Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Terrible Weather in Week 48
It is now week 48 of the coronavirus pandemic and England is still in lockdown. But the vaccine roll-out is gathering momentum and new cases and deaths from COVID-19 are coming down. The weather may be gloomy but the news is cheering as the government begins planning measures to ease lockdown. But we are warned any easing of rules is dependent on continued progress in reducing the spread of the virus.
Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Snow and Ice in Week 47
During week 47 of lockdown in England due to the coronavirus pandemic the vaccination continues its roll-out as new, small centres open. At last transmission rates are coming down which could be due to the vaccination programme or the effect of the third national lockdown. Thanks to the arrival of Storm Darcy, the weather is bitterly cold and snow and ice warnings are in place in large areas of the UK. The Prime Minister starts to talk about easing lockdown restrictions but makes no promises. We are constantly reminded we must continue to follow lockdown rules.
Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Signs of Spring in Week 46
At the start of week 46 of the coronavirus pandemic England has been in its third national lockdown for a month. At last the daily count of new cases is gradually going down but deaths from COVID-19 remain dangerously high. The vaccine roll-out is going well with new centres opening. But doubt has been cast on the efficacy of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine in people aged over 65. But more vaccines are on the way and existing vaccines are being modified to protect against new variants.
Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 45 and Vaccine Battles
This week, the 45th of the coronavirus pandemic, deliveries of the coronavirus vaccine to the UK were threatened by squabbles between the producers of the AstraZeneca vaccine and the European Commission. Meanwhile, a third vaccine is approved and two more, manufactured in the UK are showing promising results in trials. The shocking milestone of over 100,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19 is passed this week – fulfilling predictions of the medical experts last summer.
Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Dark Days in Week 44
It is now week 44 of the coronavirus pandemic the number of cases and deaths relating to COVID-19 now exceed those during the spring of 2020. Hospitals are over-flowing and transferring cases to other regions. Yet people continue to organise large gatherings inside. The roll-out of the vaccine is gathering speed despite the efforts of the anti-vaxxers.
Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 43 Lockdown Rules Enforced
It is week 43 of the coronavirus pandemic and the number of cases and deaths related to COVID 19 are still dangerously high as the NHS struggles to cope. The government issues some stark warnings and promises stricter enforcement of restrictions. Despite being told everyone should act as though they have the virus some people continue to behave as though it is not happening. Many are now assuming the vaccine will save us all but we still have to follow the rules until the vaccine begins having an effect which will take several weeks.
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.