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This page is dedicated to news on the coronavirus, covering political, economic and scientific aspects.

Herd immunity is still key in the fight against Covid-19

(8/8/20) Covid-19 is a terrible disease, and the primary goal should be to minimise deaths. How is this done? The key is age. The risk of Covid-19 mortality varies more than a thousandfold between the oldest and youngest members of society. The pandemic will not be over until we reach herd immunity, either through a vaccine or through natural infections. Read the full post in The Spectator.

Lockdown 'killed two people for every three that died of coronavirus'

(7/8/20) Lockdown killed two people for every three that died of the coronavirus, shocking new government figures have revealed. It is thought that as many as 16,000 people died because they didn't get medical care between March 23 and May 1. In the same period, 25,000 Britons died of the virus. Read the full post in the Daily Mail.

Sweden’s COVID-19 strategy is already paying off

Sweden didn’t go into full lockdown. There was plenty of social distancing, lots of lectures on washing your hands, and some restrictions on movement, but schools remained open and so did most businesses. It has done a better job of protecting output than any other major, developed country. And if a second wave does arrive in the fall or winter, the rest of the world should take note — and not rush straight back into lockdown no matter what the pressure to do so might be. Read the full post in the The Spectator.

Heart attack deaths rose 40% during lockdown as experts say No 10's 'Stay at Home' drive could have deterred thousands from getting medical help

(5/8/20) Analysis by University of Leeds experts found hospital admissions for heart attacks plummeted by 50 per cent in April and May in England. The data also suggested that deaths rose from the most mild form of heart attack, which is usually treatable if patients are given quick medical attention. Read the full post in the Daily Mail.

Coronavirus is nasty but there's more to life than imprisoning ourselves, says Professor

(2/8/20) In attempting to achieve zero-Covid, we may eradicate industry, commerce, trade, travel, arts, leisure, learning, sports, culture, liberty and privacy. We will imprison ourselves in our homes, too scared to venture far, to mix with others. We have never thought it necessary to do this with other infections. Could we live alongside the Covid-19 virus as we live with other viruses? Read the full post in the Daily Express.

Lockdown-free Sweden is seeing a 'very positive' downward trend in cases, country's coronavirus expert reveals as he dismisses wearing masks on public transport as 'pointless'

(29/7/20) Sweden is seeing a 'very positive' downward trend in coronavirus cases after its much-debated decision not to go into lockdown, its top epidemiologist says. Anders Tegnell said the number of seriously sick patients was 'close to zero' with the curve of new virus cases also bending downwards. Read the full post in the Daily Mail.

Facebook, Google/YouTube, Twitter censor viral video of doctors’ Capitol Hill Coronavirus Press Conference

(27/7/20) Facebook has removed a video posted by Breitbart News earlier today, which was the top-performing Facebook post in the world Monday afternoon, of a press conference in D.C. held by the group America’s Frontline Doctors and organized and sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots. The press conference featured Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) and frontline doctors sharing their views and opinions on coronavirus and the medical response to the pandemic. Read the full post in the Breitbart.

Don’t fall for the virus ‘second wave’ narrative

(28/7/20) The second wave is here! In Catalonia in Spain and in a few states in the southern United States the doomsayers have found what they were looking for: proof that all this continued social distancing and now enforced mask-wearing is worth it. Read the full post in the Conservative Woman.

Lockdowns DON'T work, study claims

(23/7/20) Lockdowns have not had a big impact on coronavirus death rates around the world, scientists have claimed. A study has claimed the drastic measures don't even work. They found whether a country was locked down or not was 'not associated' with death rate. Read the full post in the Daily Mail.

Coronavirus: The Under-40s Dilemma

For Covid-19, the elderly have been overwhelmingly the worst hit. For the Spanish flu of 1918, the young working-age population were the ones severely affected. And in another coronavirus peculiarity: the fact is that the virus leads to virtually no fatalities of people below 45yrs. Read the full post on ZeroHedge.

Why did the UK’s coronavirus response go so wrong?

(17/7/20) The cost of Covid-19 in the UK, in 45,000 lives lost and considerably more if 'excess' deaths are included, in long term illness for tens of thousands, and in damage to our prosperity, is changing everything. But did the shock have to be so great? Could the government have done more to protect us? Read the full post in the The Spectator.

Anatomy of a fiasco: how Britain’s pandemic defences failed

(4/7/20) The UK’s plan for a disaster appeared to contain no plans for disasters. It immediately left politicians and officials floundering without a guide. A decade of public sector cuts, an incoherent lack of communication between local and national government, and a total lack of ministerial grip — perhaps not least because several key players themselves caught the virus — worsened the crisis. Read the full post in The Spectator.

Britain will opt out EU coronavirus vaccine scheme over fears Brussels would leave us at the 'back of the queue' when doling out doses

(9/7/20) The EU initially demanded that Britain drop its support for vaccine development in this country, which is under way at Oxford University and Imperial College. So our EU 'friends' are showing their true colours again! Read the full post in the Daily Mail.

Deepening mystery of the Leicester lockdown charade

(10/7/20) Speculation continues about who or what was supposed to have caused the apparent rise in covid-19 cases in Leicester, mainly focusing on the ethnic minority communities of East Leicester. what exactly is the point of this lockdown, unless as the anonymous doctor suggests, it is a tool of control or some sort of experiment to disguise the truth that was never a need for lockdown in the first place? Read the full post in Conservative Woman.

Richard Littlejohn: If hordes of shoppers are free to mob Primark, why can't they go back to work?

(15/6/20) Here’s the £300billion quesion: If it’s safe for them to flock to shopping malls, what reason is there for preventing them earning a living? Effectively, at least half the country is on a six-month summer holiday, paid for by the taxpayer with money we haven’t got. Never mind the hundreds of billions of pounds it is costing up front, what about the lost tax revenues, too? Read the full post in the Daily Mail.

These people have no idea what they're doing: Ex-Supreme Court judge LORD JONATHAN SUMPTION gives a devastating verdict on our political leaders' handling of the crisis

(21/6/20) Does the Government have a policy for coronavirus? Indeed it does. In fact, it has several. One for each month of the year, all mutually inconsistent and none of them properly thought through. These people have no idea what they are doing... They are destroying our economy, our cultural life and our children’s education in a fit of absent-mindedness. Read the full post in the Daily Mail.

