We have not yet reached the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK. Currently just under 1000 people are dying each day. The total number of hospital deaths alone is just under 10,000 (at 11.4.20) and a further 1000 people or more may have died in care homes. The number of NHS and social care staff who have died from the virus is already over 30. We fear there will be many more deaths both in the general public and amongst health and care staff. We know that many front line staff are not able to access the necessary personal protection equipment. We also know that we are doing far too few tests in comparison to other European countries. And there is very little tracing of contacts. Yet we find the Health Secretary suggesting that staff are not properly using equipment and we have the Home Secretary failing to apologise for government and policy implementation failures. It didn’t have to be like this. Please read this article by Reuters correspondents tracking the way scientific advice was not adequately followed.

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