Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 87, Days Out
During Week 87 of the coronavirus pandemic the UK government continues to encourage all those eligible to get their COVID-19 booster. The debate about the meaning of fully vaccinated has started – will it now mean three jabs? Nevertheless, the threat of a Christmas lockdown or the re-imposition of restrictions such as the wearing of face masks in public places and social distancing still hangs over us. There are concerns about the health of our Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II who has been ordered to rest for a month and only perform light duties.
Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 86 Winter Skies
During the 86th week of the coronavirus England enjoys a mild start to the second winter of the pandemic. New cases and deaths are still relatively high but the important statistic is the effect this has on the NHS and the number of hospitalisations. And, so far this is manageable despite an increase in the number of double vaccinated people becoming ill and dying. Elsewhere in Europe new spike are appearing and Austria attempts to impose a lockdown on those who are not fully vaccinated.
Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 85 Fireworks
A Second Bonfire Night during the coronavirus pandemic – where has the time gone? When the first lockdown in England started way back in March 2020 we thought it would all be over in two or three months. Nineteen months later we are celebrating a second Bonfire Night in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic. Christmas shopping is in full swing despite warnings of shortages. Life is improving all the time and international travel is much easier for the double vaccinated. A booster programme is well under way and I got mine as soon as I was eligible. And, I am still volunteering at vaccine hubs. Life will probably never be the same as it was pre-pandemic but it is getting better. I am still finding plenty to enjoy in Dorset where I have stayed since I was locked down here all those months ago.
Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 84 Lynton in Devon
Hospital admissions and deaths due to COVID-19 continue to rise during week 84 of the coronavirus pandemic. We are assured by government ministers that modelling predictions suggest these numbers will show a dramatic decrease in November. It has also been pointed out that we may have the highest number of cases in Europe but we also have a much wider testing regime. In other words, there are no plans to re-introduce measures such as the use of face masks and social distancing. But the situation in Wales, which has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the UK is on the brink of re-introducing restrictions.
Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 82 Wintry Weather
During week 83 of the coronavirus pandemic the number of new cases and deaths are still higher than those in the rest of Europe. The re-introduction of restrictions such as the wearing of face masks in public places and on public transport and the imposition of social distancing is once more on the agenda. Medical experts advise early action to prevent a fourth lockdown but the government is adamant there will be no more lockdowns due to the economic consequences this will bring. The Prime Minister is still convinced vaccination is the answer and expresses his disappointment that many of those eligible for a booster jab have yet to take advantage of a third vaccination.
Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 82 Floods in Corfu
During week 82 of the coronavirus pandemic the steady increase in new cases of COVID-19 seems to suggest England came out of lockdown too soon. The experts are calling for the re-introduction of mandatory face masks and social distancing in public places and on public transport. The possibility of a new variant that is not affected by the vaccines is being investigated. This is due to the anomaly of positive lateral flow tests being followed by negative PCR tests. Recipients of negative PCR tests are advised that is the test that counts and therefore they are not obliged to self-isolate. Then, evidence emerges that all the ‘false’ negatives relate to one private laboratory which is closed while investigations take place. There is growing disquiet regarding the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 81 Albania
It is week 81 of the coronavirus pandemic and, finally, the restrictions on International travel are relaxed for the double vaccinated. Pre-travel negative PCR tests are no longer required when travelling to and from non-red list countries just a second day PCR test on returning to the UK. This means I only have to do one PCR test on my return from Albania. And this second day test is due to be replaced by the cheaper rapid lateral flow test towards the end of October. The number of countries on the red list are dramatically reduced to just seven. It signals the biggest opening up of international travel since the pandemic began. Hopefully, this will boost tourism in the UK as COVID-19 restrictions have severely reduced the number of visitors from abroad.
Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 80 off to Albania
During week 80 of the coronavirus pandemic news of COVID-19 cases and other related issues take a back seat to the petrol crisis. There is enough petrol to fill our tanks but a huge shortage of drivers. We are encouraged by our Prime Minister not to panic buy but thousands of motorists do just that, constantly filling up their cars and any other receptacle they can lay their hands on. Petrol stations across the country are closed due to lack of fuel and long queues outside those that are open block roads and cause chaos. To add to our misery, Insulate Britain supporters try to further their cause by blocking approach roads to motorways preventing people getting to work and delaying deliveries of vital supplies. This is such a minor issue in the grand scheme of live right now in England that it provokes anger rather than support.
Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 79 Lovely Walks in Dorset
It is week 79 of the coronavirus pandemic and there is more good news regarding the relaxing of restrictions on foreign travel. The USA is planning to lift the blanket ban on travellers for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. And the UK is set to join the EU vaccine passport scheme which will make travel in Europe easier and cheaper for British tourists. Personally, I am delighted to be offered a trip to Albania (via Corfu) two weeks hence which will coincide with the lifting of most restrictions for double vaccinated travellers which I am.
Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 78 Lazy Days
It is week 78 of the coronavirus pandemic and finally there is some good news for overseas travel. An announcement is made that England will abandon the traffic light system at the beginning of next month making it easier to visit more countries and amber and green list countries will be subject to the same rules. PCR tests will no longer be required for the double vaccinated. Encouraged by this promised changes there is a surge in bookings for holidays abroad, particularly during half-term week in October.