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Delta variant is altering the course of the pandemic

Yesterday, Freedom day July 19th came and went, when most covid restrictions were lifted in England. Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak the Chancellor were self isolating after they were named as close contacts of the Health Secretary who had tested positive at the weekend. Downing Street first said they would participate in a Covid testingContinue reading “Delta variant is altering the course of the pandemic”

Locked-In Syndrome – why this must end tomorrow July 19th !

I came across this blog recently and thought exerpts were appropriate for tomorrow. Sunetra Gupta has been quiet for the last few months since her original predictions of herd immunity have failed to happen, but I still respect her views. “Zero COVID is unachievable, write Paul Dolan (LSE) and Sunetra Gupta (University of Oxford). Continuing to impose restrictionsContinue reading “Locked-In Syndrome – why this must end tomorrow July 19th !”

Most Covid rules set to be lifted in Wales on 7 August

Yesterday, the Welsh government announced that all laws on the number of people who can meet will end, but First Minister Mark Drakeford warned against “a free for all.” He warned that the Delta variant is in every part of Wales and was “spreading quickly”, with “real dangers” that could not be ignored. Hospital admissionsContinue reading “Most Covid rules set to be lifted in Wales on 7 August”

Lifting Covid restrictions in England on track for July 19th – Wales more cautious

Yesterday, the Prime Minister confirmed that nearly all remaining Covid restrictions will end on 19 July in England, but with infection rates and hospital admissions rising sharply, it is regarded by some as a significant gamble. Restrictions will continue in Wales for the wearing of facemasks on public transport and in health settings, and will announceContinue reading “Lifting Covid restrictions in England on track for July 19th – Wales more cautious”

Whatever happened to “herd immunity” ?

Nearly a year ago, a study produced by a team at Oxford University indicated that some parts of the United Kingdom may already have reached herd immunity from coronavirus. A significant fraction of the population, according to the study published last week, may have “innate resistance or cross-protection from exposure to seasonal coronaviruses”, making theContinue reading “Whatever happened to “herd immunity” ?”

England lucky to reach Euros 2020 Final at expense of Denmark

Denmark have just lost to England in the Euros semi final this evening, but would the result have been the same if their captain and star player Christian Eriksen had been on the pitch ? On June 12, Eriksen had a sudden cardiac arrest and almost died while playing against Finland, sparking questions if he got vaccinatedContinue reading “England lucky to reach Euros 2020 Final at expense of Denmark”

“Covid will never go away” – we have to learn to live with it !!

For nearly 18 months, personal freedoms have been curtailed to keep Covid at bay. That will change completely, with the Government proposing to lift most of the remaining restrictions in England on 19 July – a breath of fresh air after the over cautious approach of lockdowns, which in general have been ineffective. The details,Continue reading ““Covid will never go away” – we have to learn to live with it !!”

“Taking personal Responsibility”-set to become Government policy in England

On May 31st last year, we took “another trip across the Severn bridge today against both Wales and England lockdown regulations. Traffic intensity not as high as a normal Sunday, but we were not alone. A joy to be out walking again on such a glorious day, with the ever changing riverscape and families ofContinue reading ““Taking personal Responsibility”-set to become Government policy in England”

Our week in Iceland

Jackie writes a travel blog, so rather than summarize our trip, here is the link to the blog : https://www.travelblog.org/Europe/Iceland/Southwest/Reykjavik/blog-1060538.html My favourite days were the hike to the the erupting Fagradalsfjall volcano and the whale-watching trip when we saw a humpback whale and several pods of dolphins. The eruption has now subsided, but there remains a huge lavafield whichContinue reading “Our week in Iceland”

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