Most of the main Western imperialist powers are effectively doing nothing to prevent Covid spreading. A minority opposes such government policies. Socialists need to link up with this resistance and radicalisation, to unify and broaden it.
The approach, which involves a partial lockdown or quarantine of neighborhoods where infections are identified and the tracing of contacts of those infected, has kept the major part of the country free from the virus.
As a result, residents in most parts of the country lead a normal life without worrying about being infected.
Although viruses are naturally occurring phenomena their effect is to a large extent determined by the type of society they operate in, and the policy response of governments.
In general, the Western imperialist countries have the worst death toll and the socialist countries have either far better outcomes or the best of all.
The latest wave of the pandemic threatens to turn into an outright crisis for the Tory government. The new measures forced on it very significantly damage its credibility on an issue which affects the entire population very directly.
A Zero Covid strategy remains the only viable alternative to the current policy of ‘learning to live (die) with the virus’.
In Britain, the Omicron variant is now spreading rapidly, Covid cases and hospitalisations are on the rise, and the NHS is under severe strain.
Watch the Zero Covid Coalition meeting and hear how the crisis is deepening.
The government’s overall policy has been to boost profits at every turn, even at the cost of 160,000 lives and rising. It has no intention of shifting course, because its entire attack on workers and the oppressed has letting the virus rip as its centrepiece.