Excess deaths is the only way of discovering the true number of COVID deaths

(16/6/20) Epidemiologists have said that excess mortality - deaths from all causes that exceed the five-year average for the time of year - is the best way of determining the number who have died from a disease outbreak because it is internationally comparable. Read the full post in the Sky News.

No evidence for two-metre rule, Oxford experts say

(15/6/20) Professors Carl Heneghan and Tom Jefferson, from the University of Oxford, said there is little evidence to support the 2m restriction and called for an end to the "formalised rules". Read the full post in the Daily Telegraph.

Adding up the damage Britain’s Covid-19 policies have caused

(20/6/20) It is clearer every day that (despite the polls) the lockdown is causing more harm than good; Churchill would grit his teeth, rip the plaster off, and get the country back to school and back to work. Read the full post in The Critic.

Is Britain's Covid-19 death toll HALF of the 50,000 already recorded? Expert claims official tally may be too high...

(11/6/20) Britain's actual coronavirus death toll could be half of the 50,000 already recorded, according to one expert. Professor Karol Sikora, a former World Health Organization (WHO) cancer adviser, said doctors may put the virus on death certificates if there was 'any hint' it could have been the cause, without hard proof. Read the full post in the Daily Mail.

Unemployment could taken SEVEN YEARS to fall back to pre-coronavirus levels according to experts

(9/6/20) Leading economists told the Treasury Committee they predict 'really high unemployment for the foreseeable future' as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. This is despite programmes like the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (JRS), which has pumped billions of pounds into trying to prevent widespread laying off of staff. Read the full post in the Daily Mail.

UK economy likely to suffer worst Covid-19 damage, says OECD

(10/6/20) Britain’s economy is likely to suffer the worst damage from the Covid-19 crisis of any country in the developed world, according to a report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. Read the full post in The Guardian.

Dr John Lee: The way ‘Covid deaths’ are being counted is a national scandal

(30/5/20) We have no idea how many of the deaths attributed to Covid-19 really were due to the disease. And we have no idea how many of the excess deaths were really due to Covid-19 or to the effects of lockdown. Read the full post in The Spectator.

The director of Israel’s Health Ministry, on the COVID hysteria: ‘Nothing can justify this destruction of people’s lives’

(22/5/20) 'If you look at the 1950s, we had the Asian flu. In the 1960s, there was the Hong Kong flu. These were worse than this pandemic. Any reasonable expert – that is, anyone but Professor Ferguson from Imperial College who would have locked down everybody when we had swine flu – will tell you that lockdown cannot change the final number of infected people. It can only change the rate of infection.' Read the full post on Spiked Online.

Local Govt: Mass Muslim Street Prayers a ‘Serious Lockdown Breach’

(30/5/20) Authorities in Blackburn said they will “take action” over a gathering of Muslim men praying in the streets which constituted a “serious breach” of coronavirus lockdown measures. Read the full post on Breitbart.

'You are not going to die from COVID-19'

(25/5/20) Good news. If you are under 65, in reasonably good health and do not have a vitamin D deficiency, you have only a tiny chance of dying from COVID-19. And if you are younger than 34, your chances of dying from the virus are so small as to be almost statistically undetectable. Read the full post in the Washington Times.

Delingpole: The mainstream media are bought, paid for – and doomed!

(26/5/20) I believe the newspapers — and all those TV news channels suffering similar collapse — have brought about their own destruction. The mainstream media have failed in their most basic duty to report on the news. Instead, what they have served up increasingly is politically-driven advertorial and propaganda. Read the full post on Breitbart

Coronavirus could lead to millions of unintended pregnancies, according to UNFPA

(30/4/20) The COVID-19 lockdown could lead to millions of unintended pregnancies if it goes on for six months, states the UNFPA. The United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency has looked into what the effects of disruption to contraceptive services will have on some of the most vulnerable people around the world. Read the full post on Forbes.com

Startling figures reveal extent of Government support for beleaguered economy

(27/5/20) The extent of government support for UK businesses is made clear in official figures released today (27 May), with lenders approving loans of £27.5 billion so far through the three main HMRC-backed funding schemes. Read the full post on Forbes.com

I'm an NHS doctor – and I've had enough of people clapping for me

Even those who liked it at the beginning are becoming wary of the creeping #clapping fascism, the competition to make the most obvious and noisiest display, the shaming of non-clappers. Read the full post in The Guardian.

The lockdown has done untold damage to this country

(20/5/20) In lockdown Britain, there’s one way to think and one way to behave. You must accept the lockdown or risk being demonised as a hateful individual and possibly being beaten by the police. You must mask your face, keep your distance, foreswear sex, go shopping, go home again. Question nothing. Eat your meals, get your exercise, watch the news, go to bed. And await deliverance by officialdom. Read the full post on Spiked Online.

Adding up the damage Britain’s Covid-19 policies have caused

95% of victims dying with covid-19 have serious pre-existing conditions. The average age of those dying of covid-19 in the UK is 80+yrs, and fully a third are residents of care homes. The damage to the economy is calculable, but dizzying: an extra £300 to 500 billion deficit will mean higher taxes, higher borrowing and therefore less investment. It is clearer every day that (despite the polls) the lockdown is causing more harm than good. Read the full post in The Critic.

Coronavirus: How scared should we be?

What is remarkable about coronavirus is that if we are infected, our chances of dying seems to mirror our chance of dying anyway over the next year, certainly once we pass the age of 20. Read the full post on BBC online.

Boris: take back control: Steve Baker MP

(24/5/20) The government needs competitive expert advice. It is obvious that if Oxford’s Professor Sunetra Gupta or Sweden’s Professor Johan Giesecke had determined the scientific advice of SAGE, measures to stop the virus would not have been so hard nor gone on so long. Read the full post in The Critic.

