Selected UK Headlines – Thinking Things Through Properly and Soberly

“Don’t worry we have considered every possible consequence of our popularity gamble. Everything is under control, we have run all the scenarios on the back of our fag packets.”

350,000 new cases a week means 700,000 cases a fortnight. Population~65,000,000. That should be fine…

Seems like the “world beating” test and trace system is finally working!!

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Britain’s daily Covid cases are DOWN for first time in two months with 39,906 {nice use of significant figures} infections while deaths and hospital admissions rise by a third – but map reveals outbreak grew in all but FIVE of areas of England last week

Fury over ‘pingdemic’ chaos as number isolating hits record 600,000 high: Tory MPs demand Boris brings in the ARMY to stop supermarkets running out of food and bosses beg shoppers not to panic buy as many items runs low

How is YOUR area faring against the third Covid wave? Interactive tool lets you search jab uptake and case rates across England’s 7,000 districts (and it shows fewer than HALF of over-80s are fully vaccinated in some inner-city zones)

Festivals are back! 40,000 revellers flood into Latitude for the first major music event since 2019 and government’s first Freedom Day test

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How bad shortages are in your favourite supermarket from Tesco, Asda, Lidl, Morrisons and M&S as stores struggle with pingdemic chaos

Some supermarkets have been forced to reduce their opening hours or even close entirely.

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FLIP-PING HELL Pingdemic chaos as petrol stations close, supermarkets run low on stock and pubs close early. {heaven forbid}

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Brexit: Von der Leyen rejects Boris Johnson bid to renegotiate Irish protocol

EU has already proposed changes to lessen impact on Northern Irish citizens, say officials

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‘I never thought this would happen in France’: day one of showing Covid vaccine pass

Showing a health pass or negative PCR test is obligatory if people want to access cultural venues

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Public urged not to panic buy as ‘pingdemic’ blamed for supermarket shortages

Lorry drivers forced to self-isolate partly to blame while petrol stations in some areas are running low on fuel