Brits lose Covid icebreaker as government relaxes testing rules
Inconvenient breaks: A daily diet that Britain lived on for two years is now finally over or at least less compulsively sought after. How many cases yesterday? This is where the daily question began, followed by discussions and interpretations mostly along the same lines. Now the government has ended the requirement to send the government Covid test results among those who show no symptoms. Since this was still a very large number of positives, the numbers wouldn’t even be as partially indicative as they were. India is still, and fortunately, counting down.
Confusing account: Tuesday’s numbers were eye-opening and worrying, however. They indicate that 19,828 people are hospitalized with Covid. And they counted 379 new deaths in 24 hours on Monday. The ray of hope here is that the hospitalization figure indicates those who may have come for something else and who have Covid. And they keep the hope that it is not the Covid which is at the origin of a very large number of hospitalizations, and that it can now be treated effectively in hospitals.
Mallya Thorny Rose: Every time the words about Vijay Mallya seem to fall silent, a new case pops up, there are so many. The latest is the decision by Swiss bank UBS to foreclose on Mallya’s house, in the name of a company called Rose Capital, in London’s Regents Park. Mallya failed to pay a £20million mortgage on the property. A court ruling is due soon on whether Mallya will be evicted from this property.
The poor man’s tycoon: Mallya meanwhile, he says, is living a poor life by his standards with a court-awarded income of 18,300 pounds (18 lakh rupees) a week; so about 80,000 (80 lakh rupees) pounds per month. From there, his lawyers had offered to plunge him into even greater poverty by offering him not to accept more than £30,000 a month to live on. The courts have not imposed such discipline. Mallya therefore remains less poor than it could still be.
Peer review: Several MPs have called for Lord Nazir Ahmed to be stripped of his peerage after he was found guilty by a court of sexually assaulting two children as a teenager in the 1970s. Nazir Ahmed quit the House of Lords after a committee recommended his removal for inappropriate conduct with a woman. He still insisted on declaring himself “lord”. He now faces a growing call for that prefix to be removed.
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