I met a man on the way to utopia, a social anthropologist studying jealousy. He expected never to reach his destination.
Interesting snippet in Bloomberg, which reported on 8th April that
Japan has earmarked $2.2 billion of its record economic stimulus package to help its manufacturers shift production out of China as the coronavirus disrupts supply chains between the major trading partners.
The extra budget, compiled to try to offset the devastating effects of the pandemic, includes 220 billion yen ($2 billion) for companies shifting production back to Japan and 23.5 billion yen for those seeking to move production to other countries, according to details of the plan posted online.
In the early days of his presidency, Trump said something along the same lines about encouraging US companies to relocate back to the US.
What will the demographics be like after the Coronavirus pandemic? How much of a wealth shakeup will there be? Will the pull to the centre dampen down any more fundamental shakeup of the way things are done? Will China suffer if companies pull out? Will other companies go in to fill the gap, and can they?
CambridgeshireLive has a map with a legend that reads:
The first confirmed case in Cambridgeshire was announced on March 10. A location was not made public. On March 14, there was four confirmed cases. By March 16, there was twelve. As of March 30, there have been 109.
Cambridgeshire County Council
There have been 278 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the area governed by Cambridgeshire County Council. This data is correct as of April 8, 2020.
At least 17 people who tested positive for COVID-19 have died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. This data is correct as of April 8, 2020.
The notes to the map read:
While the map is accurate based on information that is publicly available, some cases and deaths may not be covered because locations are not revealed beyond local authorities.
Also, due to low testing numbers, the actual number of confirmed Covid-19 cases is likely to be much higher
Source News sends out an email daily about matters of interest in Scotland. It describes itself thus:
Source is an online journalism platform dedicated to delivering what our readers need and deserve: unique, vital news and analysis for Scotland and beyond.
One of the items in the email it sent out today mentions a report in the Times:
Supermarkets have said they are unable to give online shopping slots to thousands of vulnerable Scots because Scottish Government Ministers are yet to provide them with the data. Sainsbury, Asda and Tesco have confirmed they are waiting to hear from the Scottish Government about who needs home deliveries. (The Times)
That mirrors our experience. Tamara is on the list of vulnerable people that Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer, described a couple of weeks ago. He said that a letter would be coming to those people “in the coming days”.
The coming days have not come yet.
My wife spoke to the surgery. They confirmed they have put her on the list and submitted it. They said they had been asked to revisit the list to add or amend. They did that and submitted it. The practice manager gave my wife the code that identifies her as vulnerable. The code has to come in the letter from NHS England or the Government. It has not come yet.
I spoke to Customer Services at Waitrose. They are having to tell customers that they cannot release slots for vulnerable people until Government gives them the codes.
The Net Result
The net result is that vulnerable people are having to visit supermarkets and put themselves at risk. Is that an unintended consequence of a plan poorly thought out?