Living through a pandemic
Coronavirus in 2021
Updated on 27 February 2021
As we head towards the beginning of a new month, let’s look at the headlines on 1 March 2020:
China confirmed 573 new cases; 570 of which were in Hubei province, bringing the total number to 79,824. Deaths increased by 35 to a total of 2,870.
Italy confirmed 566 new cases and five deaths, bringing the total number to 1,694 and 34 respectively.
The United States reported the second confirmed death in Washington state. The first cases in Rhode Island, Florida, and New York were confirmed. The authorities confirmed 21 more cases in total, bringing the number to 89.
The United Kingdom confirmed an additional thirteen cases of the virus, including one person from Essex who had not travelled to any country previously affected by the virus, bringing the total in the country to 35.
The first covid 19 death in the UK happened on 5th March, and the USA confirmed two deaths in February could be attributed to the virus two months later. Despite the later entries, we lead Europe and the World on both counts.
The Oxford University developed vaccine has been found to reduce hospital admissions by 17 times, reducing them by 94% after just one jab. Even the Biontech jab hobbles along managing to reduce them to nearly one in 7 (85%). The UK has completed over 20 million vaccines, (France 4.5m) and cases and deaths from Covid 19 continue to fall. How much this is due to lockdown and how much is down to the amazing vaccine rollout is unknown at the moment. However, cases reduce by 18% and deaths by more than 32% week on week.
This compares with Israel where despite the huge amount of people having had their second Biontech jab, cases showed a 27% increase in deaths and 18% increase in cases in seven days. The EU are just as poor with average cases in Italy, France and Germany rising by up to 32% in the last seven days.
The EU defend their slow progress by criticising the UK rollout as too rushed and taking too many risks with the vaccines, advocating the EU method. Many thousands of EU citizens who have lost close ones unnecessarily because of this lack of progress may well disagree.
We hope 2021 should be a year of recovery for business and the economy, and people’s health and welfare,
The benefits of the vaccines will hopefully lead to a massive return to work, but don’t hold your breath. The banking and finance sector companies said they were offering choice and flexibility to those who wanted to return. Facebook has said it does not plan a return of employees until July 2021.
Every “expert” is stating the blinking obvious in saying Covid has simply accelerated the inevitable with people working from home, either totally or 60 to 80% of the week; the death of the high street (it won’t die, but it will need to reinvent itself and evolve), and the speeding up of both Chinese and Indian economies overtaking the USA.
A survey of 8,000 adults from eight countries found that UK and US workers showed the highest level of apathy towards going back to the office.
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