Off Topic Coronavirus and NOTHING to do with football thread

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  1. oldfrenchhorn

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    A good graphic that shows how the three weeks of a strict lockdown have worked here in France.
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    Not entirely unexpected I suppose, but confirmation straight from the horse's mouth...

    Brexit food shortage fears a reality.

    "Government officials and food industry representatives met on Tuesday to discuss the issue, with Dan McCartney, Defra’s head of food security and resilience, telling industry figures to “expect 40 per cent flow rates"

    I suspect those flow rates will drop drastically as they near the Scottish and Welsh borders.

    http://www.fruitnet.com/eurofruit/article/183594/brexit-1
     
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    Yesterday the new French border control was tested in part at Dover and Eurotunnel. Within hours there was a five mile tailback of lorries along the motorway despite the fact that no problems were reported with the system. Yesterday they were just testing the system to see how it dealt with driver ID, yet come 1st January it will also have to start dealing with customs paperwork. The system yesterday took 90 seconds to check that the driver's passport was legal, and the tailback was the result. As the article says, if the lorries are held up there will be a shortage of food, but there will be hold ups with non-food items that are part of the just in time supply chain.
     
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    I have been watching how the government has announced which tier of lockdown different regions and counties will be placed in, but comparing it with the President here giving his message to the nation. In his TV address he reviewed what had been tried with success and equally failure, and one thing from that was having regional lockdowns has not worked. It was therefore decided that the country should be treated as one, and that had shown good results. However the relaxations will be very slow to take effect. An example is that provided the number of infections continue to drop, then restaurants will be allowed to reopen on 20th January, but no dates have been given for bars. It therefore seems surprising that if you really want to control the virus, some bars in the UK will be allowed to reopen. I have noticed lots of comments in the UK saying that it is just not fair to us being in tier 3 while our neighbours are in the lower tier. It seems to me this is setting people against people, while here the message was clear that we are all in this together as one.
     
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    I really think we are cobbling together some sort of liberal response to the virus in the UK... which just gets the country through.... keep the NHS afloat and do them ost for the economy.... lets all just hibernate for goodness sake!
     
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    Yesterday I met a couple who have moved from London to NZ. They are just out of quarantine. What they had to say about life in the UK was extremely depressing. I knew things were bad but I didn't realise quite how bad. They were revelling in being able to share food at a school BBQ. Living a more or less normal life here is taken for granted by most of us. I feel for you all.
     
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    Asked why he didn't even mention Brexit - by far, the biggest known economic risk in the coming years - in his statement, the Chancellor responded that he's "an optimistic guy" and is "hopeful" it won't be too bad.

    Sounds like fingers crossed, whistle a happy tune, and don't step on the cracks between the paving stones. <yikes> This is an admission that it will be bad, just hoping it won't be too bad. Good job his wife has a bob or two.
     
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    I think he may have a Bob or two of his own - he shared a £100million windfall after the bank crash in 2008.
     
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    I use DFDS a lot and this has just popped up from them.

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    Good news: we are opening a direct Ireland – France ferry route on 2 January. This new freight ferry route between Rosslare and Dunkerque offers lorries and their drivers direct and paperless transport between EU countries.

    I thought that the UK wanted to get away from paperwork, but here is a company telling customers to keep away from the place if you don't want all of the hassle it will entail.
     
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    I heard they were queuing up to get into Primark at 5.30 this morning....

    ermm.... for me .. .where is the queue for the vaccine please?!!!!!
     
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    Be madness in the shops !

    Feel for any retail staff .
     
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    Yes... awful......... My daughter gone shopping in Primark this morning too..,..
     
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    The UK was the first country to sign a deal with Pfizer/BioNTech - now we will be the first to deploy their vaccine To everyone involved in this breakthrough: thank you. In years to come, we will remember this moment as the day the UK led humanity’s charge against this disease. Alok Sharma.

    German scientists of Turkish extraction in conjunction with an American pharmaceutical company under the auspices of the FDA, in German labs, with production in Belgium, and here’s Alok Sharma trying to write a new verse of Rule Britannia. Do me a favour. This is all about international cooperation.
     
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    Not to mention being partially funded by the EU. It's a bit like a repeat of "We won the war".

    And I'm not fully convinced. If this truly is the end of the virus, why do we still need to socially distance, wear face masks, spend our days washing hands, and self-isolate?
     
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    Hancock has been saying that there are still things that we don't know. The Swiss regulator has not given their approval because they say there is information missing.
    https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/incomp...vid-19-vaccines/46196598#.X8dtof2Uab8.twitter
     
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    The vaccine doesn't mean that the virus is suddenly over BB - however it helps the development of herd immunity and could be a game changer. The dangerous aspect is that people might become too relaxed about the whole thing if they think the long awaited miracle is just around the corner. The interesting thing is that, although the vaccine in question was developed in Germany, the Germans are not in a hurry to use it. It must just be that the whole question of a vaccine is being given low publicity here because they don't want people to relax their guard too much.
     
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