Lockdown-free Sweden's economy is surviving better than ours: Retail sales are UP amid pandemic and GDP took a much smaller hit than UK's

(21/5/20) The UK is suffering far graver economic damage than Sweden after Britain imposed a lockdown and the Scandinavian country did not. Britain's GDP has already seen a larger slump than Sweden's this year, with only one week of lockdown included in the figures so far. Read the full post in the Daily Mail.

The CDC confirms remarkably low coronavirus death rate. Where is the media?

(22/5/20) The CDC just came out with a report that should be earth-shattering to the narrative of the political class, yet it will go into the thick pile of vital data and information about the virus that is not getting out to the public. For the first time, the CDC has attempted to offer a real estimate of the overall death rate for COVID-19, and under its most likely scenario, the number is 0.26%. Read the full post in the Conservative Review.

Oxford epidemiologist on COVID-19 lockdowns: 'We might have done better by doing nothing at all'

(21/5/20) A University of Oxford professor who produced a competing model to the apocalyptic Imperial College model said there's a chance that doing nothing would've been a more effective COVID-19 response than the various lockdowns implemented around the world. Read the full post in The Blaze.

Many US states have seen LOWER infection rates after ending lockdowns that are are now destroying millions of livelihoods worldwide, JP Morgan study claims

(22/5/20) A JP Morgan study suggests lockdown measures have not only resulted in economic devastation but could have also resulted in more COVID-19 deaths. Strict stay-at-home orders put in place in most states to stop the spread two months ago has so far seen nearly 39 million American lose their jobs. Read the full post in the Daily Mail.

Thousands of lives could have been saved if Britain imposed lockdown a WEEK earlier than March 23, claims government scientific adviser

(22/5/20) The shock study suggested enforcing strict rules to fight the coronavirus crisis on March 16 could have limited the number of deaths to 11,200. Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent the country into lockdown on March 23, 60 days ago, banning people from meeting up with others or making unnecessary trips. Read the full post in the Daily Mail.

Unicef warns lockdown could kill more than Covid-19 as model predicts 1.2 million child deaths

(13/5/20) 'Indiscriminate lockdowns' are an ineffective way to control Covid and could contribute to a 45 per cent rise in child mortality. Read the full post in the Daily Telegraph.

We should be very wary of the R value - a rise in the Covid-19 infection rate actually means that lockdown is working

At the end of last week, you may have seen some rather scary news: the R value, the average number of people infected by each person who has Covid-19, had gone back up.But I want to suggest (as in fact Edmunds himself did) that this isn’t the bad news people seem to think; in fact it’s a product of our success, rather than of our failure. Here’s why. Read the full post on Unherd.

Coronavirus: Why Taiwan won't have a seat at the virus talks

(17/5/20) Taiwan has been applauded internationally for quickly and effectively stemming the spread of the virus, and says it should have a platform to share its experiences with the world. But China - which says Taiwan is part of its territory - has blocked Taiwan's attendance at the World Health Assembly since 2016. Read the full post on BBC online.

Imperial College model Britain used to justify lockdown a 'buggy mess', 'totally unreliable', experts claim

(17/5/20) The heralded model United Kingdom experts have largely used to guide their coronavirus policies is “totally unreliable,” according to experts. The criticisms follow a series of policy turnabouts, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to extend the national lockdown. Read the full post on Fox News.

Damning exposé of Welsh Government's fatally cack-handed response shows how Britain would have fared if the Opposition had been handling this crisis

(15/5/20) This is Wales, effectively a one-party state where a hollowed-out media, reliant on public-sector advertising, has for years failed to hold its government to account properly, and where an entrenched ruling elite are allowed to fail almost with impunity. Read the full post in the Daily Mail.

No one is immune from the economic storm to come

(17/5/20) Our economy is in collapse. We have taken on debt at a rate not seen since 1945. A new generation is about to learn what mass unemployment feels like. How, in the circumstances, can we be so relaxed about extending the closures? Read the full post in the Daily Telegraph.

Hydroxychloroquine has about 90 percent chance of helping COVID-19 patients

(28/420) To date, the total number of reported patients treated with HCQ, with or without zinc and the widely used antibiotic azithromycin, is 2,333, writes AAPS, in observational data from China, France, South Korea, Algeria, and the U.S. Of these, 2,137 or 91.6 percent improved clinically. Read the full post on AAPs online.

Killing the elderly in care homes to save the NHS. Nice work, Boris!

(19/5/20) “Kill the Oldies. Save the NHS.” Perhaps Boris Johnson should think of adopting this for his next slogan because it’s what his government has done. In fact, it’s the second most scandalous aspect of his record so far in dealing with the Chinese coronavirus. Read the full post on Breitbart.

Rishi Sunak warns of 'severe recession'

(19/5/20) In speaking to the Economic Affairs Committee of the HoC, the Chancellor warned of a 'severe recession, the likes of which we haven't seen'. Read the full post on Guido Fawkes.

Lord Sumption: Set us free from lockdown, ministers, and stop covering your backs

(17/05/20) ‘How could [the govt’s] unpreparedness possibly justify depriving the entire UK population of its liberty, pushing us into the worst recession since the early 18th century, destroying millions of jobs and hundreds of thousands of businesses, piling up public and private debt on a crippling scale and undermining the education of our children? Read the full post in the The Sunday Times.

Second more deadly wave of coronavirus 'to hit Europe this winter'

(18/5/20) European countries should brace themselves for a deadly second wave of coronavirus infections because the pandemic is not over, the World Health Organisation’s top official in Europe has said. Read the full post in the Daily Telegraph.

Why countries SHOULD shut their borders: Scientists find air travel is main driver of COVID-19 outbreaks

(7/5/20) Air travel was the main driver behind the spread of coronavirus, according to a study which adds more weight to the theory that closing borders helps avert major crises. Read the full post in the Daily Mail.

Experts respond to government NHS app rebuttal

(6/5/20) Last night the Health Department came back to Guido about our Ten Problems With the New NHS App story with a list of rebuttals, which Guido is happy to publish in full. To discuss them properly, Guido compiled his own team of expert geeks who went through the Government’s points and responded to them one by one overnight. Read the full post on Guido Fawkes.

