This is the incredibly irresponsible headline in today’s Daily Mail (click to expand):
There are two appalling things about this headline. The first is the use of the word’ jump’, making it seem like things are getting worse. There was actually a drop in new infections yesterday, but you wouldn’t know that from the Mail’s headline.
The other thing is the way this picture is framed, with the use of the word ‘chilling’, and the pixelated face and the chemical suits. Sure it’s not good if an elderly person, or anyone else, gets a nasty virus and has to go to hospital. But this sort of thing happens all the time, every day of the year. There was a nursing home on a street near where I used to live, and quite often I’d see an ambulance outside whenever I happened to go down that street. Remember that 1600-1700 people die every day in Britain. An old person being transferred from a nursing home to hospital via an ambulance is completely normal.
This is not news reporting. It’s manipulation, and pure propaganda.
Here’s the real news: The number of new cases yesterday fell from 1035 to 665. The number of deaths fell from 56 to 48. Things are not going the way the doom-mongers said, but they’re not going to tell you that.