Monday, December 21, 2020

77 Million Cases and the Grinch Strain

Coronavirus cases continue to surge – and already reaching 77 million. 

The statistics related to Covid-19 cases and deaths for these seven countries are without a doubt alarming:

UK’s The Mail had even asked “Will this nightmare ever end?” 

Front pages of UK papers on Sunday, December 20, 2020. 

Covid-19 is really putting a damper on Christmas, as parts of the UK, specifically the south-east and east of England and which includes London have been put under Tier 4 – therefore, forcing a third of England’s population to cancel their Christmas plans and stay at home.

That’s why somebody had suggested calling it the “Grinch strain” – referring to the new virus variant that is more contagious – as it aggressively embeds itself amongst the populace. 

Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon (left) was quick on the draw – she introduced a travel ban between Scotland and the rest of the UK, which is to remain in place throughout the Christmas period. 

In any case, Scotland is not spared from Covid-19 either – the situation there is also pretty bad. According to the Daily Record on Saturday, the death toll for Scotland stood at 4,280 since the start of the pandemic in March. And a total of 1,033 people are currently receiving hospital treatment of which 53 are in intensive care. 

In the meantime, Edinburgh News reported that near-lockdown level 4 restrictions will apply for all mainland Scotland from Boxing Day for three weeks.

As SARS-CoV-2 is on the move and spreading rapidly, I am reminded that China had warned the world about Covid-19 – but did anyone listen?

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