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14 October 2020

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Nottingham Covid surge caused by Tory mismanagement

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Nottingham was the area with the highest number of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 as of 10 October. The government has put the city under the 'high' (tier-two) restrictions.

The alarming increase in cases has again exposed the bankruptcy of the government's handling of the crisis. It ignored the blatantly obvious - that the full return of schools and universities would exacerbate the infection rate due to crowding together large numbers of young people.

Nottingham had what was seen as a low rate of cases - 12 per 100,000 - in early September. Schools went back on 1 September. As of the week to 10 October, cases had shot up to 880 per 100,000 - over ten times the average for England of 81. Numbers in Nottinghamshire (excluding the city) had also increased.

The areas with the highest number of cases are around the two universities. Of course, the news generally downplays the impact of poor and overcrowded working conditions, and there are multiple factors.

However, it is clear that bringing over 40,000 young adults into the city would inevitably increase infections. But the students are not to blame - it's the government and university management!

Gary Freeman Nottingham Socialist Party

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In The Socialist 14 October 2020:


Coronavirus news

Locked down, hard up, fight back!

As school cases soar - is contact tracing 'near breaking point'?

Even more delay in stopping school transmission?

National Education Union must launch action now

Nottingham Covid surge caused by Tory mismanagement

Under the microscope


Students

Students not to blame for unsafe uni conditions

"It's not fair" - lockdown students demand free education

Students speak out: isolation and uncertainty reign

Building a movement to fight for free education


What we think

Unite votes to cut affiliation fee to Labour


Workplace news

Usdaw elections: the battle for a fighting union

NEU Special Conference: A fight for safety in schools is urgently needed

Napo AGM 2020: Celebrating probation victory and preparing for challenges ahead

University workers ballot for action against in-person teaching

Stop Royal Mail's profit-driven plans to force postal workers to share vans

Unison: The Socialist is backing Hugo Pierre - for a fighting socialist general secretary!


Co-ops

Are cooperatives the answer to a failing capitalist system?


Campaigns

Stop NHS meltdown

Transport for London funding crunch

Oliver Campbell - Still fighting for justice

Fighting Fund - we're off to a good start


Obituary

Obituary: Raph Parkinson 1958-2020


International news

Greek workers and socialists celebrate convictions of Golden Dawn fascists

Nigeria: Mass protests force government to disband killer cop unit


Readers' opinion

Non-fiction: This Land - the story of a movement

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Related links:

Nottingham:

triangleNottingham Socialist Party: Defend the right to protest

triangleSave John Carroll - fight is far from over!

triangleSave John Carroll Leisure Centre

triangleNottingham City Council: Major battles against cuts ahead

triangleStudents speak out: isolation and uncertainty reign

Tory:

triangleLiverpool hustings - only TUSC has a strategy to take on the Tories

triangleGreensill scandal, Corruption ... Build a socialist alternative

triangleCaerphilly & RCT Socialist Party: How the Welsh government could fight Tory cuts

triangleTory hypocrisy over housing benefit cut

Covid:

triangleDon't trust the Labour right's empty promises

triangleCovid and precarious workers - union organisation vital

triangleLong Covid: Fight for jobs, benefits and services

Government:

triangleFight to stop cuts

triangleNHS pay: reject Tories' miserly 1% 'offer' - Fight for full 15% rise

Schools:

triangleElect a socialist leadership to fight for national action and a united campaign

Nottinghamshire:

triangleCallous Tory cuts to children's speech therapy in Nottinghamshire

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