Boris is out of hospital and convalescing at Chequers. Yesterday the death toll passed the 10,000 mark. As bad as it is there are those who think it will get far worse, but the predictions by the University of Washington in Seattle of 66,000 deaths in the UK by AugustContinue Reading

Easter Sunday and the nom du jour is PPE and the shortage of it. Medical staff are complaining of shorages and the government is trying to source supplies (from China, of all places). It’s not every hospital that has run out but there is obviously a break in the supplyContinue Reading

In this post I give my review of the film Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind: Contact has Begun. This much anticipated film was released earlier this month (April 2020), several months after the originally intended release date. If you’ve never heard of Dr Steven M Greer, the 2001 NationalContinue Reading

It’s Easter Saturday and the media reports that the vast majority of people are obeying the restrictions. Nevertheless, the effect of the infection spread from recent weeks has resulted in 980 deaths yesterday, breaking the record yet again. The USA have become the first country to experience 2,000 deaths inContinue Reading

Boris is out of intensive care – hurray! He’s making good progress. However, this good news is counterbalance by more stories from the wards and from personal accounts of relatives who have died. Yesterday the total number of deaths in the UK was just under 8,000. It’s still much lowerContinue Reading

Boris is better, that’s the good news. The bad news is that over 900 people died yesterday making it the worse day yet, so it seems the predictions may be correct in that we could see 1,000 deaths a day until the peak. Consquently, there’s no end to lockdown inContinue Reading

Boris Johnson remains in the ICU at St Thomas’s hospital in London. He is breathing unaided and on the one hand it doesn’t sound as serious as first thought but some have suggested he won’t be fully recovered for many weeks. This has stirred up the press with talk ofContinue Reading

Yesterday evening we went to be with the news that our Prime Minister, Boris Johnson had been transferred to an intensive care unit as a precautionary measure due to the fact that he was having difficulty breathing. He remains conscious for the time being but has asked the Foreign SecretaryContinue Reading

As we come to the end of the second week in lockdown, the Prime Minister has spent the night in hospital as a precaution due to the fact the symptoms have persisted for two weeks. The Queen gave her address to the nation yesterday evening at 8pm and it wasContinue Reading

As dawn breaks on day 13 the sky is clear and it looks like it’s going to be another lovely spring day. Yesterday, the sky here in southern England was a rich blue and cloudless for most of the afternoon. Consequently, the parks and the beaches filled with people. TheContinue Reading

The government has warned that they may have to introduce stricter measures if people don’t adhere to the guidelines. In the words of Matt Hancock yesterday, “These are not requests. They are instructions.” The graph curve is on its steep ascent now and the number of deaths reached 684 yesterday.Continue Reading

The two subjects dominating most of the debate at the moment are testing and the impact of lockdown on the economy. Lockdown slows and lowers the rate of infection and this buys time during which the NHS can prepare extra capacity to deal with the volume of patients that willContinue Reading

Yesterday’s total dead was the worst yet by far, 563. It’s on track with the predictions and we’ve probably got another two weeks before the peak. The stories in the media are beginning to turn to blame, accusations of missed opportunities, and criticism of the government’s handling of the crisisContinue Reading

We’re now in the phase during which the total number of deaths each is likely to rise sharply before it reaches its peak. Yesterday‘s total was the worst yet, 381 in one day, and the true figure may actually be worse because of the way statistics have been collected. NurseriesContinue Reading

Britain has completed its first week in lock down (is it lock down or lockdown?) A week ago the estimate for the peak in the infection rate and date toll was April 5th, then it was April 17th, and now it’s probably later but there’s no certainty. We’ve grown usedContinue Reading

Over 750,000 people in the UK have volunteered to help the NHS, three times the original target. Yesterday there were another 206 deaths in the UK. The talk this morning is the response to the briefing giving by the deputy chief medical officer Jenny Harries in which she said itContinue Reading

Yesterday’s death toll was the worst single day yet – 260, so the total for the UK has now exceeded 1,000 deaths. It’s rising as predicted though of course only a fraction of the 10,000+ in Italy and nearly 6,000 in Spain. The suggested date for the peak has movedContinue Reading

Mercifully, the sun is still shining this morning on the first Saturday of lockdown, but the news remains grim. The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has tested positive for the virus, as has the Health Secretary Matt Hancock and the CMO (Chief Medical Officer) Chris Whitty. The PM is now inContinue Reading

Tuesday’s request for volunteers to help the NHS has generated such a huge response that the original goal of 250,000 has been trebled to 750,000 in light of the fact that over 660,000 people have signed up to the scheme. Yesterday evening at 8pm millions stood on their doorsteps andContinue Reading

Origins of the virus:  While there are an abundance of conspiracy theories that suggest, we could have predicted a global pandemic such as Covid-19. There is also scientific evidence for such a view.  With a paper published in 2007 that described the combination of consumption of horseshoe bats in SouthernContinue Reading

The number of deaths in Britain from Coronvirus yesterday was lower that in previous days, but of course that’s of no consolation to the bereaved families. There’s been talk of us reaching the peak in 2-3 weeks, which seems a long way off given that this is only day 3.Continue Reading

It’s all about the numbers. Yesterday, during Day 1 of lockdown we were told that there had been a sharp rise in deaths in the UK but Italy had seen its second consecutive day in which the number of deaths declined. It’s too early to tell but perhaps the impactContinue Reading

Yesterday evening Boris Johnson addressed the nation at 8.30pm and announced new measures introduced to limit the spread of Covid-19, the Corona virus. Lockdown had been anticipated since it was the only way other countries were able to slow the infection rate and get it under control. Italy, which soContinue Reading