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UK ramps up virus fight: no pubs, 12-week isolation for some

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By JILL LAWLESS and PAN PYLAS

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The government have loss control of the situation. PM Brown dealt with the 2008 financial crisis much better than this bunch.

Many of the conservative campaign promises have gone out of the window.

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The Grand National, probably one of the greatest horse races has been cancelled. In Aintree, Liverpool which is the place of my childhood home. Massive lose to Liverpool.

No decision about the long run of the football.

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I never thought I'd see the day with all pubs in the UK closed and footie matches cancelled.

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No decision about the long run of the football.

They're going to award it to Liverpool if no new games are played.

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Hasn't gone as far as France, where you can now get arrested just for being outside without a good reason.

We live in crazy times.

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We live in crazy times.

That craziness was made crazier by global leaders - pretty much all I can think of - being slow to react to info from medical experts, leaders more concerned about maintaining their power and wealth and the wealth of their fellow wealthy than the health of their general populations. They were supported by media and social media trolls and flamers pooh-poohing the severity of the virus.

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So much for describing Boris as "Trump with a brain." The brain part was clearly overhyped.

The US has Trump when we need an Eisenhower/Truman/FDR

The UK has Boris when they need Churchill.

God help us all.

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They've replaced Match of the Day with Mrs Brown's Boys. Talk about cruel and inhumane treatment.

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Have to agree with Boris on this one.

A limited lockdown now, prevents a total one later!

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This is what Japan should be doing.

The most vulnerable in society are still out and about while the least vulnerable have had their freedom of movement curtailed.

The opposite of the UK.

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UK needs to be proactive on tests, getting people to self report is a really poor way of keeping track of the spread.

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Elect a clown, get a circus. Part 2.

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For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, and most recover. The worldwide outbreak has sickened over 179,000 people and left more than 7,000 dead. Over 78,000 people have recovered, most of them in China.

Yes, this is catching and so some measures required, but still........

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No pubs, where there are no children, but school OK? Children having shown to be asymptomatic, so can give it each other, then spread to people who will develop symptoms. And the herd immunity, through no control? Very risky play by Cummings and co.

Japan (Although NOT testing -- as Abe trying to save Olympics), about a month along the line of the UK. So, UK: Wash your hands, don’t touch your face, keep social distancing. Common sense approach, just as flu.

Some various opinions on proposed (but now changing?) UK approach:

https://www.sciencemediacentre.org/expert-comments-about-herd-immunity/

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They've replaced Match of the Day with Mrs Brown's Boys. Talk about cruel and inhumane treatment.

Lol

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I'm hearing that Johnson's advice is that pubs, clubs, gyms etc. can close, but he's not ordering them to. Because if the government ordered such businesses to close, they'd be able to claim on their insurance. And the government doesn't want wealthy insurance businesses to lose money. By "advising" these businesses to close, small businesses bear the brunt of this crisis.

Even as people are dying, right wing governments only care about protecting their wealth.

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No pubs, where there are no children, but school OK? Children having shown to be asymptomatic, so can give it each other

This has to be weighed up against grandparents being left to do the childcare duty if schools close, making those most at risk be in the presence of those who are best at spreading.

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Because if the government ordered such businesses to close, they'd be able to claim on their insurance. And the government doesn't want wealthy insurance businesses to lose money. 

This is nothing more than a random conspiracy theory. I'm not actually sure what draconian powers the government has to force all these businesses to close. Also, a lot of these businesses are themselves "big". I think that McDonald's will survive without an insurance payout.

In addition, the insurers are so well capitalised that they should be able to survive this.

There are likely to be financial measures for small businesses released in three next 24 hours.

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Sorry Britlover, most pubs are full of children nowdays.

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