Coronavirus: Sajid Javid proposes different lockdown rules based on age to reopen economy

(9/5/20) Britain must turn its attention to the economy now it is through the peak of the coronavirus crisis, Sajid Javid has told Sky News. He urged Boris Johnson to now focus on economic recovery after questioning the Bank of England's prediction that the economy will bounce back from what it predicts will be the deepest recession in 300 years. Read the full post on Sky News.

Covid-19: four fifths of cases are asymptomatic, China figures indicate

(2/4/20) “There can be little doubt that covid-19 may be far more widely distributed than some may believe. Lockdown is going to bankrupt all of us and our descendants and is unlikely at this point to slow or halt viral circulation as the genie is out of the bottle. What the current situation boils down to is this: is economic meltdown a price worth paying to halt or delay what is already amongst us?” Read the full post in the British Medical Journal.

Imperial College’s Covid-19 coding is unintelligible

(8/5/20) It may be surprising to those outside the bubble, but it is no great secret within the academic community that the quality of most computer codes used is very poor. Prof. Neil Ferguson’s group at Imperial have now published their pandemic modelling code, and it is even by those standards exceptionally abysmal. Read the full post in The Critic.

18 million people entered the UK as the COVID-19 pandemic was raging

(7/5/20) 18 million people entered the UK in the three months before lockdown with hardly any of them undergoing health screenings or being put into quarantine, it has been revealed. This means that “tens of thousands of people were entering from coronavirus-affected countries,” including Italy and Spain and were then allowed to circulate amongst the general population. Read the full post on ZeroHedge.

UK’s coronavirus lockdown was ‘futile and hasn’t saved any lives’, claim leading experts

(7/5/20) Researchers say that closing all non-essential businesses and ordering people to stay at home did little to reduce the number of Covid-19 cases across Europe. But the scientists, from the University of East Anglia, found that closing schools and banning mass gatherings did work to slow the spread. Read the full post in The Sun.

Just 332 under-45s have died in UK from Corona. It's madness to keep them from work while our economy burns

(5/5/20) The figure could not be more cataclysmic. Just 4,321 new cars left the showrooms and took to Britain's roads in April, the lowest number since a shellshocked and impoverished Britain emerged from the fog of World War II in 1946. Read the full post in the Daily Mail.

Former Supreme Court judge Lord Sumption gives a withering critique of the Government's lockdown

(3/5/20) COVID-19 is not the greatest crisis in our history. It is not even the greatest public health crisis in our history. But the lockdown is without doubt the greatest interference with personal liberty in our history. Read the full post in the Daily Mail.

Boris Johnson must end the absurd, dystopian and tyrannical lockdown - Steve Baker MP

(3/5/20) On March 23, as we debated the Coronavirus Act, Boris Johnson told the nation in a statement, “From this evening I must give the British people a very simple instruction - you must stay at home.” Read the full post in the Daily Telegraph.

The science says it’s safe – we risk a generation on the scrap heap unless we send kids back to school now

(5/5/20) If children don’t return to school until September, the total amount of lost classroom time will grow to almost half a year. As it is, kids suffer from something researchers call “summer learning loss”. This describes all the things they forget during their summer holidays. If you increase that holiday from six weeks to six months, the impact on their futures will be catastrophic. Read the full post in the The Sun/a>.

It’s time to set ourselves free

(4/5/20) THE Government is knowingly and willingly inflicting widespread unemployment, poverty, illness and death on its own population, by force. Not a thought has been given to measuring the lockdown effect on the welfare of the 99.5 per cent of the nation’s population who were never likely to get seriously ill or die from Covid-19, and comparing that with the overall impact of the illness. Only the welfare of the NHS matters. Read the full post in the Conservative Woman.

DOUGLAS MURRAY: We need to make China pay for coronavirus…and we need to walk away

(2/5/20) Whatever the origins of this virus, we must show China that there is a cost to lying on this scale. A cost to causing the whole world to be locked in our homes. And a cost to starting this global pandemic — whether deliberately or not. Read the full post in the The Sun.

Britain's coronavirus crisis could result in 18,000 more people dying of cancer in the next year

(29/4/20) The coronavirus crisis in the UK could result in 18,000 more cancer deaths in the next year and a further 2million general NHS operations have also been axed, it was revealed today. Cancer treatment has been put on hold to make room for thousands of patients who are hospitalised with the killer virus. Read the full post in the Daily Mail.

Coronavirus: Has Sweden got its science right?

(25/4/20) Sweden's strategy to keep large parts of society open is widely backed by the public. It has been devised by scientists and backed by government, and yet not all the country's virologists are convinced. Read the full post in the BBC online.

Coronavirus lockdown: Are the five tests being met?

(27/4/20) After Easter, when the government announced lockdown was to continue for another three weeks, it set out five tests that had to be met before restrictions were eased. Read the full post on BBC online.

EU ‘watered down’ report on Chinese disinformation about Covid-19

(27/4/20) The European Union’s foreign policy chief is facing questions over allegations that a report about Chinese disinformation over Covid-19 was watered down in response to pressure from Beijing. Read the full post in the The Guardian.

Coronavirus: Birmingham's Nightingale hospital 'has no patients'

(26/4/20) Birmingham's Nightingale hospital is "not being used at all" 10 days after it was opened by the Duke of Cambridge. Set up inside the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), the site is intended to take up to 500 coronavirus patients at a time from 23 Midlands hospitals. Read the full post on BBC online.

Could the lockdown have side-effects no one has considered?

(2/5/20) Rapid mutation could easily frustrate attempts to develop an effective vaccine, as the virus mutates away from the immunological controls stimulated in the body by any given vaccine. This is why it is unwise to rely on a vaccine to map a way out of lockdown. Also, large differences in the initial virulence of the virus could explain why different places saw such large apparent differences in the severity of their epidemics. Even if we put aside the substantial differences in management of Covid between countries (and even in different regions of the same country), it is possible that local epidemics showed a ‘founder effect’. That is, some people brought back to their homes a more severe version of the virus than others. Read the full post in the The Spectator.

Did coronavirus come from a Chinese lab?

(27/4/20) Animal passage research involves taking deadly viruses and enhancing their ability to spread quickly through a population—research that took place over the objections of hundreds of scientists, who have warned for years of the program's potential to cause a pandemic. Read the full post in the Newsweek.

