呼吁将Covid自我隔离时间缩短至五天

呼吁将Covid自我隔离时间缩短至五天: San Carlo boss backs demands as he warns he will have to CLOSE several restaurants because of staff shortages

  • 在星期一, US officials announced they would cut their isolation time for positive cases to five days
  • Boris Johnson being urged to do the same due to 800,000-plus people being at home for at least seven days
  • Pubs and restaurants say that they no longer have enough staff to remain open into the start of 2022
  • Britain’s hospitality chiefs today urged 鲍里斯·约翰逊(Boris Johnson) to cut the Covid self-isolation period to five days because they have ‘nobody leftto serve customers due to the spread of 奥米克戎.

    Marcello Distefano, managing director of the San Carlo Italian restaurant chain, admits he will have to close several of their 23 restaurants due to staff shortages with staffing levels for New Year’s Eve still touch and go.

    On pleas to cut the isolation time to five days, 他说: ‘It’s going to help. But it doesn’t change the fact that we are having to move people around just to keep restaurants open. We literally have nobody left, so either way we’ll have to close several restaurants’.

    他说: ‘We are having to reduce the capacity of restaurants because we just don’t have the staff to service demand. We’re also having to reduce menus because we don’t have the staff to produce what we normally need. The spread of the virus in the last seven to ten days, we’ve seen a huge upsurge in the number of people having to be off work.

    ‘Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve and we are taking it day by day to see if we can remain open. We will have to close several of our restaurants next week’.

    Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning, he said that a bumper Christmas failed to materialise due to gloomy warnings from the Government.

    ‘We were nowhere near the Christmas sales we would have hoped for’, 他说, saying that he had hoped takings would double in the weeks before Christmas Day.

    But the UK Government has insisted that there are ‘no further changesplanned on reducing quarantine periodsafter they were dropped from ten to seven days with a negative lateral flow test on days six and sevenalthough officials also said that the rules would be kept ‘under review’.

    Boris Johnson has been urged to ‘be careful about changing tacticsas pressure ramped up on No10 to slash the Covid self-isolation period to five days.

    A senior World Health Organization official claimed it was ‘advisablenot to adapt coronavirus-fighting strategies based on ‘earlyOmicron data.

    Dr Michael Ryan, executive director of the agency’s health emergencies programme, urged Governments to ‘wait and seebefore acting. 然而, he claimed the chances of someone transmitting the virus after six days of being infected were ‘lowerand accepted it was up to individual countries to make a ‘judgement call’.

    科学家们, MPs and business leaders have lined up to urge the Prime Minister to follow the US’s example by once again reducing the time spent in quarantine.

    Late on Monday, American health officials announced they would cut their isolation time for positive cases to just five days – provided people were showing no symptoms, piling pressure on the UK to follow suit.

    No10 only last week slashed the quarantine period in England from ten days to seven for those who test negative two days in a row. And the Government today said there were ‘no further changes’ 计划, insisting the current strategy was ‘right’.

    The rest of the UK has stuck with the original 10-day rule, and Nicola Sturgeon today announced that no decision on scaling it back in Scotland would be made until next week at the earliest.

    Others today urged No10 to avoid ‘rushing intocutting isolation times. Any decision to cut the quarantine length to five days ‘would have to be based on very clear evidencethat it won’t drive a rise in infections, one NHS leader said.

    This is despite health bosses warning that NHS staffing shortages pose a ‘bigger problemthan rising coronavirus admissions, which have started ticking upwards due to Omicron’s rapid spread.

    与此同时, it also emerged today that Test & Trace is still telling people to quarantine for 10 full days despite the updated advice.

    取决于 800,000 people are thought to currently be in isolation, causing widespread disruption to bin collections, rail services and the hospitality sector.

    Marcello Distefano, managing director of the San Carlo Italian restaurant chain, admits he will have to close several of their 23 restaurants due to staff shortages with staffing levels for New Year's Eve still touch and go.

    Marcello Distefano, managing director of the San Carlo Italian restaurant chain, admits he will have to close several of their 23 restaurants due to staff shortages with staffing levels for New Year’s Eve still touch and go.

