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SAGE was put on a pedestal… but their models clearly didn’t reflect reality – Daily Mail

  • SAGE admitted early virus modelling based on figures from online encyclopedia
  • Committee of scientists advising PM also had no expert on human coronavirus 
  • Dubious data formed the basis for the group’s calls for first national lockdown
  • Experts predicted that the peak would be in June – but it actually came in April  
  • Impact of care home staff spreading Covid by working in multiple sites not considered
  • Scientists failed to consider the impact agency workers would have on spreading Covid in care homes by moving between several different sites to work
  • There were more than 30,000 excess deaths in care homes because of Covid in 2020

Professor Mark Jit, an epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and member of SPI-M, said the group used data from Wikipedia in the UK along with hospitalisations in China and Northern Italy to inform their modelling. 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8961245/SAGE-used-dodgy-data-WIKIPEDIA-model-Covid-crisis-spring-BBC-documentary-reveals.html

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How 23-year-old with no relevant experience was among firms who cashed in on government’s ‘shambolic’ £12bn NHS safety equipment bonanza – Daily Mail

  • Government relaxed procurement rules to allow officials to award contracts  
  • PPE team of 450 staff handed out more than 6,900 contracts worth £12.3billion 
  • Officials paid £3.8million into the wrong bank account in one instance 
  • Sabi Mokeddem, 23, was given £880,000 to supply 55,000 coveralls

Our investigation – distinct from from today’s NAO report – uncovers how blundering officials paid £3.8million into the wrong bank account in one instance and handed an £880,000 contract to a 23-year-old with no relative experience in another.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8959451/Companies-no-experience-pocketed-12bn-Governments-shambolic-PPE-scramble.html

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25,000 people discharged from hospitals to care homes before government started routine testing – PoliticsHome

A new report by the National Audit Office confirms that 25,000 people moved from hospitals into care homes between mid-March and mid-April.

Jeremy Hunt, the Conservative former health secretary who now chairs the Commons Health Committee, said the findings were “extraordinary” and came “despite widespread knowledge that the virus could be carried asymptomatically”.

https://www.politicshome.com/news/article/coronavirus-25000-people-discharged-from-hospitals-to-care-homes-without-tests-at-height-of-pandemic-watchdog-confirms