Friday, 6 November 2009

Strange Days

It's been a strange week. Topped perhaps by the phone call I've just from a gentleman reporting a strange light in the sky over Whitehaven last night. It might have been a UFO of course but considering last night was November 5th (Guy Fawkes Night) when the whole of Britain set off fireworks, I don't think we're going to need Mulder and Scully to solve this particular case.
It's also been a strange week for swine flu with only a small increase in the number of cases but a 'snowballing' (to quote chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson) of cases in intensive care. Deaths have also risen by 16 to 151. That's 105 in England, 31 in Scotland, 10 in Northern Ireland and eight in Wales. The mathematically acute among you will note that adds up to 154, not 151. I'm guessing the discrepancy arises in when each country in the UK announces its figures and the 'extra' ones are people who have died since the official figures came out in that specific country. Or it could just be a cock-up.
There's likely to have been the half-term effect. Schools in England have been on half-term reducing the likely spread of the virus. The holiday was only one week long though.
And finally there's the strange happenings in the Ukraine and the announcement that a cat has, for the first time, caught swine flu.

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