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Plague Diary: Scottish Government Surrenders to Covid

Liz Cameron, chief executive of Scottish Chambers of CommerceLiz Cameron, who wants us to keep capitalism healthy by not wearing masks

Today, Scotland recorded nearly 40,000 new Covid infections, and 25 new deaths.

Glasgow’s Hospitals are near capacity, and people are being advised not to attend A&E unless it is very urgent.

The Scottish government intends to continue lifting all restrictions; only the requirement to wear masks will remain in place until next month… but even that is not enough for business leaders, who want mask-wearing to stop immediately. Liz Cameron, chief executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce said: “Scottish businesses were looking forward to returning to greater normality and the decision to delay the removal of all remaining Covid-19 restrictions will come as a bitter disappointment.”

How do we return to normality, greater or not, with 40,000 (and counting) new infections, and hospitals full of people with this disease?

Seven months ago, our government declared a surrender to the pandemic, deciding that we are an economy, not a society, and that people’s lives are less important than the health of business. That, of course, is not how it was presented. We were told that the pandemic was over, that mass vaccination meant we could now “live with” Covid. We were told fully vaccinated people would not get seriously ill.

So who are the people filling the hospitals? How do we “live with” a disease that is killing people every day?

Vaccines have helped. Safety measures have helped. Trying to wish the pandemic away has not. As the late Philip K. Dick, whose fictional dystopias now look more like documentaries, said: “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”

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