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13 May 2020  (557 Views) 
Covid-19 crisis

PM Johnson faces a dilemma
PM Johnson of the UK faces a dilemma. The death rate in the UK for covid-19 is quite high, at 482 per million, just slightly below Italy and Spain.

The lockdown has been damaging to the UK economy. He cannot continue the lockdown for much longer as the economic damage will be very serious.

He starts a public communication campaign to encourage the UK residents to return to work, but to continue safe measures. 

The people are not convinced about the new message. They are scared of of covid. They do not want to be exposed to the risk of infection.

It is difficult for the UK government to change their message. They were encouraging people to stay home earlier. That message was too effective.

Now they find it difficult to encourage the people to get back to work. It is a dilemma.

With the benefit of hindsight, they should not have called a lockdown in the first place.

Once started, it is difficult to roll back as it cause people to be confused and to distrust the new message. 

Here is a report from the BBC that explains the death from covid-19. It suggest that in many cases, the victims would have died anyway from other causes and that the covid virus might not be the main cause of death. 

See report.

It is difficult for the UK government to change the perception and fear instilled in the people.

Tan Kin Lian

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