Follow the rules but don’t panic

The infection rate for Scotland as a whole is high and we must take care but it is mainly due to a spike in the Greater Glasgow area and the adjacent Lanarkshire and, even there, the levels are manageable relative to those in the first twenty or so cases above, all in England and Wales.

NHS Borders appears at 35 per 100 000, well down the list, and NHS Lothian at 26 even further down but only the Glasgow area spike is worthy of concern and serious action. Scotland’s proven contact tracers can be expected to clear the Lothian and Borders cases up within days, as they did in Dumfries, Motherwell, Aberdeen and Coupar Angus, while more draconian measures might be needed in Glasgow and Lanarkshire.

Finally, conjecture, I know, but was the Scottish increase largely due to imported infections brought in by those returning from Spain, in particular, via our airports? If so, has most of that traffic now finished for this year?

11 thoughts on “Follow the rules but don’t panic

  1. As in: A holidaymaker who did not self-isolate after returning from a trip abroad was partly responsible for the “extreme” rise in coronavirus cases in Bolton, its council leader, has said.

    David Greenhalgh said the area’s high rate had been linked back to pubs in the town and a “cohort of people” who refused to follow the guidance.

    The Conservative councillor told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We had somebody who did not adhere to quarantine, did not stay the 14 days, literally went on a pub crawl with a number of mates.”

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    1. Perhaps if we had a ‘proper’ quarantine, like NZ, we’d catch these people.

      As it is, the bare-faced cheek of a tory councillor blaming people for ignoring wishy-washy *half* rules… Indignant, but hardly surprised.

      Speaking of indignant but hardly surprised, this may be the reaction of any readers of Welsh origin to the 1st para below the tables. Rhondda Cynon Taf and Caerphilly AREN’T in England.

      I mean, they’re used to it – but, as a fellow devolved nation, they deserve better. It took them years of work to achieve references to InglundunDwales…

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      1. Are you finding fault because the councillor is a Tory, or is it the blaming an individual for his behaviour that you don’t like.?


      2. Hi Clydebuilt
        I’m not finding fault, as such – apologies if it came across that way.

        To clarify, I believe the individual who went pub crawling is responsible for his own behaviour, and the results. Personally, I’d consider it reckless endangerment, but that’s probably just me.

        Neither would I “find fault” with someone because they’re tory. If I did, I’d be condemning most of my maternal line! BUT…

        This man is a representative of a party that hasn’t “Taken Control” of the situation. And, IMNSHO, it seemed extremely likely that they were setting up the public (and anybody else they could manage) to be responsible for any failures fairly early on. In this case, I’d say that their lack of clarity and examples of rule-breaking within WM enabled idiocy.

        Having a representative of a party which seems to have the attitude “we take this very seriously so YOU’D better stick to the rules. BTW, we’re not…” stating the 8£&&(ing obvious leaves me indignant, but not surprised.

        Having just read Alasdair Macdonald’s comment, I couldn’t put it any better than he has, so I won’t try.


    2. The authorities and the media always need a scapegoat to divert attention from the systemic problems arising from the neoliberal consensus: the severe reduction in public services, the housing crisis, the ecological issues.

      So, the media point the finger of blame at a ‘bad’ person who has ‘flaunted the rules’ and ‘put us all at risk’. By excoriating him or her, imposing a severe fine, the situation will be ‘solved’.

      We have all encountered the bampots from time to time, but do not let our annoyance at them, becoming the trees which prevent us from seeing the big wood of neoliberal nastiness.

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      1. Yes scapegoating is a common occurence in the UK. However aren’t the proposed fines not just a tool intended to curb societies behaviour.

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  2. Whether it’s the “it’s all hype” brigade or the “invulnerables” or rushing back hours before the quarantine applies to their resort, there will always be cases to pursue either from accident or arrogance, but given the performance of England’s Test & Trace system, the Bolton lad will be a rarity with most sources unknown, but for a Tory to criticise the lad rather than his own party in government is hypocrisy on steroids.

    The crucial aspect to dealing with these outbreaks is rapid testing and information flow, and London’s handling of it has been nothing short of abysmal. Andy Burnham has been screaming for information for weeks, similarly the Newcastle Mayor had to plead with #10 to shut down areas immediately, it continues to be a shambles.
    When leaders such as Hancock say from his experience as an economist “When you have a free service it’s inevitable that demand rises” as reason why a health emergency system is failing, you know you are in deep trouble.

    The scenes in Soho of people partying hard in public etc demonstrates the people aren’t treating it seriously because the government isn’t, and THAT is unforgiveable.

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  3. Using the police to disperse house parties and other social gatherings is only spreading the virus around a greater number of people.
    In the case of house parties,they should be locked in for two weeks and only allowed out if they subsequently test negative for the virus.
    Outdoor gatherings might require something different.
    Covid camps?


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