jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 22nd May 2020
CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 66 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Wednesdayday 20th May 2020
Today was the hottest day of the year so far in many places which meant many people travelled to beauty spots and beaches.
People in England made the most of their newfound freedom and flocked to beaches and parks as the UK looked set to enjoy the hottest day of the year so far.
Parts of the UK were set to see temperatures of 28C (82.4F) on Wednesday, looking to beat the 2020 record set on Tuesday at London’s St James’s Park when the mercury hit a high of 26.2C (79.16F).
Lockdown restrictions were eased in England on Sunday 10 May allowing people to sunbathe, picnic and drive to beauty spots to enjoy “unlimited exercise”.
Richard Walden, 55, of Woolacombe, Devon, took a picture from his house showing gridlocked traffic snaking back as far as the eye could see.
‘Unbelievably selfish people started arriving at 5am and last night we had vans outside our house until 11pm. They are not just casual visitors.’
It comes as Britain announced another 363 hospital deaths from coronavirus yesterday, taking the official total to 35,704.
Cornish police sent selfish tourists packing as they ignored lockdown rules by sleeping over at seaside resorts, raising fears a surge in crowds could trigger a second wave of coronavirus infections.
Officers carried out early-morning raids on campervans in Newquay to order those inside to go home, as closed car parks led to gridlocked roads and with no facilities open the busy beaches were described as ‘carnage’.
Visitors were seen camped out in Brighton and at various beauty spots in Devon and Cornwall, with locals blasting ‘selfish’ revellers for partying into the night and leaving rubbish strewn across roads and open spaces.
It came as new figures showed coronavirus is still infecting an estimated 61,000 people a week in England – although the true figure could be as high as 111,000.
A major study has also found less than half of 19 to 30-year-olds are ‘strictly’ abiding by Britain’s lockdown rules, while among adults the figure has dropped from 70 per cent to under 60 per cent in the last fortnight.
Aerospace giant Rolls-Royce has announced it will cut 9,000 jobs across the firm and warned it will take “several years” for the aviation industry to recover from the crisis. Marks & Spencer, meanwhile, has reported a 21% drop in profits and announced plans to accelerate cost-saving measures like store closures. Clothing sales dropped to just 16% of last year’s level at one point during lockdown.
Holidays within UK ‘could return by early July’
Holidays within the UK could return at the beginning of July if the spread of coronavirus is kept down, the Culture Secretary has said.
Oliver Dowden said on Wednesday that so-called staycations may be allowed this summer, in what would be a boost for the tourism industry which is facing billions of pounds in losses.
Holidays abroad are unlikely to go ahead, with strict travel restrictions in place across the world and reduced airline services.
Coronavirus: AstraZeneca ready to supply potential vaccine in September
Drugs giant AstraZeneca has announced it is ready to provide a potential new coronavirus vaccine from September.
The firm said it had concluded deals to deliver at least 400 million doses of the vaccine, which it is developing with Oxford University.
AstraZeneca said it was capable of producing one billion doses of the AZD1222 vaccine this year and next.
Initial trials are under way and AstraZeneca said it recognised that the vaccine might not work. But the company said it was committed to advancing the clinical programme.
Scientists have warned that a coronavirus vaccine, if developed, might not confer full immunity, while Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned that a vaccine might never be found.
Despite these reservations, intensive research continues, with about 80 groups around the world working on possible vaccines.
AstraZeneca indicated that production would take place in more than one country. It thanked the UK and US governments for “substantial support to accelerate the development and production of the vaccine”.
It also said it was in discussions with the Serum Institute of India and other potential partners to increase production and distribution.
Specifically, it said it had received support of more than $1bn from the US Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) for the development, production and delivery of the vaccine, AstraZeneca chief executive Pascal Soriot described the coronavirus pandemic as “a global tragedy” and “a challenge for all of humanity”.
“We need to defeat the virus together or it will continue to inflict huge personal suffering and leave long-lasting economic and social scars in every country around the world,” he said.
“We are so proud to be collaborating with Oxford University to turn their ground-breaking work into a medicine that can be produced on a global scale.”
I personally don’t see this as the vaccine we crave as no one is picking up on it as a story. So, something is obviously not quite right about it, but I do not know quite what.
We enjoyed a beautiful day of lazing in the sun. But because of such a laid back chilled out day I ate too much and of the wrong thing, on top of my normal meals.
In addition, I had 2 slices of toast, a packet of crisps, two enormous pieces of delicious carrot cake and a massive dish of ice cream. None of it advisable for a diabetic. It raised my diabetic reading to 50% above where it ought to be. Very irresponsible.
But all in all a beautiful day even though we are in lockdown
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY ESPECIALLY WHILST IN ISOLATION
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
Everything will be okay.
Don’t worry, be happy. — Bobby McFerrin
Happiness is…sitting in the sunshine singing a little sunshine song
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
A woman went to the doctor who told her she only had 6 months to live.
“Oh No!” said the woman. “What shall I do?”
“Marry an accountant,” suggested the doctor.
“Why?” asked the woman. “Will that make me live longer?”
“No,” replied the doctor. “But it will SEEM longer.”
Love is…making housework fun
5 Things To Be Grateful For During Lockdown/Coronavirus
We are grateful Lockdown gives us a time…
- A time to laugh…a time to cry
- A time for beautiful deep blue skies…a time for bubbly pure white cotton wool clouds in the sky
- A time for peace and quiet…a time for raging controversies
- A time to handwrite with a fountain pen…a time to type in a Word document on the computer
- A time to stay home…a time to visit the beach
TOTAL STAIRWAY TO EVERST CLIMB CHALLENGE
DAY 46 17 Times – 153 Feet Cumulative Total 6,903 Feet
HORRIBLE LITTLE NUMBERS
Country Confirmed cases Deaths
1 US 1,577,758 94,729
2 UK 252,246 36,124
3 Italy 228,006 32,486
4 France 179,431 28,170
5 Spain 233,037 27,940
6 Brazil 310,087 20,047
7 Belgium 56,235 9,186
8 Germany 179,021 8,212
9 Iran 129,341 7,249
10 Mexico 59,567 6,510
UK deaths yesterday 338
Global cases Updated 22 May at 09:15 local
Confirmed 5,106,686 +106,125
Deaths 333,001 +4,829
Recovered 1,951,459 +51,784
©2020 Phil M Robinson