Yesterday, we reached 100,000 deaths, and the daily death rate is running at 1631. In deaths per million population, we are pretty much the worst country in the world, only Gibraltar, San Marino, Belgium and Slovenia are worse.
How did we blunder so badly?
There were a number of bad mistakes, starting with locking down too late, the "Test, trace and isolate" fiascos, "eat out to help out", the Christmas fiasco, the failure to secure our borders at airports, the failure to recommend masking right from day one. Or, to put it another way - omnishambles.
But whereas the omnishambles in "The thick of it" were comedy, these are tragedy.
Government policies have been a series of U-turns, forced partly by the situation with the virus, and partly by the blind optimism of the government until reality was actually hammering on the door. And all the while, chanting "We're following the science" even when very obviously they were not. And still are not.
But I hear the hooves of the cavalry, just over the hill. We've vaccinated 10% of the population, and are now steaming on at three million per week. The death rate is very high, but the number of new cases per day has come from the 68,000 peak down to "only" 20,000. And the number of patients in hospital has started to come down from the 40,000 peak (which was twice as high as the desperate days of last spring).