Cases look similar in most European countries except Germany
The differenced in Germany may be explained by two factors. Firstly Germany is still operating a lock down on the unvaccinated and also the country has yet to experience an Omicron wave.
The UK will struggle with hospital overload. After years of under funding and creeping privatisation we now have almost the lowest number of hospital beds in Europe.
The private sector will be clapping their hands.
Meanwhile todays figures for England show a weekly increase of
- 31% in cases
- 50% increase in number of patients in hospital
- 50% increase in the number of deaths
If we are to learn to live with the virus we need a much bigger health service with a much bigger spare capacity for pandemics. But that would mean higher taxes and a tory government would never condone that.
I believe our government policy now is “let it rip until we get herd immunity“. Indeed 1 in 15 people in the UK had covid last week. The only problem with this strategy is that you can get it more than once.
To hurry the pandemic along, Boris has removed the requirement for a negative PCR test before boarding a plane to England.
So we can now spend a few weeks in a country where cases are going up by 200% per week (like Greece at the time of writing). Then we can cram into the airport and the shuttle bus, then onto the plane. Then when we get off the plane we can pile into the shuttle bus again, into the airport then catch a crammed train back home. Then we can visit our friends and tell them all about our great holiday. Two days later we have to take a lateral flow test. If it is positive we can spend the next 7 to 10 days wondering where on earth we could have picked up the virus, and who we could have passed it on to.
Things will get a lot worse before they get better.