Monday, October 18th
Sad to hear of the death of Colin Powell from complications of Covid.
And there was a very sad article in today’s paper about a young man who died after being refused a face-to-face doctor’s appointment. He had four phone consultations, but, as you can’t look down someone’s ear over the phone, they failed to diagnose mastoiditis which, as it was left untreated, led to a brain abscess. It’s absolutely appalling.
On a happier note, Cameron Norrie won Indian Wells!
Tuesday, October 19th
- Some doctors’ groups are telling GPs to refuse to co-operate with Government plans to get back to face-to-face appointments. Oh great. First we had teachers’ unions being determined to feud with the Government and putting playing politics above children’s interests, and now we’ve got GPs’ groups being determined to feud with the Government and putting playing politics above patients’ interests … except that this could literally cost people’s lives.
- There is apparently a new variant of the Delta variant.
- Infection rates in Trafford have dropped considerably. The highest rates in the country are now in Ipswich, Wellingborough and Taunton.
- The premier of the Australian state of Victoria says that unvaccinated tennis players are unlikely to be allowed to play at the Aussie Open.
- Unvaccinated over 60s in Moscow have been told to stay at home until the end of February!
Wednesday, October 20th
The doom mongers are demanding that “Plan B” be activated immediately. The uber doom mongers are demanding that we go back into lockdown. Given that most cases are in schools, this seems rather extreme. However, there’s no doubt that cases are rising, and hospitalisations and deaths are edging up too. It’s not just here: a lot of countries are in the same boat. Morocco’s suspended direct flights to the UK, Germany and the Netherlands, which seems a bit overboard. And Russia’s closing workplaces for a week. Cases were bound to rise as people spent more time indoors due to the time of year, but it also seems that immunity’s wearing off as time passes since people were vaccinated. The booster programme’s under way, but a lot of those eligible haven’t yet come forward.
I don’t think there’s any need to panic, but, TBH, I don’t think it’d hurt to tell people to go back to wearing masks indoors. Fewer and fewer people are wearing them in shops, and, even though we’ve been asked to wear them on public transport locally, not everyone’s doing so. More positively, Sajid Javid’s been talking about anti-viral drugs.
America’s to start vaccinating primary school children. I understand that people are nervous about vaccinating little ones, but I think we’re going to have to do the same. And is everyone going to have to have a booster?
On a happier note, we beat Atalanta 3-2. Although it would have been better had we not contrived to go 2-0 down first.
Thursday, October 21st
I’m going to the theatre tonight, for the first time since February 2020, to see Bedknobs and Broomsticks at the Palace.
Meanwhile, everyone and their dog has been appearing on TV, giving their opinion on Covid restrictions, which is stressing and confusing people. Why does Tony Blair have to be shouting his mouth off about it all? How long has he been a doctor or a scientist?! This is the trouble – people are using the situation to try to score political points. But there’ve been over 50,000 new cases today, which isn’t good.
Latvia’s become the first European country to go back into lockdown, but their vaccination rate’s only 54%. And all the local public bonfires have been cancelled 😦 .
Friday, October 22nd
I got asked to show my vaccine passport at the theatre last night! First time. The theatre was fine, but I wasn’t very impressed by the behaviour of people on the bus into town. There were clear signs on the bus asking people to wear masks, Andy Burnham’s repeatedly asked us to wear masks on local public transport, and Sajid Javid reminded us on Wednesday night that we should be wearing masks in “crowded indoor spaces”, but only 1 in 9 people (yes, I was sad enough to count) actually had a mask on. Come on, folks, make a bit of effort. We reported over 52,000 new cases last night. There’s no need to panic – contrary to what the political points-scorers in the media would have us believe – but it’s not exactly a brilliant situation either.
Meanwhile, I hope the Queen’s OK. She’s spent a night in hospital for “preliminary medical checks”. Hopefully it’s just her knees, but it’s still worrying.
And SAGE have said that everyone should be WFH. Listen to ’em, Boris! Tell people to close offices and let us WFH full time. Come on …
Saturday, October 23rd
I am really sick of all the scaremongering in the media. First, they were claiming that there’d be no turkeys for Christmas and supermarkets would run out of everything else as well. Then, they caused a totally unnecessary fuel panic. Now, they’re scaremongering about going back into lockdown. Oh, and Sky News are claiming that the Russians are after us. What year is it, again, 2021 or 1961?! Exactly what is any of this supposed to achieve?!
Sunday, October 24th
Ugh. This has been one of the most humiliating days of my life. We lost 5-0 to Liverpool. Words fail me. 5-0. At home. To Liverpool.
The day did actually start quite well, when I went to Kenyon Hall to pick a pumpkin, then to the garden centre to look at the Christmas displays.
It then got very bad. Very bad indeed.