China warns Australia: Drop coronavirus probe or pay an economic price

(27/2/20) The Australian government’s call for China to explain its bungled handling of the deadly coronavirus pandemic could spark a boycott by Chinese consumers, who may no longer travel and study in Australia or buy major exports including beef and wine. Read the full post in the Breitbart.

Lockdowns don’t work

(21/4/20) There’s no evidence of lockdowns working. If strict lockdowns actually saved lives, I would be all for them, even if they had large economic costs. But, put simply, the scientific and medical case for strict lockdowns is paper-thin. Read the full post in the Public Discourse.

The ghouls using Covid-19 to bash Brexit

(23/4/20) Every tragedy is an opportunity in disguise. At least, that’s how those most vehemently opposed to Britain leaving the EU seem to view coronavirus. To them, the global pandemic is just one more opportunity to battle against Brexit. Read the full post in the Spiked Online.

Are we mythologysing 'our NHS' to a dangerous degree?

(26/4/20) This welcome surge of cheerleading for the NHS has turned into worrying adulation – does the London Zoo really need a giant banner reading ‘NHS’ with enormous embellished red hearts on either side posted on the giraffe house? Thursday night claps have become frenetic displays that have led some to draw unflattering parallels with less pleasant regimes than ours. Read the full post in the Sunday Telegraph.

If Sweden succeeds, lockdowns will all have been for nothing

(25/4/20) When foreign commentators discuss Sweden’s light-touch response to Covid-19, they tend to adopt an affronted tone. Which is, on the surface, surprising. So far, many signs appear encouraging. The disease seems to be following the same basic trajectory in Sweden as elsewhere. Read the full post in Daily Telegraph.

EXPOSED: Cancer victims forgotten, vital operations cancelled and ghost town A&Es where patients fear to tread - a devastating exposé of how those WITHOUT coronavirus are shamefully left behind

(24/4/20) ‘A tragedy is unfolding because people are scared of catching the coronavirus if they set foot in a hospital,’ she explained. ‘They are staying at home even if they have serious illnesses and this will cost countless lives. Where are all those with heart attacks and strokes? No one is coming here.’ Read the full post on Briefings for Britain

'Just not true' we're too lazy for farm work, say frustrated UK applicants

(20/4/20) British applicants for jobs harvesting crops have said farmers have made it virtually impossible for them to secure the work despite a national appeal for a “land army” to save the UK’s fruit and vegetables. Read the full post in The Guardian.

After coronavirus, will China be welcome in the ranks of the civilised world?

22/4/20) Coronavirus will change the world. When the globalist pin-up Emmanuel Macron is saying France’s supply chains need to become more ‘French’, you know there will be a seismic shift. We all need to understand that the Chinese Government is no friend of Britain’s. When this nightmare is over, the civilised world should ask if China is welcome in our ranks. I suspect the answer from Trump and others will be a resounding no. Read the full post in Daily Telegraph.

Why is Sweden still faring BETTER in coronavirus crisis than Britain - despite having NO lockdown?

(23/4/20) Sweden is piling up coronavirus cases more slowly than Britain - without the need for an economically crippling lockdown. Britain's three-day average has been consistently higher than Sweden's since March 28, five days after Boris Johnson ordered the lockdown. Read the full post in Daily Mail.

WHO special envoy for Covid-19 David Nabarro: We must learn to live with Covid-19

(21/4/20) "We have all got to learn to live with this virus, to do our business with this virus in our presence, to have social relations with this virus in our presence and not to be continuously having to be in lockdown because of the widespread infections that can occur". Read the full post on BBC online.

Lockdown risks ruining economy, say senior Tories

(23/4/20) Senior Tory MPs warned the government yesterday that its “safety-first” approach to coronavirus was putting tens of thousands of businesses at risk of going under. Growing numbers of Conservative backbenchers are becoming nervous that the impact of the lockdown on the economy could be devastating. Read the full post in The Times.

Sweden resisted a lockdown, and its capital Stockholm is expected to reach ‘herd immunity’ in weeks

(22/4/20) Unlike its neighbors, Sweden did not impose a lockdown amid the coronavirus outbreak. The strategy — aimed at building a broad-base of immunity while protecting at-risk groups like the elderly — has proved controversial. But Sweden’s chief epidemiologist has said “herd immunity” could be reached in Stockholm within weeks. Read the full post on cnbc.com.

People coming into the UK not asked to self-isolate as the virus is already so prevalent, Matt Hancock tells MPs

(17/4/20) People arriving in the UK from abroad are not being asked to self-isolate because coronavirus is already so prevalent, Matt Hancock has told MPs. The Health Secretary told the Health & Social Care Committee that the decisions was similar to many other countries but is being kept under review. Read the full post on MSN.com.

‘There’s no direct evidence that the lockdowns are working’

(17/4/20) Is there any evidence the lockdown is doing any good at all? Dr John A Lee, a recently retired professor of pathology and NHS consultant pathologist, has repeatedly called for a critical and dispassionate examination of the evidence in relation to Covid-19, raising questions about the government and its advisers’ interpretation of the data. Read the full post on Spiked.

Coronavirus peak is past and now lockdown worse than virus, expert insists

(21/4/20) The pandemic has peaked and draconian measures are now unnecessary, a leading scientist claimed yesterday. Carl Heneghan, director of the centre for evidence-based medicine at Oxford University, said that the impact of the lockdown was “going to outweigh the damaging effect of coronavirus”. Read the full post in The Times.

The Crash of the $8.5 Billion Global Flower Trade

(17/4/20) A post showing how a global trade in flowers has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. But it could be any other global industry. Read the full post in Bloomberg.

Nicola Sturgeon inserting independence agenda in virus response

(20/4/20) Let’s not kid ourselves. At every turn the First Minister has sought to insert her own personal priority of Scottish independence into her response to the coronavirus pandemic. Read the full post in The Scotsman.

