Lockdowns and the UK: The Year-long Path to 100,000 deaths

robin smith
3 min readMar 30, 2021

Join Rob as he reflects on the last year of Lockdowns in the UK.

What were the events that lead to the UK having such a monumentally terrible outcome to the first year of a word in a pandemic.

We look back along some key events of the timeline and reflect on all that has happened so far this past year.

Please forgive my out of shape heavy breathing in the opening of this video, and any unintended motion sickness. Consider this a warning if you do get motion sick easily.

Skip forward by 3 minutes if you want to get to the bulk of the video. This is an experiment in my abilities as a “filmmaker” and I’m still very much learning.

I would have liked to do a lot more work on this, but I had already missed a couple of my intended launch dates ahead of this and decided to just finish it with what I have.

Research and videos used: Sky News — Coronavirus: Death of a Care Home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL4UsvwOa8g

Guardian — First Covid-19 case happened in November, China government records show — report: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/13/first-covid-19-case-happened-in-november-china-government-records-show-report

Timeline: WHO’s COVID-19 response: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/interactive-timeline/#!

Sky News — COVID-19: NHS staff fall victim to anti-Chinese hate crimes — amid fears violence will rise when lockdown ends: https://news.sky.com/story/covid-19-nhs-staff-fall-victim-to-anti-chinese-hate-crimes-amid-fears-violence-will-rise-when-lockdown-ends-12206686

Guardian — Anti-Asian hate crimes up 21% in UK during coronavirus crisis: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/13/anti-asian-hate-crimes-up-21-in-uk-during-coronavirus-crisis

Chinese Association of Southampton joins forces with students and the Mayor to fight the epidemic: http://www.southamptonchinese.org.uk/homewp/2020/02/12/cooperation/

Coronavirus in the UK: The first 100 days — BBC News: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dc11uZ7_PnU

Guardian — ‘I shook hands with everybody,’ says Boris Johnson weeks before coronavirus diagnosis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3NAx3tsy-k Guardian — Boris Johnson boasted of shaking hands on day Sage warned not to : https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/may/05/boris-johnson-boasted-of-shaking-hands-on-day-sage-warned-not-to

New Zealand in coronavirus lockdown for four weeks | nzherald.co.nz: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvqdI7Cbvc8

China puts millions under lockdown to contain coronavirus | DW News: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltcV3Q-1ztw

China puts Wuhan on lockdown to stem spread of coronavirus | DW News: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=870N8Qaie4Y

Lockdowns across U.S. empty streets, close businesses: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSia1VvFp4U

Guardian — ‘You aren’t getting it’: farmer urges public to stay away from fields: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbUlZYLpfsY

Guardian — Boris Johnson’s address on next phase of coronavirus lockdown : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPhf8LfrS_c

BBC — Boris Johnson speaks to the country as Covid rules tighten: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYgK3FoKaLM

BBC: Coronavirus: How the UK dealt with its first Covid case: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-55622386

BBC — Coronavirus: Supermarkets ask shoppers to be ‘considerate’ and stop stockpiling: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-51883440

telegraph — UK coronavirus death toll of 20,000 ‘a good outcome’, says chief scientific adviser: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/03/17/governments-hopeful-scenario-20000-people-will-die-coronavirus/

guardian — Coronavirus latest: 23 March at a glance: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/23/coronavirus-at-a-glance-23-mar-evening

Guardian — Boris Johnson moved to intensive care after his condition worsens: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/06/boris-johnson-moved-to-intensive-care-after-his-condition-worsens

ES — Lockdown 2: what you can and can’t do under new rules in England : https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/lockdown-england-coronavirus-restrictions-schools-shops-b34707.html

100,000 UK Covid deaths: the highest in Europe — BBC News: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgCMFnarf5U

Soundtrack — (original cut)

1: London Punkharmonic Orchestra — (1998) Symphony Of Destruction Punk Goes Classical — 04 — Down In The Tube Station At Midnight [The Jam]

2: London Punkharmonic Orchestra — (1998) Symphony Of Destruction Punk Goes Classical — 01 — No More Heroes [The Stranglers]

3: London Punkharmonic Orchestra — (1998) Symphony Of Destruction Punk Goes Classical — 17 — Sound Of The Suburbs [The Members]

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