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Boris Johnson Waves White Flag to Covid-19

by Oui Wed Jan 5th, 2022 at 08:18:33 AM EST

What an extreme mess the Tories and rightwing idiots have created in the healthcare for all citizens. Frustrated by poor economic numbers and lagging with most major economies, all restrictions are at risk to be removed. The infamous words "let her fly" has become official Johnson policy .... a "do nothing" approach, the NHS will tend to the matter. He did leave out the surging business of caretakers and the clinics for treating the long  Covid patients with serious handicaps. What a mess the Conservatives have made of it.

The NHS taking the brunt ... how much longer?

Travel plans? The AUKUS sister nation down-under can hand you a waiver after exemplary service to the spread of the Coronavirus ...

Coronavirus pandemic: Travel firms call for removal of testing rules | BBC News |

The travel industry said compulsory testing for UK arrivals and departures had held back the sector's recovery.

The prime minister will meet his cabinet later and urge them to back his decision not to impose any further Covid restrictions in England.

On Tuesday, Boris Johnson said he hoped the country could "ride out" the current wave, although he acknowledged parts of the NHS would feel temporarily overwhelmed.

Beaten by the SARS CoV-2 virus in England, admitting defeat

The prime minister said there was a "good chance" he would not impose fresh measures and would recommend continuing the government's "Plan B" strategy in England to ministers on Wednesday.

He also announced plans for 100,000 critical workers to take daily tests.

The PM said at a Downing Street briefing he will recommended England sticks with Plan B restrictions, when cabinet ministers meet to discuss extending them.

As daily UK Covid case figures exceeded 200,000 for the first time with the spread of the Omicron variant, the PM said people who believed the pandemic to be over were "profoundly wrong".

[Is Boris Johnson's frustrated by science which has not coped with the new variants? Sounds like Johnson prefers to join the tens of thousands marching the streets against government restrictions wanting more freedom and letting the health issues and deaths fall where the must ... God's predetermination not for man to question. - Oui]

The daily cases include a backlog of two days of cases from Wales and four days in Northern Ireland.

He said this was a moment for caution but also that the UK's position was different from other waves, as Omicron is milder than previous variants and booster vaccines have been rolled out.

Mr Johnson said the country had a chance to "ride out this Omicron wave without shutting down our country once again".

"We can keep our schools and our businesses open and we can find a way to live with this virus," he said.

Mr Johnson acknowledged the weeks ahead would be "challenging" with "some services disrupted by staff absences". But he promised to "fortify" the NHS to withstand pressure.

The assurances come as many industries are facing staffing problems over the number of workers self isolating with Covid or as contacts of cases, while many people have struggled to get tests over Christmas amid supply and demand issues.

Boris Johnson is at a loss and he won't be able to find the right "balance" as his mindset is corrupted by a bias towards economics and only cares about voters, not the public good or well being of individuals.

Johnson Writing Next Act British History

Frugal is not a term that a Tory could utter, even  in hard times ....

Liz Truss asked for public money to cover £3,000 lunch | The Guardian |

Leaked correspondence has revealed the foreign secretary "refused to consider anywhere else" and asked that public funds should pay for a £3,000 event with Joe Biden's trade representative.

According to the correspondence, Truss, then the trade secretary, "explicitly asked that we book 5 Hertford Street", which is owned by Robin Birley, a £20,000 donor to Boris Johnson's leadership campaign and the half-brother of Zac Goldsmith, the environment minister.

Ten Days That Redefined PM Johnson

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by Cat on Wed Jan 5th, 2022 at 12:19:02 PM EST
Nearly gone nuclear ... declassified

Damn French 😡 ... #exocet

In a stinging memo dated 7 April 1982, France's then ambassador to London, Emmanuel de Margerie, described British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as "Victorian, imperialist and obstinate". He went on to add that she had a "tendency to get carried away by combative instincts".

In another document entitled The Falklands: Lessons from a Fiasco, senior French official Bernard Dorin accused Britain of "superpower arrogance" and claimed the country had shown "profound contempt for Latinos".

Les déclarations de M. Mitterrand et de Mme Thatcher mettent en évidence des conceptions différentes de la Communauté | Le Monde |

Boris wants to be remembered in British history next to Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher ... dangerous traits for a PM.

by Oui on Wed Jan 5th, 2022 at 12:29:12 PM EST

A President shouldn't say that ...

French uproar as Macron vows to 'piss off' unvaccinated

Both Boris Johnson and Mark Rutte are handcuffed by their rightwing voters who demand their freedom from any government interference in their personal lives and earnings.

