Despite all the bad news, the errors and delays in dealing with the pandemic, Britain is now doing much better than many other countries.There is even an optimisic view of our efforts from the WHO, the World Health Organisation.
Its special envoy on Covid-19, David Nabarro, said he was full of hope that Britain was going to do really well
It was locating local outbreaks and society was pulling together and saying, 'We are going to get on top of this'.
For a welcome change, statistics seem to prove this. Apart from local oubreaks, mainly in the north of England, numbers of cases and deaths have fallen well below the peak of a few months ago and are being effectively dealt with by swift local action such as that taken in Leicester
The much criticised test and trace system is starting to work better, with a combination of national and local effort and local government playing a bigger part.
Wales, which has been delibereately slower than Englad in removing restrictions, is recording a big drop in cases with the people backing the government and generally obeying the rules.
Other countries are facing bigger problems. In Australia the state of Victoria, with a big rise in cases, has closed its borders.
Latin America is now the worst affected area, coronavirus is still rampant in the USA and there are minor outbreaks in Belgium =and France. .
Moving intto late summer and the prospect of colder weather adding to the danger there is sill much to do.
The luxury of hot sumny days on crowded beaches will give way to the harsh reality of long dark days which will require patience and detremintion if coronavirus is to be defeated.
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