and in a few weeks, regardless. they will be, no doubt in the exact same position we are! all the messages coming out of the UK, by Tom, Dick and Harry makes us seem worse than we are.Yes he is.
Don't listen to me the chair of NERVTAG Sir Peter Horby has made it quite clear that
From Marr on Sunday yesterday.
Yes you could say some countries are over reacting but i would suggest that they've looked at Britain being well on top of Covid a few months ago with envy and then watched us inflict an own goal on this success and saying we aint going to make the same mistake.
Maybe we should just stop 'creating' variants, and just let it roll, as we do with other viruses, that change all the time.
Indeed, we would have had to close ALL Airports, Seaports, The Tunnel, to ALL traffic and ALL people, with no exceptions, and had we done that, it will still have got hereNo more than their own citizens. This situation is becoming increasingly more concerning, not the variant, but the growing xenophobia spreading way quicker than delta (plus or not). Countries look at others and instantly assume that their citizens will constitute a threat to their own, just as some people did with the people of India when delta was first identified. And yet as has been shown in countries like Australia, the blumming thing will get through regardless of them "shutting" their borders. Nature does not recognise the lines we draw in the sand.
I said it a few weeks ago, shutting the door on India earlier would not have stopped it getting here. India is a huge country, often difficult to get around & so slamming the borders closed to them would only have driven similar scenes as seen in Bangladesh over the weekend. UK citizens in India would have bolted via all sorts of routes back home, only in smaller timescales which would have seen a lot arriving at once at the few terminals that receive flights from there, resulting in more chaos in immigration halls & quarantine hotels.
The other thing that concerns me is the global effective downplaying of the vaccines, constantly prohibiting people vaccinated from normal life, travel etc sends a message to the billions yet to have it that their governments might similarly restrict their lives post vaccination, and this could convince people not to bother, especially those in low risk groups. This is what happens when governments flip-flop between policy & panic.