Social subsidies for the very wealthy and Tory donors only.

by Oui on Wed Jan 5th, 2022 at 01:18:55 PM EST

Pharmacists are warning of patchy supplies of rapid Covid tests following changes to self-isolation rules

Just now the UKHSA announced to abandon the need to get confirmation of a positive self-test result with an official PCR test.

Two years ago due to high number of Covid-19 cases the government suspended their test and trace program.

The NHSTT programme is a £10bn national cross-government programme chaired by Baroness Dido Harding, reporting directly to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet Secretary.

by Oui on Wed Jan 5th, 2022 at 01:20:30 PM EST
Scott Morrison ...

Novak Djokovic, premier of Australia put brakes on participation in the Australian Open: "If the vaccine exemption is not justified, he goes home."

by Oui on Wed Jan 5th, 2022 at 01:51:46 PM EST
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Arrogance may work well on the court, but not in the court of public opinion ...

by Oui on Wed Jan 5th, 2022 at 11:17:06 PM EST
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Novak Djokovic threatens legal action after visa refusal leaves him stranded | The Age |

And this from Tennis Australia on #AusOpen statement.

Timeline Tennis concerns, Victorian administration bending and the Federal government putting it's foot down. No sporters exemption through waivers. Djokovics may have had the infection twice and have some natural immunity to the virus.

This from the Victorian government on Novak's exemption approval 👀 - here.

Backlash all around rising above sports interests and the feats of a 20 time Grand Slam champion.

by Oui on Thu Jan 6th, 2022 at 08:17:13 AM EST
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Djokovic has been vocally opposed to COVID-19 vaccinations, and has refused to confirm whether or not he is vaccinated. Early in 2020 Djokovic himself organized a tennis tournament that caused a coronavirus outbreak angering many for troubling disregard of health rules.

On Instagram, Serbia's President Aleksandar Vučić vowed to "fight" for Djokovic to be able to enter Australia, and said he would use all diplomatic avenues available to Serbia to help the player.

by Oui on Thu Jan 6th, 2022 at 08:19:13 AM EST
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Novak Djokovic: refugees hope tennis star's hotel detention will cast light on their 'torture'
The Australian Border Force has been using Carlton's Park Hotel in Melbourne as an ad-hoc detention centre for refugees since December 2020. Many of the refugees and asylum seekers have been held in detention for up to nine years, with the Park Hotel only their most recent location after being transported from Nauru for medical reasons.
archived a great man and a sportsman
by Cat on Fri Jan 7th, 2022 at 02:29:37 AM EST
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Croat or Serb?

by Oui on Fri Jan 7th, 2022 at 06:36:11 AM EST
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Investigation launched after fires break out at Melbourne detention hotel | Dec. 23, 2021 |

by Oui on Fri Jan 7th, 2022 at 10:24:01 PM EST
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by Oui on Mon Jan 10th, 2022 at 03:46:59 PM EST
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Football entrance if Ajax Amsterdam cut shirt their training stage in Portugal due to a Corona outbreak in the team.

It is not permitted have infected persons on a passenger flight whether by charter or private jet. Although separate as a group, the team left Portugal and has returned to Amsterdam waiting for new virus issues. Damn sporters, too much profit and wealth to adhere to rules of the common man.

How Ajax thinks the corona guidelines are not for them | Het Parool |

by Oui on Fri Jan 7th, 2022 at 06:58:40 AM EST
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by Oui on Wed Jan 5th, 2022 at 02:58:17 PM EST
Need for a Winter Holiday ...

Dutch left a day earlier to beat the new restrictions set in Austria a fortnight ago.

Amsterdam will not ban new protests against coronavirus measure

by Oui on Wed Jan 5th, 2022 at 03:26:03 PM EST
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Covid hospitalizations among US children soar as schools under pressure

by Oui on Wed Jan 5th, 2022 at 04:33:21 PM EST
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by Oui on Wed Jan 5th, 2022 at 03:27:49 PM EST
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24,590 infections?  That's nothing.  

The US had 704,661 new cases yesterday and the UK had 94,747.  

The two countries actually dealing with the reality of the pandemic have nothing-burgers for new cases.  China had 91, New Zealand 40.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Thu Jan 6th, 2022 at 04:08:02 PM EST
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Early lesson ... by us in Texas is everything bigger, better and taller. Reaching great heights ... the American Dream.
by Oui on Thu Jan 6th, 2022 at 05:50:57 PM EST
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In a lockdown where a majority do not care about the rules that cannot be enforced during the year-ending holiday ... we need our freedom and social life ...