    科学家们, MPs and business leaders have lined up to urge Boris Johnson (pictured during a visit to a Covid vaccination site in Milton Keynes this morning) to follow the US' example by once again reducing the time spent in quarantine. But the Government has said there are 'no further changes' planned

    科学家们, MPs and business leaders have lined up to urge Boris Johnson (pictured during a visit to a Covid vaccination site in Milton Keynes this morning) to follow the USexample by once again reducing the time spent in quarantine. But the Government has said there are ‘no further changes’ 计划

    Britain's Covid's self-isolation sentence could be halved to just five days, some academics have argued. Data suggests roughly 98 per cent of virus transmission occurs either before people become ill, or within five days of symptoms starting

    Britain’s Covid’s self-isolation sentence could be halved to just five days, some academics have argued. Data suggests roughly 98 per cent of virus transmission occurs either before people become ill, or within five days of symptoms starting

    Dr Michael Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization's health emergencies programme

    First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon

    On reducing the time spent in Covid quarantine Dr Michael Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization health emergencies programme has said it is not ‘advisableto adapt Covid-fighting strategies based on ‘earlyOmicron data and First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has announced that no decision on scaling back isolation times in Scotland would be made until next week at the earliest

    与此同时, it also emerged today that Test & Trace is still telling people to quarantine for 10 full days despite the updated advice. 取决于 800,000 people are thought to currently be in isolation. An email telling the recipient to self-isolate for 10 days despite the change in guidance

    与此同时, it also emerged today that Test & Trace is still telling people to quarantine for 10 full days despite the updated advice. 取决于 800,000 people are thought to currently be in isolation. An email telling the recipient to self-isolate for 10 days despite the change in guidance

    Test & Trace is still telling people to quarantine for 10 days despite the updated advice, texts seen by MailOnline show

    Test & Trace is still telling people to quarantine for 10 days despite the updated advice, texts seen by MailOnline show

    Is it REALLY safe to cut the 10-day quarantine?

    How long are people infectious for?

    Britain’s Covid’s self-isolation sentence could be halved to just five days, some academics have argued.

    Data suggests roughly 98 per cent of virus transmission occurs either before people become ill, or within five days of symptoms starting.

    Dr Muge Cevik, an infectious disease expert from the University of St Andrews, said earlier this year: ‘Given most transmission happens very early on, the isolation period could be much shorter for the cases.

    ‘Viral load peaks pretty quickly, so people are highly infectious within the first few days.

    How long can Covid patients test positive for?

    Lateral flow tests, which offer results in as little as 15 分钟, work best for sniffing out the people who are most infectious.

    They look for viral proteins called antigens in samples taken from the nose and throat.

    But the kits are less sensitive than gold-standard PCRs, which sees swabs sent off to laboratories to be analysed for viral genetic material.

    It means they are less likely to spot someone when they are infected, but also less likely to give a positive result when someone has gone past their peak infectiousness and have a lower viral load.

    PCRs, 另一方面, are extremely sensitive and can pick up the presence of viral fragments long after the illness has cleared.

    为此原因, a positive PCR result does not always mean someone is still contagious.

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    Dr Ryan told a WHO press conference today: ‘Even with the previous variants most people will incubate and show symptoms or be positive within that first six days or so, and the chances then of being positive or transmitting the disease after that are lower.

    ‘But it is then for governments to make that judgment call of when to allow people out of a quarantine situation with extra tests.

    ‘The most important thing at this moment is we need to be careful about changing tactics and strategies immediately on the basis of what we’re seeing in early Omicron data.

    ‘”哦, it’s less severe– maybe its not; “It’s more transmissible– maybe it is, but we have to wait and see if the vaccines work or they don’t work, we have to wait and see, and I think it will be advisable at this point if we don’t see huge shifts, huge moves in reducing control measures for Covid purely on the basis of initial and preliminary studies.

    The UK Government has said there are ‘no further changesplanned on reducing quarantine periods but insisted the rules would be kept ‘under review’.

    Chloe Smith, minister for disabled people, health and work, argued the current seven-day isolation span was the ‘rightlength of time.

