Locking down sooner was not the answer

Source: spiked
by Andrew Lilico

“By early March 2020, the world was facing a severe problem with what the UK government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) in those days called the ‘Wuhan coronavirus.’ On 13 March, with Italy in lockdown, SAGE met to consider how best to respond, including whether to introduce a lockdown in the UK. Its conclusion, summarised in official minutes, was clear: ‘SAGE was unanimous that measures seeking to completely suppress spread of Covid-19 will cause a second peak.’ … SAGE’s 13 March 2020 view was vindicated by events. Countries such as Czechia, which locked down firmly and avoided almost all deaths in the first wave, then had huge second waves. (Indeed, Czechia now has the sixth-highest Covid death rate per capita in the world.) As it turned out, over 90,000 people in the UK died in the second wave. If the UK had locked down earlier our second wave would have been even bigger.” (10/12/21)