John Burn-Murdoch

John Burn-Murdoch


Columnist @FinancialTimes | Stories, stats & scatterplots | Senior fellow @LSEdataScience | john.burn-murdoch@ft.com | Mastodon: jburnmurdoch@econtwitter.net

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And for the hosts QatarQA , it’s a sea of red and orange: already game over.

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And here’s group C for later this evening: - PLPoland go through with either win or draw vs Argentina, and could even progress in defeat under certain circumstances - AR Argentina almost certainly top the group if they win, but a draw risks elimination, and defeat guarantees it

Superb, powerful column from @sarahoconnor_  on the brutal squeeze faced by customers on energy prepayment meters, and what it tells us about modern Britain

Time for Today’s World Cup permutations, starting with group D: - FR France are already through, so it’s a sea of bleu - AUAustralia just need a draw, unless Tunisia beat France - DKDenmark need to win, and better Tunisia’s result - TN Tunisia need to a) win and b) pray 🙏

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NEW: income inequality in US & UK is so wide that while the richest are very well off, the poorest have a worse standard of living than the poorest in countries like SloveniaEssentially, US & UK are poor societies with some very rich people. A thread:

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NEW: I’m not sure people appreciate quite how bad the Covid situation is in Hong Kong, nor what might be around the corner. First, an astonishing chart. After keeping Covid at bay for two years, Omicron has hit HK and New Zealand, but the outcomes could not be more different.

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NEW: a common response to reports of hospitals struggling this winter is "it’s no different to a bad flu season!" I’ve tracked down historical data on flu ICU admissions, including winter 2017-18, a record high. Here’s how England’s Covid winter compares to a bad flu season 📹

Five quick tweets on the new variant B.1.1.529 Caveat first: data here is *very* preliminary, so everything could change. Nonetheless, better safe than sorry. 1) Based on the data we have, this variant is out-competing others *far* faster than Beta and even Delta did 🚩🚩

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NEW: the collapse of emergency healthcare in England may be costing 500 lives every week, a close match for non-Covid excess deaths Let’s look at how we reach that conclusion, by taking a deep-dive into non-Covid excess mortality and its possible causes

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NEW: people worry when they hear "40% of hospitalisations are fully vaxxed", but this chart shows that's actually good news. The more people you vaccinate, the higher their share of hospitalisations, but the *total* number in hospital is a fraction of what it would otherwise be

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New project: A “Bar Chart Race” animation showing the changing ranks of the 10 biggest cities in the world since 1500. Fascinating to watch giant cities vanish after falling in conquests, and amazing that three UK cities were in the top 8 in the late 1800s.

NEW: a deep-dive into the situation in India, where a devastating second wave is overwhelming hospitals and crematoriums, eclipsing global records as it goes 250,000 new cases every day, and test positivity is soaring suggesting many are still missed

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