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  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 95 Italian Dolomites

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 95 Italian Dolomites

    In March 2020 Italy suffered a huge surge of COVID-19 cases at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. I was there when the country closed all its borders and was lucky to get back to the UK. It is nearly two years later, January 2022, and we can once again ski in the Italian Dolomites, subject to…

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 94 Italy Beckons

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 94 Italy Beckons

    Is there light at the end of the dark tunnel we have been finding our way through since the coronavirus pandemic started in China two years ago? The Omicron variant of COVID-19 has spread more rapidly with daily record breaking numbers of new cases but it is also proving to be milder than Delta,…

  • Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 92 New Year in Brighton

    Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 92 New Year in Brighton

    This week, the ninety-third week of the coronavirus pandemic record breaking numbers of new cases are recorded in the UK – the highest since the start of the coronavirus pandemic nearly two years ago. These are due to the new Omicron variant of COVID-19. No further restrictions for the New Year are…

  • 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…