Kilkis wrote:I think you need to apologise to Guy as well, Kamisiana. I was the first person to refer to the UK in this thread, not Guy. I posted the comment on 29 April when the infection rate in Greece had gone well past the peak, had got under 20 new cases per day and was still falling. At that time the UK was recording around 4,000 cases per day and the rate was barely falling at all. In fact after my post it rose again up to around 4,500. In addition the UK was experiencing a death rate of around 700 per day while in Greece it was around 3 per day. Since the thread was about encouraging UK tourists to come to Greece I believe my comment was appropriate at that time and I make no apology for using it.
At this point in time things have changed. The UK did eventually get its infection rate down and its death rate down. Since both countries started to release lockdown Greece has experienced a surge in infections rising to over double what it was at the first peak while the UK has only seen a slow rise. Allowing for population size the spread of the virus is now about the same in the UK and Greece and both are dominated by hotspots. I would not use the term plague island today to describe the UK as it would not be appropriate. In fact I only used the term that once so it hardly classifies as a "catch phrase". I think the person who has used it most is you, although a few others quoted it?
I have edited my previous post to account for my mistake and added the word parroted. thank you for pointing it out.