The high incidence of COVID-19 deaths in care homes should come as no surprise. They reflect not only Boris Johnson’s government’s failure to prepare for a pandemic or to respond efficiently when faced with the coronavirus early this year, but a particular underlying narrative to official policy.
Tributes to Jude Woodward
Government policy in Britain remains much closer to ‘herd immunity’, which is tantamount to letting the Covid-19 crisis rip through the population, than to an effective lockdown.
According to the government’s official data Ecuador has 10,128 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 507 deaths, as of the 21st April.
Experts estimate that this official data amounts to less than 10% of pandemic’s actual casualties.
Epidemiologists warn that Covid-19 in Yemen could spread faster, more widely and with deadlier consequences than in many countries.