Britain dubbed ‘plague island’ as frantic caller pleads with UK to deal with covid spike

Coronavirus: UK labelled 'plague island' by French caller

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A frantic LBC listener called in from France and admitted to being concerned about the massive spike in coronavirus cases in Britain. She added she felt sorry for the British people and was worried about her own family in the UK. She also noted that the UK is being dubbed Plague Island due to the rise in cases.

The caller said: “I am shocked, absolutely shocked.

“I have got family in the UK and I feel very sorry and worried for them.

“People seem to have just gone, ‘Covid is finished now, let’s get on and crack on with it’

“People have got to realise it is not over, particularly with the number of cases they are getting in the UK.”

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She added: “One newspaper here called the UK Plague Island, I think people have got to get back to being serious about mask-wearing etc.

“It is quite shocking, people can’t understand why the UK is not doing it more.

“This is especially true if there are new variants coming.

“We all know what happened with the delta variant, no one wants that to happen and for it to hit the rest of Europe and the rest of the world.”

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The frustrated caller went on: “It is confusion, I suppose it is a bit like Brexit, you can’t quite work out what is going on.

“That is unfortunate but people have really got to wake up and smell the coffee over there because it is important to start wearing the masks and getting your vaccine.”

On Monday, coronavirus cases were reported at 49,156, the highest figure since mid-July.

Due to the massive rise in cases, concerns have been raised that the Government may implement a winter lockdown.


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Former Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir David King criticised the slow booster programme rollout and reflected on its significance regarding the spike in cases.

Sir David said: “I think the booster scheme has been rolled out extremely slowly.

“It is very surprising considering the success of the vaccination scheme.

“On the booster rollout, I have had my booster shot, I do know many older people who haven’t yet had theirs.”

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