Grim milestone

ONE million people worldwide have now been confirmed to have died with Covid-19 since the disease first emerged in China late last year.

Each and every one of the victims has left behind a grieving family, whose pain cannot be overlooked.

But tough though this year has been, we should take comfort in the wider picture: modern medicine and cutting- edge technology mean the world is better prepared to face this pandemic than at any other time in human history.

Thanks to 21st century ventilators, deaths were mainly confined to those already nearing the end of their lives. Social distancing was made palatable by online communication. And if and when a vaccine is invented, it will be possible to roll it out across the entire world relatively quickly.

As for the second wave here in the UK, we must remember to put it in context.

Yes, cases are rising in Britain. But because handwashing, masks and social distancing all mean we are giving each other smaller doses of the virus and getting less ill, hospitalisations and deaths are still low.

Yesterday, there were fewer than 2,000 Covid patients in UK hospitals.
2020 has been a truly miserable year. But there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

Degree of care

WHAT do those blaming “the wicked Tories” for the problems at universities actually want to happen?

Our hearts go out to the poor freshers who arrived on campus this week to be told that they might be forbidden from going home to their families at Christmas.

But if death figures are on the rise in December, it would surely be madness to allow students to yoyo up and down the country — from crowded student flats, home to their parents and grandparents then back again.

If those blaming the Government for the miserable situation can come up with an alternative solution — one which would allow students to see their families without fanning the flames of the second wave — we’re all ears.

If not, stop the gratuitous griping.

Hard Frost

GOOD on chief Brexit negotiator David Frost for taking no rubbish from Brussels.

There were those who said the EU would never cave on state aid spending and that the current round of talks were doomed to failure.

But with crunch time around the corner, Eurocrats are ready to offer No 10 guarantees that they won’t exploit last year’s Brexit deal to try to curb the use of subsidies in Britain.

We look forward to seeing what else Lord Frost and his nerves of steel can achieve in the next few weeks of talks.

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