MORE and more countries are taking a different approach from us to coronavirus.
The UK is not going into lockdown or for dramatic social distancing measures that many other nations are putting their faith in.
Boris Johnson’s coronavirus approach is to spread out cases so NHS isn’t overwhelmed[/caption]
Other nations such as Italy have used different tactics to slow the spread of coronavirus — like closing shops and playing sports matches behind closed doors[/caption]
Why? Because the government thinks that this virus cannot be stopped.
As one of those at the heart of the government’s efforts explains: “A lot of the international response is, how do we stop coronavirus?
“But that cannot happen: It is a global pandemic.
“What we are saying is, we can’t stop it; but we can mitigate it and save as many people as possible.”
The Government’s approach is going to be controversial.
Panic buying has happened across the UK[/caption]
The Italian authorities have strengthened quarantine rules and shut all commercial activities except for pharmacies, food shops, gas stations, tobacco stores and news kiosks[/caption]
People are going to point to other countries where the spread of the disease does appear to have been massively slowed and ask why this country hasn’t done what they’ve done.
But the risk that those places that have imposed draconian controls are running is that as soon as they ease back on these measures the virus will flare up again.
The UK strategy is designed to spread out the caseload and ensure that coronavirus doesn’t return this winter when the NHS would be least able to cope.
In government, they are acutely aware of the risk that they are taking.
They know that voters will compare how many people die here with how many people die in other countries and, in the words of one senior source, “We will be judged accordingly”.
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Even if the UK strategy is vindicated in the end, there could be several months this summer when it looks like the approach taken in other countries has led to a lower death rate.
But what is telling is the Government’s decision to take the more politically difficult path.
It shows you that they really do believe that this approach is the best way to limit the devastation caused by this virus.
The UK strategy is designed to spread out the caseload and ensure that coronavirus doesn’t return this winter — but the rhetoric is not preventing panic buying[/caption]
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