China must pay for its Covid crimes

(16/4/20) China knows it is in a strategic battle with the West; it is time we realised this basic fact, too. Using their comparative advantage of getting through the virus first, Beijing is pursuing its geostrategic interests via ‘mask diplomacy’, soft power, trying to change the basic narrative by offering hard-hit countries medical supplies, both as a showy humanitarian gesture and as a sign of their system’s supposed superiority. Leaving aside that these supplies must be paid for and some are defective, the whole exercise feels like an arsonist expecting gratitude for providing their victim with a watering can. Read the full post on CapX.

Is Covid-19 more widespread – and less deadly – than we thought?

(20/4/20) Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital performed antibody tests on 200 random members of the public they found on the streets of Chelsea, near Boston. They discovered that 32 per cent of them had antibodies suggesting they had already been infected with the virus. Read the full post in The Spectator.

U.K. paid $20 million for new Coronavirus tests. They didn’t work.

(17/4/20) Found to be insufficiently accurate by a laboratory at Oxford University, half a million of the tests are now gathering dust in storage. Another 1.5 million bought at a similar price from other sources have also gone unused. The fiasco has left embarrassed British officials scrambling to get back at least some of the money. Read the full post on msn.com.

Was this catastrophic lockdown ever needed?

(15/4/20) The decision has been taken to keep Britain in lockdown for another three weeks as the Cabinet continues to debate whether it should be eased. This is potentially disastrous – especially if it turns out that the lockdown has been of limited value in containing the virus. Read the full post in Conservative Woman.

Coronavirus: Public must risk prosecution to challenge lockdown fines, says Justice Secretary

People must risk criminal prosecution in order to challenge fines for alleged lockdown breaches, the justice secretary has said.Read the full post in The Independent.

Sweden says controversial virus strategy proving effective

(19/4/20) Sweden’s unusual approach to fighting the coronavirus pandemic is starting to yield results, according to the country’s top epidemiologist. Anders Tegnell, the architect behind Sweden’s relatively relaxed response to Covid-19, told local media the latest figures on infection rates and fatalities indicate the situation is starting to stabilize. Read the full post in Bloomberg.

Top Swedish Epidemiologist slams all Western lockdowns as wrong

(18/4/20) Watch the interview of this top Swedish epidemiologist (35mins) on the #COVID-19 crisis which is damning of all Western lockdowns. If you don't have time, just read the brief notes summarising the interview below the video pane. Read the full post in Guido Fawkes.

Lockdown protests gather momentum around the world

It isn’t just America that is seeing an anti-lockdown protest movement, as this weekend civilised Germany saw protests erupt against the government’s quarantine policies. Elsewhere in the world, tensions are rising. Read the full post in Guido Fawkes.

Coronavirus: Cancer treatment cutbacks could lead to 60,000 premature deaths, oncologist warns

(16/4/20) Vital cancer care has been stopped in various regions with a postcode lottery developing whether a patient's chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery is delayed or even cancelled by their NHS trust. Some patients are being told chemotherapy is no longer an option because it would leave their immune system weakened. Read the full post in i online.

This government is being run by scientists

(16/4/20) What we learned on Thursday is that, at least while the Prime Minister is convalescing, the boffins of the government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies are - in effect - running the country. This is not government by our elected representatives as we conventionally know it. Read the full post in ITV online.

How Britain can avoid a second peak of Covid-19 - and restart the economy

(20/4/20) The challenge for the Prime Minister is how to tread this middle path between lockdown and normalcy; how to make the number his epidemiologists give him work for Britain PLC. Read the full post in the Sunday Telegraph.

Germany newspaper Bild sends £130bn bill to China

(20/4/20) Germany has sparked outrage in China after a major newspaper put together a £130bn invoice that Beijing "owes" Berlin following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Germany has followed France, the UK and the US in directing its coronavirus anger at China, where the virus originated. Read the full post in the Daily Express.

Six questions that Neil Ferguson should be asked

(16/4/20) Steerpike in The Spectator reveals that Professor Neil Ferguson of Imperial College, does not have a good track record in making accurate predictions about pandemics. Here are six questions that should be asked of him. Read the full post in The Spectator.

Blindsided: how coronavirus felled the global economy in 100 days

(9/4/20) A singular event has economists asking the same questions as everyone else: how far is there to fall – and can we ever get back? Now the chances of a V-shaped recession look less likely. Even from the small amounts of data available it is obvious economies are in the middle of a collapse unprecedented in modern times. Read the full post in The Guardian.

China must not cash in on coronavirus after destroying lives around the globe

(13/4/20) Covid-19 risks opening the door to Beijing’s dominance over world trade and commerce, at unimaginable cost to our freedoms and democracy. Rattled world leaders, from Australia to Germany, are drafting emergency laws to prevent China mopping up crown jewels in pharmaceuticals, minerals, artificial intelligence and robot technology. Read the full post in The Sun.

Coronavirus: A visual guide to the economic impact

(3/4/20) The coronavirus outbreak, which originated in China, has infected more than 550,000 people. Its spread has left businesses around the world counting costs. Here is a selection of maps and charts to help you understand the economic impact of the virus so far. Read the full post on BBC news online.

Still Confused About Corona

(3/4/20) I know I’m no scientist or doctor, and I’m starting to doubt myself, because I can find few people who share my scepticism about the ‘Corona pandemic’, the World Health Organisation (WHO), politicians in general, and the MSM (mainstream media), but here are some of the facts and figures that have been getting my attention. Read the full post in African Unauthorised.

Has the government overreacted to the Coronavirus Crisis?

(31/3/20) Like a growing number of people, I’m beginning to suspect the Government has overreacted to the coronavirus crisis. I’m not talking about the cost to our liberty, although that’s worrying, but the economic cost. Read the full post in The Critic.

Lord Sumption warns against police overstepping limits

(31/3/20) Draconian police crackdowns on drivers and walkers during the Covid-19 outbreak are disgraceful, a former Supreme Court judge said yesterday. Lord Sumption said that the UK was in danger of becoming a “police state” if other chiefs mirrored the recent approach taken in Derbyshire as he warned of forces becoming a “disciplined hierarchy” operating at the command of ministers. Read the full post in The Times/a>.

