Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: England Enters Lockdown 3
During Week 42 of the coronavirus pandemic the number of daily COVID-19 deaths breaks all previous records and England goes back into lockdown. The NHS is stretched to the limit and England is plunged into a third national lockdown. This is set to last until mid-February at the earliest. As the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out starts in earnest we hope this will be the last lockdown – but this depends on compliance as the new variant of COVID-19 strengthens its hold on the UK.
Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 41 – #stayathome
Week 41 of the coronavirus pandemic sees the end of a terrible 2020 as we move into 2021 which is not having a promising start. Deaths from COVID-19 continue to rise and have already far exceeded the terrible predictions of scientists during the summer months. Yet people continue to ignore the restrictions and thousands private parties to celebrate the New Year and create more COVID hotspots.
Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: A COVID Christmas in Week 40
This week the UK looks forward to a one-day very limited celebration of Christmas as a new variant of COVID-19 continues to spread rapidly through England. London and much of the South-East are already in the stricter Tier 4 but more will follow on Boxing Day. Countries around the world are banning or restricting travellers from the UK. Will just one day of Christmas celebrations prove to be fatal? Only the statistics will tell.
Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 39 and Borismas Replaces Christmas
During week 39 of the coronavirus the UK government announces that a new variant of COVID-19 has been discovered in London and South East England. The rate of infection of this variant is believed to be faster than that of early variants. Initially the Prime Minister clings to his promise of a five-day relaxation of restrictions over Christmas. Then he decides he must act quickly to contain the new strain of the virus and Christmas becomes Borismas - just one day of limited celebrations.
Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 38 - Start of Vaccination Roll Out
It is week 38 of the coronavirus pandemic and hopes of a decline in the number of COVID-19 cases following a 4-week lockdown are fading as the numbers start rising again. But the vaccine has arrived in the UK and the roll-out starts this week. It will take months to vaccinate everyone so we still have to abide by the rules. Brexit negotiations are on the brink of failure and the UK government is predicting a no-deal exit in January 2021.
Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 37 - Lockdown to Tiers
My diary moves on to week 37 of the coronavirus pandemic. England moves out of the national lockdown and back into a tier system. The tier restrictions have been strengthened and most areas are in Tier 2 or Tier 3 generating a lot of opposition. The first batch of COVID-19 vaccines arrive in the UK and Brexit once again hits the headlines as the UK races towards a no-deal exit.
Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Christmas Rules Announced
Week 36 of lockdown in the UK due to the coronavirus brings a string of announcements regarding England's exit from a national lockdown on December 2 and a re-entry into a 3-tier system. Christmas 2020 was never destined to be a normal Christmas. Complicated rules regarding bubbles of three households and how and where they can meet during a five-day relaxation of the rules will certainly ensure it is a complicated celebration. Another obstruction will be the return of the 3-tier system with their different sets of restrictions.
Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Christmas Creeps in During Week 35
The UK government is still insisting Lockdown 2 will end on 2 December. But as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase it is clear restrictions will remain in place and the 3-tier system will be re-introduced. Our days are brightened by the gradual appearance of Christmas decorations but Christmas celebrations will be muted by the coronavirus this year.
Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 34 Brings Optimistic News About Vaccination
We are now in the first full week of Lockdown 2 in England. Already there are doubts that it will not end on 2 December as originally promised. It will take at least 2 weeks before we know if this second lockdown is effective. Will we be released from lockdown in time to celebrate Christmas? It is too early to tell.
Diary of Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: England Enters Lockdown 2
Bonfire Night 2020 will be memorable as the day England went into Lockdown 2 in a second attempt to control the coronavirus pandemic. Another four weeks of home alone in Dorset and lovely walks on Sandbanks Beach – whatever the weather.