Re your article (‘We were packed like sardines’: evidence grows of mass-event dangers early in pandemic, 3 June), during the Crufts dog show at the NEC in Birmingham, from 5 March to 8 March, over 150,000 visitors from all over the world crammed into airless, crowded exhibition halls. Just a few weeks later, all NEC events were cancelled and a Nightingale hospital was being built on the site. The lockdown was too late. It would be interesting to know how many Crufts patrons have been infected.
Astwood Bank, Worcestershire
• Martin Kettle’s article (Johnson’s ‘mission accomplished’ mode on Covid-19 shows how rattled he is, 3 June) reminded me of that old saying: “People are like teabags, you don’t know how strong they are until you put them in hot water!” Donald Trump also springs to mind.
• Am I alone in noticing that the three countries with the highest death rates from Covid-19 are all run by rightwing populist governments?
• Michael Hann says of Delilah that it is the song “in which he is compelled to murder his lover for her infidelity” (Tom Jones’s 20 greatest songs – ranked!, 4 Jun). Not, then, the song in which he goes to a woman’s house with a knife, attacks, murders and then victim-blames her?
Worcester Park, London
• Saima Khan advises taking music and a portable charger to a picnic in the park (Don’t forget the cocktails: how to have the perfect picnic, 4 June). Don’t. Just don’t.
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