The COVID Diaries – 283 4th February
Smartmatic USA, whose technology was used in Los Angeles county
during the 2020 presidential election, is suing Fox News, three of its top
hosts and two former Donald Trump lawyers for $2.7bn.
The charge is that the defendants worked together to spread
false claims stating that the company had conspired to help “steal” the
The election was, ofcourse, won by Joe Biden and no evidence has
been produced that supports claims of a “steal”.
The COVID Diaries – 282 3rd February
This evening at 6pm people across the nation joined together to
clap for Captain Sir Tom Moore who died yesterday at the age of 100.
Sir Tom, a veteran of the Second World War, had captured Britain’s
imagination last year when he raised more than £30m for NHS related charities.
In April 2020, wearing three military medals, he walked 100 laps of his garden
in April 2020.
He cannot have anticipated the media coverage this would
generate. Here was a story of hope at a desperately difficult time. Before he
completed the final part of his 2,530 yard walk, he was saluted by four
soldiers of the Yorkshire Regiment, witnessed by television viewers around the
An RAF flypast was to follow as he sat in his garden on his
100th birthday on 30th April.
. “Raising a clenched fist, I punched the air and cheered
along with everyone else, thrilled to bits by this timely reminder of all that
helps make this country great,” he wrote after the event.
The COVID Diaries – 281 1st February
Boris Johnson has told journalists he is “optimistic”
that it will be possible to go on summer holidays this year.
However, given the prime minister’s habit of over promising and
under delivering, many remain sceptical.
Although infection rates may now be falling, they are still at a
very high level.
The COVID Diaries – 280 39th January
The Observer newspaper has revealed that since 1st
January, 500 companies have enquired about setting up some form of base such as
a warehouse or depot in the Netherlands for “Brexit-related reasons”. Most of these are
either owned or based in the UK.
potential exodus suggests that Britain could face huge job losses.
The COVID Diaries – 279 29th January
Another 1,245 deaths linked to Covid-19 have been recorded in
the United Kingdom, taking the total to104,371.
A further 29,079 people tested positive, while 414,419 people
were given their first vaccine dose.
The latest updated figures show that deaths, cases and hospital
admissions over the past seven days are all now decreasing compared to the
previous week. However, there is serious concern that a relaxation in lockdown
rules will result in cases rising again.
The COVID Diary – 278 28th January
Britain’s largest business groups have warned the government
that companies are facing “substantial difficulties” at ports in the United
Kingdom, with the likelihood that there will be a “significant loss of
business” if the situation is allowed to continue.
Following a round table meeting on Thursday evening with government
minister Michael Grove, business groups said the government needed to act
quickly to overcome “the sizeable obstacles” faced by exporters.
The COVID Diaries – 277 27th January
The Government has abandoned any idea that school pupils in
England will return to classrooms after February half-term.
Boris Johnson has told MPs that the earliest date schools
will reopen is 8th March, and this is not certain.
recorded 1,725 deaths yesterday, the second highest level during the pandemic
The COVID Diaries – 276 26th January
There have now been over 100,000 coronavirus deaths in the
United Kingdom, which has one of the worst death rates in the world.
Despite being a rich country, in comparison to others such as
Vietnam, Taiwan and Australia, the UK’s response has been a disaster.
The COVID Diaries – 275 25th January
On line retailer Boohoo has
bought the website and on-line operations of Debenhams together with its
fashion labels including Maine and Principles. However, all its department
stores will close and it will disappear from the High Street.
A similar fate seems to await
TopShop, TopMan and Miss Selfridge following the collapse of Sir Phillip Green’s
Arcadia group. Online fashion retailer Asos is now in exclusive negotiations to
buy the brands but is unlikely to want the stores.
On a day of carnage for the High
Street, it was also announced that the historic Jenners Department store in
Edinburgh will close.
The COVID Diaries – 274 24th January
Parents are facing the prospect of months of schooling at home
as the government has refused to commit to schools reopening even after the
Easter holidays. Even a phased return is looking less likely in the short term.
Although the rate of Covid-19 infections is showing signs of
starting to slow, it is not falling nearly as sharply as had been expected.