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  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 112 Planning a Move

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 112 Planning a Move

    My coronavirus diary for week 112 of the coronavirus pandemic records the news that there are two new COVID-19 hotspots – New Zealand and North Korea. The latter is centred on an outbreak of omicron cases in the capital, Pyongyang. It is the first time this country has admitted the virus has…

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 111 Brownsea Island

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 111 Brownsea Island

    In my coronavirus diary for week 111 of the coronavirus pandemic there is very little about COVID-19 as the news is mainly about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the rapidly rising cost of living in England. Covid, we are told, will soon be treated like a common cold – unless a new, stronger…

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 110 Tenerife North

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 110 Tenerife North

    During week 110 of the coronavirus pandemic China’s zero Covid cases policy is severely tested as the country suffers another outbreak of the virus in Beijing and Shanghai. In England we are told the coronavirus is no more serious than a cold now – provided a new, stronger variant does not break…

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 109 Tenerife South

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 109 Tenerife South

    It is week 109 of the coronavirus pandemic and I answer a request for volunteers at one of the local vaccination hubs now giving a fourth jab to the over 75s, the immune suppressed and also a surprising number of first and second jabs for protection against COVID. At the end of this week I am off…

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 108 Somerset

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 108 Somerset

    We celebrate Easter during week 108 of the coronavirus pandemic but COVID continues to affect international travel despite the lifting of restrictions. The continuing high number of new infections causing staff absences across the industry and the reduction of work forces during lockdown are…

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 107 Travel Chaos

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 107 Travel Chaos

    This week, 107 of the coronavirus pandemic, the number of COVID infections reaches record highs. Staff absences affect many industries but particularly travel. As restrictions are removed and bookings increase the airlines, airports, ports and Euro Star struggle to cope. Russia continues its fight…

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 106 Brownsea Island

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 106 Brownsea Island

    During week 106 of the coronavirus pandemic I spend a lot of time on Brownsea Island in Dorset which is now open to the public for the summer season. On the island I it feels like another world. One untroubled by our turbulent times. To add to the problems caused by an increase in the number of new…

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 105 Madonna di Campiglio

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 105 Madonna di Campiglio

    It is now more than two years since England went into full lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. All restrictions have been lifted for us and it is easy to forget there are still restrictions in force in other countries including Italy. I spend Week 105 of the pandemic skiing in Italy where the…

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 104 Some Spring Outings

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 104 Some Spring Outings

    Russia's invasion of the Ukraine continues to be the main concern during week 104 of the coronavirus pandemic. The colours of the Ukraine are everywhere echoing global support for this unprovoked and devastating attack. Closer to home, Queen Elizabeth II has made Windsor Castle her permanent home…

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 103 Sun and Snow in Italy

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 103 Sun and Snow in Italy

    In week 103 of the coronavirus pandemic the number of cases is still rising but not giving cause for concern. There is evidence of another variant, deltacron, and hope this will be contained by a new vaccine developed in the UK. Sadly, it is reported Queen Elizabeth II is now too frail to walk her…