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‘No evidence of a widespread second wave anywhere on the planet’: The Telegraph
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 9:59 am Email this article
“The [UK’s] death toll is clearly in decline: just 46 Covid-linked hospital deaths were reported on Tuesday, compared with 778 on Tuesday, April 21. ... there is no material evidence of a widespread second wave anywhere on the planet,” writes Sherelle Jacobs in the Daily Telegraph.
She continues by saying:
“And it turns out the surge in the daily death rate is a mirage magnified by myopic broadcasters. The ONS’s “280” figure included 109 “historic deaths” reaching back as far as April. The death toll is clearly in decline: just 46 Covid-linked hospital deaths were reported on Tuesday, compared with 778 on Tuesday, April 21. The number of patients who died in the week to June 12 was the lowest in three months. Covid hospital admissions have gone from 3,099 on April 1 to 184 last week. ...
“A pattern is emerging of rising cases and falling deaths in countries where economies are reopening, testing is being ramped up, and the vulnerable are – finally – being more effectively shielded. These countries show no sign of lurching into a second wave; only a glimpse of life unfolding as it should have done from the beginning.
“Downing Street is strangely invested in a vaccine, even though we still await the cure for HIV almost 40 years later. Our whole strategy hinges on it; as Chris Whitty has said repeatedly, social distancing measures must remain in place until one is found.
“It gets curiouser and curiouser. Dirt-cheap drugs may be part of a solution. But, as they aren’t exactly money-spinners, are attitudes in Britain and abroad towards them compromised by profit motives? While the UK’s recent approval of £5-a-course steroid dexamethasone to treat seriously ill patients is to be welcomed, the international demolition job on 10p-a-day hydroxychloroquine, which may help prevent Covid or treat early-stage cases, should have our guard up. Particularly as the Lancet has been forced to retract the paper that savaged the drug, and the WHO suddenly distanced itself from the treatment for unsatisfactory reasons.”
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