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  • Week Seven, the last Week of a Full Lockdown in England

    Week Seven, the last Week of a Full Lockdown in England

    The Coronavirus and related COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage around the world. But there are signs that some countries are now able to relax some of the restrictions imposed on their populations. China, where the virus originated, is already allowing executives from some foreign companies to enter the country despite the coronavirus travel ban in an attempt to restart its economy according to some sources.

  • The UK Slides into a Sixth Week of Lockdown

    The UK Slides into a Sixth Week of Lockdown

    At the start of Week 6 of the lockdown made necessary by the Coronavirus pandemic the stay at home restrictions remain in force. The wonderful weather in Dorset enhances my early morning walks and bike rides. However, it also acts as an incentive for many to break the rules and the police have the hard task of enforcing the rules for the benefit of us all.

  • A Sense of Rebellion as Week Five of Lockdown Commences

    A Sense of Rebellion as Week Five of Lockdown Commences

    The British Government has faced a lot of criticism regarding its slow response t the spread of the Coronavirus and COVID19. Now, after four weeks of lockdown and no end in sight many people feel it has gone too far. There is a sense of rebellion as rules are being broken and social distancing is not being maintained.

  • Week Four in Lockdown and all Restrictions Remain in Place

    Week Four in Lockdown and all Restrictions Remain in Place

    The UK has now been in lockdown for three weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was reviewed at the end of the third week and the decision was made that the restrictions would remain in place. So we still have to stay at home and can only go out to work, shop or to take one form of exercise.

  • A Third Solitary Week in Lockdown

    A Third Solitary Week in Lockdown

    As the UK is entering the third week of lockdown the number of confirmed cases and deaths from coronavirus and COVID19 continues to rise and it is expected the end of this week will see the biggest increase yet. The situation regarding lockdown will also be reviewed then but it does not seem the end is anywhere in sight yet.

  • Locked Down by the Seaside: Week Two

    Locked Down by the Seaside: Week Two

    It is the second week of lock down in the UK. Home alone I am sticking to the rules but many people are not as they are failing to understand the seriousness of the situation. This week sees the first death of a child from the virus and even our own Prime Minister becomes ill. As the number of confirmed cases and deaths continue to rise the importance of staying at home and observing social distancing becomes even more apparent.

  • Self-Isolation Merges into Lockdown

    Self-Isolation Merges into Lockdown

    On Monday 23 March 2020 restrictions were introduced that effectively put the UK into lockdown. By then I had been in self-isolation for eleven days and was looking forward to returning to a normal life. But that was not going to happen as the world around me started closing down and closing in.

  • Living in Self-Isolation: Days 8 to 12

    Living in Self-Isolation: Days 8 to 12

    As I came to the end of my first week of my self-isolation following a sudden curtailment of a trip to Northern Italy I was looking forward to getting the second week over and life becoming normal again. I had decided I would spend some more time in Dorset and volunteered to do some shifts on Brownsea Island. I was really looking forward to returning to my duties as a National Trust volunteer.

  • Coping in Self Isolation: Week One

    Coping in Self Isolation: Week One

    As Italy attempts to control the second most serious outbreak of coronavirus in the world events move fast. Four days after my arrival there the whole country goes into lockdown. I escape to the UK on one of the last flights out of the country and head for two weeks’ self-isolation at home. The UK government is recommending this for anyone returning from China or Italy. I have made no preparations at all for this.

  • Italy Plunges into Lockdown

    Italy Plunges into Lockdown

    On Wednesday 11 March 2020 the World Health Organization declared that the rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak was now a pandemic acknowledging that the virus is likely to spread to every country on the globe. At the time I was being re-patriated to the UK on one of the last flights to leave Italy as that country closed down dramatically curtailing a ski trip I was leading in the Italian Dolomites. My life and those of many others was about to be turned upside down. I decided to keep a personal diary of my life during a pandemic.

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