Match, Meet Gasoline
We're told the latest variant of the Covid-19 virus isn't more deadly except that it is much more transmissible. It's more easily spread. A greater number of people may be infected for each carrier. In a situation in which deaths are weighed against economic impacts that gives rise to a number of dilemmas.
First detected in the UK, the "new and improved" virus is said to have originated in South Africa. Who cares? As we saw yesterday, that didn't stop a lot of British holidaymakers from defying their government's appeals to get in a ski vacation to various Alpine resorts. When the Swiss ordered the Brits into quarantine they stole away into the night. Quelle surprise!
I think Covid-19 Mk. II needs to be taken very seriously. Now those who defiantly choose to reject precautions - masks, social distancing, isolation - become a far greater threat to the public welfare and our healthcare systems and must be dealt with accordingly.
Then there's what could become Plague Central. Covid Mk. II has reached India. Not exactly the ideal venue for an easily transmissible virus.
Judging by the Times of India, the new virus strain isn't foremost on that country's mind. They're much more focused on a greater threat - China. The lead story in today's paper relates how even Pakistanis are turning their backs on China's Covid vaccine. It's got one of those "Mikey will eat anything" vibes. The paper accuses China of using access to their vaccine to pressure Third World states into accepting Huawei's 5G technology.
The other big story is about the Chinese military deploying large numbers of missiles, surface to air and surface to surface, along the Chinese-Indian border. China has also deployed the latest S-400 Russian missile systems and its impressive 4.5 generation fighters to the area. India has responded with 1980s vintage Mig-29s.
It's beginning to sound like a movie - Dr. Strangelove Meets Covid Mk. II. Oh dear.