Italy was caught off guard, but rapidly imposed strict measures to attempt to contain the spread of the virus. The UK was not caught off guard, with the advantage of lessons from Italy as well as Asia, but still dithered, delayed and increased the number of avoidable deaths through temporary pursuit of a herd immunity policy, finally following Italy’s stricter model at least two weeks too late. The government bears great moral responsibility for its failure to develop clear policy and implement it swiftly. Italy did the right thing, though probably in the wrong way, while the UK was forewarned but not forearmed due to lack of a clearly thought through policy. If the lesson from Italy is “be vigilant”, the lesson from the UK is “be logical” – but only by being both can governments respond effectively to this crisis.
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