All posts tagged: Covid-19 lockdown

Why are new COVID cases surging in France and Spain?

Europe is experiencing its second wave of COVID, with France reporting 10,000 new infections a day and Spain hitting 12,000 new cases a day. Several other European countries are also reporting increases as well. The Daily Mail explains: France‘s daily coronavirus cases have topped 10,000 for the first time while Spain’s have rocketed to 12,000.  The countries’ soaring case numbers have led to fears that the UK, which has seen its daily case figures steadily rise since August, could be heading in the same direction.  On Friday, the UK announced 3,539 new daily coronavirus cases – the highest toll in four months. […] And Spain announced a whopping 12,183 cases on Friday, bringing the total to above 566,300 just four months after the country’s low of 132 new cases on May 25.  But fortunately, the number of new deaths is not climbing as fast as the new cases during the second wave. The Daily Mail also explained why: Health bosses said most of the new infections in the UK were young people, many who only had mild or …

Report: Data reveals the lockdowns did not work

According to a study by JP Morgan, reported in the Daily Mail, the lockdowns associated with the coronavirus have not altered the course of the virus, but did destroy millions of jobs. Here is the basis of JP Morgan’s argument. If the lock downs had been effective in limiting how many people came down with the virus, then once they were lifted, you would expect a spike in new cases. In fact, that has not happened. The majority of countries where the lock downs were lifted are seeing a reduction in new cases suggesting the virus has its own life cycle (see chart below). And on a similar note, the report said initiating lockdowns did not alter the viruses’ transmission either, as the number of new cases escalated after they were put in place. The Daily Mail writes: ‘While we often hear that lockdowns are driven by scientific models, and that there is an exact relationship between the level of economic activity and the spread of [the] virus – this is not supported by the …