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The more I look at the UK's measures, the more convinced I am that the policy is still to spread the virus through the population as quickly as possible.

Closing tube stations and rationing travel means that people who have to travel will be forced to cough all over each other on the remaining public transport systems.

Failing to test anyone - including health workers - means that gig economy workers can't be sure if they should stay at home.

Failing to test - never mind quarantine - travellers on incoming flights guarantees that infected tourists are free to spread the virus to everyone they meet.

Failing to shut the borders - likewise.

Keeping schools open for a week longer than needed gives the virus plenty of time to spread to parents, and to everyone they're in contact with.

And so on. Beyond a bit of "advice", it's very hard to find any evidence at all of the UK taking concrete steps to minimise exposure.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Mar 19th, 2020 at 02:22:54 PM EST
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