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  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 78 Lazy Days

    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.

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 77 Harrogate

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 77 Harrogate

    It is week 76 of the coronavirus pandemic and we are seeing a change in the strategy regarding the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines. Large vaccine hubs like the BIC in Bournemouth, conference centre, are closing as smaller vaccine hubs and walk-in centres are set up. England is still waiting for a decision regarding the vaccination of children and a third vaccination for the over fifties. The number of cases and deaths are still rising but the important statistic is the strain being placed on the NHS treating those who are in hospital. The majority of deaths and new cases are those who have not been vaccinated and the government continues its campaign to persuade everyone to have the vaccination.

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 76 Red Arrows

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 76 Red Arrows

    It is week 76 of the coronavirus pandemic and the number of new cases of COVID-19 is still relatively high. This was expected as the schools and colleges have now gone back. The majority of the cases being treated in hospital have not been vaccinated. The debate continues regarding a third booster dose for the over fifties and the vaccination of all children between the ages of twelve and fifteen.

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 75 Sunny Days

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 75 Sunny Days

    It is week 75 of the coronavirus pandemic and schools and colleges will soon be going back. A spike in cases of COVID-19 is predicted when this happens. The government is considering offering vaccinations to all children over the age of 12 and not just those who are vulnerable or living with vulnerable parents. An increasing number of countries have already established programmes to vaccinate children. This week the weather improves after several miserable weeks and I look forward to some lovely days volunteering on Brownsea Island.

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 74 Isle of Man

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 74 Isle of Man

    During week 74 of the coronavirus pandemic, as the whole world continues to struggle in the battle to control new spikes of COVID-19 cases Afghanistan stays in the headlines as the Taliban are now in control. They have promised there will be no retribution but stories of atrocities abound. Evacuation of nationals and those who have assisted NATO is hampered by the presence of thousands at Kabul airport trying to get a flight out of the country. Meanwhile, rescue operations in Haiti are disrupted by heavy rainfall as the death toll creeps towards 2,000.

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 73 Bristol Weekend

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 73 Bristol Weekend

    It is week 73 of the coronavirus pandemic and the number of cases in the UK are not decreasing significantly and deaths are still rising. COVID-19 vaccinations are going to be offered to 16 and 17-year olds very soon. A gunman goes on the rampage in Plymouth killing 6 people including himself. But world news predominates this week as the Taliban move through Afghanistan capturing the main cities and by the end of the week have entered Kabul and taken over the country. Meanwhile, Haitii suffers another disastrous earthquake.

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 72 Self-Isolation

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 72 Self-Isolation

    England is no longer subject to legal restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic but international travel is still very difficult. A proposal by the government to introduce an amber watchlist is greeted with opposition and dismay from the travel industry as it will cause more chaos and confusion. The government does a U-turn on that proposal but nothing has been done regarding their promise to reduce prices for PCR tests which is making international travel too expensive for many people. This week Mexico goes back on the red list prompting a speedy return of thousands of holidaymakers to avoid expensive hotel quarantine.

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 71 Pinged

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 71 Pinged

    Week 71 of the coronavirus pandemic is the second week of freedom from COVID-19 restrictions. But the pingdemic continues to wreak havoc. Despite very vocal opposition the government stubbornly sticks to 16 August as the date when the double-jabbed will no longer have to self-isolate following contact with anyone who tests positive for COVID-19. The vaccine roll-out continues across the UK but the take up rate is slowing down prompting a government plan to offer incentives to young people to be vaccinated. And the Prime Minister comes under fire for increasingly complicated travel restrictions meaning many people will have to forgo a summer holiday abroad this year.

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 70 Pingdemic

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 70 Pingdemic

    As the coronavirus continues to ebb and flow across the world and has been doing so in the UK for 70 weeks now our Prime Minister goes ahead with his promise to lift all COVID-19 restrictions in England on 19 July. Dubbed Freedom Day this day marked the end of a legal requirement to wear face masks in public places and adhere to rules of social distancing. Nightclubs are among many venues that can now open or operate without restrictions on numbers. Only time will tell if this was a wise decision and we will not have to face any more lockdowns. Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are taking a more cautious approach and slowly easing restrictions.

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 69 Last Week of Lockdown

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 69 Last Week of Lockdown

    Week 69 of the coronavirus pandemic will be the last week of lockdown in England which will be celebrated by Freedom Day on Monday 19 July. But how free will we be? Some places will still require face masks to be worn. Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, tells millions of most vulnerable to shop at quieter times of the day. International travel remains in chaos. Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca are going back to the amber travel list a fortnight after they went green. And holidaymakers are warned the could face 4-hour queues at airports when foreign travel resumes next week. Many people, including medical experts, view this removal of restrictions as too much too soon as European Union nations re-impose Covid measures due to an alarming surge in cases.

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