A glimmer of hope in the latest Covid-19 figures

The daily death tolls from Covid-19 are grim.

The 96 deaths in the Hillsborough football tragedy rightly transfixed attention for years.

The latest death toll announced for just one day was the equivalent of nearly ten Hillsborough tragedies. And only one day of many.

There is, though, a glimmer of hope in the figures. If we do the right things, we can make a difference. The percentage increase each day is falling. The figures are not perfect and they do not always move in the same direction. But the trend is clear.

Covid-19 deaths - percentage increase per day

There’s still a long way to go for that trend to hit zero, let alone to fall below zero.

That’s why staying at home save for essential work, essential shopping or exercise is so important. And it’s why helping the NHS in other ways too matters so much.

It will be too late for many, as Munira Wilson moving pointed out:

But while we cannot undo the tragedy, we can at least reduce it.

Coronavirus advert from the NHS


3 responses to “A glimmer of hope in the latest Covid-19 figures”

  1. I appreciate the current “Rally round the flag” approach to lift morale but the reality is people are dead because of Government incompetence.
    We need to highlight and list all the incompetences then when this is over stress again and again how many are dead because of short sighted policies.

  2. The Government is bound, as are the NHS and its many hospital trusts and surgeries, by the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974. No wonder it wants to deny that it is responsible for full provision of PPE…

  3. It seems that with one or two exceptions ALL governments are guilty of failing to take appropriate action until absolutely forced to. We are now seeing the start of the “blame game”. Governments across the world are essentially being reactive, rather than pro-active in dealing with this crisis. It is not all the “fault” of any individual government or politician as at the beginning of the crisis they were showered with conflicting advice from their advisers and had to make the unpalatable decisions that politicians all hate to take. When you add to this the unstable economic and social systems that have emerged over the past 50 years where a sudden failure of a small part of the system can ricochet through the system with lightning speed the politicians are faced with an almost insolvable problem. The food industries reliance on a “just in time” delivery system is a very good example of how a seemingly small part of the system, lorry drivers, going sick can bring the system to its knees. So, let us hold our politicians to account for their actions but do not blame them for failing to deal with a complex systems failure that their background and training have left them ill equipped them to deal with. As the Bible says, “Forgive them Father for they know not what they do,”

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