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Reset: How the UK's Covid-19 Strategy Must Change to Rebuild Confidence   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Executive Summary: "In navigating the complex trade-offs presented by Covid-19 [coronavirus disease 2019], the government has courted controversy by pressing ahead with easing lockdown measures at a time when the number of daily new cases appears to be well above that for comparable countries when they took similar steps. Whatever the timing though, any attempt to restart the economy will falter if people lack confidence that there is a clear strategy to keep them safe. To date the government's approach has been lacking, and as a result public confidence in its handling of the crisis was ebbing away at a rate not seen anywhere else in Europe even before the Cummings controversy broke. In recent days it is likely to have fallen further. This is far more than just a political problem. [...] But it is not too late to turn things around with a strategy reset. This should consist of overhauling the current plans to rebuild trust in three key areas: monitoring community-level risks, assessing individual-level risks, and controlling the virus."

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2020-06
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Tony Blair Institute for Global Change
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