See age group split ... new record set for the young adults 20-29. Beating the summer record of July when easing restrictions was the bold message ... dancing with Janssen. The booster campaign was too late and too slow ... comparison with neighboring countries is quite complicated.

by Oui on Thu Jan 6th, 2022 at 06:25:31 PM EST
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by Oui on Wed Jan 5th, 2022 at 10:28:23 PM EST
Breaking from Brexit Transport Ministry ... with the Omicron virus, testing has outlived its usefulness. 👀WOW ⌛️ time has run out, it's the economy stupid!

It's clear clown Boris is now hanging like a puppet by strings from colleague Brexiteers.

See also previous diary ...

Ten Days That Redefined PM Johnson

by Oui on Thu Jan 6th, 2022 at 09:16:53 AM EST
Setting aside the partisanship for a second, I think politicians all over are in a tough situation. There is a vocal and violent segment of the population that is opposed to mandatory vaccination. Until the rest of the population becomes upset enough to make a fuss about it, a politician who proposes mandatory vaccination is at risk of losing his job.

So the most practical approach is to relax all the rules, have a flare of illness and death and economic disruption, then get public blowback wherein mandatory vaccination is demanded by enough people to overcome the noisy anti-vax group.

Tennis play in Australia is a comparable example. Public outrage is needed, though, because politicians are mostly reactive rather than proactive.

by asdf on Thu Jan 6th, 2022 at 07:47:09 PM EST
In a few days, everybody in Italy over 50 will have to be vaccinated, so we're getting there already.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jan 6th, 2022 at 07:54:31 PM EST
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Global Britain spreading wings across all continents ... hosting the Coronavirus to give the world too the opportunity for our Plan B -- herd immunity. The answer to end the pandemic ... a novel idea from Boris Johnson, our leader.

by Oui on Fri Jan 7th, 2022 at 10:50:25 AM EST
In the meantime at home, lacking NHS staff and nurses to surging Omicron illness ... just a bad flu!

by Oui on Fri Jan 7th, 2022 at 10:52:33 AM EST
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Omicron evades immunity better than Delta, Danish study finds

A virus can be more transmissible due to a number of reasons, such as the time it lingers in the air, its ability to latch onto cells, or its evasion of the body's immune system.

Investigating nearly 12,000 Danish households in mid-December, the scientists found that Omicron was 2.7 to 3.7 times more infectious than the Delta variant among vaccinated Danes.

The study also found that booster-vaccinated people are less likely to transmit the virus, regardless of the variant, than the unvaccinated.

The findings confirm the earliest reports in November from South Africa #gauteng. The viral load is a factor 70 greater with Omicron, that's the reason health officials are increasing attention on quality of face masks ... and distancing.

False headline in US media, specifically originating in Texas:

"Triple-vaccinated people are more likely to be infected by the Omicron variant than the unvaccinated."

Previous diary: Losing Battle Against Omicron

by Oui on Wed Jan 12th, 2022 at 07:07:45 AM EST
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On Kids Safari to the Zoo 🤡

Antwerp wants to vaccinate children in the Zoo

With the expansion of the country's vaccination campaign to include children as young as 5, Belgian authorities are getting creative as they try to prevent kids getting spooked by the sight of vials and needles.

Antwerp on Wednesday made use of one its greatest assets -- the zoo in the center of town which is one of the finest in Europe.

No comment! Flanders Freedom Party

by Oui on Wed Jan 12th, 2022 at 05:56:17 PM EST
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by Oui on Sun Jan 16th, 2022 at 10:50:38 PM EST
Vaccine pressure at its best?
Any additional figures on the obese in both sections? And what of the panic and stress caused in the infected people by Delta news, followed by Omicron news (started optimistic from SA and quickly transformed into massive panic by UK and FR who had real reasons to want to jab large populations of elderlies in whom the vaccine had waned, as showned from the situation witnessed in Israel then; the US caught the train because it was actually having to fight the spread of Delta outside of the main cities where it had been seen first, and thus it still needed to convince people to be jabbed... because of Delta).
by Tom2 on Mon Jan 17th, 2022 at 07:03:34 PM EST
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Let them die ... voice from Texas. The elderly do their patriotic duty to save the economy. The crazies in the Red States, Trump & Co.
by Oui on Mon Jan 17th, 2022 at 07:36:55 PM EST
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A retweet by Marion Koopmans ...

by Oui on Mon Jan 17th, 2022 at 07:57:36 PM EST

Thank you so much for continuing to fight against disinformation.

by Oui on Mon Jan 17th, 2022 at 08:05:54 PM EST
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