Coronavirus update

I thought I'd do a little update on the Coronavirus situation.  I might make this a weekly thing.

On the date of my last update, on the 1st June, the stats looked like this:
Covid-19 stats:
Deaths internationally: 378 112
UK: cases 276 332 and  deaths 39 045
Buckinghamshire cases:1005
South Africa:  35 812 cases,  deaths 705

Today's stats:
Deaths internationally: 424 716
UK: cases 292 950 and  deaths 41 481
Buckinghamshire cases:1030 and 365 deaths
South Africa:  58 568 cases,  deaths 1 284

Things are certainly looking more positive here at the moment.  I still worry that we might face a second wave though.  People don't seem to be too concerned about social distancing of late.  There have also been a number of cases of people gathering in large groups at beaches etc and there have also been a number of protests recently (Black Lives Matter protests in response to the killing of an innocent man, George Floyd, by police in the USA), so all of these events could well cause another spike of Covid cases.

Non-essential retail stores have begun opening, with more set to open on the 15th.  People are encouraged to wear face masks in stores and on public transport, and anywhere else where they would come into close contact with people.  We had a message from our doctor's rooms this morning saying that the wearing of a mask when visiting the doctor is compulsory.

Single adult households, including those with children under 18, are now allowed to meet with one other household, including entering houses.  They will essentially form a "bubble" which will be treated pretty much as one household.  If someone in that bubble has contact with someone who tests positive for Covid, the entire bubble will need to self-isolate for 2 weeks.  I really, really wish this ruling applied to two-adult households, but it seems they are making this concession only for the mental health benefits for single people who have (on paper) being isolated since lockdown started.

Some school classes have gone back, but although they had hoped to have all children back at school for at least 4 weeks before the Summer break, that does not look likely to happen.  There is even some doubt as to schools opening for the new school year in September.

There is now a compulsory 2 week quarantine for anyone coming into the country, except for those entering from Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.

On the work front, people are still being encouraged to work from home where possible, but most businesses seem to be back up and running in some form, even if not exactly back to normal.  Grant had some bad news last week, it seems the employees at his company will be on 90% pay for the rest of the year, and to make matters worse, 20 staff members will be retrenched before August.  That was really awful news for us, and we now sit with fingers crossed, hoping that Grant will keep his job!  Unfortunately, I think the financial implications of Covid are going to be severe and I have a feeling we will be feeling the pinch for a long time to come.  It was publicised today that the UK economy shrank by a record 20% in April - scarey stuff!


For us, life goes on much the same as it has in recent weeks.  Grant is mostly working from home, but travels to site once or twice a week.  I homeschool Issy from Monday to Thursday, on Fridays Roxy teaches Issy and Dan at home - it's usually an "arts and crafts" type of day that they can both join in on.  Daniel is going to school twice a week.  Paula's university closed early for vacation, they will go back earlier than usual, on 1 September and Paula will go straight back to the placement she was on when Covid messed things up.  She is still on track to graduate in September next year, if Covid doesn't cause further disruptions.  Paula is doing a lot of hourly care work while she is on holiday.  Calvin and Jonathan continue to work from home, being in the IT industry makes that relatively easy.   So life pretty much goes on and we are hopeful that the worst of the lockdown is behind us now.

That's all folks.....

I've decided to stop my lockdown posts at this point.  Although lockdown isn't officially over, many of the restrictions have been lifted.  For me personally, life is largely back to normal, so I can't really see any point in continuing the posts, unless something unforeseen happens.... like a second wave of Covid (which to be honest I have a feeling may happen, as I honestly think restrictions were lifted a little too soon.)

Lockdown Day 70

Today was the day life really began to return to normal.  Grant has been working in earnest for the last couple of weeks and today I started to homeschool Issy again.  So things are looking very much like they did before lockdown started.  The only real difference is that Grant isn't travelling into London at all and he also isn't doing any overnight site visits.

Today was a big day for our grandson, Daniel, who started his first day of Nursery.  I can't believe the baby in the family is now a 3 year old lad who is off to school!




Today the lockdown restrictions were relaxed a little and we are now allowed to meet outdoors with other people, up to a maximum of 6 people.  So this evening we went to Rox and Jon's house for a braai, for the first time since Mothering Sunday!



On the dinner menu: BBQ

Steps walked: 4104 Distance: 2.12 km

Covid-19 stats:
Deaths internationally: 378 112
UK: cases 276 332 and  deaths 39 045
Buckinghamshire cases:1005
South Africa:  35 812 cases,  deaths 705