CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 43 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 27.4.2020 BLOG 29th April 2020

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 43 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Monday 27Th April 2020

At 9.00am this morning Boris Johnson back at his Downing Street desk to lead us. He was quick to be seen to be in control with an appearance to the TV and news reporters shortly afterwards.

A bit of a more serious look around the world

New Zealand says it has stopped community transmission of Covid-19, effectively eliminating the virus.

With new cases in single figures for several days – one on Sunday – Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the virus was “currently” eliminated.

New Zealand        Cases 1,469          Total Deaths 19

Australia                Cases 6,714          Total Deaths 83

Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt told reporters that 2.4 million people had downloaded and registered for the government’s coronavirus contact tracing app.

The COVIDSafe smartphone app uses a Bluetooth wireless signal to exchange a “digital handshake” with another user when they come within 1.5m (4.9ft). The app then logs this contact and encrypts it.

Users will be notified if they have had more than 15 minutes of close contact with another user who tests positive.

Mr Hunt said 6,727 cases of coronavirus had been confirmed in Australia, along with 85 deaths.

Twelve cases had been confirmed since yesterday, just one from an unknown source, he said.

“That is perhaps the most important figure I have had the privilege of raising since coming into this role and dealing with the coronavirus issue,” Mr Hunt said. “It means that as a country we are not just flattening the curve but we are consolidating it, extending it and securing it.”

The UK is trialling is own tracing app, with development led by NHSX – the heath service’s in-house digital team.

Indian state constructs wall to curb Covid-19 spread

A district in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu has constructed walls to seal the border with its neighbouring state, Andhra Pradesh, amid fears over the spread of Covid-19.

The walls, measuring about 5ft tall, were erected at two entry and exit points along the border on Sunday to prevent car traffic between Tamil Nadu’s Vellore district and Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor district.

An official from Vellore district said that the move was meant to check the entry of migrant workers who sometimes enter the state without valid permission.

“Since the chances of getting detected at the main border crossing is high, some people tend to use little-noticed locations in remote places,” the official told PTI news agency.

But some authorities have told local media that it is a “temporary measure” to keep tabs on the flow of vehicular traffic between the two states.


People have reverted back to shopping the way they did a decade ago by making one big weekly trip to the supermarket, according to the boss of Tesco.

Chief executive Dave Lewis said Covid-19 social distancing measures mean consumers are shopping less frequently.

He said that the number of transactions in April nearly halved, but the size of the average basket had doubled.

Mr Lewis added Tesco has now broken through the one million online delivery slots a week for the first time.

He expects the supermarket will add a further 200,000 slots over the next ten days, in particular from vulnerable customers.

Tesco has achieved an increase in online capacity of 103% in the space of a few weeks, growth which would normally take years to achieve. The other supermarkets have also ramped up delivery slots. Before the crisis, only about 7% of all groceries were bought online.

The Tesco boss’s comments about the weekly shop were backed up by data from retail consultant Kantar, which said households made a “record low” number of 14 trips to the supermarket in the 12 weeks to 19 April.

However, average basket sizes had “hit their highest levels ever”, it added.

“Grocery sales were £524m higher in the past four weeks than they were in April 2019, as British consumers adapted to life under lockdown,” Kantar said. Online sales now account for 10.2% of the grocery market.

Tesco remains the UK’s biggest supermarket, with a 26.8% share of the market, with shoppers spending 7.2% more than in the same period last year.

Other supermarkets saw even bigger rises in spending, with the Co-op up 20% and online-only Ocado rising 19.4%.

‘Flour shortage’

In his first broadcast interview since the outbreak of coronavirus, Mr Lewis spoke about how Britain’s biggest retailer had adapted and how shopping habits have changed during lockdown.

“People are shopping once a week, a little like they did 10 or 15 years ago, rather than two, three or four times a week that was happening before the crisis.” He added that during the surge in panic buying – when customers stripped supermarket shelves of goods like liquid soap, toilet roll and pasta – Tesco “had seen seven weeks of sales going in one or two days”.

“The food supply chain is now back in good shape,” he believes. Flour, though, is still in short supply.

Virgin Media says it has fixed an issue that took people’s internet and TV service offline for hours.

The issue meant that connectivity repeatedly dropped out over Monday evening and into the early hours of Tuesday morning, leaving customers without their usual service.

Now it says the problem has been fixed – and noted that it was not the result of increased usage owing to the coronavirus lockdown.

It happened to us, that was scary.

So, Mamma got her online Supermarket order placed, the only disappointment, no flour.

I wrote and produced the “Coronabobs Times for my Grandchildren, Issue No.7.

I write a 1,000-word story for it every week. I’m a bit worried about this one. It breaks all the rules laid down by all the Children’s Writing Courses. What a rebel.

And the TV we relaxed with last night?

I thought I knew everything about the 1960s, but clearly not. Last night we watched a BBC 4 documentary about “Eel Pie Island”. This was a pub on an island in the River Thames were many of the top ‘60s bands performed their first regular gigs. The Stones, Rod Stewart, The Who, The Herd you name them they were there except The Beatles.

Fascinating programme. I learned lots. I like to learn from TV.





I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. -Jimmy Dean



Happiness is…Eel Pie Island


Q: What do you call an everyday potato? A: A commentator


Love is…someone to fuss over you

5 Things To Be Grateful For During Lockdown/Coronavirus

  1. Shopping on line
  2. Good books
  3. Peacefulness
  4. The changing weather as it varies the day
  5. A cup of tea


DAY 23        16 Times – 144 Feet Cumulative Total 3,384 Feet



  1. Gasoline Alley Rod Stewart 4:05



Country                 Confirmed cases  Deaths

1              US                          1,012,583              58,355

2              Italy                      201,505                 27,359

3              Spain                     232,128                 23,822

4              France                   169,053                 23,694

5              UK                         162,350                 21,745

6              Belgium                47,334                   7,331

7              Germany              159,912                 6,314

8              Iran                       92,584                   5,877

9              Brazil                    73,235                   5,083

10           China                    82,858                   4,633


UK deaths yesterday586


Global cases         Updated 29 Apr at 09:41 local

Confirmed            3,117,880              +75,436

Deaths                   217,212                 +5,996

Recovered             932,530                 +37,956


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