With schools back, we should brace ourselves for it to get worse before it gets better. Leicestershire now has the highest Covid rates in England because schools there returned on August 23
Bit by bit, life is returning to normal – and easing of travel restrictions has put longed-for holidays back on the agenda.
No wonder tour companies are looking at chartering extra planes to cope with next month’s half-term exodus.
But we must recognise that this pandemic is far from over, and the battle to conquer Covid will itself be a long-haul flight.
With schools back, we should brace ourselves for it to get worse before it gets better.
Leicestershire now has the highest Covid rates in England because schools there returned on August 23. And where that county leads, the country will follow.
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The new freedoms we now enjoy are thanks to the phenomenal success of the vaccination programme, which has delivered 77 million jabs. Four in five adults are now double-dosed.
It should be a no-brainer for those who have happily been jabbed twice to be vaxxed again as the big booster rollout begins this week.
But no one is safe until everyone is safe – as the scientists, the health experts and the politicians never tire of telling us.
And “everyone” includes children.
For many parents this is problematic. It’s one thing for adults to get injected with hastily-developed vaccines, quite another to agree to put their children at even the smallest risk.
Yet five in every hundred children who get Covid will develop long-term conditions.
Under-16s are 37 times more likely to have side-effects from infection than vaccination.
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It is not for this newspaper to tell parents what they should choose to do.
But it is for every parent to carefully consider what is best for their child.
It’s astonishing that Boris Johnson passed up the golden opportunity last week to remove Priti Patel as Home Secretary.
And today the Sunday Mirror reveals yet another reason why he should have.
Her use of special powers to pack asylum seekers into disused Army huts – where Covid outbreaks are rife – is a disgrace.
We hope the court action challenging the legitimacy of that is successful.
Last Sunday this newspaper exposed Ms Patel for breaking the ministerial code.
Under another Prime Minister, that would have been a sacking offence.
But then Boris Johnson is not exactly a stickler for the rules either.
It took teenage tennis sensation Emma Raducanu just three seconds to earn £667 – which is the average monthly wage in the Bucharest tower block where her gran, Nina, lives.
Nina puts her granddaughter’s success down to all the hard work Emma and her parents put into her training. She is rightfully proud of all that the family has achieved.
As indeed are we all, Nina.