Back in Spain after nearly 2 years

After a few days back in Spain, we are settling into our way of life prior to the pandemic, socialising with our friends from our walking club. However, the new normal differs from the old. The Club’s Annual General Meeting was held on Zoom yesterday, and the wearing of masks outside has been compulsory sinceContinue reading “Back in Spain after nearly 2 years”

Omicron waves – Wales, England and Spain

More restrictions to people’s daily lives have been eased in Wales as Omicron cases continue to decline. Pubs and restaurants in Wales can now operate outdoors without the rule of six or social distancing. All limits on sports events have been scrapped meaning thousands of fans are set to return to watch fixtures across theContinue reading “Omicron waves – Wales, England and Spain”

‘Zero-Covid’ China fights to contain Omicron

Beijing reported its first community case of Omicron today, with local and imported infections of the strain now detected in about half of the country’s provinces and municipalities. The northern port city of Tianjin and central province of Henan have further tightened Covid restrictions as the highly contagious Omicron variant continues to spread, with 97 peopleContinue reading “‘Zero-Covid’ China fights to contain Omicron”

America’s record Covid hospital-rate puzzle

As Omicron sweeps around the world, the number of Covid patients in hospitals remains significantly lower than during previous surges in most countries. However, this is not the case in the US, where the number of patients with covid-19 has reached record numbers – 145,982 people were in hospital with the virus on 11 January,Continue reading “America’s record Covid hospital-rate puzzle”

End mass jabs and learn to live with Covid ?

Since Omicron first emerged in late November, teams of scientists in the UK and beyond have been racing to understand it. The results so far suggest that this new variant is producing a very different epidemic – which means that our approach to it also needs to change. Dr Clive Dix,  the former chairman of theContinue reading “End mass jabs and learn to live with Covid ?”

UK milestone of 150,000 Covid deaths passed

Today, the milestone of more than 150,000 people in the UK have died within 28 days of a positive Covid test since the start of the pandemic. A further 313 deaths were reported on Saturday, taking the total to 150,057. The UK is the seventh country to pass 150,000 reported deaths, after the US, Brazil,Continue reading “UK milestone of 150,000 Covid deaths passed”

New IHU Variant found in France

Scientists in France have discovered a new strain of Coronavirus that is believed to be more infectious than the highly transmissible Omicron variant. Scientists at the Méditerranée Infection University Hospital Institute (IHU) first discovered the new variant on December 10. The new strain has been dubbed as B.1.640.2. or IHU.  According to a research paper published onContinue reading “New IHU Variant found in France”

UK got it wrong – Lockdowns do more harm than good

In a new book by Professor Mark Woolhouse, an infectious disease epidemiologist from Edinburgh University, outlines the mistakes and missteps that made the pandemic worse in the UK. There was a pivotal moment at the start of the pandemic that encapsulates the confusion of the Government’s early efforts to tackle covid-19. In March 2020 atContinue reading “UK got it wrong – Lockdowns do more harm than good”

Another year dawns – surging cases and variant risks – Delmicron ? Flurona ?

A year ago today, 44 million people in England and 3 million people in Wales were living in “Stay at Home” lockdown restrictions, with indoor household mixing prohibited; New Year’s Eve celebrations were effectively cancelled. The Oxford Astra Zenica vaccine programme was about to start a few days later here in Wales. This year, asContinue reading “Another year dawns – surging cases and variant risks – Delmicron ? Flurona ?”

UK four nations diverge on post Christmas restrictions

There will be no further Covid restrictions in England before the new year, Health Secretary Sajid Javid has announced. However, people should “remain cautious” and celebrate outside on New Year’s Eve if possible. In marked contrast, new Covid restrictions came into force in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on 26th & 27th December, introducing curbsContinue reading “UK four nations diverge on post Christmas restrictions”