World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 30 Mar, 2021 23:00 am

Johnson eases lockdown, paving way for new coronavirus upsurge in Britain

Johnson eases lockdown, paving way for new coronavirus upsurge in Britain
Separating infection rates and hospital admissions confirmed the government’s commitment to pursuing “herd immunity” by allowing the virus to spread unchecked.

Much has been made of new infection rates levelling off in recent weeks.Across the UK, the last week has seen a drop in infection rates, although the death rate has increased slightly.” Separating infection rates and hospital admissions confirmed the government’s commitment to pursuing “herd immunity” by allowing the virus to spread unchecked.This was a slight rise on the previous week but was kept down by lower infection rates in Wales and Northern Ireland.

The press trumpeted an infection rate of one in 340 people in England for the week ending March 20—the lowest since September—but this figure had not changed on the previous week, when new infections began rising again following the reopening of schools on March 8.0 indicates exponential growth and rising numbers of new infections.

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