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Let’s not break out the bubbly quite yet but Britain is conquering coronavirus


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Beating the bug

LET’S not break out the bubbly quite yet . . . but Britain is conquering Covid.

Every meaningful statistic now points in that direction. Deaths and hospitalisations, thousands a day in April, are both down to double figures.

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Let’s not break out the bubbly quite yet but Britain is conquering coronavirus[/caption]

Positive cases have ticked up a little, but largely because more tests are done.

The Office for National Statistics believes victims have in fact fallen sharply in a week, from one in 1,500 of us to one in 1,900.

The tiny fraction unfortunate enough to need intensive care have a FAR greater chance of survival now than in April thanks to greater understanding of the disease.

Even our overall Covid death toll is likely to be cut by thousands because of the absurd flaws in how Public Health England counted them.

Regional flare-ups, based on handfuls of new cases, appear not to result in more deaths. No wonder some locals consider new lockdowns an over-reaction.

And experts predict the economic hit may not be as bad as feared, assuming schools reopen fully next month and millions get back to work.

From a poor start, things are looking up.

Migrant failure

THIS Government promised to take back control of our borders. When will it?

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When will our Government take back control of our borders after its multiple promises?[/caption]

Yes, it has detailed plans to regulate the flow of legal EU and non-EU migrants once Brexit is complete. Quite right. But its record on tackling those landing illegally on our shores in ­soaring numbers is dismal.

Not one of the 2,860 who have arrived since May has been returned to France. The French wave them off from Calais and our Border Force plucks them from British waters.

We can hardly blame these unfortunate people for taking their chances when they know that our Government will look after them and that, despite its rhetoric, it lacks the will to deport them.

There is nothing to deter them, then, except the Channel — and in this weather it’s a millpond anyway. Tasking the Navy with turning the boats back is vital.

But it overlooks that thousands of migrants a year wouldn’t pay criminal traffickers for their passage if success wasn’t virtually certain.

As long as we let them stay, more will keep attempting the crossing.

Dark forts

IT’S more unusual nowadays, but for ­centuries Britain put celebrities through ­hideous ordeals locked in castles.

Thomas More, Anne Boleyn, Guy Fawkes and a stellar cast from history lived out ancient versions of I’m A Celeb, Get Me Out Of Here in the Tower of London and elsewhere.

The difference being many were then executed.

But this year’s stars may be praying for the end too when they’re camping out in freezing Blighty and not the Aussie jungle.

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