Infectious rage

THE hills are alive with the sound of rioting in Austria, which is today entering a new Covid lockdown.

The Dutch too, for whom being chilled out is almost a national sport, have seen cops shooting dissenters amid violent protests over fresh restrictions.

LNPAcross the Continent there is rising panic over the virus’s ...fourth wave' as cases rocket, but the UK's biggest saving grace has been the vaccines '/ '

Across the Continent, including in that totem of Covid efficiency Germany, there is rising panic over the virus’s “fourth wave” as cases rocket.

Yet in the UK, despite relatively high daily cases and deaths, we are able to go about our business fairly normally, with no lockdown in prospect, because the numbers are reasonably stable.

Even the doomier scientists seem increasingly confident that we will escape largely unscathed, in part due to the earlier timing of our unlockdown in the more benign summer months.

Our biggest saving grace has been the vaccines.

One Oxford prof says we would have had 300,000 Covid deaths by now if not for their protective shield.

That’s one hell of a persuasive advert for getting a booster jab, available from today to those aged 40-49.

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Priti stick

THE great game Priti Patel talks on halting illegal migration is partly why the daily evidence of her failure is so deflating.

The number of migrants crossing the Channel has trebled in a year to 25,000, and today, we tell how two pals on a Channel fishing trip were astonished to find more migrant dinghies than cod.

GettyThe great game Priti Patel talks on halting illegal migration is partly why the daily evidence of her failure is so deflating '/ '

With one poll showing 77 per cent of Tory voters feel the party is too soft, the vultures are circling Ms Patel.

Ironically, her saviour may be her Labour shadow, the lesser-spotted Nick Thomas-Symonds, who popped up yesterday to offer his three-point plan:

Ask the French nicely to fix the problem for us; Allow the migrants to enter the UK legitimately; Reverse cuts in foreign aid

Well, we didn’t say it was a GOOD plan.

At least for all her troubles, Priti is still bristling with determination to swat aside all the bureaucratic hurdles in her way, rather than meekly acquiescing to them.

Devil may care

HE won over the Red Wall faithful with boyish charm, sunny optimism and visions of nostalgia-tinged glory, having cemented his status as a crowd favourite with a last-gasp European triumph.

Even in challenging times, with questions over his tactical naivety, he had a knack for pulling a result out of the bag to avert disaster in the nick of time.

But yesterday Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s luck finally ran out when he was axed as Manchester United boss after one calamitous performance too many.

If there’s a lesson in there for Boris Johnson, it’s that it’s high time he went on a winning streak . . .

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