As expected and predicted on this site  faced with rising numbers of deaths the interesting ‘concept’ of “herd immunity” (apparently a misunderstanding of a valid scientific concept; the idea is valid in the context of a vaccine not self-infection) has been hastily abandoned.
The government is now recommending social distancing measures. This categorically means they have given up on the idea of infecting 60% of the population (the percentage needed to achieve herd immunity).
This is half the battle. Now they need to stop the not-testing farce. They should test as per WHO guidelines. For example, the guidelines that health workers should self-isolate at home when they experience symptoms and not be tested misses what everyone else now accepts as the science. There is some degree of asymptomatic transmission of this virus. Only gov.uk is still living in a Victorian phantasy world where people who don’t show symptoms are assumed to be safe – for example to treat your granny. So, as WHO says: “test, test, test”. Not just health workers. Everyone who reports as symptomatic – everyone you possibly can.
I’m not vindictive but I really hope that when this is over the people responsible for the UK’s botched handling of this – including the Prime Minister, The Government’s Chief Scientific adviser, the Chief Medical Officer for England and those SPADS and others advising them not to follow WHO recommendations – are in some way required to answer to an inquiry of some kind. Let’s call it a post-mortem.
- https://newobs.wordpress.com/2020/03/13/the-latest-on-uk-gov-strategy-for-covid-19/ (OK. I said “let’s hope”; rather than predicted exactly!)