The BBC has made much, recently of the ferries contract that went pear shaped.
Less has been said about:
Or about this:
A lot of controversy today too about the mask requirements being extended until mid-April while the pandemic continues to rage around us. Wee Boris McLightweight was fair cut up about it, blaming Nicola Sturgeon for not trusting the Scottish people. (You know, the same Scottish people he doesn’t trust with a referendum!) And presumably ignorant of the fact that that will have been the recommendations of medical people. So, trust the Scottish people and never mind all those doctors and nurses and other staff in the SNHS that we clapped for when we thought it was politically expedient to do so.
In Wales, people must still wear face coverings in health and social care settings but there is no longer a legal requirement to wear a covering in other indoor public places or on public transport.
The Welsh government, however, strongly recommends that face coverings be worn even when it is not demanded by law.
Scotland will phase out its face mask laws starting next Monday. From April 4 places of worship, including weddings and funerals will no longer require masks. From April 18 there will be no requirement to wear them in shops, schools and public transport.
There were 9,610 COVID cases reported in Scotland on Wednesday, and there were 34 deaths. The trend is stabilising, however and hopefully warm weather, open windows and more outdoor activities will drive the numbers further down. 2,344 people are hospitalised with the virus at the moment, down slightly from 2,383 the previous day. It doesn’t sound to me like it’s over yet.
I don’t think there are any requirements on anyone in England to wear masks, socially distance, to report covid or to isolate if you have it. With numbers soaring, England is not a safe place to be, particularly if you are elderly or have underlying conditions that make you particularly vulnerable.
You could sit on a bus or train next to someone who is positive, but who has decided to do nothing about it. And if you are vulnerable, or have any close friends who are… you could be looking forward to a nasty surprise.
In some hospitals in England (according to Dr Rachel Clarke, Oxford Doctor*), the staffing levels are very low because of infection and staff are at breaking point. She admits that sometimes she goes into a room and cries because the strain and the lack of staff is taking a toll on the quality of treatment given.
- *Please read this thread.