UK Covid spike serves as a warning to others. What went wrong?

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UK Covid spike serves as a warning to others. What went wrong?

Part of the answer seems to be the reopening in July, but that’s still too simplistic

Therese Raphael

Once again Britain has one of the highest rates of Covid infection anywhere. The UK just reported its biggest single-day Covid case increase in three months and a 16% increase in confirmed cases in the week to October 18. The government has warned of a bad winter.

Even in the era of vaccines, the risks aren’t trivial.

While deaths from Covid are now mercifully low, some of those who get infected will end up hospitalised. They will suffer, and occupy beds and health service resources that are already overstretched and coping with a gargantuan backlog of cases. Families will step in; productivity will be lost. Others will end up with long Covid, the symptoms of which last for weeks or months after the virus has cleared. High levels of infection will also increase the risk of new vaccine-resistant strains of the virus...

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