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    If you are running the government or a hospital then 30% more patients could be absolutely catastrophic.

    That's not what the stat means, though - and this is perhaps a good reason why using it is problmeatic. I.e., it's not an increase in 30% more patients. It's an increase in fatalities of those who have caught the virus (again, a fraction of percent). The vast majority of these deaths would, I expect, be amongst people who were already in the hospital. That doesn't mean it's not a worrying statistic if true.

    Having said that, the new variant has resulted in more hospitalizations due to the increase in transmissions, it would appear. We've known this since (at least) December, however.

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    I also personally think it's unhelpful to use numbers like "30% more deadly" when this translates into a fraction of a percent of actual additional deaths. Unless the goal is to scare everyone.

    Edit, essentially what @Acliff said above. Too slow replying. More coffee.

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    A kid that can play the bagpipes + a coach load of tourists = ££££

    The dad probably left him in the rain to keep him humble

    Acutalol - this gave me the biggest chuckle I've had on this thread for a while.

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    The refusal to offer diplomatic rights to the EU Ambassador is spectacularly stupid. On the face of it, just some more petty points scoring, but of course we need to liaise and communicate even more with the EU now, so immediately pissing them off really is a bad idea

    I don't think it's a spectacularly stupid idea to not treat an international organisation as a sovereign nation. I can't think of any reason why we anyone would want to give them those rights, to be honest.

    I do think it completely undermines the argument that the UK lacked sovereignty when it was a member, however. If the EU isn't sovereign, but instead the member states which make it up are, what was all that moaning about sovereignty really about? Oh yeah...

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    Paves the way nicely for the The Tribunal.

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    On the look out for a bike for my partner. If anyone's got something, or seen something, that would fit someone who's 5'3", drop me a message please!

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    If it's good enough for the BBC...

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    Any recommendations for a cheap laptop/tablet/fan stand? Please don't say ironing board or the likes (I did UTFS) - I've been using a laundry drying rack for ages but it's not ideal with my current setup.

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    Hannah Arendt!?!

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