    The Prime Minister — who was accused of dodging the Omicron crisis by spending the Christmas period in his country bolthole Chequers — was not asked about whether he intended to adapt the stay-at-home rules during a visit to a vaccination centre in Milton Keynes today.

    In Scotland today, Ms Sturgeon said no changes would be made to the nation’s 10 day Covid isolation rules until next week at the earliest.

    ‘I indicated last week that we were weighing the risks and benefits of shortening the isolation period for index cases, and also potentially easing the requirement for all household contacts to isolate following a positive case,’ 她说.

    ‘These are finely balanced judgments and we are considering the current trends in infection carefully.

    '然而, I confirm that we hope to reach decisions in the next week with any changes taking effect from the 5th January.

    Experts in the UK have supported further reductions in Covid isolation periods, including Sir John Bell, a world-leading immunologist and former Government adviser, who yesterday revealed he would back a similar move to the American change here in Britain, as long as people still recorded negative lateral flow results.

    And Professor Paul Hunter, from the University of East Anglia, went further, calling for strict isolation rules to be scrapped altogether ‘sooner rather than later’.

    But even current reductions in Covid isolation times are failing to be implemented as it emerged today that Test & Trace is still telling people to quarantine for 10 full days despite the updated advice reducing this to seven.

    David Jones, a former Tory minister, hit out at the failure to communicate the change, 讲 电报: ‘This seems a clear case of officials trying to undermine decisions made by democratically accountable ministers.

    ‘The rule changes were made after full consideration of the relevant evidence. Officials now have a responsibility to implement those changes, not ignore them. They must get out of the ‘Whitehall knows bestmentality.

    William Wragg, the Tory chairman of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee, which oversees the work of the Civil Service, 说过: ‘The UK Health Security Agency does not govern the country and as such should follow the instructions given to it by ministers.

    ‘The policy on test and release has been updated and should be communicated to the public properly.

    Chloe Smith, minister for disabled people, health and work, said the current seven-day isolation span was the 'right' length of time

    Chloe Smith, minister for disabled people, health and work, said the current seven-day isolation span was the ‘rightlength of time

    American officials on Monday scrapped an order requiring the infected to self-isolate for 10 天. 代替, they can leave home at the half-way point, as long as they have no symptoms and can wear a mask around people for another five days.

    Bosses at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) insisted the decision was ‘motivated by scienceand to keep ‘society functioning’.

    Leading experts immediately called for UK to follow suit especially in the face of Omicron, which has wreaked havoc on businesses throughout Christmas by forcing hundreds of thousands to stay at home.

    Unions have warned Omicron has left public services in a ‘perilous statewith recycling centres forced to close and bin collections under threat in London, while flights have been grounded and trains cancelled.

    The president of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), Lord Bilimoria, pointed out that South Africa — where Omicron was first detected — had dropped the requirement to self-isolate altogether for those who are asymptomatic.

    But shadow work and pensions secretary Jonathan Ashworth said the Government should avoid ‘rushing intocutting Covid isolation times.

    Asked about calls for the isolation period to be reduced to five days, 他告诉天空新闻: ‘I think we should always follow the advice of our leading scientists, medical scientists like Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance, and I don’t think they’ve given an opinion on this.

    他加了: ‘Let’s see what they say on this before rushing into this.

    Mr Ashworth said politicians ‘should always be careful to listen to scientific experts’.

    Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said ‘staff absence is a huge issue for the NHS right nowon top of about 100,000 vacancies that already existed.

    Asked if the self-isolation period for Covid should be cut to five days to free up more staff, he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘The Government, with scientific advice, has to make an assessment of the balance of risk here.

    ‘But it’s important to recognise that there are risks to anything that we do, and if we were to reduce to five days that would have to be based on very clear evidence that is not going to increase the rate of infection.

    He suggested the evidence was not yet there, adding that Omicron was a new variant and there had been a rise in hospital admissions.

    In changing the guidance CDC officials said it was in keeping with growing evidence that people with the virus are most infectious in the two days before and three days after symptoms develop.

    The decision was also driven by a recent surge in Covid infections, propelled by the Omicron variant.

    Early research suggests Omicron may cause milder illnesses than earlier versions of the coronavirus.

