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Posted On: 21 May 2020   |   Posted By: The Big Issue

Increasingly, the Covid disease is told in naked numbers. Not just the grim daily toll of lives lost, but of financial costs. The bailout figure for Britain looks set to be £123bn. A staggering amount. Or one Jeff Bezos, give or take.
That said, government borrowing is being predicted to be £298bn for the year. That's a leap of £243bn on the figure before the crisis hit. Even Amazon's dime would struggle to touch the sides of that.
The numbers rotate and shift, like the stars that used to circle dizzy cartoon characters after a bump on the head. The R number is around 0.7. It needs to be lower. Actually, it is lower in London. Why is that?
The number of people tested a day in Britain is over 100,000. Though not quite. And not always.
People in more deprived areas die of coronavirus at twice the rate of the more well-off .
You can meet only one person, who isn't part of your household, in a public place. But what if you chat to another household of more than one who you meet by chance?
Over 300,000 people...

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