Thursday, 22 October 2020

Day 220 of self-isolation - The lights are going out all over Europe

The lights are going out all over Europe


Deaths are slightly lower than yesterday, because yesterday's numbers were puffed up by the  usual weekend under-reporting. But new cases are sharply up again. We're going heavily into the second wave (in the USA, the third wave). European governments are increasingly locking down - America can't because so many Americans love to take risks and hate to wear masks.

 The UK's oven-ready government is distracted by Brexit; fishing rights, industrial subsidies and food security. This might help to explain why the UK response is looking increasingly improvised and fragmented. And, of course, we still don't have test-or-trace, let alone test-and-trace. Wales is in lock down, England is not. Scotland is looking increasingly like they want to leave the UK.

We aren't likely to get down to London for the next couple of months, and our Christmas get-together is looking unlikely. 2020 will be looked back on as the "plague year". But 2021 will be so much better. Maybe we'll celebrate Christmas in February.

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