China has hit back hard at accusations it has lied about the scale of the coronavirus outbreak, as foreign politicians call for a “reckoning”

(3/4/20) China hit back hard today at accusations it has lied about the scale of the coronavirus outbreak, rubbishing warnings from foreign politicians that it must face a “reckoning” when the pandemic is over. The catalyst for the diplomatic sniping was a classified report by US intelligence agencies, which concluded China was providing the world with inaccurate numbers of confirmed cases and deaths within its borders. Read the full post on news.com.au.

China reopens markets selling bats, pangolins after COVID-19 effect dips

(31/3/20) China's "wet markets" have reopened - selling bats, pangolins and dogs for human consumption. The markets are under watchful eyes of guards, who ensure no one is able to take pictures of the blood-soaked floors, slaughtering of dogs and rabbits, and scared animals cramped in cages. The move is dangerous as scientists believe that the Covid-19 causing coronavirus first lurked in a bat in China and hopped to another animal, before getting passed on to humans. Read the full post on NDTV.com.

Faulty virus tests cloud China’s European outreach over Covid-19

(1/4/20) The 1.2 million Chinese antibody tests that the Slovak government bought from local middlemen for 15 million euros ($16 million) are inaccurate and unable to detect Covid-19 in its early stages, according to Prime Minister Igor Matovic, who only took office last month. “We have a ton and no use for them,” he said. They should “just be thrown straight into the Danube.” Read the full post in Bloomberg.

Delay Brexit deadline amid coronavirus, say MEPs

(30/3/20) Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been urged by a group of MEPs to delay his Brexit deadline as countries around the world battle the coronavirus. The European Parliament’s largest group of MEPs said the pandemic puts pressure on the chance of securing a trade deal by the planned date. Read the full post on BBC online.

Coronavirus means that we must now treat China like a hostile state

(1/4/20) When the Government says that there needs to be a “reckoning” with China once the coronavirus emergency is over, its focus must be much broader than simply examining Beijing’s culpability in creating the pandemic. Read the full post in The Telegraph.

Coronavirus: 20 per cent of small businesses could collapse within a month

(2/4/20) Almost a fifth of all the UK’s small businesses will collapse in the next month, despite the government’s current support measures, it is feared. According to accountancy group the Corporate Finance Network, the current coronavirus lockdown measures mean that 18 per cent of all SMEs will have to close within the next four weeks, putting around 4m people out of work. Read the full post in Conservative Woman.

If the virus is so bad, why are European death rates down?

(4/4/20) It will be some time before we fully understand the true nature of this coronavirus crisis. However even at this stage a picture is beginning to emerge based on some initial hard data. It is a picture that is quite different to the one routinely presented in the mainstream media, where a fixation on the reported case and death statistics (which understate cases and overstate deaths) gives a misleading impression of the real situation. Read the full post on Conservative Woman.

China concealed extent of virus outbreak, U.S. Intelligence says

(1/4/20) China has concealed the extent of the coronavirus outbreak in its country, under-reporting both total cases and deaths it’s suffered from the disease, the U.S. intelligence community concluded in a classified report to the White House, according to three U.S. officials. Read the full post in Bloomberg.

Faulty virus tests cloud China’s European outreach over Covid-19

(1/4/20) As the coronavirus landed in Italy and began to sweep across the continent, European leaders turned to China for testing kits to quickly identify infection hot spots. Some are already regretting it. Read the full post in Bloomberg.

Coronavirus: How to understand the death toll

(1/4/20) AT LAST A BALANCED ARTICLE ON THE THREAT TO LIFE FROM THE CORONAVIRUS.

The death figures being reported daily are hospital cases where a person dies with the coronavirus infection in their body. It could be the major cause, a contributory factor or simply present when they are dying of something else. And most people who die with coronavirus have an underlying health condition, such as heart disease or diabetes, that may be more of a factor in their death. Read the full post in BBC online.

Coronavirus timeline: How the world will change over the next 18 months

(25/3/20) Countries – and people – are resilient. Coronavirus will bring about a revolution in the way that Britain lives and works, but many of the long-term shifts it ushers in would likely have occurred anyway, even if not quite this quickly. The test for our society is how we look after those who lose out once society reorders itself. Read the full post in Esquire.

Curtailment of our freedom must not go on indefinitely

(29/3/20) The UK is enduring restrictions of liberty that three weeks ago were unthinkable. A rapid return to normal life is vital. Read the full post in The Telegraph.

How to understand – and report – figures for ‘Covid deaths’

Every day, now, we are seeing figures for ‘Covid deaths’. These numbers are often expressed on graphs showing an exponential rise. But care must be taken when reading (and reporting) these figures. Read the full post in The Spectator.

Delingpole: #CovidNazis – UK Police force clamps down on rural dog walkers

(26/3/20) The coronavirus pandemic is turning sections of the populace into tinpot fascists. I call them #CovidNazis. Today I’ve been running a Twitter competition to see who can find the most egregious example. Read the full post in Breitbart London.

Chinese-backed company's mission to source Australian medical supplies

According to a company newsletter, the Greenland Group sourced 3 million protective masks, 700,000 hazmat suits and 500,000 pairs of protective gloves from "Australia, Canada, Turkey and other countries." Read the full post in The Sydney Morning Herald.

Video: How wildlife trade is linked to coronavirus and why the disease first appeared in China.

(6/3/20) Both SARS and COVID-19 are in the "coronavirus" family, and both appear to have emerged from animals in China's notorious wildlife markets. Experts had long predicted that these markets, known to be potential sources of disease, would enable another outbreak. The markets, and the wildlife trade that supports them, are the underlying problem of these pandemics; until China solves that problem, more are likely to emerge. View the 9 minute video on YouTube.

Pandemic Panic: Can Governments Protect Jobs and Markets?

(24/3/20) Mauro Guillen, professor of international management at Wharton and the creator of an online course on the coronavirus crisis that the school plans to launch on March 25, believes that the challenge on the economic front is whether policy makers can find a way to prevent firms from laying off workers and if they can help calm panicky markets. Read the full post in Knowledge @ Wharton.

COVID-19 and the NHS—“a national scandal”

(28/3/20) “When this is all over, the NHS England board should resign in their entirety.” So wrote one National Health Service (NHS) health worker last weekend. The scale of anger and frustration is unprecedented, and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is the cause. Read the full post in The Lancet.

