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On 11/1/2020 at 9:51 AM, KingofSports said:

So, a 28 day lockdown, supposedly planned to end on 2nd December. At best, that'll leave the daily infection rate remaining at a ridiculously high level. End the lockdown, go straight into Christmas and its ensuing carnage, necessitating a longer lockdown shortly after.
An alternative would be some kind of return to the tier system, which at best will stave Covid off to a degree, but ultimately won't work. It's Johnson's project & he's been right on absolutely nothing so far.
The other possibility is that they already know the lockdown must continue and will simply extend it. They wouldn't have the balls to announce it now.
I would ask why we always have to be 2 months behind, but it's simple, we have dangerously stupid 'leaders', lacking in courage, weak and scared....I'm a fucking sage compared to these chumps. The money and lives they've cost through piss-poor judgement, in so many areas. Anyway, Covid will be  having a lovely old Christmas...best ever. Ho ho ho.

So here we go again. Being right is no consolation. Just fucking depressing.

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Jersey's up to 782 cases per 100,000 as of yesterday, so will be over 800 by the end of the day. Higher than anywhere in the UK. The worst case scenario prediction a few weeks back was 1100 by Boxing Day, and we look on track to smash that unless the effect of closing hospitality venues really starts to take effect soon. The Health Minister had to admit that he no longer knows what Jersey's R number is, though people are speculating that it's more likely he knows and doesn't want to announce it it, as it's probably somewhere between 2 and 3.

As a government employee, I was due to be tested again in about six weeks, but they've cancelled all workforce testing for all but frontline workers as they can no longer cope with the numbers. Schools are still open, but more than 50% of students are isolating as a result of direct contact or track and trace. Cases are increasing in the hospital and care homes for the first time since April.

Part of it is that, as a small island community, we've got a much better handle on track and trace than larger countries (that's reflected across some other equivalent jurisdictions), and are doing far more comprehensive testing. The government have pivoted most of their comms to saying "98% of tests are negative" rather than focusing on the case numbers, but the rate of infection is still terrifying, considering we spent most of the year barely in double figures. The hope is that, just as a handful of events caused the spike, similarly a commitment from relatively small groups could see the trend reversed. 

The feeling at the moment is very much that the government has lost control of it, though. There was a lot of speculation on Monday that there had been another death (there have been very few, thankfully), but the government figures don't reflect that. Rather than assuming that it was an unfounded rumour, ordinarily sensible people are thinking that the government are hiding the truth. 

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Pleased to say I survived the rona. I only had a bad couple of days were I felt really shitty, the rest of the time I just felt unbelievably tired, fatigue like I’d never felt before. That still hasn’t fully shifted but I’m definitely more sprightly by the day. I did end up losing my taste and smell which was bizarre and sucked. I was in the middle of doing a batch of chutney for Christmas when I noticed that the onion and vinegar didn’t have as much as a whiff to it, that stuck around for about a week but I’m still not convinced I’ve got the full range and depth of taste that I had before. My work have been pretty good about everything, appreciated that I got tested with only mild symptoms and as I was only supposed to return to work for one day after isolation before going back off for a week. they didn’t see the point so have given me the extra time to play PS/“recover”.

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31 minutes ago, Ralphy said:

 

Is their a Covid announcement today by BOJO the clown?? 

Not an announcement as such, but there's ongoing discussions between the UK leaders about whether or not to strengthen the tier rules, but it’s been said that the 23rd-27th Ceasefire we’ve negotiated with the Virus is “unlikely to change”

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Johnson said from the very beginning that he would make sure Christmas still happened. Even a few days ago, he was holding firm to that. We knew this was coming though. At least we've been given a few days notice of this.

Making that phone call to my mum 15 minutes ago to tell her we wouldn't see them sucked. She had no idea what had just happened on the news because she was buying stuff for Christmas dinner.

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Real horror show for those of you who celebrate Christmas and we’re looking forward to finally seeing loved ones. And of course, the good ones of us know it’s for the best and have been doing all they can to stop the spread but it doesn’t make it any easier. 
Edit - and of course they announce it at the end of the biggest shopping day for Christmas. The economy is obviously more important to the government.  

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