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The second lockdown buys us time. We must use it

Government incompetence must not be allowed to derail urgent improvements in our pandemic infrastructure

By Philip Ball  

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As the UK enters its second lockdown, there’s less sense of déja vu than might have been expected. Nothing has changed for the virus: the infection curve has (even adjusting numbers for the greater extent of testing this time round) the mathematical precision of the classic second wave. But it is spreading in a different social climate. Whereas in March there was a general sense of relief when the government finally (and belatedly) committed itself to a national lockdown, and a feeling of unity in…

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