As I always say when people start talking about conspiracies; as a mid-ranking (ex) civil servant, any conspiracy would require people like me, my friends and my ex-colleagues to support it if the conspiracy was to succeed. The level of cooperation, coordination, competence, control and discretion would be massive.
Believe me, were not that good. (But then I would say that, wouldn’t I...)
As an example of the awesomeness of the people required to successfully support a conspiracy, one of the most organised, intelligent and capable people I ever worked with once went to Scotland with her new boyfriend and asked him where the town of “Atob” was, because a lot of taxis seemed to come from there...
Conspiracy my arse. It would need a cast of millions & a massively obvious implementation. FFS the govt can't even stop idiots wanting to get a fcuking haircut. Some ppl are reading waaaayyyy too much into the majority of democratic govts struggling to cope despite warnings from the scientific community over many years of something like this happening & said govts knee jerking into generally woolly responses.
There simply isn't the tech capability (on an individual advanced IT skills requirement alone!!), tech infrastructure, tech procurement path to enable anything remotely related to monitoring (via track & trace), or control of the population. The ruckus in Bristol is a clear indication of that, not withstanding the many instances of unrest that haven't made the national news.