Mattie Brignal

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Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Testing chaos leaves Britain woefully unprepared for a winter surge

A shortage of coronavirus tests is forcing NHS staff to stay at home and putting services at risk. This was …

By Mattie Brignal

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Why Britain’s boosted testing infrastructure risks becoming a blunt instrument

The theory of the government’s test and trace strategy is simple; in order for life to get back to normal …

By Mattie Brignal

Saturday, 5 September 2020

Making Sense review - Sam Harris urges us to make conversation, not war

Sam Harris has the annoying habit of being right on the money. Since he emerged as one of a band …

By Mattie Brignal

Wednesday, 26 August 2020

India’s coronavirus crisis could be far worse than it seems

India’s coronavirus data make for grim reading. For 20 consecutive days it has reported more new cases than any other country …

By Mattie Brignal

Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Our weak human judgment of risk may have led to a lockdown disaster

In every walk of life we accept that some degree of risk is inevitable. Crossing the road, taking a shower …

By Mattie Brignal

Monday, 27 July 2020

Chinese government systematically covered up the outbreak in Wuhan, says Hong Kong University professor

Evidence is continuing to mount that the Chinese government systematically concealed the extent of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan. On …

By Mattie Brignal

Wednesday, 22 July 2020

PHE counting blunder means the gap between real and reported Covid deaths will only widen

Since the UK’s first confirmed Covid-19 fatality in early March the national daily death toll has been the terrifying barometer …

By Mattie Brignal

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Katharine Birbalsingh interview: "If we see everything through the prism of race then nothing has changed."

The fact that fame and teaching don’t usually go hand in hand makes Katharine Birbalsingh’s rise to prominence all the …

By Mattie Brignal

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

How Vietnam pulled off a coronavirus miracle

Vietnam looked like a coronavirus disaster story waiting to happen. The country shares a long border and close economic links …

By Mattie Brignal