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How do we think about the UK lockdown debate? Show more Show less
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The coronavirus pandemic has led to unprecedented isolation measures throughout the world. One effect has been the creation of ideological blocs across traditional party lines, lobbying for different approaches to containing the virus. UK lockdown came into effect on March 23, shutting down non-essential business and movement outside the home, bar a single daily outing for exercise. Critics variously describe this decision as too late, too little, too much and overblown. So, who are these groups, what do they stand for, and why?

The libertarian position, or 'End lockdown now!' Show more Show less

At the heart of this approach is the belief that lockdown is a violation of fundamental human rights. Its proponents range from the UK alt right, to high court judges, to commentators seeing the closure of British drinking holes as a bleak symbol of authoritarian rule.
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Death rate predictions are rooted in lies

Guttenberg Institute Professor Sucharit Bhakdi leads this charge, pointing to the vast cleavages between predicted and realised corona death rates. Underlying this position is the point that lockdown is based on phoney data and bad science.
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The Argument

Dr. Bhakdi says that, besides the outbreaks in China and Northern Italy, no other part of the world has seen the fatality rate that was estimated with Covid-19.[1] A great deal of the deaths in Italy and China are believed to be the result of other factors, such as respiratory illness or disease, caused by the poor air quality in both regions. Dr. Bhakdi says the mortality rates in China and Italy are "apparent" mortality rates because he says the countries are blaming Covid-19 for the deaths of patients who have Covid-19 in tandem with other diseases. According to Bhakdi, this is a dangerous medical tactic and stokes unneeded fear. In the UK, Peter Hitchin writes that figures coming from Public Health England (PHE) are incredibly skewed. The agency, he says, marks that someone has died from Covid-19 as long as they have tested positive for the virus beforehand.[2] He alleges there is little research done at PHE to determine if Covid-19 was the cause of the deaths, but that instead someone could test positive for the virus, fully recover, and then be hit by a bus and PHE would still count their death as a Covid-19 fatality.

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Reopening the country and taking the chance that Covid-related death counts are rooted in falsehoods or mishandlings of data could result in worse real death rates and horrendous loss of life for the country.

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  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBB9bA-gXL4&ab_channel=Prof.Dr.med.SucharitBhakdi
  2. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-8537489/PETER-HITCHENS-Face-masks-turn-voiceless-submissives.html

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