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Will national lockdowns work this time? Wales could be an early indicator

It is not difficult to see that Covid is spiralling out of control in the four countries of the United Kingdom and indeed globally. Northern Ireland is in the middle of a four-week national lockdown, Wales are progressing through their two-week national ‘firebreaker’, here in Scotland we are coming to the end of our (originally […]

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The Johnson Rule: Not going well is it?

Let’s cast our minds back a year, if that’s at all possible.  The country was waking up to Boris Johnson as Prime Minister; having just missed the latest Brexit deadline, Remainers were as hopeful as ever; ‘corona’ was just an exotic beer you drunk with lime; and most of all, though no one knew it, […]

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Think the ‘track and trace’ app will save us? Think again

NHSX, the technology and data unit of the national health service, is testing a ‘track and trace’ app on the Isle of Wight this month in the hope that it could slow the spread of Covid-19 and ease lockdown measures. This centralised approach is the result of interesting speculation about balancing the app’s efficiency with privacy. […]