Murray should hold British rule to account
Ian Murray (News, July 8) is expected to start holding the UK government to account and stop complaining about Holyrood.
This morning 122 scientists published a letter in the Lancet outlining their grave concerns over the UK government’s plan to end all Covid measures on July 19, allowing the virus to spread through the population.
They argue that until 70% are fully immunized, which no country has yet achieved, abolishing mandatory masking, physical distancing, crowd control and acting like the pandemic is over is a ” epidemiological stupidity ”.
The WHO director said the variants were winning the vaccine race because governments prematurely relaxed mandates. He called the UK government policy insensitive and inhumane, not only to the British people but to the rest of the world, as dangerous new variants will develop. The UK has the fourth highest number of daily cases in the world along with Brazil, India and Indonesia.
The link between infection and serious illness has not been broken, especially when half the population and one third of adults have not been fully immunized.
More infections mean more hospitalizations and more long Covid. 100,000 infections per day means 10,000 cases of long Covid. In April, 1 million people were living with a long Covid. A generation is affected by a disease against which it could have been safely vaccinated.
Scotland has a lower Covid death rate than England and a test and traceability system that actually works. But an independent Scotland would have closed its borders, supported its people like other small European nations, and prevented this catastrophe.
Do your job, Ian, and support Scotland’s right to break with this failed union.
Leah Gunn Barrett, Merchiston Crescent, Edinburgh.
Fear of the disabled facing the end of the lockdown
I am confused about getting out of containment. Not only do we have an increase in cases, but some of the deaths are from people who have been fully immunized.
If masks are optional, how will those most at risk stay safe? I am immunocompromised and protected throughout the lockdown until recently. But being a wheelchair user makes me even more vulnerable when people come up to me and talk to my face while they’re not wearing a mask.
I wonder how other disabled people are going to do, especially the blind. Should those at risk post some sort of sign asking others to keep their distance or would this have a negative impact, reminding us of the lepers who once lived in Calton Hill?
Elaine Pomeransky, Restalrig, Edinburgh.
The SNP has built a good reputation in dealing with the pandemic, but that reputation is fading. Five of the ten Covid hotspots in Europe are in Scotland.
Apparently, information on deaths in nursing homes was delayed until after the May elections. This is not good, and their good record is being lost!
William Ballantine, Dean Road, Bo’ness.
WHO tells us that Scotland is the Covid capital of Europe. It is also, under the SNP, the capital of drug death in Europe. For years, Sturgeon told us to judge her on her school record; Scotland’s once respected education system has plummeted in international rankings. Despite her failures, perhaps she too enjoys being a big, albeit inefficient, fish in a not very big pond.