Homeless man sleeping in London, credit Allan warren, Wikipedia
I think you may agree, something is going on, something we can't quite figure out, but everyone knows, something just ain't right regarding this coronavirus. Our governments told us the virus would be a great leveller but once again, it is the poorest communities which have been hit the hardest.
In the north of England, the poor are desperately looking to charities, church parishes and food-banks for meals and many are suffering from hunger as their financial plight toughens in the wake of Covid-19. The old, needy, sick, invalids and the homeless in Englands most deprived areas in the north are suffering the most and their needs are colossal.
Even people with work can't make ends meet as minimall wages disappear just as fast they get them with unpaid bills swallowing them up as many of the poor have taken a large dip in wages due to the virus, increasing their money stress. The level of need in the poor areas is now unprecedented but never mentioned on MSM.
Help from the government is coming but "too little, too late," with many of the poor falling through the cracks. Loneliness, depression and mental health problems are soaring as poverty-stricken people are forced into lockdown after lockdown. Many people are becoming angry because the government is not listening to the poor, they are the ones who need help.
As the world approaches 100 million covid-19 cases and 1.5 million deaths I myself have some underlying doubts as to just what is really going on. Strange stories are circulating, things ain't adding up, statistics are not backing up the so-called facts.
In the UK, Boris Johnson and his government would have us believe the virus is running through the British Isles totally out of control but the stats tell us an entirely different story.
In a July report commissioned by Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance, scientists estimated that there could be 119,000 deaths in the UK if a second spike coincided with a peak of winter flu. last week that figure stood at 54,286 – less than half that.
In fact, the second peak seems to have passed – over the past week, there has been an average of 22,287 new infections a day, down from 24,430 the week before.
The slowing rate of increase shows the worst of Britain's second wave has already passed and fatalities could have peaked and are now falling again. This is backed up by daily Department of Health data that show coronavirus deaths in England appeared to peak on November 21 — around two weeks after the national lockdown was imposed — and then started to decline again.
On average, 375 deaths were being recorded each day by the Government on November 21. This then declined to 351 on November 23, the most recent data and is thought to be still dropping.
In mid-September, Sir Patrick made the terrifying claim that the UK could see 50,000 new coronavirus cases a day by mid-October unless more draconian restrictions were introduced. Yet we never got near that figure.
Death predictions and reality.
The Public Health England/Cambridge, led by Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty estimated by late November England would be suffering more than 4,000 deaths a day from the virus, the true data is expected to under 500, still terrible but.
We keep on hearing of hospitals not coping with dying patients lying on beds in corridors. Last month UK government experts published a chart which suggested hospitals were severely under strain and at breaking point. According to the Daily Mail, only 13% of the UK's hospital beds were actually occupied by patients with Covid-19 last week.
The average hospital bed occupancy across England, Whales and Northern Ireland in 2020 are actually slightly less than at the same time last year!!! Once again, "the number of NHS hospital beds currently occupied in England is lower than last years average."
According to the Mail, on November the 5th, there was actually 1,300 fewer patients in hospital beds than last year's November average.
Now get this, on November the 8th, the number of occupied hospital critical beds across the British Isles was actually lower than the 5-year average from 2015 to 2019.
The huge Knigtingale hospitals which were speedily erected earlier in the year to help combat the covid "onslaught" have NEVER been more than 1.23% occupied.
Of those who have died in England, 95% of them had at least one serious pre-existing serious medical condition. Just 42 people of people under the age of 40 have died from covid without a pre-existing medical condition.
Are more people dying than last year?
Slightly more is the answer but there is a good reason for that. In the week to November 6th, overall deaths in England stood at 11,812 which is 14.3%, 1,481 higher than the 5-year average. The death rate would be significantly lower, however, but for the fact that record-breaking heatwaves this summer killed an estimated 2,566 excess deaths according to a government study this week. Full story here
According to the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures – for October 2020 – in spite of all the Covid-19 deaths, the average death rate in the over-75s was significantly lower this year than it was last October – 6,901.7 per 100,000 people, compared with 7141.7 for last year.