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The government’s unfinished summer homework on Covid-19

Even with a respite, the government has not fixed some of the problems that bedevilled its early response to the pandemic

By Sarah Nickson  

Photo: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

The refrain is now well-worn: the early phase of the pandemic saw the government machine scrambling to get on top of the crisis. Ministers sat on their hands for too long over the lockdown, testing rates were too low, and announcements were made with no longer time horizon in mind than that day’s press conference. But even if some were own goals, these were decisions made under extraordinary conditions.

The government should be…

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