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  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 92 Isle of Man for Christmas

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 92 Isle of Man for Christmas

    This week is the second Christmas during the coronavirus pandemic and the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has triggered apprehension regarding the sudden introduction of more restrictions in addition to the mandatory wearing of face masks on public transport and in public places.…

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 91 Omicron Threatens Christmas

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 91 Omicron Threatens Christmas

    For a second year running Christmas is under threat again due to the coronavirus pandemic and the sudden and very swift spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 which was soon found worldwide. England was quickly engulfed by this easily transmissable strain with numbers increasing rapidly. Face…

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 90 Booster Campaign

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 90 Booster Campaign

    Just as we thought we were emerging from the restrictions necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic COVID-19 and the Delta variant the rapid spread of the Omicron variant threatens a second Christmas. Some restrictions are coming back and the red list has been revived in the UK. At the end of the…

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 89 Omicron Hits UK

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 89 Omicron Hits UK

    We are now in week 89 of the coronavirus pandemic and our worst fears are realised. A new variant of COVID-19, Omicron has been discovered in South Africa. The UK immediately re-introduces mandatory use of face masks in shops and on public transport. Travel restrictions are in place once again even…

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 88 Restrictions Re-Imposed

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 88 Restrictions Re-Imposed

    Travel restrictions have been eased and Christmas plans are well under way during week 88 of the coronavirus pandemic. Then a new variant of COVID-19 is discovered, Omicron, feared to be more infectious than the Delta variant and able to evade vaccinations. Face masks in shops and on public…

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 87, Days Out

    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…

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 86 Winter Skies

    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…

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 85 Fireworks

    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…

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 84 Lynton in Devon

    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…

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 82 Wintry Weather

    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…