satisfactory to give
‘COVID-19’ as the cause of death, tick Box B and then share the test result when it
becomes available.

In the circumstances of there being no swab, it is satisfactory to
apply clinical judgement.
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I just had a text from Micky Flanagan.
at 09:46 11 May 2020

Apparently we can go OUT, but not OUT OUT.
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Bradford are remembering the 56 victims of the fire today
at 09:33 11 May 2020

That fire was awful, the old couple who for some reason didn't move and just sat there and burnt to death, the old man on fire on the pitch, the section of Bradford supporters dancing and singing whilst everyone was trying to evacuate, the commentating crew who had to stop because of the heat from the opposite stand, the locked fire escape etc etc etc.

Horrendous.
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The ongoing battle with C19
at 09:26 11 May 2020

It certainly is a crafty little blighter. Up till now in can infect me in Wyvales but not B&Q, it can get me in Nandos but not Greggs.

As you say, a crafty one for sure.
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Well...no surprises there at all.
at 23:46 10 May 2020

Italy was worse I believe. I have seen footage of people on rooftops firing fireworks at police helicopters.

My friend is in the south and he says in certain areas it was like the Wild West, they had it worse in the north but the south is more lawless.
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Well...no surprises there at all.
at 23:25 10 May 2020

Possibly, it's the public transport bit I'm concerned about - unless of course they have worked out something with TFL which will result in something akin to a 50 mile Asda queue.

My mate in Italy went back to work last week and they have to stick to desk separations and they had to disinfect their offices before going back it. Quite a lot unreported civil unrest in Italy and France, I would imagine Spain as well. Their lockdowns were quite tough.
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Well...no surprises there at all.
at 23:13 10 May 2020

Yes, I think it has been clear for some time it's going to be a non stop rolling lockdown, I just think we may have gone a fortnight early.
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