We have *never* been trying to stop it spreading, eventually, through the whole UK population.
We are trying to stop it spreading so fast that the NHS gets overwhelmed, so that people who could otherwise be saved would die due to lack of available resources.
So the government *does not care* about case count, except insofar as it is connected to hospitalisation rate.
The government doesn't care how high the blue line goes, as long as the yellow line stays below the peak we had in January.
The vaccine means we can allow it to spread faster, so that it burns through the whole population faster, and we come out the other side faster. That's pretty much all the government cares about.
So if you're wondering what the long term plan is, then that's it. That's what we're doing. And if you're very lucky you'll manage to avoid catching it until we've reached natural herd immunity. Because it's really not a nice thing to get.
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