How deadly is the coronavirus? It’s still far from clear

(28/3/20) Governments must remember that rushed science is almost always bad science. We have decided on policies of extraordinary magnitude without concrete evidence of excess harm already occurring, and without proper scrutiny of the science used to justify them. Read the full post in The Spectator.

Can globalism survive COVID-19?

As COVID-19 sweeps the world, it is toward the nation-state model that many countries are racing in the hopes of salvaging their population and their economies. But the salesmen of globalism have decided that the way out of this particular crisis is yet more globalism. Read the full post on Liberty Nation.

Is the Coronavirus as deadly as they say?

(24/3/20) If it’s true that the novel coronavirus would kill millions without shelter-in-place orders and quarantines, then the extraordinary measures being carried out in cities and states around the country are surely justified. But there’s little evidence to confirm that premise—and projections of the death toll could plausibly be orders of magnitude too high. Read the full post in Wall Street Journal.

Abolish the World Health Organization - the WHO has become another pointless organization pandering to the world’s worst actors

(24/3/20) The direction in which the WHO's director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has steered the WHO, and his unwillingness to diverge from Beijing’s public pronouncements, should trouble the world. Read the full post in The US Spectator.

Downing Street says China faces a 'reckoning' over the coronavirus and risks becoming a 'pariah state' as Boris Johnson faces pressure to scrap the Huawei deal

(28/3/20) Boris Johnson’s allies turned on China over the coronavirus crisis yesterday, as Britain’s death toll from the epidemic reached four figures. Ministers and senior Downing Street officials said the Communist state now faces a ‘reckoning’ over its handling of the outbreak and risks becoming a ‘pariah state’. Read the full post in Daily Mail.

'Confused, dangerous, flippant': rest of world pans PM's handling of coronavirus

(24/3/20) The international verdict on Boris Johnson and his zigzag handling of the pandemic has been damning, with responses ranging from bafflement and disbelief to anger. Many consider the prime minister’s initial laissez-faire approach to the crisis, followed by contradictory signals about his government’s strategy, as an inexplicable bout of British exceptionalism. Read the full post in The Guardian.

Coronavirus is a one-off opportunity for the EU – can they take it?

(23/3/20) For a long time, Europe has been a relatively dwindling force, economically sclerotic, politically divided and strategically (with the exception of France) an afterthought in terms of having full spectrum militaries, who can do everything from warfighting to peacekeeping. All of these power realties contrast with the two superpowers of the era, the US and China. The coronavirus upends the game, thrusting all the cards high into the air. Read the full post on CapX.

Coronavirus: The unintended consequences of the UK lockdown and why millions of people could already be infected

(20/3/20) Documents studied by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) showed that social-distancing "lockdown" measures to keep people apart may need to be in place for most of the year to control the spread, and millions may already be infected, according to worst-case modelling. Read the full post in The Telegraph.

COVID-19 Is the Chinese Government’s Curse upon the World

(17/3/20) If the Chinese government spent as much time working on educating its people and regulating dangerous markets as it does on secrecy and propaganda efforts, maybe it wouldn’t have to worry as much about diseases being named after it. Read the full post on National Review.

Nigel Farage: The coronavirus is yet another reason to rethink the West's relationship with China

(18/3/20) The West appears to be facing its worst crisis since 1939 because of a new global pandemic. Thousands of people have died. More, we are told, will die. And the economic shock to the system has been profound. Yet one country, China, seems to be above criticism. As China begins to expel American journalists, I am left wondering: who are the villains of this piece? Read the full post on Newsweek.

French border guards impound trucks filled with 130,000 face masks bound for Britain for NHS workers battling coronavirus

(21/3/20) French border guards impounded trucks filled with 130,000 face masks bound for the UK leading to hurried negotiations between the British and French governments. The masks were meant for brave NHS workers battling coronavirus across the country. Read the full post in the Daily Mail.

The Other Chinese Virus

(18/3/20) There is a long history of attaching geographic names to diseases. If the present instances are unfair to the Chinese people, who have suffered massively from the outbreak, a better name would be “Xi’s disease.” Read the full post on National Review.

Coronavirus is leading Great Britain towards economic Armageddon

(18/3/20) The war against the coronavirus is primarily medical, but also increasingly economic. The UK is now in the midst of its worst recession in living memory: the collapse in output has been sharper than during the credit crunch, the ERM crisis, the recession of 1982 or the turmoil of the Seventies. Read the full post on The Telegraph.

Novel Coronavirus Information Center

Welcome to Elsevier's Novel Coronavirus Information Center. Here you will find expert, curated information for the research and health community on Novel Coronavirus (also referred to as COVID-19 and its temporary title 2019-nCoV). All resources are free to access and include guidelines for clinicians and patients. Read the full post on Elsevier.com.

Coronavirus: How does COVID-19 attack the human body?

(2/3/20) The most common signs that you may be infected with coronavirus are breathing problems, and that is because its first port of call is the lungs. Just like the flu, coronaviruses are respiratory diseases and can spread when an infected patient coughs or sneezes, spraying small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth, which may contain the virus. Read the full post on Sky News.

Don’t buy China’s story: The coronavirus may have leaked from a lab

(22/2/20) The Chinese government hasn't actually admitted that the coronavirus now devastating large swaths of China had escaped from one of the country’s bioresearch labs. But evidence has emerged suggesting that this is exactly what happened. Read the full post on New York Daily Post.

Chinese laboratory that first shared coronavirus genome with world ordered to close for ‘rectification’, hindering its Covid-19 research

(28/2/20) The Shanghai laboratory where researchers published the world’s first genome sequence of the deadly coronavirus that causes Covid-19 has been shut down.
The laboratory at the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Centre was ordered to close for “rectification” on January 12, a day after Professor Zhang Yongzhen’s team published the genome sequence on open platforms. Read the full post on South China Morning Post.

How does the new coronavirus compare with the flu?

(19/2/20) The new coronavirus outbreak has made headlines in recent weeks, but there's another viral epidemic hitting countries around the world: flu season. But how do these viruses compare, and which one is really more worrisome? Read the full post on LiveScience.com.


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