Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grubb
71 deaths and 7143 new cases. It's rising horribly fast. 7143 is the worst number we've ever had. There's a lag between new cases and deaths of 2-3 weeks, and the number of new cases we had then was about 3000. So this is going to get a lot worse before it gets better.
Spain and France are also seeing disappointing numbers.
And the rules are so complicated that even our oven-ready Boris can't get them right. Does it have to be so complicated that people can't understand what they're supposed to do?
I accept that we're in a difficult situation, and we can't do a simple "lock down for everyone" like we did last spring. But how about this.
Set up seven different sets of rules, and make them as simple as possible, These different sets of rules would be for the various situations that can apply in various regions of the country.
So you have defcon 1 (no restrictions) up to defcon 7 (total lockdown). Defcon 2 to 6 would have various restrictions, carefully spelled out on the government web site.
Then you would simply announce "Camberwick Green is now at defcon 3, but will move to defcon 5 from Friday." And there would be an app, and a map on the government web site, that showed the defcon levels for each area. So, if Boris visits Camberwick Green, before he goes he checks out the defcon level, and when he's asked, he can answer using the defcon number, and if anyone wants them explained, he refers them to the government web site.