Young people accused of peak coronavirus cases in UK and France


Tom Clark thinks it is a bit of the Australian pragmatist who is helping him overcome the COVID-19 crisis in France.

The 36-year-old takes the pandemic seriously, but in its wake.

He moved to Paris over ten years ago, quickly making his mark selling specialty coffee. He now runs eight cafes, including three he has opened since the start of the pandemic.

“I’m not looking at the number of cases and the panic,” he said at 7:30 a.m. of the peak of coronavirus cases across France.

“We’ve had viruses over millennia, we just have to learn to live with them, and science is catching up. We will have a solution in a year or two and until then at the enterprise level you cannot stop. If you stop, you die. ”

Australian Tom Clark, pictured right, in one of his Parisian cafes.(Supplied: Tom Clark)

His company, Coutume, lost a third of its profits during the pandemic, but warnings of a second wave in Europe do not alarm him.

“I’m not trying to be jaded about this, but from what I understand, the total all-cause death rate hasn’t really been impacted from year to year, and this virus has been more deadly in some fragile parts of the community, ”says Mr. Clark.

Spike blamed on the young

People walk past the Louvre in Paris wearing masks.
Crowds are back at Parisian monuments like the Louvre.(AP: Kamil Zihnioglu)

As case rates start to skyrocket again in European countries like France and Spain, and across the UK in the UK, the death toll has remained relatively low for now.

In each country, the further spread of the virus is blamed on young people under the age of 30 who, with restrictions relaxed over the summer, ensured they enjoyed freedom.

In the UK, for example, on weekends, the police regularly struggle to control large street parties or raves with hundreds of people.

Cities along the Spanish and French coasts also struggled to maintain their social estrangement as young people were teeming with beaches and bars.

But behavior specialist Professor Stephen Reicher says blaming young people for the resurgence of the virus is counterproductive.

“If you tell people, ‘Listen, everybody’s doing this, stop doing it’, what people hear is, ‘Everybody’s doing it’, no, ‘Stop doing it’, ‘ Professor Reicher, who is a member of the UK’s government science advisory group, SAGE, said at 7:30 am.

Professor Reicher said he believes the peak happened because governments had done nothing to reduce infection rates over the summer. He said a clear and focused message would be paramount going forward.

UK and France exclude national lockdowns

People sit gathered at dining tables set up in a street with buildings in the background.
With restrictions relaxed during the summer, young people enjoyed the warm weather in London.(ABC News: Nick Dole)

In recent weeks, the British government has decided to reintroduce restrictions in hot spots, mainly in the north of England.

But the infection rate is now increasing across the board.

In an attempt to counter this, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has banned gatherings of more than six people, indoors or outdoors.

The number of new cases has been close to or over 3,000 per day for the past 10 days, with the UK registering 3,991 new cases on Wednesday alone.

Mr Johnson has ruled out a second national lockdown, as has President Emmanuel Macron in France.

The case rate in France hit a new high of 10,000 in one day last weekend, and still stands at around 8,000 per day.

The death toll in the two countries has remained relatively low at around 30 people per day. At the height of the pandemic, this toll reached more than 1,000 people.

Dr David Nabarro, the World Health Organization’s special envoy on COVID-19, said at 7:30 a.m. he didn’t think the rise in infections was a second wave.

Instead, he said it was a “sudden spike in infections.”

“What’s important is that they manage to contain these spikes very quickly, and life can pretty much go on. It’s not perfect and there are still large sectors that are struggling, but things are starting to come back. “

The United Kingdom will “go through a very difficult period”

A man wears a face mask while sitting away from the few other passengers on an underground train.
The UK government has started reintroducing restrictions as the number of coronaviruses rises.(AP: Alberto Pezzali)

In the UK, according to figures from Imperial College London, the case rate is doubling every seven days and, with the testing system under great strain, there are fears the outbreak is already out of control.

Dr Gabriel Scally, a member of an independent scientific panel set up to counter the UK government’s view, says it is “criminal” that the gains made during the spring lockdown were wasted.

“We relaxed a lot of social restrictions, but nothing we started doing would have stopped him from coming back,” he said at 7:30 am.

Dr Nabarro argues that locks were a method of restraining the virus and that spikes were always expected once they were lifted.

“My hope for Europe in the coming weeks is that we can gradually move from the whole process that is done by government instructions to a situation where people have found how to live their lives,” he said. he declares.

In Paris, Tom Clark will not let 10 years of hard work and determination go astray with the coronavirus.

“We have to continue to open up and develop, we cannot put everything on hold, because things are going back quickly,” he said.

“In the last three months, I haven’t had a day of doing nothing, I have adapted, I have implemented new measures. So yes, I see it as a challenge to overcome, as simple as that.

Watch this story at 7:30 am tonight.


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