    But the sheer number of people becoming infected, and therefore having to isolate, threatens to crush the ability of hospitals, airlines and other businesses to stay open, 专家说.

    The CDC’s director Rochelle Walensky last night warned the country is about to see a lot of Omicron cases.

    她说: ‘Not all of those cases are going to be severe. In fact many are going to be asymptomatic.

    ‘We want to make sure there is a mechanism by which we can safely continue to keep society functioning while following the science.

    People with symptoms during isolation, or who develop symptoms during their time quarantining, should still stay at home, the CDC said.

    上个星期, the agency loosened rules that previously called on health care workers to stay out of work for 10 days if they test positive.

    The new recommendations said workers could go back to work after seven days if they test negative and don’t have symptoms.

    And the agency said isolation time could be cut to five days, or even fewer, if there are severe staffing shortages.

    UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) data showed 129,471 people tested positive in England over the last 24 小时, 向上 43 per cent on last week's figure of 90,629 ¿ which included case numbers for the other home nations as well

    UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) data showed 129,471 people tested positive in England over the last 24 小时, 向上 43 per cent on last week’s figure of 90,629 — which included case numbers for the other home nations as well

    The daily death figures were also affected by reporting blips over the festive period, confusing the true state of the current Covid outbreak

    The daily death figures were also affected by reporting blips over the festive period, confusing the true state of the current Covid outbreak

    Ministers are thought to be watching admissions in Omicron hotspot London closely, with a breach of 400 expected to trigger further restrictions nationwide. The latest data shows 374 people were admitted to the capital on Boxing Day, 向上 73 per cent on the week before

    Ministers are thought to be watching admissions in Omicron hotspot London closely, with a breach of 400 expected to trigger further restrictions nationwide. The latest data shows 374 people were admitted to the capital on Boxing Day, 向上 73 per cent on the week before

    UK Government statistics show how the number of Covid tests being conducted has reached 1.5m a day, with the number of swabs carried out having increased massively since Omicron first emerged

    UK Government statistics show how the number of Covid tests being conducted has reached 1.5m a day, with the number of swabs carried out having increased massively since Omicron first emerged

    Ministers have already squeezed the isolation period to seven days, providing Covid sufferers test negative twice at the end of their week of quarantine. But Sir John Bell (图为), an immunologist who has advised the Government on Covid, said Britain could go even further and replicate the US by relying on lateral flow tests

    And Professor Paul Hunter (图为), an infectious disease expert from the University of East Anglia, said eventually Covid-infected people need to be allowed to 'go about their normal lives' as they would with a cold

    Ministers have already squeezed the isolation period to seven days, providing Covid sufferers test negative twice at the end of their week of quarantine. But Sir John Bell (图为), an immunologist who has advised the Government on Covid, said Britain could go even further and replicate the US by relying on lateral flow tests

    Ministers ‘will NOT impose regional restrictions to fight Omicron

    Ministers have ruled out regional lockdowns to tackle the Omicron coronavirus variant, 据报道 – meaning that all of Britain could pay the price for some Londoners not getting jabbed.

    A return to regional restrictions, such as tierswhich were credited with slowing the virus but ultimately failed to head off a third national lockdownwill not go ahead, reports The Times.

    A government source told the newspaper: ‘We are not looking at doing regional restrictions. That is not on the table.

    Referring to regional curbs, another source added: ‘It is difficult for people to understand because of different sets of rules. We want one set of rules for everyone in the country, which is easier for people to understand.

    The move could result in regulations being imposed on parts of the UK with comparatively low hospital admissions to areas such as London, where medics fear that rate could increase in the coming weeks due to a lag between people getting infected and becoming severely ill.

    The latest data shows 374 people were admitted to hospitals in the capital on Boxing Daynearing the 400-a-day level that could trigger a Government intervention – 向上 73 per cent on the week before.

    London also has the lowest vaccination rate of any region in the country and therefore is more susceptible to a rise in severe infections.

    Among the restrictions that could be reintroduced is the Rule Of Six, which limits the number of people someone can socialise with.

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    It comes after health bosses yesterday warned that NHS staffing shortages are a ‘bigger problemthan rising coronavirus admissions.

