The swine flu pandemic is getting greater by the day, and judging by what is happening so far, the government has given up on plans to fight it.
At present, according to official statistics, there are over 9,718 confirmed cases, of which there has been 14 deaths, with around 335 people in hospital, 43 of them critical.
The UK now has the third highest rate in the world, next to the United States, and Mexico, the centre of the current outbreak.
I cannot understand why the US, with a far bigger population, only has around 33,000 cases, when ours, a much, much smaller country, have around 9,000. I fear that this country seems to have a typically lax attitude to dealing with the problem when analysts independently compare our approach with others.
I also fear that the government’s poor record in dealing with crises may repeat itself all over again, like what happened in the Foot-and-Mouth crisis back in 2001…. except this time, we may be ordering body bags to help bury our human dead.