Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 102 Back to Italy
By week 102 of the coronavirus pandemic England has removed all restrictions and it is no longer necessary to self-isolate following a positive test for COVID. SAGE (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies) has been stood down and our government is now more concerned about the rapidly increasing price of oil and impending increases in other fuel prices – all made worse by Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine. I am busy planning my second trip to Italy this year, leading a skiing holiday in Folgaria, a pretty mountain resort in the Italian Dolomites.
Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 101 A Trip to London
During week 101 of the coronavirus pandemic England lifts all the restrictions imposed as a result of COVID-19 and the coronavirus pandemic. But the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, warns us that the virus has not gone away, we just have to learn to live with it. Towards the end of the week, Russia launches a full-scale attack on Ukraine having amassed troops along the border for what Putin refers to as a ‘military exercise’. This will have a global effect as fuel prices soar and refugees flee into neighbouring countries.
Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 100 Storms
COVID-19 and the coronavirus pandemic take a back seat in the news today as Storm Dudley, Storm Eunice and Storm Franklin hit England in quick succession causing havoc and leaving thousands of home without any power. Tension builds as Russian troops on the borders of the Ukraine raise the spectre of war and the Queen tests positive for Covid as Omicron continues its rapid spread around the world.
Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 99 Snowdrops
This week Prime Minister, Boris Johnson causes concern amongst the scientists regarding his announcement that those testing positive for COVID-19 will no longer be under a legal obligation to self-isolate from the end of February. A move that could prove to be very dangerous. But Johnson continues on his mission to impress and improve his popularity with the electorate in the hope everyone will forget partygate. Meanwhile, Russia continues to raise concerns that an invasion of the Ukraine is imminent. Meanwhile I am enjoying an abundance of snowdrops in Dorset.
Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 98 Fun in the Snow
This week Boris Johnson declares his intention to end all COVID related restrictions in England but Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are not being so hasty. Is the Prime Minister’s decision based on data or a desire to regain popularity in the wake of the redacted Sue Gray’s report on parties held in Downing Street during lockdown. The World Health Organisation urges caution as countries start emerging from the pandemic despite Omicron infections maintaining a high level. Denmark was the first EU country to lift all COVID-19 restrictions followed by England, Ireland and the Netherlands.
Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 97 Switzerland
Good news this week regarding international travel as fit to fly tests and the 2-day test for arrivals in the UK are to be abolished for the double jabbed. Apart from these announcements the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 take a back seat to the continuing debate around Partygate and the Prime Minister’s attendance at parties in Downing street during lockdown. So far he has ignored calls for his resignation and forges ahead with his plan to downgrade England from pandemic status to endemic. The threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine continues.
Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 96 Time to Make a Move?
In reality the British Prime Minister should be concentrating on measures to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and his plans to scrap Plan B restrictions. His aim is to move England from pandemic status to endemic despite the continuing large numbers of new COVID-19 cases. But, with so many people now triple vaccinated these cases are not as serious as they were a year ago and hospitals are coping with the smaller numbers. Instead he has to deal with partygate as more accusations are being made regarding parties that were held in Downing Street when everyone was subject to restrictions regarding indoor gatherings. Needless to say, the opposition are calling for his resignation.
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 restrictions and possession of the European Super Green Pass. As I am fully vaccinated I have a UK COVID pass which is the equivalent of the European pass and entitles me to buy a ski pass, use the ski lifts and use bars and restaurants. Face masks are mandatory in public areas and on the ski lifts. But it is a small price to pay to be skiing in the mountains again.
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, its predecessor. Scientists are predicting the world can live with this milder variation - provided there are no more mutations that could be more serious. As travel is becoming easier I get ready to lead a skiing holiday in Folgaria, Italy.
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 imposed in England whereas the other three nations, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland introduced new restrictions on Boxing Day. All major public celebrations in the Uk to welcome 2022 have been cancelled.