Good Morning from Northern Ireland. I’m working from home today so feel free to distract me from the dreaded laptop. The United Kingdom is now nearing 50,000 positive coronavirus cases a day as the latest wave hits us. It’s know in some quarters as the ‘Johnson Variant,’ an unflattering reference to Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister, and his handling of the crisis.
Northern Ireland topped 1000 daily cases yesterday for the first time since the dark days of January. Thankfully the vaccine rollout has significantly weakened the link between positive cases and hospitalisations and deaths. Northern Ireland currently has 80 people in hospital as a result of the virus, and two in intensive care. The large majority of individuals in hospital are those who declined the vaccine, when offered it.
The majority of positive cases presently are amongst those in the 18-49 age categories, where vaccine take-up has been slower than in older age groups. I spoke to a work colleague yesterday who informed me that her husband wasn’t taking the vaccine because he felt he ‘didn’t need it.’ The arrogance and selfishness of this throwaway non-explanation took my breath away. I was both saddened and shocked by it.
Unfortunately there are millions like him. Uncaring. I could use stronger language but there’s little point. These people exhaust me and they are everywhere. From the highest office in the land to the lowest vocation. Yet, here I am, devoting another blog post to them when I said I wasn’t going to do that anymore. Wherever you are today I hope you are safe and well. The world has enough idiots. Please don’t add to their ranks.