THE YEAR’S Summary
It is now clear that the UK’s second coronavirus wave started in July. “Super Saturday.”Super Saturday.
Throughout England, on July 4, hairdressers, hotels, cinemas, restaurants and pubs reopened their doors – some opening at 6 a.m. For first instructions after so-called “hibernation.” months.
For the hospitality industry, the two-meter clearance rule was halved, allowing more clients to be accommodated at once, while pub owners in Berwick-upon-Tweed reported that a third of their reservations came from Scots who ignored the request of the Scottish government not to cross the border to drink.
At the time, one of the scientific advisers of the Scottish government and chair of global public health at the University of Edinburgh, Professor Devi Sridhar, said she would be “surprised if case numbers stay low over the next two weeks.”
‘Super Saturday’ in England: the first opening of pubs and bars since March
A “zero covid approach” – that is, practically eliminating the virus to such a low level that it can be handled effectively by monitoring, tracing and isolation so that normalcy can return, as has occurred in Taiwan and New Zealand – “can only happen with England’s cooperation,” added Prof. Sridhar.
The UK raised the lid on a still-simmering epidemic instead, and we started the inevitable climb back to where we are now.
Data (available on the website of the Office for National Statistics) indicate that on July 1, the number of cases in the UK bottomed out, with an average of 572 cases a day over the previous seven days. It never fell any further.
Beer gardens and outdoor pubs reopened on July 6 in Scotland, where the exit from lockdown was slower and more cautious, followed by indoor shopping centers on July 13, then hairdressers and indoor operations in pubs, bars and restaurants on July 15.
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In retrospect, looking at the results, it is as obvious as it is predictable that this also marked a turning point in the northern border pandemic.
The seven-day average of Covid cases fell to a low of 7.1 in Scotland on July 9. As in the United Kingdom as a whole, things soon began to pick up again – at first painfully, then quickly.
Household visitation regulations were relaxed, allowing one house to meet representatives of up to three different households.
International travel restrictions were also abolished in July, meaning that vacationers returning to the United Kingdom, depending on where they were, did not necessarily have to spend 14 days in quarantine.
Since 10 July, Scotland has been building so-called “air bridges” with 57 low-risk destinations, including France, Germany and Italy, but not Spain, where the prevalence of covid is “significantly higher” than in Scotland.
Summer holidays have resumed with quarantine measures, while some “airlift” destinations have been removed.
The step attracted criticism from airlines and travel companies disappointed that visiting Scotland’s most popular sunshine destination was stopped by holidaymakers.
More recently, relative to other island nations like Taiwan, New Zealand and Australia, the handling of foreign travel has been seen as one of the major weaknesses in the UK’s pandemic response.
With the exception of returning Australian citizens and permanent residents, borders have been closed in Australia since March.
Even then, at a rate of AU$10,000 (£5,700), all new arrivals are escorted by police from the airport to a hotel where they must stay in their room for 14 days.
Meals are ordered electronically and delivered to the doors of visitors, and there are fines for violation of quarantine for those caught.
Out of a population of 25 million, there have been 908 recorded covid deaths in Australia to date.
In Taiwan, isolation can be completed at a government-selected hotel or by “digital quarantine” (where the mobile phone of an individual is used to track their movements), and there are compliance payments of approximately £ 30 per day.
Violations of the law, however, are taken extremely seriously and fines ranging from 10,000 to one million Taiwanese dollars are punishable (2,600 to 25,000 pounds)