22,885 people had tested positive for the virus. There were 9,199 infected patients in hospital. 1,152 had been admitted in the past 24 hours. 852 of those in hospital were occupying a ventilator bed - on current trends, more than half of those will die.
The whole of the UK is likely to be subjected to Tier 3 restrictions - as close to lockdown without actually going there - very soon as infections take hold. Yet there are still those who are in denial - some of whom have been given a platform by broadcast media.
There is no “both sides”. But try telling that to the loathsome Toby Young, who has airily brushed away the 367 deaths with “‘The numbers of deaths in hospitals remained below the five-year average in Week 42…’ Latest [ONS] bulletin”. It wasn’t. Still, he had time to troll Rachel Clarke, who had passed adverse comment upon his pal James “saviour of Western civilisation” Delingpole, demanding she engage in “the discussion”.
And while Carole Malone has gone quiet, Desperate Dan Wootton has not. He’s not talking about 367 dead, but blaming the media, well, that part of it that does not include himself. “Dan Wootton thinks the media bias covering Covid-19 is ‘out of control’ and says the ‘scaremongering’ at Sky News is ‘extraordinary’”. Then he consulted terminally inept form-filler Darren Grimes on breaking Covid-19 regulations at Christmas.
On went the Look Over There brigade: former Murdoch editor Andrew Neil wanted us to look at “Seven-day moving average of daily Covid deaths in Sweden”, then telling us “For comparison, UK figs for same dates (UK population over 6 times Sweden’s)”. He forgot to mention that (a) positive test numbers are ramping up in Sweden, and (b) that Sweden’s population density is less than 10% that of the United Kingdom.
But worst of all is the haughty idiocy of self-promoting TalkRADIO host Julia Hartley Dooda, who sneered at the end of last month “Is this when they announce the plague of locusts? Or do you think Whitty and Vallance might admit their ‘not a prediction’ of 200 deaths a day wasn't a very honest ‘example scenario’…?” and left the Tweet live.
Worse still, she then promoted the views of retired pharmacist Michael Yeadon, who said last Friday “It’s my very carefully considered opinion that THE PANDEMIC IS OVER. Without seeming immodest, I doubt there is anyone else in U.K. who has studied the pandemic more closely & has all the knowledge, experience & judgement I have in all aspects relating to this ghastly episode”. He hadn’t finished, although he was.
“I welcome any non hysterical responses & objective facts which refute this contention. I’m not spending more time here now than needed to create a post. So I may not check replies for hours”. And that’s without the interventions of Sarah “Vain” Vine, mercenary pundit Isabel Oakeshott, and Dan, Dan the Oratory Man. All of whom got it spectacularly wrong.
Covid-19 is not a game you can “both sides” and win. You don’t debate with it. It kills people, and because of all the contrarian idiocy, it has most likely killed a lot more.
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