    Thousands of nurses and doctors are having to self-isolate every day because of the rapid spread of Omicron.

    Dr David Nicholl, of the Doctors’ 协会, described the ever-growing number of absences as ‘our biggest worryover the coming weeks.

    Worst-case scenario modelling projected up to 40 per cent of NHS staff in London — the UK’s Omicron hotspot — could be off each day.

    Hospitals had already resorted to cancelling routine ops before the highly-infectious variant started to spiral, mirroring scenes from the darkest days of the pandemic last spring. And A&E bosses have warned the crisis may leave doctors with no option but to focus on treating the most severely ill patients.

    But the staffing absences could cause pile even more chaos onto the health service, which frontline medics say is already ‘functioning on life support’.

    NHS Providers chief executive Chris Hopson told BBC Breakfast: ‘We’re now seeing a significant increase in the level of staff absences.

    ‘And quite a few of our chief executives are saying that they think that that’s probably going to be a bigger problem and a bigger challengethan the number of people coming in who need treatment because of Covid.

    ‘So what we’re seeing is in some hospitals, we’re now having to redeploy staff to fill the gaps that are being left in critical and essential services by staff who are off with Covid-related absences.

    与此同时, ministers have ruled out regional lockdowns to tackle the Omicron variant, meaning that all of Britain could pay the price for some Londoners not getting jabbed.

    A return to regional restrictions, such as tierswhich were credited with slowing the virus but ultimately failed to head off a third national lockdownwill not go ahead, reports The Times.

    A government source told the newspaper: ‘We are not looking at doing regional restrictions. That is not on the table.

    Referring to regional curbs, another source added: ‘It is difficult for people to understand because of different sets of rules. We want one set of rules for everyone in the country, which is easier for people to understand.

    The move could result in regulations being imposed on parts of the UK with comparatively low hospital admissions to areas such as London, where medics fear that rate could increase in the coming weeks due to a lag between people getting infected and becoming severely ill.

    The latest data shows 374 people were admitted to hospitals in the capital on Boxing Daynearing the 400-a-day level that could trigger a Government intervention – 向上 73 per cent on the week before.

    London also has the lowest vaccination rate of any region in the country and therefore is more susceptible to a rise in severe infections.

    Among the restrictions that could be reintroduced is the Rule Of Six, which limits the number of people someone can socialise with.

    UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) data shows Omicron now makes up 92 per cent of all cases in England. Graph shows: The proportion of cases likely to be Omicron (紫色) compared to other variants including Delta (light green) 随着时间的推移

    UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) data shows Omicron now makes up 92 per cent of all cases in England. Graph shows: The proportion of cases likely to be Omicron (紫色) compared to other variants including Delta (light green) 随着时间的推移

    Academics at the Sanger Institute, one of the country’s largest variant-tracking laboratories, pulled together data highlighting how England went from detecting its first case of the ultra-transmissible lineage towards the end of November to it becoming dominant in swathes of the country within a matter of weeks

    取决于 40 per cent of patients hospitalised with the Omicron variant are unvaccinated, according to the UKHSA. The figure does not mean that the current vaccines don't work, even though the majority of hospitalised patients were jabbed. 代替, it offers even more evidence of how effective jabs are ¿ even in the face of Omicron. Britain has vaccinated the vast majority of eligible over-18s, meaning people who have been vaccinated make up a much bigger proportion of the population. Separate UKHSA data (taken from in November and shown in the graph) proving how well the vaccines work shows unvaccinated adults are up to eight times more likely to be admitted to hospital than people given two doses

    取决于 40 per cent of patients hospitalised with the Omicron variant are unvaccinated, according to the UKHSA. The figure does not mean that the current vaccines don’t work, even though the majority of hospitalised patients were jabbed. 代替, it offers even more evidence of how effective jabs are — even in the face of Omicron. Britain has vaccinated the vast majority of eligible over-18s, meaning people who have been vaccinated make up a much bigger proportion of the population. Separate UKHSA data (taken from in November and shown in the graph) proving how well the vaccines work shows unvaccinated adults are up to eight times more likely to be admitted to hospital than people given two doses

    UK vs US: How the Covid isolation rules differ

    英国:

    Currently isolation and quarantine rules differ across Britain based on which nation you are living in and whether you have been vaccinated.

