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Agree with most of what you said. My reasoning is that we are cautious coming out of lockdown so that we avoid ever having to do it again. Look at where we were in the summer in regards to infection numbers to where we are now. Its been a fucking shambles. Granted we have the vaccines now which will hopefully make the difference. I'm not one of those zero Covid fanatics but to suggest we should be opening up now is ridiculous (not you)
I don't think anyone was suggesting we open up now. My gripe is with the acceptance that a few more months of this is an acceptable price to pay.

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If the government could guarantee me a PS5, saving themselves 50 quid in the process, I will take the tests and subsequent potential covid.

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2 hours ago, doulikefish said:

News coming out of Japan that the olympics are to be binned this year aswell

Stuff I’m seeing makes it look like they’re being binned altogether and Japan is going to try and get it in 2032.

Not that I care about the Olympics that much but it sounds pretty shit for them.

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The Aussies have sent assurances to their athletes that it's unfounded and local organizers are apparently saying it's still on. 

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6 hours ago, Rodhull said:

Stuff I’m seeing makes it look like they’re being binned altogether and Japan is going to try and get it in 2032.

Not that I care about the Olympics that much but it sounds pretty shit for them.

From what I'm reading the Japanese Govt. are still pushing for them to go ahead as planned. 

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5 hours ago, Theroadlesstravelled said:

I wonder if the Euros will get canned as well.

I’m not a huge fan of The Olympics but they are bigger deal than the Euros.

If it meant that fans could attend as normal, binning the Euros till 2022, given the world cup's in winter anyway, would probably be a good idea.

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17 minutes ago, hk blues said:

From what I'm reading the Japanese Govt. are still pushing for them to go ahead as planned. 

I don't get the point unless you have the crowds? They are stupidity expensive to host and to not get any money back from increased tourism seems like a stupid decision. I could get why the Olympic commission want them on but not the Government.

If Eurosports hadn't bought the bulk of the coverage there there would be no better sporting event to watch during lockdown.

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Just now, Big Fifer said:

If it meant that fans could attend as normal, binning the Euros till 2022, given the world cup's in winter anyway, would probably be a good idea.

They could do that if they REALLY wanted. Would mean a whole lot of shuffling of the football calendar.

But I imagine they'll go for the easy option and go with behind closed doors this summer 

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1 minute ago, Billy Jean King said:

The latest BBC morale boosting pick-me-up !

BBC News - Covid: Why won't vaccinating the vulnerable end lockdown?
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-55757369

I'm refusing to read that (for now), but it's clear that bad Covid news massively trumps good Covid news. I think some editors get off on it.

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I don't get the point unless you have the crowds? They are stupidity expensive to host and to not get any money back from increased tourism seems like a stupid decision. I could get why the Olympic commission want them on but not the Government.
If Eurosports hadn't bought the bulk of the coverage there there would be no better sporting event to watch during lockdown.
Has it (mostly) been moved from the BBC? That's a bit shite.

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3 minutes ago, Billy Jean King said:

The latest BBC morale boosting pick-me-up !

BBC News - Covid: Why won't vaccinating the vulnerable end lockdown?
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-55757369

They detail that 97% of deaths are in the priority groups if the same is true about hospitalisations then keeping a lockdown will be untenable.

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Just now, 101 said:

I don't get the point unless you have the crowds? They are stupidity expensive to host and to not get any money back from increased tourism seems like a stupid decision. I could get why the Olympic commission want them on but not the Government.

If Eurosports hadn't bought the bulk of the coverage there there would be no better sporting event to watch during lockdown.

Of course, lost tourist revenue will be a big number but the revenue from sponsors and TV companies will also be significant - that's what the Japanese Govt. wants to get.  And, the bulk of the expenditure is on infrastructure and that has already been spent so they're committed.  If it doesn't go ahead in summer it never will so that's probably why they are desperate to go ahead to recoup some of their expenditure, or at least minimise losses.

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It might be worth taking the risk of licking a door handle or two.
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A brilliant way to massively boost testing numbers and keep the new infections sky high thus justifying restrictions for longer. They are not as daft as they look these Tories !

That would last a fortnight tops with infection rates as they are.

The incentive surely has to be to comply with restrictions thus avoiding catching the virus. That can be interpreted as "rewarding" people who catch it. Covid parties would be rife !!!

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Just now, accies1874 said:
3 minutes ago, 101 said:
I don't get the point unless you have the crowds? They are stupidity expensive to host and to not get any money back from increased tourism seems like a stupid decision. I could get why the Olympic commission want them on but not the Government.
If Eurosports hadn't bought the bulk of the coverage there there would be no better sporting event to watch during lockdown.

Has it (mostly) been moved from the BBC? That's a bit shite.

Yeh sure they have 200 hours of coverage and about 8 of that is the opening and closing ceremony and I'm sure I read at the time is in the gift of Eurosports to decide what the BBC get so unlikely to get things like 100m sprinting. Just means I become an expert on even more niche sports.

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3 minutes ago, Billy Jean King said:

The incentive surely has to be to comply with restrictions thus avoiding catching the virus. That can be interpreted as "rewarding" people who catch it. Covid parties would be rife !!!

£500 reward v £10,000 fine...

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Guy from the national care home association saying over 40% of care home deaths this week had received their 1st dose MORE than 21 days before contracting Covid. Surely that has to be total scaremongering ? He was claiming 52% efficacy based on care home infections more than 21 days after single dose. He's talking about residents vaccinated in December so chances are that's Pfizer vaccine too.

The BBC reporter not even questioning those statements which seem like nonsense. If true that is extremely bad news but the scientific world would surely be all over that if true.

BBC appears to be carrying an organised, sustained " Vaccine won't end lockdown " campaign. God only knows why.

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Government diverting doses from English regions who have vaccinated highest levels to areas (London of course) where they are lagging, despite each board presumably being given their share based on population size.

Anyone who thinks they would not do the same to the other nations if they raced wildly ahead as we are hoping I think would be sadly mistaken.

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£500 reward v £10,000 fine...
10k is multi offenders or organisers is it not and only if you get caught. I wasn't talking raves just groups mingling akin to "chickenpox parties" back in the day.

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