    In England, fully vaccinated adults currently only have to isolate if they have tested positive for the virus.

    The rules say if you are symptomatic or test positive on a PCR test:

    • The clock starts the day you test positive.
    • An infected person can be released from isolation after seven days if they have tested negative twice on a lateral flow test.
    • The first test should be taken before the sixth day of isolation.

    Unvaccinated household contacts are required to follow the same rules.

    But vaccinated people do not legally have to quarantine, although they are encouraged to test every day for seven days.

    The rules are similar, but slightly different, 整个英国.

    我们:

    Isolation rules are for people who are infected. They are the same for people who are unvaccinated, partly vaccinated, fully vaccinated or boosted.

    他们说:

    • The clock starts the day you test positive.
    • An infected person should go into isolations for five days, instead of the previously recommended 10.
    • At the end of five days, if you have no symptoms, you can return to normal activities but must wear a mask everywhereeven at home around othersfor at least five more days.
    • If you still have symptoms after isolating for five days, stay home until you feel better and then start your five days of wearing a mask at all times.

    Quarantine rules are for people who were in close contact with an infected person but not infected themselves.

    The clock starts the day someone is alerted to they may have been exposed to the virus.

    先前, the CDC said people who were not fully vaccinated and who came in close contact with an infected person should stay home for at least 10 天.

    Now the agency is saying only people who got booster shots can skip quarantine if they wear masks in all settings for at least 10 天.

    That’s a change. 先前, people who were fully vaccinated — which the CDC has defined as having two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine — could be exempt from quarantine.

    现在, people who got their initial shots but not boosters are in the same situation as those who are partly vaccinated or are not vaccinated at all: They can stop quarantine after five days if they wear masks in all settings for five days afterward.

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    DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Cut house arrest to help UK bounce back

    Despite boosting the nation’s spirits by ruling out New Year’s Eve-wrecking Covid restrictions for England, the PM made ominously clear that curbs could still be imposed next month if the virus runs wild.

    The key metric would be if an 奥米克戎 wave began putting unendurable pressure on hospitals.

    Leave aside the rights and wrongs of whether a largely vaccinated population ought to be treating the cash-guzzling NHS as if it was the sickly patient.

    But it would be a grim irony indeed if oppressive measures were introduced to protect it from buckling, not due to a tidal wave of cases but because so many doctors and nurses were ill or self-isolating.

    Yet over-restrictive Government rules that compel anyone testing Covid-positive to stay off work for seven days make that cheerless prospect very real.

    用 5 per cent of health care staff currently in purdah – even if no longer infectious – the NHS faces meltdown.

    Staff absenteeism now poses a bigger threat to patient care than infections, with harrowing consequences. Treatments and diagnoses delayed, operations cancelled – consigning millions to pain and anguish.

    And this mandatory house arrest is not just wreaking havoc on the health service.

    Staff shortages mean factories, shops and hospitality venues are pulling down the shutters. 紧急服务, supply chains and trains are suffering serious disruption.

    Rather than help pandemic-pummelled Britain clamber back to its feet, workers are stuck pointlessly at home.

    The solution to this problem (which has frustrating echoes of the ‘pingdemic’) is for ministers to relax the restrictions.

    A raft of positive signals supports this course of action. Eminent scientists say the virus is becoming no worse than a common cold.

    Many Covid patients are in hospital for other reasons, and their stays are shorter. Admissions are not rising steeply. 至关重要的, most severely ill people are unjabbed.

    上个星期, this paper applauded the quarantine period being slashed from ten to seven days. Now Boris Johnson must mirror America and cut it to five days for those who have recovered. Not to do so would be an egregious act of self-harm.

    Our economy is predicted to outstrip the rest of the G7 next year as post-Brexit Britain roars back from the virus. That will help us to begin repaying the mountainous debts racked up during the pandemic.

    But if the PM retreats into a cave of caution and fails to tackle the self-isolation crisis, the country will instead grind to a ruinous and debilitating halt.

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